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Dripstone Middle School Newsletter Week 6 Term 1

*A SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS AND CARERS PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL TO UPDATE YOUR “CONTACT DETAILS” ESPECIALLY MOBILE NUMBERS!

Important Dates

  • 13 March – Parent workshop for Cyber Safety
  • 15 March– Pupil Free Day
  • 21 March – Harmony Day
  • 22 March – Swimming Carnival
  • 9-10 April - Parent Teacher Interviews

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Principal Robyn Thorpe

A Message from the Principal

Cyber Safety Sessions for Students and Parents

Have you ever wanted to know more about the online networking sites that your children are participating in? How do we as parents have a greater understanding on how we teach our children to be responsible and safe users of any site or App? Our school-based police Constables Dan and Linda are running a free Parent Workshop on Wednesday 13th March at 5pm in the school library. This session is based on the ‘ThinkUKnow’ program which has also been run across the school with every student in every class. Parents can access information from the following website a http://thinkuknow.org.au/parents-portal and download a copy of the Cyber Safety guide. The SOS Guide to Cyber Safety is their ‘go-to guide’ with information on young people and technology, the challenges they may face online and how to support them to overcome these.

This is timely information as an alert went out on School Stream yesterday about the inappropriateness of the online MoMo challenge. Please refer to this eSafety advice for parents on the Momo challenge.

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence & Harmony Day

2018 Year 8 Students

This year’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence will take place on Thursday 21st March. It is an opportunity for the whole school community to take a stand together against bullying and violence and to reinforce the message that bullying prevention is everybody’s responsibility. Positive actions will include every student creating a positive message on a hand shaped flag which will be displayed around the school. Teachers reinforce these messages through the explicit teaching of social and emotional skills to ensure our students are equipped with strategies to prevent bullying through Personal Learning (PL) classes.

Harmony Day

We will also celebrate Harmony Day on Thursday 21st March to acknowledge the multicultural diversity of our school. Harmony Day reinforces positive messages about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

Middle Years Conference – No school for students.

On Friday 15th March all staff will be attending the Middle Years Conference to learn improved practices for teaching and engaging young adolescent learners. Students are not required to attend school on this day.

Congratulations Student Ambassadors

Congratulations to our students who have been selected as this year’s Dripstone Middle School Student Ambassadors (previously known as the SRC). This is an exciting role to take on and this year our student ambassadors will play a key role in working with school leaders to help influence positive actions for improved engagement, growth and achievement for all learners. Together with other students and teachers in the Casuarina Education Precinct (CEP), they will form a group to become ‘Learning Commissioners’.

Year 7

Eva F, Gabriella F, Pedro L, Addison H, Nicholas K, Darshi P, Clayton L.

Year 8

Christina M, Maria K, Cathryn S, Deontae G, Elizabeth S, Keszia F, Nathan L, Jason R, Storme C, Tashanah K.

Year 9

James G, Aaron R, Alicia K, Trudy F, Felicity C, Shelbea D.

Leadership through Sportsmanship

This term we have a number of students participating in Regional School Sport displaying excellent examples of leadership through sportsmanship. We are keen to watch their progress over the coming year and will celebrate their achievements through the school newsletter and website. Sporting House Captains are soon to be elected by their peers and will be given the opportunity to apply their skills at the Annual Swimming Carnival on Friday 22nd March.

Sports Swimming Carnival

Casuarina Pool

This year the Sports Swimming Carnival will be an ‘opt in’ event to be held at the Casuarina Pool on Friday 22nd March. All students will attend lessons 1 and 2 as per normal, then students participating will leave the school at 10.15 to walk to the Casuarina Pool. Participants must nominate for at least 2 events on the day. These students will be dismissed from the pool at 3pm. Students who do not attend will be required to attend and stay at school as normal.

Great start to the year for our year 7 students

Year 7's in class

A collection of photos of our year 7 students enjoying the start of their Middle School Years.

Interschool Debating Competition

Dripstone's debating team has had a successful first two weeks of competition walking away from their debates with two wins.

Round 1 saw students debating the topic 'That the age of criminal responsibility should be raised' with speakers Darshi P, Alicia K and Trudy F beating Essington by 1 point.

Round 2 students debated the topic 'That the pen is mightier than the sword' with speakers Gabriella F, Eva F and Trudy F beating Good Shephard Lutheran College.

The team have been working extremely hard to construct their debates dedicating much of their own time. We wish them the best of luck in their upcoming debates.

Hannah Motter and Petros Gerakios

Clontarf Induction Camp

The Year 7 Clontarf Induction Camp saw over 100 new Year 7 Academy Members from around the Top End converge on Darwin for a 2 day camp.

Academy members participated in a wide range of activities that build life skills, team work, leadership and self-confidence. This included:

• Clean Up Australia Day – Rapid Creek

• Sports afternoon at Sanderson Middle School – Cricket, basketball, touch and some Indigenous games

Clontarf Camp

• Dinner at Tracey Village Club – Former Clontarf Alumni spoke about their journey

• Lake Leanyer Water Park – Team building challenges

The thirteen Dripstone Middle School students had a fantastic time and we look forward to seeing their growth and development over their Journey with Clontarf!

Cameron Ilet

AFL

School Cluster Boys AFL

On Wednesday February 20th we took a group of students to the Gardens Oval to compete in this years annual competition. There were 7 teams in total and we gradually played ourselves into all games we contested. Not getting a win, the students performed well in the hot conditions and we came close to a win in a few games. Credit to all students involved for a great effort on the day. Thanks goes to Cameron Ilett and Chris Baksh from Clontarf for their support on the day.

Greg Cilento Sport Co-ordinator

Dripstone Middle School has a partnership with Rebel Sport at the Jape Homemaker Village. When you shop at Rebel Sport, mention you are with Dripstone Middle School and they will donate 5% of the sale price to Dripstone! This will go toward helping us purchase much needed sports equipment for our school. Thank you for helping us when you shop at Rebel!

Student Absences

For your information, when you child is away sick for three or more days consecutively, the Education Department request a medical certificate to cover the period of absence.

Please feel free to call the School if you would like any further information.

Remember to contact us regarding any absences for your child/children. You can call Mr Laqui on 89837758 or Karen Newman on 89837759.

You can use the School App, send a note or email the school at dripstone.middle@ntschools.net

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