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Principal's Report - Tuesday 14th June 2016

I hope all students and their families were able to find some time to relax and recharge over the long weekend. The winter weather has finally arrived with some frosty mornings, but glorious sunny days. Teachers have been busy correcting exams and assessment tasks and finalising the end of semester reports for all students.

The reports will be distributed on the last day of term, so it is essential that all students attend, right through until Friday June 24. Please support the school with our goal of 100% attendance for every student, by always insisting that your child attends school, unless they are genuinely unwell.

Today we started our Semester Two timetable, with new electives commencing for the junior and middle school and our senior students have started Units 2 and 4. Please encourage your son or daughter to stay focussed on their studies right up until the last day of term.

Model United Nations Conference
This Friday, DMSC is hosting a model United Nations conference. Approximately 100 students from Years 9 and 10 will participate, with students coming from: Edenhope, Rainbow, St Brigid’s, Horsham and others.

Our topic for discussion is, The Responsibility to Protect: Toward an End to Mass Atrocity Crimes.

Our area Senior Sergeant from the Horsham Police Station, Dale McIvor, will speak on the connection between violent crimes that occur on a local level and how our moral responsibility to care and protect should extend from there, to a broader understanding and concern for the mass atrocities that do still happen in the world today.

This event is a very exciting one for our school to be hosting and I am looking forward to a great day on Friday.

Visit from Nhill College
Today we welcomed six staff members from Nhill College. In Term Two, three DMSC staff travelled to Nhill to run professional development sessions on Academic Vocabulary. After the presentation, Nhill staff expressed a desire to visit us to see how our program runs here in classes. It is great when staff from different schools can work together with the shared purpose of improving student outcomes and we will continue to look for opportunities to work with other schools. Thank you to our staff for opening their classrooms for observations and also to our Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Charlotte Pyers, for overseeing the visits.

DMSC – A Child Safe School
Last week I wrote about the new legislation that comes into effect on August 1, 2016. This new Ministerial Order has one key aim – to protect all children from all kinds of abuse. As part of our school’s commitment to this aim, we will be ensuring that our recruitment processes of both staff and volunteers, meet the highest possible standards in terms of ensuring the safety of students. If you volunteer at DMSC in any capacity, it is essential that you have a current Working With Children Check. These are easy to obtain via the WWCC website -

Mrs Anne Gawith