Principal's Report - Tuesday 28th April
Lest We Forget
What an incredible turn out for our ANZAC Day commemorations. All students and staff participated in our school service on Friday afternoon and I was overwhelmed with the number of students who attended the community services on Saturday. School Captain, Mikayla Smith, spoke with genuine passion and empathy at the Saturday service and local war historian, Mr Charles Rees, provided an exceptional insight into some of the local men who served in the ANZAC campaign. Mr Richard Goudie of Hillross - Professional Wealth Management, who made a significant donation towards our ANZAC projects, also attended our school service and participated in our poppy laying ceremony. We thank Mr Goudie for his donation and contribution to our school.
We were thrilled to see so many of our students at the April 25 services, particularly the Dawn Service, at which it was estimated nearly 300 people attended. On a cold, foggy morning, the ceremony was very moving and a most fitting way to remember those that served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Thank you to Dimboola RSL President, Mr Ivan Jones, for his support of our ANZAC projects and also to local historian, Mr Charles Rees for his ongoing support of the school.
A final special thank you to our VCAL students and teachers who ensured that our Memorial School was looking splendid for the services.
Andy King has sent several messages from the Gallipoli peninsula where he has attended two ANZAC services and also visited several significant war sites. He has described his experience as 'amazing'. Andy will write a piece for next week's Hilltop; however a photo of him at the Lone Pine service has been included this week.
Donation from the Dimboola 'Cropping for Communities' group
At Monday's assembly, Mr Ken Ough presented a cheque for $1000 to DMSC. This is a significant donation and one which will assist our Student Wellbeing Program in the school. Mr Ough addressed the assembly and outlined a little about the project. So far, the group have been able to direct approximately $15,000.00 back into the local Dimboola community. We sincerely appreciate this donation and thank Mr Ough for his time.
National Youth Week
Culminating in a 'Colour Run' yesterday, National Youth Week involved a great range of fun activities in which all students had the opportunity to participate. Thank you to our Student Wellbeing Coordinator, Mrs Sue Kuhnell, for her enthusiasm and excellent organisation of the various events. Please see the photos later in the newsletter.
Year 7 Information Night
Last Wednesday night, we hosted our Year 7 - 2016 - Information Night. Transition Coordinators, Mrs Anna Exell and Miss Abby Schultz presented a great snapshot of what DMSC can offer students. If you were unable to attend and would like to arrange a tour, please contact the school to make an appointment.
Outdoor Education Camp
Last week, the Year 8-9 Outdoor Ed class enjoyed a two day camp at Horseshoe Bend. Students were fortunate to have great weather and they participated in a range of activities. Thank you to Mr Lachy Watts, Miss Klinge and Mrs Pilmore who supervised the camp.
Victoria University Pre-Service Teachers
This week we are hosting 20 pre-service teachers from Victoria University. They will be involved in a range of classroom activities with students, including a book making project. Later in the year, the same group of trainee teachers will journey to a remote Indigenous community in the Northern Territory, where they will work with local children on a similar project.
Thank you to Cat Clarke who has liaised with this group and is ensuring that their stay is a productive one.
This Wednesday, our VET Hospitality students, under the tutelage of Ms Cat Clarke, are hosting a restaurant night here at DMSC. At the time of publication, there were very few places left! If you are looking for a fine dining experience in your home town, please phone the school today to reserve your place.
Dimboola Community Action Network
This Thursday, we are launching the Dimboola Community Action Network (CAN). The aim is to bring together a wide range of stakeholders who share an interest in the wellbeing of the youth of our town. At our first meeting we will be discussing some of the key issues that face young people in our town and how we can work together to address them. The CAN will also look at proactive measures designed to prevent some issues occurring in the future.
Visit from Emma Kealy and Shadow Minister for Education, Mr Nick Wakeling
First thing Thursday morning, local member, Emma Kealy and Shadow Education Minister, Nick Wakeling, will visit DMSC to look over our facilities and gain a deeper insight into the challenges we face in education. Prior to the last State election, the Coalition Government promised $1.2m funds to DMSC, earmarked for a significant rebuild of some of our old classrooms. They were not re-elected, so thus far, no funds have been forthcoming.
I am delighted with the steady increase in students receiving Academic and Values Awards.
Your son or daughter should be very proud of their achievements if they have received an award and I encourage all students to set high expectations and strive to achieve their best. This week, fifty different students received awards - thirty five of those students for academic excellence and fourteen for values awards.
Congratulations to all of the award winners.
Mrs Anne Gawith