Dimboola Memorial Secondary College will proudly commemorate the centenary of the First World War during this centenary period.
Our school is unique as the only memorial school in Victoria erected to commemorate the sacrifice made by our local residents who fought in the War.
2016 Anzac Day Commemorations
Hilltop News - Wednesday 20th April 2016
This year, marks 100 years since ANZAC Day was officially recognised as a day of commemoration. Our school will be holding a special service at 2.50pm on Friday 22nd April, in the Assembly Hall. All students and staff will place a red poppy, which has been crocheted by several VCAL students under the guidance of Mrs Jan Ballard and Mrs Suzanne Thomas, onto a 100 plaque, made by Tait McMartin as part of his VCAL project.
On Monday 25th April, there will be two ANZAC Day services held at DMSC. The first will be at 6am at the front of the Memorial Building.
This will be followed by a breakfast at 6.30am in front of the Assembly Hall. The second service will begin at 8.30am with a wreath laying ceremony, followed by a service in the Assembly Hall at 9am.
For the first time in many years, students from all three Dimboola schools who attend this service will march from the front gates of the school up to the car park near the Assembly Hall, where they will join the RSL members and other community groups to march towards the front of the Memorial Building.
Students wishing to be part of this service are asked to come dressed in their school uniform and assemble at the front gates of the school at 8.15am, to be ready to begin marching at 8.30am.
Our School Captains, Zoe Pilmore and Scott Polycarpou will be laying a wreath on behalf of the DMSC community at this service.
We hope to see many DMSC students taking the opportunity to march as part of ANZAC Day this year.
Mrs Sally Klinge
2015 Anzac Day and WWI Centenary Commemorations
From the 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.
Revamp of the Memorial Building Garden Beds
The garden beds in front of the memorial building have been the subject of a great deal of work over recent weeks. A group of volunteers from the senior team of the Dimboola Football Club assisted to clear the old bottlebrushes, and replace several sleepers which had deteriorated over the years. The retaining wall was also straightened. VCAL students Anna Moore and Gordon Hughes have led the revamp of this garden, under the guidance of Mrs Kuhnell.
With the assistance of Ted Brown from the Wimmera Native Nursery, the garden beds have now been replanted. A small number of students remained behind after the athletics sports to plant the new plants.
Further work has also taken place around the memorial drive, with the plaques honouring our fallen soldiers being straigtened and centered in a gravel bed. The area around the front gate has also been planted and further landscaping has taken place.
Out with the old...
...and in with the new
Avenue of Honour
Our Avenue of Honour remembers each Dimboola resident who did not return from war with a tree. The avenue covers World War I, World War II and Korea.
We acknowledge the support of locals and the Dimboola RSL Sub Branch for their work in maintaining the avenue.
A group of trees in the avenue which have been replanted over recent years.
Year 11 Student to visit Gallipoli for Anzac Centenary
We are proud to announce that VCE student Andrew King has been selected as a part of a group of 80 secondary students from across Victoria to represent the state at the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Gallipoli next year. More information will be posted here in the lead up to Andrew's journey to Gallipoli.
Andrew King, Year 12 2015