Parent Bulletin 13
Friday 15 July
Welcome to Term 3
I would like to welcome our students and families back to Strathmore for the beginning of Term 3. We look forward to a term of focused learning, alongside exciting events such as the School Production, Music Concerts and the Year 7 and 8 Athletics Carnival.
Term 3 is also an important term for students to select their subjects for 2023.
I encourage students and parents to engage in the ‘life of the school’ as we commence Semester 2.
Did you know that “Gone with the wind” was banned due to bad language? The questionable word was ‘damn’, used by Rhett Butler when he stated, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Censorship of literature is an interesting practice, often illustrating the values both within and between different societies and how they alter over time. The novel, 1984, for example, was banned by both the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A., the former for being anti-communist, the latter for being pro-communist.
The library at Strathmore Secondary College is currently hosting a display of banned books, which has captured the imagination of many of our students. The books in question have been wrapped in brown paper, with a clue on the outside identifying the reason for it being proscribed. Students are reading the clue then guessing what the book may be. If the book appeals to them they borrow it, before unwrapping the parcel to discover its contents. Students have been surprised at the diversity of the books that have been forbidden as well as the reasons for the imposition of the restrictions. It has also led to many discussions about social and cultural values, historical change and has encouraged students to read books that they may not have previously considered.
Artistic Swimming Australian Championships
Abby Salmon, Year 8 Dunlop, competed in the Artistic Swimming Australian Championships in Brisbane over the school holidays, representing Victoria and her club.
She competed in the Open Age Team ‘Free Combination’ and ‘Highlight’ events, as well as age group events. In the Open Age events, Abby, with her team, won two National Silver medals and a Silver in the International category which had virtual entries from several other countries.
It was a huge achievement for Victoria’s competitors who spent so much time out of the water over the past few years. Abby is already looking forward to next year’s championships in Perth.
Welcome back for term three, we hope your break was restful and you were able to enjoy some of the great weather we had.
As we begin a new semester, Year 7 to 9 students will be starting their new IPU subjects and in Year 10, students will begin the next round of their electives. The beginning of the semester is a great opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed and set some goals for the remainder of the year and beyond. A reminder to all Burnet students that we have a wonderful support network at the college, our Careers team and our Wellbeing team are always willing to meet with students and discuss strategies and support to assist you.
To our junior teaching cohort, we welcome Ms Giorgia De Filippis who will be teaching the 7B1 Humanities class for semester two.
We are also welcoming back Ms Teagan Fraser to the Burnet office who will continue in her role as Year 7 & 8 coordinator. Welcome back Ms Fraser!
Term three is shaping up to be a busy term, we will be having our parent information nights next week, course selection for 2023 takes place this term as well as the school production, athletics carnival, music camp and various sporting events.
Welcome back Burnet, it’s great to see you!
Year 12 Japanese Workshop at Docklands
At the start of term break Year 12 Japanese class attended a full day workshop immersed in Japanese with Nossal SC, Rosehill SC and St Columba. The goal of the day was for the students to prepare towards the end of year exams.
I hope they had an enjoyable day and that their Japanese skills have enhanced greatly. The highlight of the day might be a lunch at Dotonbori, where everyone learnt to cook own Okonomiyaki on the hotplate!
Intermediate Girls Football
On the 13th of July the Intermediate Girls Football team ventured to Galvin Park in Werribee to partake in the Western Metro Zone Finals.
The team was full of excitement and enthusiasm on the bus trip down and arrived with plenty of energy despite the cold and wet conditions.
The girls took on Creekside College in a one sided affair to begin the day with our girls running out 55-0 winners with Taylah Gilcrist, Ava Cocomello and Jasmina Curtis dominating in the midfield.
We then faced Taylors Lakes College and although we were scored against for the first time in 5 games the Strathmore girls were once again way too strong for their opposition running out 22-1 winners. With Captain Faith Kassis, Bridget Mulder, Edith Kavanagh, Ruby Lawson, Tiah Hassall, Erin Graham and Ruby Vaina leading the way.
The final was to be played against Maribyrnong Sports College who have proven to be a very tough opponent over the years and had won multiple state titles in this event. Our girls went in with a focused and determined mindset and were able to get the jump on there opponents before Maribyrnong eventually levelled the scores heading in to half time.
Inspirational performances from Taylah Gilcrist in the ruck, Ava Cocomello and Faith Kassis on ball and some tireless defensive efforts from Lucille Coterill, Emily Holmes, Tara Goss, Sarah Hallo and Zoe Taylor. The girls managed to score their second goal in the last half which was enough to hang on as we ran out 13-8 winners.
The team is now in the final 8 teams in the state and will play a state quarter final in August.
Thanks to Miss Standring and Kyla Forbes for your help and support on the day and congratulations to all involved.
Best Players: Ava Cocomello, Taylah Gilcrist, Faith Kassis, Ruby Vaina, Jasmina Curtis, Edith Kavanagh, Tiah Hassall
Goals: 3 Bridget Mulder, 2 Erin Graham, Sarah Hallo 1 Jasmina Curtis, Taylah Gilcrist, Isabella D’Alberto, Jasmine Antoniou
NCAT Year 10 to Diploma
Open the PDF for more information.
'Sin' - School Production 2022
Tickets are officially on sale for this year’s school production, Sin.
It is a completely original anthology show that features seven short stories about the seven deadly sins. Each show has its own unique style including elements of Gothic Horror, Film Noir, Magic and even featuring Zombies. Come see this talented cast sing, dance, and play a variety of quirky characters that are consumed by sin and must ultimately pay the price.
Complete with a boisterous host, this dark comedy has something for everyone.
Wed 27th July
Thurs 28th July
Friday 29th July
Saturday 30th July
Performances will be onsite at Strathmore Secondary College in M Building and commence at 7:00pm.
Tickets can be purchased from the link below.
Year 10 Introduction to Specialist Maths Final Assignment
Throughout the course of semester one the year 10 Introduction to Specialist Maths students have been working hard learning about trigonometry and calculus. They have investigated sin and cos graphs in detail and learned how to differentiate a variety of functions to find rates of change then applied this knowledge to being able to find gradients.
The final assessment task was to design a section of roller coaster comprising of three different functions. This is a challenging task as they had to use calculus to ensure that the three sections had equivalent gradients where they joined. Students then had to collaborate with the rest of the class to ensure their section of roller coaster joined nicely with the previous and following sections to create an entire class roller coaster.
The class worked together to achieve an amazing result (as shown in the pictures). They were able to accurately design their functions such that our test marble was able to complete the entire section of track!
At the end of the project students gave detailed presentations explaining the maths behind their roller coasters and the thinking behind how they were able to create such an impressive roller coaster.
A massive thanks goes to Lauren Zovi and Art & Technology department for bringing the student’s designs to life by laser cutting them out of wood, making the whole project possible.
EMERGENCE - Senior Art Exhibition 2022
This is a call out to all year 10, 11 and 12 artists!
The senior art exhibition is RETURNING early September and we can’t be more excited!
EMERGENCE is defined as ‘the process of becoming visible after being concealed’ - an eerie testament to our recent reality and perfectly fitting for this year’s exhibition title.
To be a part of this special event or to find out more please join our Google Classroom (class code: i6dvx5k) and attend an information meeting Wednesday July 120 in B4 at lunchtime.
We hope to see many of your there!
The Arts Faculty
NCAT Young Women in Trades and Technology - Bring it On!
Year 9, 10 and 11 Students and Families
Please see the flyer below outlining the upcoming ‘Young Women in Trades and Technology – Bring it On!’ event, to be held on Tuesday 26th July from 6pm at Northern College of the Arts and Technology (NCAT), Preston.
Students interested in attending the ‘Young Women in Trades and Technology – Bring it On!’ event will need to book their place by seeing Lauren Vincent, Careers and Pathways Coordinator, in the Careers office by 9am on Friday 22nd July.
Daniel Knott, NCAT Technology Executive Manager, along with some of the NCAT ‘Young Women in Trades and Technology’ students will be visiting Strathmore SC to talk to our interested students on Tuesday 19th July (week 2, term 3) at lunchtime in the theatrette – so those keen to hear more about the opportunities for young women in the areas of trades and technology are encouraged to come along. I look forward to seeing you there.
If you have any further questions or would like to book your place for the NCAT ‘Young Women in Trades and Technology’ event on Tuesday 26th July at NCAT (6pm onwards), please come and see Lauren Vincent in the Careers office.
Careers and Pathways Coordinator
Respectful Relationships and Cyberbullying Workshops
Hi Parents and Guardians,
The wellbeing team, with the support of our Year 9 Peer support leaders, have been facilitating respectful relationships and bullying/cyberbullying workshops to Year 7 classes throughout Term 2 and to start Term 3. Workshops have explored the relationships we have with those around us, who we can go to if bullying is occurring, different scenarios that constitute bullying, cyberbullying, and Cybersafety. Workshops also facilitated discussions of how social media platforms such as TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook can be used safely, and what is inappropriate. It is encouraged to discuss technology use and cyberbullying with your child.
You can find helpful information regarding Cybersafety material at https://www.esafety.gov.au/
You can also find a range of webinars to attend through the following link:
If you have any questions on the sessions themselves or any other issues about the wellbeing of your child, please do not hesitate to contact someone in the wellbeing team or your child’s team co-ordinator or team leader.
The Wellbeing Team