Dimboola Memorial Secondary College  DMSC

Dimboola Memorial Secondary College

Dimboola Memorial Secondary College

Dimboola Memorial Secondary College
Will Thomson and Katie Griffiths - 2024 School Captains

Will Thomson and Katie Griffiths
2024 School Captains

Dimboola Memorial Secondary College was proclaimed in 1921 and moved into the purpose-built Soldiers' Memorial Hall on our 'hilltop' site overlooking the town of Dimboola in 1924. We have been proudly educating our district's young people in the memory of our war fallen for the century since.

DMSC is a small rural secondary college situated in the Wimmera Region 36 km from Horsham. It is a traditional secondary college in its curriculum design but prides itself on its broad senior offerings including VCE and VM/VET pathways.

Everything we do at DMSC is designed to deliver ever improving learning experiences and outcomes that will enable all students to leave DMSC with the skills, knowledge, behaviours and values that drive quality life experiences.

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School Centenary in 2024

We will celebrate our school's centenary at an event on Saturday 25th May 2024.

Please visit www.dmsc.vic.edu.au/centenary for more information and to register.

Dimboola Memorial Secondary College would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the Wimmera Mallee area: the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagalk peoples, and pay our respects to elders past, present and future.

From our Principal - Friday 19th April 2024

I hope everyone found time to enjoy the warm weather over the Easter break and the school holidays. It was great to see students back at school on Monday, for the start this eleven-week term, which includes the school’s centenary celebrations at the end of May and the Debutante Ball on Friday 28th June.

Awards presentations

On Monday we celebrated the achievements of many students from Term 1 at our General Assembly held in the Assembly Hall. Students received certificates and a prize of their choice in recognition of academic, effort and values awards. Students who had 99% or higher attendance for the term were also presented with a certificate and memento. It was very pleasing to see so many students receiving awards. A total of 169 academic awards were presented, together with 94 effort awards and 15 values awards. Lists of the recipients of these awards can be found later in the newsletter.


Next Thursday 25th April is ANZAC Day. As is the case each year, the school will host both town services. The Dawn Services will commence at 6am at the front of the Memorial Building, which has the town’s Honour Rolls beneath the building verandah. A free Gunfire Breakfast will follow near the school’s canteen.

Students are encouraged to attend the 8.30am service and march from the front gates in Ellerman Street. It would be wonderful to have as many students as possible dressed in school uniform joining the march along the Avenue of Honour with students from both primary schools. Students should assemble at the front gates by 8.20am. Our two College Captains – Katie Griffiths and Will Thomson will lay a wreath on behalf of the school and then speak at the formal service in the Assembly Hall.

At school, we will recognise ANZAC Day next Wednesday with a short service at 10.30am at the front of the Memorial Building.

School Review

Today was the first part of the review process, which occurs every four years in all government schools. Mrs Pyers and I met with Jackie Kerr, who is ensuring that DMSC is compliant with the requirements of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). Much of the other work involved in the review process will take place this term and in Term 3.

Respectful Relationships

This term, our focus in Mentor groups each Friday will be on treating others as we would like them to treat us. Racism will be a topic of discussion from Week 3 and I encourage families to speak with the students about what is being presented in these short sessions.

School Centenary

We are now just one month away from Saturday 25th May, when the school will celebrate the milestone of 100 years of education on the current site. Bookings are still open for both the afternoon tours and RSL commemorative service, as well as the official evening dinner. For catering reasons, these online bookings will close at midnight on May 5th, so please secure your place before this date, if you have not already done so.

Surprise visitors

I had the pleasure of meeting three former teachers of DMHS on Monday, who had called in unexpectedly, as they are not able to attend the centenary event. They had taught in the school in the late 1960s and one of them was Jane Edmonson, who is well-known in her role as a gardening expert on the ABC’s Gardening Australia. All of them were very impressed by the beautiful gardens and lawn areas that our school is fortunate to have.

Short week ahead

A reminder that there are only three days of school for our students next week. Thursday is the ANZAC Day public holiday and Friday 26th April is a pupil-free Curriculum Day for all staff.

Sally Klinge

Bushfire At Risk Register

Our school is on the Bushfire At Risk Register (BARR).

Schools on the BARR must close on a determined Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating day in their weather district. No staff will remain on site and all out-of-school care programs (including vacation, before and after school programs) will not operate on such days.

As a bus coordinating school all bus routes will be cancelled.

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Click here for fire danger ratings on the CFA website.

DMSC Virtual Tour

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post PO Box 40 | Dimboola | Victoria, 3414
phone 03 5389 1460
fax 03 5389 1981
email dimboola.memorial.sc@education.vic.gov.au

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