Principal's Report - Tuesday 1st September
VASSP Principals Conference
This week my newsletter column is being sent from the Victorian Association of Secondary Schools Principals, Annual Conference. Yesterday and today I am in Melbourne participating in a series of lectures and workshops on a range of issues that impact on our school. I have been fortunate to hear some world renowned speakers, addressing areas such as: 'The Future of Learning', 'The Fundamental Aspects of Achievement', effective data analysis, Young People's Health and Technology, High Reliability Schools and Building School Capacity in Learning and Leadership. These conferences present a wonderful opportunity for educators to acquire new knowledge and collaborate with peers who are tackling similar issues and challenges in their schools.
Keep Australia Beautiful Morning Tea
Last Wednesday, DMSC hosted a morning tea for the Keep Australia Beautiful delegates and representatives from the Hindmarsh Shire. As mentioned in a previous Hilltop, our school has been nominated for an award in the Young Achievers category, with the winners being announced at a gala dinner in Beechworth in October. Please see Mr Kuhne's article later in the Hilltop.
Over the weekend, two Year 9 students from DMSC attended the Camp Awakenings program at Cave Hill Creek near Beaufort. Tristan Rayes and Chloe Lawrence headed off on Friday morning and were collected by their parents on Sunday afternoon. This program is designed to bring together students from all over regional Victoria and develop their leadership skills. We were delighted that the local branch of the Bendigo Bank sponsored our students and we know that the experiences they had will benefit them immensely as they move up through the school.
Literacy and Numeracy Week
This week we are celebrating all things associated with literacy and numeracy. Yesterday there was a dress-up day where students were encouraged to come as their favourite character and throughout the week, there will be a range of activities centred on the essential skills of literacy and numeracy. Please talk with your son or daughter about what has been happening around the school and encourage them to participate in all of the activities.
This Friday we are hosting the Wimmera VCAL EXPO. Students from a range of secondary schools will visit DMSC to participate in a series of activities and to look at some of the wonderful VCAL projects we have been undertaking this year. Students from the Dimboola Primary School and St Peter's Lutheran School will also attend to look at some of the stalls and gain a little insight into what the VCAL program is about. Congratulations to all of our VCAL students who will be involved with the day and also to the many staff who are contributing to the event.
If you have any queries regarding the EXPO, please contact our VCAL Coordinator, Mrs Megan Vercoe at the college.
Parent Teacher Interviews
The next round of Parent Teacher Interviews will be on Tuesday, September 15. The interviews will be in the Hall and will commence at 3.30pm and conclude at 6.30pm. Interim Reports for each student will be distributed on Monday September 14 and I encourage all parents to come to Parent Teacher Interviews to discuss their child's progress.
Degustation Delight - SOLD OUT!
Our DMSC VET Hospitality students' degustation dinner this Wednesday evening has been sold out. A degustation meal involves a series of smaller courses, allowing guests to sample a wide range of culinary delights. We look forward to hearing how people enjoyed this first at DMSC.
CSEF - Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund
This is another reminder that the CSEF is available to eligible families. If you have a valid Health Care Card, or are a foster parent, you will be eligible to apply for the CSEF. The fund pays $225 for each eligible secondary student. Please contact Kaye in the office if you have any questions regarding this fund. Applications close on September 18. (Families may only apply once per year.) Please note, families need only apply once. If you lodged an application in Term 2, that is fine.
Mrs Anne Gawith
Thursday 10th, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September
Dimboola Memorial Secondary College Hall
Dinner and Show on Thursday evening.
Stay tuned for more details!