News and Events

Awards Night

On Wednesday 17th December 2014 we celebrated the achievements of our students at our annual awards night. The high standard of education on offer at Dimboola was displayed, through both the wide range of awards and also the displays of artwork and trade pieces in the foyer.

Click Here to view the photo gallery from the night...

Awards Night
2014 Awards Night

Year 12 Graduation

On Friday night, Year 12 students, their parents and college staff members attended the formal event, which included dinner and the presentation of gifts from Sue Kuhnell (Senior School coordinator), Kristin Klinge (Year 12 Form teacher) and Marianne Tellbach (VCAL Hospitality coordinator). DMSC Acting Principal, Anne Gawith welcomed the families and gave a speech relating to the students' achievements over their six years at school.

The graduates were presented with time capsules they made in Year 7 at the college, which include each students prediction of where life may take them. After the official proceedings the students were handed over to their families as high school graduates.

This year all 26 students passed either VCE or VCAL, undertaking subjects including English, Biology, Heath, History Revolutions, Physical Education, Studio Art, Further Maths, Psychology, German, Food and Technology, Information Technology, and Product Design and Technology. The students will receive their official certificates at the college awards night on December 17.


The Year 12 Class of 2014.
The Year 12 Class of 2014.

Bound for the USA

On the 16th of January in 2015, one of our college's Year 11 students, Elite Pyers, will be flying to Colorado U.S.A to live in Fort Collins for a year as a Rotary Exchange student. This wonderful, life-changing experience has been made possible thanks to the Nhill Rotary Club, which is graciously sponsoring Elite for his exchange and his Rotary counsellor is Christine Dufty from Nhill.

In 2015, Elite will attend Rocky Mountain High a secondary college that has around 500 students in his year level, a vast difference from his current year level of 20 students. Elite stated that "I'm looking forward to going to the U.S.A because it will be so different from home." He returns to Dimboola in January 2016.

Year 11 Student Elite Pyers
Year 11 Student Elite Pyers

Star Award for Year 11 Student

Year 11 VCAL Student Anna Moore has been awarded a Wimmera Uniting Care Star Award for her service at the Dimboola Maternal Health Centre and Playgroup. As part of her Intermediate VCAL Certificate, Anna works as an assistant at the centre one day a week. This is an exceptional award within the ranks of Wimmera Uniting Care. Well done Anna!

Anna is pictured with Wimmera Uniting Care staff and children.
Anna is pictured with Wimmera Uniting Care staff and children.

Remembrance Day Commemorated

A special assembly was held at 10.50am on Tuesday 11th November to commemorate Remembrance Day. School Captains Mikayla Smith and Andrew King addressed the school sharing some historical anecdotes about World War One and explaining the significance of November 11, as well as outlining the history of our school.

Mikayla and Andrew highlighted the unique nature of DMSC as a purpose built memorial school, and acknowledged that the memorial building was opened 90 years ago next month, in December 1924.

A minute of silence was held at 11am in memory of our military personnel who have served in all conflicts.

School Captains Andrew King and Mikayla Smith
School Captains Mikayla Smith and Andrew King address the school.

Year 10 German Excursion

On Thursday 30th of October most of the Year 10 German class travelled to Melbourne for the Goethe and AGTV German Film Competition. After a lot of work during term three to write, plan, direct, film and edit the entry, the students had submitted an excellent piece on the topic of celebrating German called 'Die Vereinigte Stadt Feiert' (the united city celebrates) about the reunification of Berlin in 1989.

On Thursday we began the day by visiting the Queen Victoria Market to see the different German foods on offer (and peruse the many bargains on offer). We then travelled by tram down to Federation Square to watch the entrants on the big screen at ACMI. There were some great submissions from many different schools state wide, all looking at different reasons to celebrate German language and culture. We were very impressed by our competition, and were very proud to win third prize in the senior school category! Thank you very much to Donna Schultz for accompanying us on the day and for all the students who helped out as extras in the film. Gut gemacht zusammen!

Year 10 German Students at ACMI
Hayden, Jacqueline and Tait at the German Film Festival

DMSC students represented in Wimmera Top Arts and Design 2014

Congratulations to Wendy Walker, Megan Pryor and Abby Featherstone who have their work included in the 2014 Wimmera TOP Arts and Design at the Trade Training Centre in Horsham. This exhibition is open for high achieving students in VCE Art, Studio Art, Visual Communication and Design, and Product Design Technology until 12 November. The Trade Training Centre is open weekdays and will be closed on November 3rd and 4th.

Good news for German classes

DMSC has received news that we will be sharing a Language assistant with Rainbow Secondary College in 2015. I have been in contact with Annalaura Meissner and she is very excited at the prospect of spending next year assisting students at both of these schools with their German language classes.

We have also had confirmation from a teacher at one of our exchange partner schools, the Heinrich Heine Schule that they are keen to ensure that the exchange takes place again as early as next year. Planning has begun to explore the possibility of the German students visiting our Australian schools first this time, which could mean that the German students would come to stay in September 2015. Expressions of interest from any students currently studying German in Years 8-10 will be sought once details have been finalised.

Sally Klinge
Language KLA Coordinator

Occasional Bus Travel

The occasional bus travel form needs to be handed in at the school, signed by both the student and the parent/guardian before the student can travel on the bus. Due to legal requirements verbal permission can no longer be accepted.

Click here to download a copy of the Occasional Bus Travel form.

Derek Rae
Bus Coordinator

2015 Captains Announced
via Dimboola Courier

The Dimboola Memorial Secondary College student body has voted Andrew King and Mikayla Smith as its 2015 school captains.

Campaigning for the joint positions began two weeks before the end of third term with voting taking place during Fridays form assembly. The results were announced at recess...

Read the full article at the Dimboola Courier website.

Mrs Anne Gawith, Mikayla Smith and Andrew King
Mikayla and Andrew pictured with Acting Principal Anne Gawith - Dimboola Courier

DMSC granted finance for maintenance and energy efficiency
via Dimboola Courier

Dimboola Memorial Secondary College will receive a combined $23,590 from the Coalition Government to put towards energy costs and maintenance.

DMSC is one of 200 Victorian schools to receive $10,000 to help save costs through energy efficiency measures, along with schools at Rainbow, Laharum, Warracknabeal, Rupanyup and Kaniva.

DMSC has also been given $13,590 for maintenance of Block N (pictured) as part of a maintenance allowance of $363,822 for five schools across Western Victoria.

Read the full article at the Dimboola Courier website.

Block 'N' (Room 8) - Dimboola Courier
Block 'N' (Room 8) - Dimboola Courier

Andrew selected for anniversary Gallipoli tour
via Dimboola Courier

Year 11 student Andrew King will attend the 2015 Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli after being one of 80 students selected to represent Victoria.

During next year Andrew will speak to his peers about the experience at Gallipoli in order to spread knowledge of such an important event in our nation's history.

Read more about how we will commemorate the Centenary of Anzac by clicking here.

Andrew King with Premier Denis Napthine
Andrew King with Premier Denis Napthine


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