Parent Bulletin 1
February 4 2022
Principal's Welcome 2022
I would like to welcome our students and their families back to Strathmore for the beginning of a wonderful school year. A special welcome to our new students and their families. I trust that everyone had an enjoyable holiday.
At Strathmore Secondary College we value:
These values apply to all members of the school community, students, staff and families and place an emphasis on shared responsibility. In welcoming students to the new academic year, I spoke about our school values and what they mean in our learning context. In summary, I asked the students to 'Be their Best' and to take advantage of every opportunity our outstanding school offers.
Our teachers also aim to be their best; therefore, Professional Learning Community (PLCs) meetings occur every Thursday morning. These are small teams of teachers working collaboratively on matters directly related to learning and thereby leading to higher levels of student achievement.
To allow staff to meet in these teams, form assembly on Thursday will commence at 9.15am rather than 9:02am. A small number of Year 11 and 12 classes will run during the PLC meeting time because of the pressure we have on room availability. These classes will start at 8.25am.
Of particular importance to parents are our Student Coordination arrangements. The central role of Team Leaders and Coordinators is to work with students and families to ensure students are happy and successful at school. Teams are led and overseen by a Leading Teacher - Team Leader with two Coordinators in the Year 7-10 teams. Senior School has a Leading Teacher responsible for Year 11 and one for Year 12 with one Coordinator for each Team.
Junior School - Years 7 to 10:
Senior School - Years 11 & 12:
Team Leader Year 11 – Andrew Beavis
Team Leader Year 12 – Gokhan Karahan
Jenny Sali is responsible for organisational and administrative matters within the Senior School.
Compass will continue to again be used as our primary means of communication in 2022. Parents are able to login to Compass via the link to the Compass portal on the Strathmore Secondary College website. There is a help page available on the ICT@Strathmore website if you are having difficulty logging on. Year 7 parents received their parent login in December. If you have misplaced the letter or are having difficulty please contact the College via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile Phone Policy
In 2020, the Department of Education has asked all schools to implement a ban on mobile phone use during school hours. This will also take effect from day one of the 2022 school year.
Any student who brings a mobile phone to school will be required to leave it, turned off, in their locked locker during school hours. The phone is not to be accessed at all during the day.
I have included the Implementation guide into the body of this email and attached the link to the SSC Mobile Phone Policy so that you have full knowledge of how we will be rolling out this policy. If you have any questions, feel free to email email@example.com. We ask for your support in implementing this policy.
I hope that 2022 will be an enjoyable and rewarding year for students and staff alike. I am happy to meet with parents or carers to discuss your child's learning and to hear your feedback. If you would like to take the opportunity to meet with me, please contact Alison McKenzie - Executive Assistant, to make an appointment.
Drop & Go Map - Strathmore Secondary College
Strathmore Secondary College and Moonee Valley City Council are committed to creating a safe and more sustainable environment for students. Walking and cycling to school is a great way for your child to start the day, as it stimulates the mind and improves overall health.
This map has been created through the Better Moves Around School Program, this program brings Council and schools together to improve safety and encouraging walking, cycling and the use of public transport.
Moonee Valley Council has identified Drop and Go locations for Strathmore Secondary College students, each location is within a comfortable walking distance.
The map has been designed to encourage more students to walk to and from school at least part of the way to reduce congestion in Pascoe Vale Road.
Strathmore Secondary College is very appreciative of the support of Moonee Valley Council and encourage the College community to support this initiative.
PLEASE NOTE - Parents are not to enter the Pascoe Vale Road carpark or the rear driveway of the school.
City of Moonee Valley - Getting to and from school.
The College has comprehensive online guides for all things IT.
IT@Strathmore Secondary College
Student Device Setup - ict.strathmore.vic.edu.au/purpose-statement.html
G-Suite - ict.strathmore.vic.edu.au/browser-signin.html
Student Software - ict.strathmore.vic.edu.au/student-software.html
Parent Compass Help - ict.strathmore.vic.edu.au/compass.html
Contact IT Staff - ict.strathmore.vic.edu.au/contact-it-admin.html
The IT Office is in B Corridor. We are available 8:00am - 4:00pm daily.
Student Attendance on Compass
The school is required to record attendance for every student and every class, including the reason for each absence.
Parents and guardians must update Compass Attendance in advance if a student will be leaving the school early for appointments, or for any other reason.
Students cannot leave the school without parent or guardian approval and must not leave the school grounds without signing out at the General Office, before they leave.
Students arriving late to school or returning from appointments, must also sign in at the General Office, before going to class and an explanatory note on Compass is required.
If parents and guardians are unable to update Compass due to technical difficulties, they should telephone the Junior School Attendance Officer in the General Office for assistance.
For instructions on how to use Compass to enter Attendance Notes, go to: ict.strathmore.org.au/compass-absence-help.html
Please check Compass Calendar.
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