Principal's Report - Tuesday 20th April 2016
Yesterday we hosted our long-awaited Athletics Standards and Athletic Sports – in a wonderful combined event! The weather was magnificent and there were some great performances across all disciplines – with some fierce competition in a couple of the age groups. I was particularly impressed with the students who simply had a go, knowing full well that athletics is not their area of excellence. In a VERY close result, Hindmarsh were the overall winners of the Standards Shield and the final calculations regarding Age Champions will be completed this week. All students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd will receive a DMSC ribbon.
Thank you to Mr O’Neill who coordinated the event and to the staff, parent and student helpers who worked tirelessly all day. It was also lovely to see so many parents, grandparents and friends of DMSC here to support the students.
ANZAC Commemorations at DMSC
This Friday afternoon, we are hosting our annual school ANZAC service here at DMSC. School Captains, Zoe Pilmore and Scott Polycarpou will speak and all students and staff will be involved in a very moving ‘Poppy’ laying service. Parents and community members are most welcome to attend and the service will commence at 2.45pm in the Hall. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our senior VCAL classes who have been making many items for the ANZAC commemorations. Beautifully packaged ANZAC Biscuits are available for purchase from the office, more giant poppies have been made for our gardens and the multitude of poppies that will be part of the ceremony on Friday, have been handmade by our students.
Furthermore, all students have been engaged in ANZAC related activities in their Mentor Groups, with many watching short informative films, playing with fact cards and discussing what ANZAC means to them.
Please see the flyer in the newsletter this week regarding the ANZAC services here at DMSC on April 25. I look forward to seeing many members of our school community at either the dawn, or later service.
Football and Netball
Last Saturday, I was thrilled to be able to see many of our DMSC students take to the field or court in some matches against Minyip Murtoa. We have some talented students at our school and while the results were mixed – I witnessed all of our students playing with a positive attitude and a wide smile, irrespective of the final scores. I must of course also mention the DMSC staff who played, they set an excellent example for our students by both engaging in physical activity and also by demonstrating great sportsmanship. I am sure the DFNC will look forward to a rematch on home turf, later in the season.
Visit from Emma Kealy and Shadow Education Minister, Nick Wakeling
Tomorrow morning we will be hosting local member Emma Kealy and Shadow Education Minister, Mr Nick Wakeling. It is a very timely visit, with some repair works currently underway on one of our oldest buildings. DMSC, like many other schools, is in desperate need of major funding to renew some old buildings which have long passed their use by dates.
Over the coming weeks, I will be calling for interested parents to assist us with our whole school review. Short forums (no more than an hour) on a range of topics will be held here at DMSC, enabling us to obtain some feedback from parents and carers on what we do well and the areas that we could refocus on.
Mrs Anne Gawith