As I was reflecting on this passage and the start of the year, I kept on returning to the point that this is very true for us at Donvale. We have an amazing community of students, parents, support staff and teachers who continue to share the gifts that they have been blessed with from God.
During the 5/6 camp last week, the 168 students, 14 parents and 10 DCC staff who attended were able to witness first hand God's creation, wonders and provisions on a daily basis. Students participated enthusiastically in a wide range of activities. Extreme activities such as mountain boarding to the more leisurely activities like river sledding, encouraged students to move outside their comfort zones and try something unfamiliar. It was particularly encouraging to hear that new students to the Donvale community developed new friendships during this time together.
It has been a wonderful start to the year and I know that the Primary Team is thoroughly looking forward to the remainder of the year, journeying with each student as they experience new things. We pray, that as you and your families spend extra time together over the next few weeks, you will find plenty of time to reflect and remember what Jesus has done for us.
Head of Senior Primary
Winter Uniform Term 2
Please be reminded that starting the first day for Term 2 (Thursday 20 April) all students need to wear their winter uniform. Uniform requirements are listed on the College website.
Share DCC with your family and friends at Open Day
Before we know it our school Open Day will be upon us. Saturday 29 April is our day to invite friends and family to come and experience DCC. Please remember to invite and encourage people you know at church and community places to come and meet our teachers here at DCC and see how we partner with Christian families.
Parent Helper Course 2
The next Parent Helper Course will be held on Thursday 4 May from 1:15 to 3pm. If there are parents wanting to specifically help in the classroom, we urge you to attend this course. There will be a registration page in School Box soon.
Last day of Term 1- Please note change in finishing time for Primary
The final day of Term 1 is Friday 31 March and the students will have a casual clothes day and finish early at 2:15pm. This time is for primary only, secondary will finish at 2:30 as in previous years. This time is staggered to allow for easier traffic flow on this busy afternoon. The students will need to contribute a gold coin on the day in order to come in free dress which will be donated to Gawa Christian School where Rachel Herweynen is now Principal.
Students return for Term 2 on Thursday 20 April 20 - in winter uniform.
Upcoming Activities and Events in the Primary School
• Friday 31 March - End of Term 1 – 2:15pm finish (Free dress day)
• Thursday 20 April – Students return to Term 2 – winter uniform
• Saturday 29 April – OPEN DAY
• Thursday 4 May – Parent Helper Course – 1:15 – 3:00pm
Acting Assistant Principal (Primary)
Primary House Athletics 2017
Congratulations to Flinders House in winning this year’s Primary House Athletics. We were blessed with fine but a warm day at Doncaster and all students gave their all and made it a memorable day with a great atmosphere.
Congratulations to all students and our five record breakers too. A big thank you to all the parents who assisted on the day. A special mention too, for those parents who helped at the very last minute.
The District Athletics are held in Term 3 and are on Tuesday 5 September.
Here are the final standings:
Flinders 680 pts
Sturt 631 pts
Hume 560 pts
Cook 548 pts
Primary Sports Teacher
IBP TRAINING BAND SOARS INTO ACTION
On Friday March 10 at 7:30am our vibrant College 'Training Band' soared into action as they created their first notes as a full music ensemble, and discovered the power and enjoyment of creating music as a team! All fifty-three students filled the S1 band room with wonderful sounds that pulsated with energy and sheer youthful enthusiasm. The 'Training Band,' is part of the College's ever growing Instrumental Bands Program, which provides students (from Years 4 - 8) detailed group tuition on one of the numerous band instruments. This extraordinary school subsidized IBP program gives young students a chance to 'have a go,' at one of the four instrumental categories (Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion and Electric Bass) of instruments, as they explore and develop their musical talents.
Our Head of Instrumental Music, Phillip Reichman along with brass teacher David Robinson and woodwinds teacher, Peter Sheridan leads the 50 minute rehearsal. The IBP 'Training Band' will perform at the Mid-Year Annual Concert (Karralyka), several Primary Assemblies, the fantastic 'Bands Night,' as well as compete at the annual state-wide Victorian School's Music Festival held at BMW Federation Square.
The Instrumental Band Program has been growing in the number of students that are enrolling each year. With the grace of God, the program's mission statement, 'to train young students in exploring their musical gifts,' and have LOTS of fun in the process has become a reality.
Woodwind Specialist & IBP Program