Parent Bulletin 13
Friday 25 June
Semester One Principal Message
Congratulations on our achievements this semester.
We have again experienced challenging times throughout this term. The flexibility you have all demonstrated has allowed our school to transition effectively to remote and flexible learning and then to face to face teaching. Our students have demonstrated our school values of Perseverance in their learning, Respect for each other and their teachers, Integrity in their honest approach to a new way of learning this term, Diversity in their celebration of our varied school community, and Excellence in their completion of learning tasks to the best of their ability this semester. We have much to celebrate at Strathmore.
I want to again acknowledge the extraordinary effort and commitment of our staff throughout this semester. The learning program Strathmore was able to produce could not have happened without the dedication and teamwork of staff working together to provide the best possible support for our students.
I also acknowledge the commitment of our parents and carers in your support of your children during this challenging semester. Thank you for everything you have done to support the staff and your children.
School Uniform Expectations
Strathmore Secondary College is a full uniform school from Year 7 to Year 11.
Parents and teachers have recently raised concerns about poor compliance with school uniform expectations.
Therefore, as of the beginning of next term, there will be a uniform blitz. A practice of zero tolerance will be in place; students wearing their uniform incorrectly or wearing non-uniform items may face detention and other consequences.
Please note that due to current Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services requirements to manage COVID-19, the change rooms in the gym are not currently available to students.
As a result of this advice, on the days when students have timetabled Physical Education (PE), full school PE uniform is to be worn to school and students are to remain in their PE uniform all day.
To enable students to fully participate in other practical subjects such as Science, Art and Technology, students must bring their regular school shoes on the days they are permitted to wear full PE uniform. This is an Occupational Health and Safety requirement to ensure students are safe in practical classes.
Please ensure over the holiday period that your child has the correct uniform. If your circumstances prevent this, please contact your student’s coordinator. Please access the following link if you require further information about our school uniform: https://www.strathmore.vic.edu.au/college-policies.html
Strathmore is proud of its students and reputation; the wearing of the correct school uniform is a symbol of this pride. I wish to express my appreciation of those students who wear their uniform correctly, and thank their parents and carers for their part in achieving this.
I congratulate students, families and staff for their continued effort, enthusiasm and support and wish all a happy, safe and invigorating break.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).
Download the full document below.
Copic Marker Workshop
Yesterday, Year 12 Visual Communication Design students participated in a copic marker workshop hosted by Zart Art.
The event was a huge success with students learning a range of tips and tricks.
Semester 1 STEAM
This semester in STEAM, students have been exploring the concepts of food sustainability, prevention of bushfires, ocean ecosystems and climate change.
The Year 7s have demonstrated excellent critical and creative thinking skills in their pursuit to feed our growing population sustainably. Elaborate Minecraft urban farms have been designed and presented which included solar panels, aquaponic elements and even bees for pollination! Lettuce, beans, peas and radishes are just some of the different types of plants that the students attempted to grow in sand, soil and the hydroponic units they constructed out of milk bottles.
The Year 8s have put their construction skills to the test by making a water bottle submarine and building an underwater rover! Students were reflecting on how technology can be developed to collect data to track changes to ecosystems.
The Year 9s were tackling the issue of how to manage or prevent bushfires in Australia. Students investigated the impacts bushfires have and how they could develop a capsule to collect data in their management. They used the design process and mathematical calculations to make a structure with a parachute to protect an egg when dropped from E block and then applied these concepts to their final project.
Well done STEAM students on a highly reflective term! Some excellent ideas were discussed, and creative solutions were presented.
Art and Design
Congratulations to all the students who studied Art and Design this semester. Despite some disruptions, you sure produced some outstand pieces!!! Well Done!
We are certainly proud of your efforts and hope to see you back in an Art classroom soon.
Works featured are from Art units including:
7ART 1: Line, Shape & Patten
8ART 1: Pop Art
9ART 1: Street Art
10 Sculpture and Ceramics
10 Exploring Photography (Studio Art)
12 Visual Communication Design
The Arts Team
Principal's Reading Challenge
Congratulations to the prize winners in the 2021 Principal's Reading Challenge.
Suhas Patabendige & Elysa Diaz of 7A2, who both read the most number of books.
Joseph Price of 7B3 for being the deepest reader.
7A2 Class Award.
The Food Technology kitchens were busy last week with students preparing their own designed products. Prior to remote learning students had been following the design process to investigate, design and plan their products.
Year 7 students made swirly scones. They designed and made scones suitable for a morning tea, which had a hero ingredient of a fruit, vegetable, seed or nut. Some great flavour combinations were developed, including pesto, spinach & ricotta, berries, pistachio & white chocolate, apple, honey & walnut, and tuna, tomato, spinach & cheddar.
Year 8 students created fusion pizzas. They investigated a cuisine that has influenced Australian eating habits and designed a pizza to include common flavours. The students were creative with their designs- British, Indigenous, Mexican, Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Greek pizzas were all on the menu.
Year 9 students designed and made a nutritious and appealing breakfast for a Melbourne cafe, which was based on research into nutrition, food trends and presentation. Some creative menu items were adapted and developed, such as breakfast burrito, breakfast pizza, corn fritters & salsa, ricotta hotcakes with berry compote.
It was wonderful to see the skill development and creativity shown by all students.
Happy Friday Burnet!
Despite a few hiccups along the way, we have navigated through to the end of another busy semester.
We want to thank the Burnet community for your support through those challenging times and for your ongoing trust of our work with your students.
To the Burnet student cohort, congratulations on the completion of semester one, 2021. We have been impressed by your PERSEVERANCE, your RESPECT and pursuit of EXCELLENCE. We have such a great group of students in Burnet and we’re very proud of your efforts and impressed with your resilience and positivity.
As well as our regular programming, we’ve had plenty of events, and reasons to celebrate and recognise achievements and successes this semester, including:
And many more that escape me right now, but I’m sure I’ll be kicking myself later for overlooking...
Semester 1 reports will be live by now (or in the not-too-distant future). We encourage you to read over the reports, celebrate the successes and your accomplishments that you have worked hard for this semester. We also ask that you identify areas that you’d like to develop in your approaches to learning, set some specific goals and return next semester with a positive and renewed outlook as to how you can finish the year and be proud of your achievements. Success looks different to everyone, but we want you all to be able to celebrate your own and we’re committed to helping you achieve those goals.
As it tends to do, semester 2 will bring about many changes. All junior student’s IPU subjects will change, timetables may be altered to accommodate those new subjects, and new faces will be in front of some classes. We will communicate any major teacher changes early next semester.
The biggest change will be occurring among our very own personnel in the Burnet office. Teagan Fraser has worked her last day (for now) in the Burnet office and will be taking time away to welcome a new addition to her family. Ms Fraser is such an important and valued member of the Burnet team and her presence in the office, her tireless work with Burnet students and the relationships she has developed with Burnet families will be significantly missed. However, this is a wonderful event and those of us left in the Burnet office wish Ms Fraser love and happiness as she welcomes her own “most important person in the universe” into her life.
In her place, we welcome Mr Dion Hill into the Burnet office and look forward to his input and influence on the team. Our Year 7 students will remember Mr Hill from the Orientation Camp this year and Mr Hill has already some experience working with some of our Year 8 students that he has taught both this year and last.
We also want to acknowledge and thank Ms Jenn Trinh, Ms Pantelidis and Ms Holland and their teams for their amazing support of our students, Ms Vincent and the Careers and Pathways team for their ongoing work, Assistant Principal for Burnet Mr Rohan Nicholls and all of the Burnet teachers for their contribution to the team this semester.
Enjoy the holidays, be safe, look after each other and we can’t wait to see you all again in term three.
Your Burnet team,
Erica Trahar, Teagan Fraser, Dion Hill and Matt Roberts.
Design & Technology Semester 1 Showcase
Congratulation to our Semester 1 Design and Technology students, who have completed some excellent products.
Work shown here is a selection by our Year 8 Systems Technology, Year 9 Textiles, Year 9 3D Printed Design, Year 10 Design and Technology (Wood), Year 10 Fashion and Year 11 Product Design and Technology.