As Term 1 draws to a close, it seems like one of those times where if you blink, you miss it. After being so thrilled to return to full school operation, the term has flown by in a jam-packed mixture of excursions, activities, events and lots of learning. We trust that the end of homeschooling has lifted some stress from our school families and has given everyone an appreciation of the work done in schools. I thank you for your support during the most recent circuit breaker lockdown.

The school has reached its capacity of 120 students and has seen an increase in staff; most notably in the areas of wellbeing and education support. Our team is strong and ready to work hard to support every one of our amazing students, but our work is made so much easier when the link between home and school is solid and supportive.

So many exciting things are happening in our little bubble; school photos, parliamentarian visits, and our inaugural school family BBQ evening. Thank you to those families who joined us for a BBQ dinner and chat. We acknowledge the support of Federal MP Ms Peta Murphy who took time out of her busy schedule to visit with our students and see the results of a generous grant from the Local Schools Community fund which has allowed refurbishment of the yard and toilet block.

As you read this, our new 22 High Street buildings which will house our Intermediate students, sit ready for students to return after the holidays. We are currently hosting a BSL researcher, working alongside the school team to capture and evaluate the critical work happening to support young people learning at DSS. Additional support will also be made available to students who are struggling with aspects of literacy including reading and writing. More information about our new tutor program will come home after the holidays.

I trust you will all have a safe and relaxing holiday break. See you back at school on Monday 19th April, when our attention will turn to our upcoming whole school camp.

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