Dripstone Middle School newsletter term 3 week 6

A Message from the Principal

Principal Robyn Thorpe

Dear Parents and Carers


This week the preliminary NAPLAN results were announced showing that NT students have made some excellent growth. At Dripstone Middle School we have been focused on lifting literacy through a specific reading project which is helping all students make accelerated growth in their reading abilities. Congratulations to our students and teachers for these great results. Individual NAPLAN results will be released next month to parents and carers.

2020 Enrolment

Moving from primary school to middle school can be daunting for some students. We are making sure that students have positive experiences to transition smoothly throughout the year through a range of opportunities. All Year 6 students in our feeder primary schools have attended Orientation Days to experience a day in Middle School. Year 6 students have received their enrolment packs and are asked to return these over the next 2 weeks.

Students who would like to apply for the LEAP and RISE extension classes are asked to collect a form from their Year 6 teachers and return this to Dripstone by the end of the term. We have also run extension classes in a range of subjects for Year 5 and 6 students and a large group of Year 6 students have attended the Young Achievers Days providing collaborative inquiry learning in a range of cross curricular subjects. Please contact Mr Amit Kundu if you have any concerns about your child’s enrolment for 2020.

Last night we held a Parent Information evening for Year 6 families and students. This provides an opportunity for families to tour the school and learn about the great programs being offered at Dripstone. If you were unable to attend this session, a second one will be held on Wednesday 6th November from 5pm to 6pm.

VIDEO: Dripstone showcase for parents and carers with children entering Year 7 next year.


Our Year 9 students have been visiting Casuarina Secondary College as part of their Year 9 to Year 10 Transition. All students have received enrolment packages. These need to be returned to CSC with a copy of their 2019 Semester 2 Report. Please contact Mr Amit Kundu if you have any concerns in regards to your child’s transition to senior secondary school next year.

Parent Survey closes Friday

Your opinion is important to us. We are asking all parents to complete a short survey which has been emailed and sent out on School Stream, by this Friday 30 August. The Survey can be accessed by this link: https://www.schoolsurvey.edu.au/s/9yaucstx Information collected from this survey is used to help us know in what areas we can improve to enhance learning outcomes for all of our learners.

New Basketball Shade Cover

We are excited to announce that new shade for the Basketball Court is being installed over the next few weeks. This will be a hard cover which will replace the shade cloth torn down in Cyclone Marcus. Thanks to the Department of Education for funding this. You may have also read in the news that Dripstone Middle School will have solar panels installed over the next 18 months. This is an exciting initiate to implement more sustainable actions as a school community.

Year 9 Health and PE Special Guests

Mr Walsh’s Year 9 Health & PE class were lucky enough to have two guest speakers recently. Former AFL great Michael “Magic” McLean and Sports Commentator and Order of Australia awardee (OAM) Charlie King. In these visits students were able to discuss in-depth Michael and Charlie’s insights into racism in sport within Australia after students had recently studied the documentary “The Final Quarter”. Students were also interested in hearing Michael’s experiences of playing AFL as one of the first Indigenous players and Charlie’s push to end domestic violence in the Northern Territory with the “No More Campaign.

A message from Senior Constable Dan Bull

Hello Everyone. I’d just like to take the time to introduce myself to those who don’t already know me. I am the School Based Constable at Dripstone Middle School. I have been a Northern Territory Police Officer for 22 years.

My focus is on the engagement and support of students and families, particularly those transitioning into Middle School, with the aim to contribute to the school’s safe and supportive learning environment whilst also preventing victimisation.

If you wish to contact me please do so by emailing me on CommunityandYouthEngagement.PFES@pfes.nt.gov.au

Thank you – Senior Constable Dan Bull

Community Service

The Duke of Edinburgh students have to complete 13 hours of community service to gain their Bronze Award. This term they are going to the Tiwi Gardens nursing home every Wednesday for an hour to visit the residents.

The Official Athletics Carnival Report

Greg Cilento (HPE Teacher/Sports Co-ordinator)

On Friday 27 June a multitude of students, decked out in the new school sport shirts ventured out to the school oval to compete in the annual Athletics event. It was a sea of red, yellow and blue athletes running, throwing and jumping, using the entire oval in a range of track and field events. After the first round of events Alexandra was in the lead with Phoenix and Carpentaria close behind. The School Ambassadors and the Japanese Study Tour students provided the food and drink for the day, ensuring good sustenance for all the students and staff. Carpentaria took the lead after the 100m events with Phoenix second and Alexandra third. The ‘Tech Crew’ provided music to create a great atmosphere until the end of the day. After the next rotation of events Phoenix crept into the lead, followed by Carpentaria and Alexandra. It was a hotly contested carnival. Carpentaria and Phoenix changed the lead a few more times, with Alexandra falling behind for the remainder of the day. It then came down to the 4x100m relays to determine the overall winner. The track was fast and so were the runners, as the baton was passed around the 400m distance. After all of the events were tallied, it was Phoenix (615 pts) first, Carpentaria (574 pts) second and Alexandra (485 pts) third.

Congratulations to Phoenix who took out the Athletics title for 2019

Records Broken

  • 12/U – Lavinah P (100m, 400m)
  • 15 – Ava M (Javelin)
  • 15- Brianna R (400m)
  • 15 – Leonard R (400m)

Age Champions

  • 12/U – Lavinah P Hao X
  • 13 – Alyssa R Alex T
  • 14 – Anastasia K Mark H
  • 15 – Brianna R Michail A

Thankyou to all the staff who helped prior, during and after the event to help make the day a great success. The students were engaged and motivated to do well for their teams. We would like to congratulate all students who made a positive effort to contribute this event as a ‘Community of Achievers’.


On Monday, Ms Conroy’s Year 9 Humanities class participated in a virtual excursion to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Students used computer technology to tour the World War I galleries making them feel that they were there in real life. Students interacted with the staff at the memorial for a live tour and activities. It is extremely exciting that we can offer our students these technological opportunities to engage in experiential learning.

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School Council Profile

"My name is Libby Finteln and I have joined the council this year as a parent representative. My children have attended Nakara Primary School since preschool and I have also worked there as classroom support for some years. As my son has moved on to middle school I have taken this opportunity to get to know more about Dripstone's focus and plans for the coming years. I am loving seeing Dripstone kids engaged with so many different healthy mind and body activities!"

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