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Dripstone Middle School newsletter term 4 week 6

Principal Robyn Thorpe

A Message from the Principal

Community of Achievers

This term we are celebrating the great achievements of or school staff and students. Last week our Duke of Edinburgh students proudly received their Bronze Award at a special ceremony held at Parliament House. Congratulations to those 50 students who received this very deserving award and well done to our Duke Leaders: Danielle Thompson, Darcy Walsh and Cameron Ilett.

On Friday another very successful 'Dripstone Day' was held to build community spirit and service through various fundraising stalls. Over $3800 was raised in the annual 'Crop and Colour' fundraiser on the day with all funds donated directly to the Little Heroes Foundation, who support NT children with cancer and their families. An amazing effort by all involved. Congratulations to those students who were successful in auditioning for a place a the Talent Quest. The winning act went to Beau for his performance of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' dance. The audience was inspired by all of the acts made up of a range of dance, song, instrumental and musical bands. More Dripstone Day photos can be found further down in this newsletter.

Well done Beau!

Congratulations to students who competed in the FIRST Lego League Tournament against other school teams. Well done to the 'Uneentilijent Beavers' team who won the Mechanical Design Award in the Robot Design category.

Congratulations to Charleen Conroy who received a Professional Teachers Association NT Award for her meritorious contribution to the Teaching Profession in the NT. Ms Conroy plays an active role as a committee member of the Geography and History Teachers Association of the NT (GHTANT). She has also played a crucial role in running history competitions for NT students.

Award Presentation Evening

Make sure you have saved the date for this year's Award Presentation Evening. This will be held on Wednesday 5 December from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. This acknowledges student's hard work and positive efforts towards making excellent achievement in their academic studies, displaying a strong sense of citizenship and for working consistently hard towards their goals. The Year 9 Graduation will follow this event and will be held at Kantillas from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Professional Development Day Reminder

On Friday 23 November, all teachers and staff will be part of a Whole School Professional Learning Day. Students are not required at school on this day. Staff will discuss, analyse and plan for the progress all students have made in their reading abilities. This will assist planning for 2019.

Exciting News

We are excited to announce the opening of the media and digital studies room. This includes a Green Room which allows students to create video animations. This will allow students across Years 7, 8 and 9 to expand the presentation of their work with the ability to explore and incorporate digital media. The media space will open for student use in 2019 with an aim to offer Media Studies as an elective subject.

Enrolments for 2019

The school is currently taking enrolments for new students and students who are moving from Year 6 to Year 7. It is important that these are completed and handed in to the front office so that the school can plan and cater to the needs of all learners. LEAP and RISE applications are currently being assessed and students will be informed shortly of their success to join these high performing classes. If you would like to discuss your child's placement for 2019 please contact our Assistant Principals, Mr Amit Kundu or Ms Nektaria Pikoulos. If you are moving or not returning to Dripstone Middle School in 2019 please let us know via the link below.

Absences from School

A reminder to ALL parents and carers - please be sure to notify the school if your child will be leaving school early in 2018 OR returning late in 2019 for end of year break. Absentee notifications can be given to the front office, to our HLO Laqui Papalii, our AIEW Karen Newman, via email or through the school stream app. Please see contact details below.

  • Laqui Papalii - (08) 89837758
  • Karen Newman - (08) 89837759
  • Front Office - (08) 89837777
  • Email - dripstone.middle@ntschools.net

School Announcements

Have you downloaded School Stream?

School Stream an app which allows you to communicate with the school. You can notify the school of absences, find the newsletter, get announcements about what is happening and download the canteen menu, just to name a few. The app is updated on a regular basis so download it today to stay notified of everything that is happening at Dripstone Middle School.

Find us on Facebook!

The Dripstone Middle School Facebook page is a great way to find out what is happening at the school and is where we post all our good news stories. Make sure you like, comment and share all the great things happening at Dripstone!

2019 Aboriginal Teacher Education Scholarships

School News

Dripstone Tennis Star

Dripstone student Jett. L. has won the prestigious Austin Asche Trophy at the annual Tennis NT Awards. Jett has been recognised as the Territorian with the most outstanding achievements on and off the tennis courts, which has culminated with an invitation to join Tennis Australia's 14 and under junior European tennis tour. Congratulations Jett! We look forward to seeing more tennis achievements in your future.

STARS Presentation Night

Over 80 Stars girls, their families and Dripstone Middle School Staff gathered at the Dripstone gymnasium on Tuesday night to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our Stars girls this year. Awards were presented by Stars CEO Andrea Goddard. Huge congratulations goes to the following winners:

  • Star of the Year - TeLeah P (Year 9)
  • Attendance Award - Ekyra N. A (Year 9)
  • Year 9 Academic Award - Latoya C
  • Year 8 Academic Award - Tameika R
  • Year 7 Academic Award - Savannah P
  • Stars Spirit Award - Emma K (Year 9)
  • Stars Training Award - Tayah H (Year 7)

Dripstone wins Darwin Region School Sport Trophy

Dripstone Middle School have won the Darwin Region School Sport trophy for 2018. This totals 4 wins in 6 years, with 3 in a row between the years of 2013-2015. 309 students participated during the year in various school sport interschool and cluster events. Well done to all students involved and a very big thank you to the staff for your involvement in the program and making this possible for our students.

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