Dripstone Middle School newsletter term 1 week 2 2020

A Message from the Principal

Principal Robyn Thorpe

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

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.

2020 Classes

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:

  • Ms Charleen Conroy – Year 7
  • Ms Marg Vatskalis- Year 8
  • Ms Irini Pikoulos- Year 9

Our year level coordinators are often the first point of call for parents who have issues and concerns regarding their child’s academic and social and emotional learning.

New Staff

We are very excited to welcome our new teachers and staff to Dripstone Middle School:

  • Ms Kristi Beynon – Assistant Principal
  • Ms Stephanie Farr- Maths and Science Teacher
  • Ms Sandy Vass- Japanese Teacher
  • Mrs Rebecca Barker- Science Teacher
  • Ms Erin Jovanovich- Maths and Science Teacher
  • Ms Chevaunne Fewings- Humanities Teacher
  • Ms Josie Bidnar – STARS coordinator
  • Ms Kristine Rushforth- Defence School Mentor

Meet n 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 19 February from 5pm to 6pm. The School Council AGM will follow directly afterwards at 6pm. All parents and carers welcome. held in the school library.

School Council AGM

The School Council AGM will be held on the same evening as the Meet and Greet, Wednesday 19 February from 6pm to 7pm. School Council is a great way to get involved in the school.

The Dripstone School Council is the governing body that works in partnership with the principal and school staff to achieve the best outcomes for all students attending Dripstone Middle School

School Council is a dynamic and exciting way for parents/ guardians to be actively involved in supporting the school vision to be ‘the school of choice’.

Dripstone Middle School Council meetings are held at least twice per term (8 times per year) on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:00PM.

The School Council recognises that the most responsive and exciting school councils have parents/guardians members that are drawn from diverse groups that reflect our school community population.

We are always looking for new parents to get involved in our wonderful school to support our students to achieve their best.

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!

VIDEO: Year 7 students settle in to their first week of Middle School.

Coronavirus Latest update

Please find a link below to the latest information provided by the Department of Health. Includes information on travel, isolation, symtoms and further details.