A Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back to the 2020 school year and in particular welcome to all of our new students and their families. We have had an excellent start to the year and students have settled into classes and their new timetables. This year we have a record number of 182 Year 7 students joining us and they are quickly learning how to find their way around their new school. We are also excited to welcome Defence School Mentor, Ms Kristine Rushforth, to Dripstone Middle School for 2020.
Arriving to school on time each morning is critical to build the right habits in these early weeks. If your child cannot attend school on any given day, the front office must be informed along with the reason. We thank you for your support in getting your child to school every day.
School Uniforms and Book Packs
Don’t forget to come in and spend your Back to School Vouchers on book supplies and uniforms. This is equivalent to $150 and needs to be spent in Term 1. If you cannot come into school, you may prefer to phone in your order. All families are requested to purchase a Student Planner. The purchase of this is built into the book pack, however for families choosing not to purchase the book pack, the cost is $15.
Student Planners assist our students with their organisational skills and allow them to record homework tasks, key dates, reminders, etc. They include important information about the school including the School Values, policies and expectations, school map, as well as activities which will become part of the Wellbeing Program, which includes social and emotional learning. The Wellbeing program is delivered in students’ PL classes and is a critical element of learning for our middle year students.
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.
At the beginning of the year, all staff work hard 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, all students 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. Students will not be allowed to move classes after next week. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s placement, please speak to Mr Amit Kundu.
Year Level Coordinators
This year our Year Level Coordinators are: