Year 7 students study a set of core subjects for the whole year and a set of other subjects for two terms each. There are opportunities to pursue further study in the half year subjects in future years.
We have outstanding VCE results with DMSC being the top Wimmera school from for the last five years (2017 to 2021) for the all-subject median score.
Students in Year 7 are expected to complete regular homework, including weekly reading, spelling, academic vocabulary and numeracy.
Occasional homework is given in other subjects too.
SMART Sessions are held for an hour every Tuesday and Thursday after school in the library.
They are a great opportunity to catch up on homework or get ahead, with teachers available for with extra tuition and support.
We pride ourselves on working closely with each and every student to ensure the best possible learning outcomes.
Quicksmart Numeracy and catch-up programs are available as needed.
All students in Years 7 to 9 have an Individual Learning Plan, and in senior years students work on a Career Action Plan (CAP) to assist with their journey through their senior secondary schooling.
A wide range of extra-curricular acivities are available to our students, including:
Some of these are expanded upon below.
Students are able to take advantage of lessons in the following aspects of music:
Students are exposed to many different sports through our Physical Education program, and are able to compete at local, regional and state level, including in:
Students studying German in middle- and senior-school are encouraged to take advantage of scholarship and exchange oppurtunities, including a ten-week exchange program.
From Year 10, students have the option to pursue a range of different pathways.
Victorian Certificate of Education
The VCE Vocational Major (VM) is a senior secondary qualification that enables successful transitions into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training, or employment.
The Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) is not a senior secondary qualification, but can be a pathway to the VCE, VET or employment.
Vocational Education and Training
VET subjects give you the chance to combine job-focused training with your VCE or Vocational Major studies and marks from VET courses can count towards these pathways.
Our Hands on Learning program provides students with the opportunity to develop skills outside the classroom.
Previous projects by our Hands on Learning students include:
Students all have the same laptops arranged by the school.
We use Edmodo, an online portal, to assist with teaching and learning. Students, staff and parents have access to Edmodo, allowing parents to be in the loop with their child's progress.
We have well-resourced general purpose and specialist teaching and learning spaces.
Students are well supported throughout their time at DMSC.
A highlight of the year for our Year 7 class is the school camp, which in 2020 was to Campaspe Downs in central Victoria. The camp provides a great chance for students to try new things and, being early in the school year, to get to know there classmates better outside the classroom.
We are proud of our status as a memorial school and we ensure that our students leave with an appreciation of our nation's history. Each year, we hold a number of remembrance events:
We have high expectations of our students and exercise a "firm but fair" approach.
We pride ourselves on communicating well with students and parents, including with SMS notifications to parents and carers.
Buses are available from Horsham and surrounding districts around Dimboola:
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