Principal's Report - Tuesday 12th April 2016
Welcome to Term Two. I hope everybody was able to spend some time with family and friends over the Easter break. Term One raced by – being only eight and a half weeks, however we are now embarking on an 11 week term. Football, netball and hockey are underway, a sure sign that winter is approaching – let’s hope we get some rain soon!
What a lovely way to end the term. Thursday March 24 was the DMSC Debutante Ball and our thirteen Debs and their partners looked resplendent. The Blue Moon theme – captured in the decorations, the girls’ corsages, the boys’ ties and handkerchiefs made the DMSC Hall come alive and many commented that they had not seen the space look so good. Thank you to parents Kellie Schwarz and Kylie Kuhne who oversaw the organisation of the event and the many parents and friends of the college who also contributed significant time and effort. I look forward to seeing the official photos when they become available.
Next week we have our combined Athletic Standards and Sports Day on Tuesday April 19 and I look
forward to seeing many parents and friends of the college at school throughout the day. If you are able to assist with an event –even for a short time – please contact Mr Jackson O’Neill here at the school. Please also remember, that attendance at whole school sport days is compulsory and I expect to see all students at school and having a go for their respective houses. Remember, just by turning up and participating – you earn points for your house!
Smart Sessions resumed yesterday afternoon – and will continue every Monday and Wednesday
afternoon throughout the year. Please encourage your son or daughter to take up this fantastic opportunity to get ahead with their schoolwork, complete their homework or get extra assistance from a teacher. Afternoon tea is provided and the sessions run from 3.30 – 4.30pm.
Year 12 Holiday Classes
Thank you to the teachers who ran extra Year 12 classes during the holidays. These extra sessions allowed for some intensive study of particular subject areas and provided students with an opportunity to consolidate their learning. Thank you to the students who made the effort to attend – these sessions are designed for you! There will be further sessions held in both the Term Two and Term Three holiday periods. Please encourage your son or daughter to attend.
Shire Youth Council
Last Tuesday I attended the inauguration of the 2016 Youth Council. DMSC have four students involved – Scott Polycarpou has signed on for a second term and Kynan Clarke, Peter Wren and Rebekah Albrecht are taking up positions for the first time. DMSC staff member, Luke Werner was one of the guest speakers at the evening – outlining why he loves living and working in the country and how it is “ok” to return home for your adult life. Our students and Luke are great ambassadors for our school.
The Hindmarsh Shire Youth Strategy 2016 – 2020 was also launched by Mayor, Deb Nelson and every
student will receive a copy of the strategy.
During the holidays, my family and I visited the “Ngujarn and Nakun: Belonging in the other” exhibition currently running in the gallery in the Yarra Building at Federation Square. It was very exciting to see local artists Kerrie Clarke and DMSC student Kynan Clarke’s work on display – as well as pieces created by members of Kerrie’s extended family. The exhibition runs until May 15 and I encourage you to visit if you get the chance.
It’s Not Okay to be Away!
Our 2016 push to improve school attendance continues into Term Two. While the coming months are often the season of coughs and colds, can I please encourage you to only keep your children home from school if they are genuinely unwell.
Days missed here and there add up, and your child can find that they have missed significant amounts
of school by the time they finish Year 10 if they are not regular attenders. Please work with the school
to promote the importance of regular attendance.
Mrs Anne Gawith