Dripstone Middle School newsletter week 1 term 1 2019

Principal Robyn Thorpe

A Message from the Principal

Welcome Students and Families

Welcome back to the 2019 school year. I would like to give a warm welcome to all of our new families and students. This year we have 180 Year 7 students joining us, as well as a number of new students in Years 8 and 9. Dripstone Middle School is proud of its excellent reputation and will continue to work hard to ensure every student achieves success. This is achieved with a strong focus on student wellbeing, quality teaching and diverse learning opportunities. This year we are very excited to be offering a comprehensive range of new electives including Woodwork, Dance, Cooking (Home Economics) and Digital/Media Studies.

Welcome New Staff

Dripstone Middle School is proud to welcome a number of new teachers and support staff this year.

  • Judith Braybon who is teaching Science
  • Airlie White who is teaching English
  • Robert Young who is teaching Dance
  • Guillaume Puig who is teaching Humanities and Duke of Edinburgh
  • Braydon Williams who is teaching Woodwork

Welcome also to Lauren Motlop who is working as a STARS Coordinator replacing Brittany Ward. Welcome as well to our new Classroom Support Staff - Louise Reeve, Xenia Bryant, Danny Butcher and Simon Deery. Welcome to Vicky Mathios, who is working as the Library Assistant.

Left to Right - Judith Braybon, Airlie White, Robert Young, Guillaume Puig
Left to Right - Braydon Williams, Lauren Motlop, Vicky Mathios
Left to Right - Louise Reeve, Xenia Bryant, Simon Deery, Danny Butcher

Meet and Greet Evening

To help parents and carers establish a relationship with their child's teachers and to gain an understanding of the expectations for learning in each subject, the school is holding a Meet and Greet evening on Wednesday 20 February from 5pm to 6pm. The School Council AGM will follow directly afterwards at 6pm. All parents and carers welcome.

Classes for 2019

At the beginning of the year, all staff work hard towards ensuring each and every student feels welcome and develops a strong sense of belonging. We understand that in the Middle Years students need to feel that they have a strong connection with their peers and teachers. Teachers work hard at developing strong relationships with their students and between students. For this reason, this year all students will remain with the same class for the core subjects of English, Maths, Humanities and Science. Once established, these classes will remain the same for the whole year.

Teachers and Senior staff have spent much time in ensuring your child has been correctly placed, however if you feel that there is an issue, please contact Ms Nektaria Pikoulos by Friday 6 February to discuss your concern. After this time, we are asking that parents do not make requests for their child to be moved out of this class during the year.

School Values and Expectations

At the beginning of the year the school values are taught and reinforced by all teachers in all classrooms. The school values of Safety, Ownership, Achievement and Respect (SOAR) provide a strong foundation to achieve high expectations for learning. The school logo, an Aquila (Eagle), symbolises these values and visually represents the SOAR concept to aim high and achieve your personal best.

Travelling to and from School

Safe travel to and from school is extremely important to us at Dripstone Middle School. We would like to remind our students and families of some important information regarding travel to and from school to ensure all students arrive at school safely. Parents please also ensure your children arrive at school on time to start classes each day. There are consequences for recurring lateness.

  • The school drop off zone is located on the Delamere St side of the school for morning drop offs and afternoon pick ups. Please be mindful of local residents and try not to block entrances to side streets when waiting to pick up your children.
  • There is a second carpark on Willeroo St behind the school. The staff carpark is also located in this area and is clearly signposted. Please do not park in the staff carpark or use it for drop offs and pick ups.
  • For students walking or riding to school - Parents please remind your children to use marked road crossings wherever possible and to be mindful of traffic and road rules. Students riding their bike to school must ensure they wear a helmet and bring a bike lock so that their bike remains secure during the day. Some students are choosing to use the Henbury School bus lane as a short cut when walking or riding to school. This is extremely unsafe as buses travel down that roadway regularly. Please speak to your children about the laneway being banned from student use.
  • Students catching a school bus - there are bus stops on Willeroo St that NT Government school buses travel down in the morning and afternoon. School bus routes and timetables as well as the school bus code of conduct can be found at the link below.


Students are required to wear the correct uniform, including school shorts with the Dripstone logo. Jewellery must be kept to a minimum and is discouraged. Long chains and long earrings are not to be work due to safety risks.

Last year the School Council endorsed a decision to add a black jacket with the Dripstone Middle School logo as part of the School Uniform Policy. The school sells two styles of jackets, both with the Dripstone Middle School logo - a wet weather jacket ($35) and a fleecy jacket ($55).

In 2019, it is a requirement that all students will wear a black jacket if they need another layer during cooler weather or in the air conditioning in classrooms. While it is our preference that all students wear a black jacket with the Dripstone logo, you may purchase a commercial jacket for child if you choose. If this is the case, the jacket must be plain black without a hood. Examples of our Dripstone Middle School jackets can be found below and both styles are available for purchase from our Book Room at the front office.

We are also selling house-coloured (red, yellow, blue) Sport Shirts. These will be required for PE lessons and sports events. The Sport Shirts are available for purchase through the front office.

Back to School Voucher Information

All students enrolled at an NT government school receive a $150 back to school voucher to assist with the purchase of back to school requirements. Vouchers are held by the school and can be redeemed at the front office. Please be aware that the amounts on the vouchers must be used in full by the end of Term 1. Any remaining value after this time will be lost. Vouchers can be used to purchase school uniforms (including our Dripstone jackets) as well as stationery and other items.

School Communication

All parents and carers are advised to download the School Stream app which is our primary way to communicate events, announcements, newsletters, what's happening in the school, etc. If you would prefer to have the newsletter emailed to you please let the front office know.

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 our good news stories. Make you like, comment and share all the great things happening at Dripstone!

We are looking forward to an exiting and successful year, working together with our families.


The annual Battle of the School Bands is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary this year. Expressions of interest for middle and senior school students are now open at the link below.

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