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21 February 2017

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Important Dates

03/03: House Swimming Carnival 2017

Please Note


Parents please be reminded that students should not be dropped off before 8:20am in the morning as they cannot be supervised before this time. This is a duty of care issue and we appreciate your cooperation.


There are a number of plates/platters and dishes from Presentation Night, please come have a look and take what is yours.


We have a number of school jumpers that were in the lost property last year, please check if your child’s jumper is missing. Let the office know if it is missing and hopefully we have it here.


Volunteering at DCC

Are you wanting to volunteer at DCC?

We'd love to hear from you. Come and grab a blue card form from Brie Murphy or provide us with a copy of your current card and get involved!

Message from the Principal

Damian Higgins, PrincipalIt was great to welcome everyone back to DCC for another year with a packed assembly in our new sports arena. Our school now has twice as many students as when we first opened a little over 2 years ago. It's fantastic to see so many new faces, many of whom have only recently moved to Agnes Water.

The term has got off to a busy start and many new initiatives are underway. A significant development this year is our student leadership program. This year we have introduced a primary leadership group and of course we have our inaugural school captains which were announced at the end of last year. Last week, both primary and secondary leadership teams attended leadership conferences in which they have undergone valuable training to assist them in their roles this year. I am a great believer in the fact that every person can be a leader in some aspect of a community. Some leaders are very visible and vocal, where others are active in a more behind the scenes style of leadership.

Every member of our community is equally important and it is essential for each individual student to discover what they can contribute to the life of the school. If everyone plays their part, we will always be in a healthy state as a thriving community. On the subject of community, it was wonderful to see so many people at our “Meet the Teacher” event last week. The evening was a great success and made even more special by our year 11 hospitality class who treated us to some seriously tasty food throughout the night. I am looking forward to seeing many more similar community events this year on the Discovery Campus. Another exciting event just around the corner is our first ever House Swimming Carnival. This will be taking place at the Norville Park Pool in Bundaberg and promises to be a great occasion for our students, teachers and any parents who would like to come along for the day.

Finally, a big focus for 2017 is our pioneering year 12 group who will be working hard to achieve their best possible outcomes in their final year of education. Our senior teaching staff are committed to providing the best possible support for each and every student with a view to enabling them to graduate with the final results that fulfil their true potential.

Blessings,


Damian Higgins, Principal

Sporting News

Mr James OsborneWednesday 8th February saw the start of our regular involvement in the BDSSS sports program for 2017. This year we have DCC’s biggest ever contingent of students making the weekly trip into Bundaberg to lock horns with other district schools in Touch and Volleyball. DCC has signed up five touch teams: 13 boys, 15 girls, 15 Boys, Open Girls and Open Boys and a successful 13 girl’s volleyball. In our first week of competition, the Open boys, 15 girls and 13 boys all fought hard but were narrowly beaten, whilst the Open girls and our girl’s volleyball team both won convincingly and the 15 boys had a bye.

On behalf of all those staff who attended, many congratulations on the great effort, sportsmanship and teamwork that was shown all afternoon. It is a pleasure to take away such well-behaved students and I look forward to another great showing next week.

Thank you also to all the parents who made the trip in to support our teams and especially to those who offered some much needed coaching tips to the Victorian teacher responsible for the 13 Boys Touch team!

A special mention should also be made for our awesome surfers - Paris, Archi, Alki, Nathan, Lachlan Hazell, Ella, Liana, Luca - all of whom made it through qualifications last Monday and went on to represent DCC and the Widebay District on Thursday at Rainbow beach. Well done and good luck for the next round.

Mr Osborne

Our Lovely Littlies

Prep

The students in our Prep/Year One class have settled really well into school life. The classroom is buzzing with group rotations, writing, counting and reading. We are exploring ‘mini beasts’ in our school and backyard, while discussing the awe and wonder of Creation. It was very exciting to experience our first Art, Music and PE lessons, but enjoying the scrumptious food in our lunch boxes are by far the highlight of every day.

Music Department

2017 has ushered in the start of our instrumental program and it is already growing fast! Music fills the air on Tuesdays as our budding new musicians practice throughout the day. Guitars, clarinets, trumpets, saxophones, and violins can all be heard rehearsing and honing their skills. With our string ensemble practicing on Monday afternoons and our Big band practicing on Friday afternoons, music has really taken off here at DCC. The diligence and perseverance of our musicians has been commendable as most of them face the challenges of learning a new instrument. We can’t wait to see how the hard work these musicians are putting in pays off when performing in the future.

Chess

Chess

Chess has already proven to be very popular at the start of the 2017 school year. Each Tuesday during lunch time GLA2 has been bustling with energetic players keen to come and try their hand as well as stretch their minds! Tuesday Chess Day is open to all students, both primary and secondary, and any parents who would like to come along for a game too!

Outdoor Ed Kicks off for 2017 and the Surf Is Up!

Fridays can be a tough slog for both teachers and students. But that has all suddenly changed for our frothing grommets in year 7 and 8. Now their Friday starts with an invigorating morning surf. The dreaded Tuesday-itis has also cleared up for our year 9 and 10 outdoor Ed crew as they have been spending their Tuesday mornings surfing with Mr Osborne and the surf coaches from Reef to Beach surf school.

Both sessions have so far yielded some fun waves and great weather. We are all hoping this trend continues. If there are any parents who would like to help out in the water or taking photos, you are very welcome just make sure the admin staff have a copy of your blue card.

See you in the water!

Mr Osborne

Fun in Drama

Drama

The 2017 Drama program is well underway and the year 7 and 8 students are embarking on a journey of comic discovery. They are learning how to create and perform slapstick comedy, watch out Mr Bean. Falling, slipping and colliding are all about comic timing, and double-takes, exaggeration and miming bring the comedy to life. Students have had to spill hot coffee into their laps, sit on a thumb tack, get their foot stuck in a bucket and wipe soap into their eyes, all in the name of comedy. They are a committed bunch! Students are working on a performance piece titled When Everyday Things Go Wrong! Let the hilarity ensue!

Science is Fun

Grade 7 Science

Year 7 learnt about mixtures and solutions in a very cool way on a hot Friday afternoon. Mixing Rocky Road ice cream was a better way than mixing soil they thought.

Primary GRIP Leadership Conference

GRIP

On Tuesday, 14 February the primary leaders attended the GRIP student leadership conference in Bundaberg. The DCC primary leaders met and made connections with student leaders from 25 schools in the district. An excellent day of learning and networking was had by all and our students came away with a deeper understanding of what it means to be a servant leader.

Agnes Water / 1770 Little Athletics

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