Principal's Report - Tuesday 21st June 2016
We are almost at the end of an 11 week term! I think all members of the DMSC school community are looking forward to a fortnight of rest and relaxation time – however spare a thought for our Year 12s, who will need to continue to work solidly through this mid-year break.
On Friday, students will be dismissed at 2.30pm and they will be receiving their end of semester reports before they depart. Parent Teacher Interviews will be conducted on Monday 1st August and more information will be sent home regarding this afternoon/evening in the first week of next term.
If you have any concerns around issues raised in your child’s report, please call the school to speak with the relevant subject teacher at your earliest convenience.
Model United Nations Conference
On Friday we hosted our model United Nations forum and were joined by students from Horsham College, St Brigid’s College and Edenhope College. While making a quiet start, the students soon warmed up as they became more comfortable with the structure of the conference and realised that all students shared their initial nerves. Congratulations to our Year 9 and 10 students who embraced this very unique experience and who by the day’s end were thoroughly engaged in the process of debating motions and amendments in true United Nations style.
A special thank you to Nardine Groch and Ian Howie who both work for the Victorian Branch of the United Nations Association and who ran the day.
We were particularly privileged to have Ian Howie assume the role of “Secretary General”, as he has worked for the UN for over 30 years and has lived in many of the countries that our students were representing.
Our topic for discussion was, The Responsibility to Protect: Toward an End to Mass Atrocity Crimes. Senior Sergeant, Dale McIvor from the Horsham Police Station, spoke about how our responsibility to protect starts at a very local level. He emphasised that we must look after our “own backyard” then apply those principles of protection to a global context. Snr Sgt McIvor was joined on stage by Leading Snr Constable, Linda McLennan, an officer well known to school groups because of the great work she does with youth education programs. We sincerely thank Dale and Linda for their support of our day.
Thank you to the DMSC staff who prepared our students in Humanities classes beforehand and who also supervised the students for the entire day. Thanks also to the staff who accompanied the students from the visiting schools. Finally, thank you to Marcy Britten who oversaw the organisation of the event, it was a big undertaking, but one that was very worthwhile.
As announced several weeks ago, DMSC staff member Anna Exell and husband Hamish welcomed little Gracie into the world. We have already been fortunate to meet Gracie at school and Anna has graciously sent through a photo to introduce her gorgeous daughter to the whole school community.
The final round of Academic and Values Awards were presented at yesterday’s assembly.
Congratulations to all of the students who received awards, it is wonderful to see some new names on the list.
Junior Football Success!
Well – what a wonderful win for the Dimboola Under14s on the weekend! The match was entertaining to watch, with some great passages of play from the Dimmy boys, and it was so exciting to see the boys celebrate their first win for the season when the final siren sounded. For fear of leaving anyone out, I will refrain from naming some individual performances, however wins only come when a team play well together.
Congratulations to the Under13 girl netballers for securing a win and also to the Under 17 girls.
Have a great break.
I would like to wish all members of our school community a safe and relaxing break. Term Three starts on Monday July 11.
Mrs Anne Gawith