Parent Bulletin 14
Friday 12 June
All Students Return to On-site Learning
We have much to celebrate at Strathmore. This week we welcomed back to on-site learning our Year 7 -10 students. We observed great excitement from our students as they returned to school. VCE students have begun their two week Synchronised Assessment Period which will conclude next week. Our VCE students should be commended for their positive approach to learning and the resilience they have demonstrated during this term. Our Year 7-10 students should also be congratulated on the outstanding way they have quickly re-established their learning routines on-site. I am very proud of all our students.
I would like to acknowledge the extraordinary effort and commitment of our staff during the period of Remote and Flexible Learning. The learning program Strathmore was able to produce could not have happened without the dedication and team work of staff working closely together to provide the best possible support for our students.
I also acknowledge the commitment of parents and carers in supporting your children during this challenging period. Thank you for everything you have done to support the staff and your children.
Learning from home was a big change for schools, teachers, students and families. Team leaders have taken the opportunity to survey their students during this term to gain insights from our students’ perspective.
As a school community we are interested in capturing parent/carers feedback to provide the school with information that could be used to drive school improvement. Additional questions in the areas of communication between school and home, parent engagement with the school, facilities, buildings and grounds, is also included. The link to the survey will be emailed early next week. I would encourage as many parents/carers as possible complete the survey before the end of term.
Capital Works Program – Stage 1 Complete
It is with great excitement that I announce our $13.8 million building is complete and is now being used by students for learning.
The new three-storey building has general purpose classrooms and specialist facilities for science, chemistry and food technology. There are also maker spaces, computer pods, breakout areas and staff work amenities. The Stirling and Burnet Junior teams are also proud to have their offices in the building.
The whole school community, including College Council, are pleased that I can now share a virtual tour of the new building. I hope you are as excited as we are about our modern teaching and learning facilities.
Capital Works Program - Stage 2
I am also pleased to announce that construction of stage 2 will commence shortly. This new three- storey building will provide state-of-the-art specialist facilities for art, media, science and technology.
We want to offer our community the best facilities and resources we can and these projects will give students and teachers access to modern and flexible learning environments that meet their needs.
I’ll provide updates in the newsletter over the course of the project.
Report from School Council June Meeting
Update on Building Project
Completed and able to be prepared for use by staff and students. The new building provides many exciting opportunities for the teaching and learning program.
Stage 2 tender has closed. The VSBA, Quantity Surveyor and Haskell Architects are finalising and agreeing on a contractor. The successful contractor will then commence a mobilisation period followed by commencement of works on-site within one month.
Planning for 2021 - Year 10 and Senior School Curriculum Structure
To achieve our vision and the goals and targets of our Strategic Plan the Leadership team has been examining a curriculum structure for 2021 and beyond, that will ensure alignment and academic rigour of the Senior School Curriculum. The Year 10 course will maintain breadth of choice whilst preparing our students for VCE and other pathways. Year 10 classes will adopt a five-period per week format (currently four). The structural change to the timetable will also ensure a vast reduction in the number of period 0 and 7 sessions for our VCE students. We believe these revisions to our senior school structure will have significant and varied benefits for our students and staff.
Learning from Home Parent & Carer Survey
Learning from home was a big change for schools, teachers, students and families. As a school community we are interested in capturing parent/carer feedback to provide the school with information that could be used to drive school improvement. The short term subcommittee formed to investigate strategies for improvement in parent engagement has developed a survey with the college. Additional questions in the areas of communication between school and home, parent engagement with the school, facilities, buildings and grounds, is also included.
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).
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