Parent Bulletin 11
Friday 24 May
Celebrating Education Week
This week we have been celebrating Education Week at the College. This year’s theme was ‘Celebrating Careers’.
We started off the week welcoming our Year 10s back from a very successful work experience placement. Feedback from students, parents and employers has been extremely positive. Work experience helps students to develop employability skill, explore possible career options, understand employer expectations and increase their self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence. We encourage our current Year 9 students to start thinking about where they would like to undertake a placement in 2020. Previous experience has shown that the earlier planning starts, the better experience students have. Also keep an eye on the SSC Career News, which is published fortnightly on Compass, for Work Experience opportunities.
Teachers spent time talking to students in their classes about career pathways related to their subject and learning. There were also some special classroom events which also took place. On May 21st, students in Year 9 Visual Communication Design were digitally visited (via Facetime) by designer Will Devereux. Will talked about his role as a Communication Designer at Mushroom Creative Group, designing promotional campaigns for music festivals like Sugar Mountain and City Loop. Students were able to ask Will questions about what he studied and what pathways he followed to get into this career. As the Year 9s are currently designing their own festival posters, this visit gave them an insight into how the work they are completing in class can lead into a creative career in design.
There has been a display in our library focusing on the various careers of our teaching staff. The bios are well worth a read to raise student awareness of the career development process and that we won’t just have one career but several careers throughout our lives.
Our Year 9 students also had a special assembly to hear about all the opportunities available to them at the college this year and in the future. These opportunities included our upcoming VET Taster Excursion, undertaking a VCE subject in 2020, leadership camps and World Expedition. All of these are wonderful opportunities which we encourage our students to find out more about and to be a part of as they will help them to broaden their horizons and in doing so, help them to make better future career decisions.
Careers & Pathways Team
Product Design and Technology
Year 12 Top Designs Excursion
On Friday 17th May, Strathmore Secondary College’s VCE Product Design and Technology students visited the Melbourne Museum to look at some of the best product design works from around the state.
Product Design and Technology, formerly known to many as “wood” or “sewing” has had a very big shift in its curriculum, paving way for a more innovative and creative subject area than just furniture making.
Students no longer get marked on the function of their product, they are marked against how original and inventive their idea is, including all the research that comes with it.
Most of the Year 12 students had taken Product Design as a Year 11 subject. The students had been introduced to innovation and more importantly, sustainability, which is a big focus for designers in industry.
In Year 11 students had to work collaboratively to create sustainable seating for SSC and posted is an example of one type of seating where the students recycled plastic bags, wove the pieces together, to create individual seating for students.
We want to wish our Year 12’s good luck this year and hope that we might see some of their work at the Melbourne Museum next year.
Survivor Day - Napier & Stirling
Two weeks ago the Napier and Stirling Year 8s went to Kings Lake for their Survival Day. The day started off with dividing into our groups and creating a chat and flag. After each activity tokens were earned for behaviour, effort and participation. The activities that were available on the day were teamwork exercises, a giant see saw that we had to balance on and a drop that we had to jump off and it would catch us in our harness.
There was also a lot of friendly staff to help us we also had team leaders and coloured bandannas to show what team we were in at the end of the day there was a ceremony to show see how many points we all got. We also had a special chest we had to protect and if the item inside cracked we would lose points for our team overall it was an amazing day.
Thanks to the teachers that came on the day.
Riley Collins 8N1 & Helen Genc 8N3
Mid-Year Season Concert
The Music Department at Strathmore Secondary College would like to invite any interested parents and students to come along and join us for one of our Annual Mid-Year Season Concerts.
See and hear beginners to advanced students playing in ensembles at one of our evening concerts at:
The Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds
Tuesday 25th June or Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from the Clocktower Centre Box Office
Ph. 9243 9191 or visit www.clocktowercentre.com.au.