Message from the Principal

June 2018

Principal’s Message

I often get asked if we are “winding things down” once June hits, but my  experience is that things actually “wind up” until we step away from Grad Celebrations on June 29th, and all of a sudden everything comes to an abrupt stop.  I haven’t taken much time to reflect on the year that is quickly about to come to an end, but the common feeling from most colleagues I talk with is how fast the year has flown by.   To finish the school year I’ll comment on our upcoming final exams and student preparation.

I feel like a broken record sometimes, but I can’t stress enough that the academic culture we have at DHS has been a unified effort of staff, students, and parents.  We have a consistent trend of students meeting or exceeding the provincial results on diplomas, and I strongly believe this is an important trend to continue.  I have met with the grade 12’s to remind them that over 40% of their mark is based on the work they do in the last few weeks of June( based on school unit exams and the  diploma), so now is not the time to chill out.  Please do all you can to help keep the focus of your graduate on achieving the best results they can to place themselves in a good position for entrance into post-secondary schooling or apprentice programs.

The same advice could be shared with all of our students; it is never too late to develop the discipline and good habits of preparing for exams.  Not too many of our students will carry on in their adult lives without more courses and life-long learning, so if you help develop consistent routines for preparation now, it will pay off in the  future.  Good, consistent practices become good, consistent habits. 

Have a great summer and look to our webpage for information on returning in the fall!

Garth Dagg