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Dripstone Middle School newsletter term 3 week 8

A Message from the Principal

Principal Robyn Thorpe

Dear Parents and Carers

Community of Achievers

Tournament of Minds Teams

Congratulations to our Tournament of Mind teams who competed this year in the NT TOMs competition at CDU. Congratulations to the STEM TOM team who were awarded the ‘Spirit of TOMS’ Award. This is a very prestigious award and extremely well-deserved for their flexibility and creativity. Tournament of Minds is an extra-curricular activity which provides students an opportunity to accelerate their learning in a unique experience outside of the classroom. Students are required to work together and embrace problem solving activities in both planned and spontaneous tasks. Creative thinking and out-of-the-square solutions are just some of the benefits of these challenges. A big thank you to our hard working teachers, Ms Hannah Motter and Ms Shan Truter, who worked hard to prepare our students for these competitions. The students had a great time and worked through the challenges to a high standard. Well done.

BEAT Festival

This year the BEAT Festival celebrates its 4Oth performance and we are excited to have a number of students participating in a variety of areas showcasing their musical talents. This includes a group of students performing tonight as part of the Dripstone Choir, Dripstone Rock School Band will be performing their song ‘Strive’ each night, Cherise will be performing as a soloist singer, and we have members playing in the Orchestra and joining the NT School of Music Ensemble Band on stage. Congratulations to all students and Mr Webb who have put many hours and dedication into preparing for this excellent celebration of music.

Dripstone Music Program

Dripstone Middle School is very proud of the wonderful music program that is offered to all students. All students participate in a music class in Year 7, then have the opportunity to participate in this as a Specialist Subject in Years 8 and 9. We have students who join and perform as bands, choirs and musicians, and the school’s Tech Crew who learn how to do manage audio and lighting equipment. Students showcase their talents through performances at NT Competitions, School of Rock, BEAT, events at public events and feeder primary schools, school assemblies and our Music in the Mall events held regularly.

Achievements in Mathematics

Australian Mathematics Competition. The AMC is a school based competition offered to students in Years 3 to 12 in over 30 countries, including Australia. This year, 12 Dripstone Middle School students in Years 7, 8 and 9, entered the competition in August.

The results have just been released and it is our pleasure to announce that each of our students achieved commendable scores. One student in particular Felicity in Year 9 has gained a State Award for her achievement. Congratulations Felicity!

Australian Maths Trust – digIT Program. Congratulations to Jye who has won a place in the National digit Outreach Program. This is a six-month program for Year 9 and 10 students who have shown high potential in ICT.

Canberra Excursion

Last week we had a large group of Year 8 students visit Canberra and Sydney as part of their studies into Australia’s history. Students visited Parliament House, the High Court, the Australian Mint, and the Australian War Memorial. They also got to visit famous Australian landmarks such as the Opera House, Luna Park and The Rocks in Sydney. A big thank you to Ms Irini Pikoulos, Ms Charleen Conroy, Ms Karen Newman and Mr Dave for escorting the students and allowing this excursion to happen.

Dripstone Humanities Canberra Civics and Citizenship Excursion 2019

Thirty seven Dripstone Middle School Year 8 students have recently undertaken an educational tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. Some of the highlights of the trip were a tour of Parliament House where students had the opportunity to ask questions about Australia’s political system. The visit to the High Court of Australia to learn about the Australian judicial system, a guided visit at the Museum of Australian Democracy where students had undertaken a role play debate in the chamber. Students also had the opportunity to participate in the National Electoral Education Centre programme.

Students were also privileged enough to visit the Australian War Memorial. Where they had a guided and self-guided tour. While visiting, students had the opportunity to find their family names on the Roll of Honour and lay a poppy on the Roll of Honour.

The very little down time students and staff had in Canberra was filled with many adventures such as a day in the snow at Selwyn Snow Resort snow skiing, tobogganing and enjoying snow play. The evenings were filled with fun activities such as laser tag and ice skating.

Dripstone Middle School would like to thank the Australian Government who recognises the importance of Civics and Citizenship Education with the contribution of the Parliament and Civics Rebate Program which gave our students an enjoyable learning experience.

Irini Pikoulos, Canberra Trip Coordinator

Robocop Competition at Dripstone

Sunday 22 September

Next Sunday Dripstone Middle School is hosting the annual NT Robocup Competition. Robocop is a project-based educational initiative that supports robotic events for students who work together in teams to show case their engineering, coding and computing skills. This is a great example of providing our students opportunities to learn technological skills required for the 21st century. All visitors are welcome. Food and drink will be available for sale.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent teacher interviews are a great way to find out about your child’s learning progress. These are held twice a year, however parents are invited to contact teachers, or the year level coordinator, at any time, to discuss any concerns that they may have. Parent teacher interviews are formally set for next Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 September in the evening from 4pm to 7pm (Tuesday) and 4pm to 6pm (Wednesday). Appointments can be made through the following link:

Japanese Study Tour

Next week we have a group of students visiting our sister school in Kibi Cho, Japan for a 2 week study tour. This experiences allows students to learn in a real life context about Japanese culture, history and language. A big thank you to Ms Emma Fisher for her organisation of this trip and Nurse Mary and Mr Petros Gerakios who will be joining Emma to escort the students.

Cross Country this Friday

This Friday students have nominated to participate in the Annual Cross Country event. This will take place during Session 2, and students run or walk around the perimeter of the school grounds. Students are allowed to wear their School Sports Shirt and should bring a water bottle and wear a hat. Students not participating are expected to attend school as per normal.

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