*A SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS AND CARERS PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL TO UPDATE YOUR “CONTACT DETAILS” ESPECIALLY MOBILE NUMBERS!
- 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
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
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.
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’.
Eva F, Gabriella F, Pedro L, Addison H, Nicholas K, Darshi P, Clayton L.
Christina M, Maria K, Cathryn S, Deontae G, Elizabeth S, Keszia F, Nathan L, Jason R, Storme C, Tashanah K.
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
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
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