Parent Bulletin 14
Friday 16 July
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Circuit Breaker Lockdown, 16th - 20th July, 2021
Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
The Premier has announced new circuit breaker restrictions for Victoria to swiftly address the recent COVID-19 outbreak. These restrictions will be in place for a five-day period.
Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, all Victorian schools will move to a period of remote and flexible learning from Friday 16th July to Tuesday 20th July inclusive.
Friday 16th July has not been declared a student-free day, and teachers and students will be working remotely. Due to the short notice, teachers will not be delivering a full remote and flexible learning program on Friday. Instead, teachers will post work for their classes on Compass or Google Classroom, and will hold short video conferences at the beginning of the class to take the roll and check in with students.
From Monday 19th July, teachers will be working from home, and will be using Compass and Google Classroom to communicate with students and deliver lessons via video conference. This will enable teachers to engage with students and maintain positive relationships whilst they are learning at home. Students will have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions of the teacher.
Video conferencing will be conducted via either Google Meet (integrates with Google Classroom) or WebEx. Attached below are the video conferencing protocols for your reference.
Structure of the Year 7-12 Teaching and Learning Program (from Monday 19th July)
Students will follow their regular timetable during the school day. The day will commence with their first timetabled class where the roll will be marked. There will be no form assembly for this period of remote and flexible learning.
The roll will be marked each period. Students must attend every class. Students who are working in an alternative arrangement can be marked ‘Parent Choice’ on Compass (for example, if they are working during different hours to allow for parent work to be completed at particular times, or are unwell).
Each lesson will commence with a short video conference (approximately 10 minutes) with the classroom teacher, introducing the learning goal for the lesson and explaining the concepts that will be covered.
Students will then work independently on the resources and application tasks that are provided on Google Classroom / Compass platforms. The teacher will remain online, available during their class time via the chat functionality of the video conference. Teachers may return to video or audio throughout or at the end of the lesson as required.
Any events scheduled to occur outside normal classes will not run, for example after school SACs. These will be rescheduled. Students are expected to attend their timetable classes.
Parent Engagement & Communication
We understand the importance of effective communication and how vital it is during the upcoming lockdown. To ensure that communication between parents/carers and school happens in an efficient and timely manner, all communication with the school should be directed to the team coordinator in the first instance. 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 Team Leader and two Coordinators in the Year 7-10 teams.
Team Information is available on the college website:
Further information about supporting students during the remote and flexible learning period can be found here: Support your child’s learning from home.
As with other remote learning periods, our school will provide on-site supervision for students in the following categories:
If your child requires on-site supervision, please complete the attached documentation and forward it to email@example.com.
I will update you as soon as we receive further information from the Department of Education and Training.
Stefan Colakovski - Melbourne City FC
Congratulations to former Strathmore Secondary College student, Stefan Colakovski (class of 2018), and his team, Melbourne City, for winning their first A-League Grand final.
Stefan was part of the starting line-up and played a key part in their success. After making a scintillating run with the ball, he was able to find a pass to Nathaniel Atkinson who blasted the ball into the back of the net.
Stefan has had a wonderful journey in football, starting with Pascoe Vale FC and representing Strathmore SC since year 7. He has always enjoyed playing the game and was respected amongst his team mates, friends and teachers.
Stefan has always been a wonderful talent who understood the game and had a trick or two up his sleeve. He was very proud to represent SSC and was always able get the best out of his team mates, which lead to the footballing success at SSC. This has had a flow on effect to the next generation of students who look up to Stefan.
Harry Amiridis & Tim Girgin
Strathmore Secondary College presents "Rent"
Tickets for the Strathmore Secondary College 2021 musical production RENT are on sale.
The students have been rehearsing since Term 1, working hard with staff members to create an amazing performance to share with the Strathmore community. Despite lockdown interruptions, the dedicated students have created an exciting, high energy and moving performance.
Opening night is Thursday 29th July, followed by shows on Friday 30th, Saturday 31st, Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th, Friday 6th & Saturday 7th.
Tickets for the show are available now online:
RENT is a rock musical that tells the story of one year in the life of a group of New York artists as they struggle with their careers, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their community. Music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson and loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Boheme, the musical delves into themes of philosophy, love, death, life, respect, acceptance and friendship.
The principal cast features the following students: Bartholomew Atwell as Mark, Aydin Suitela as Roger, Tia Vasilopoulos as Mimi, Javier Lumsden as Tom Collins, Jack Diffey as Angel, Victoria Kokkinos as Maureen, Niamh Cristofaro as Joanne and Matilda Hill as Benny.
The ensemble and featured roles will be played by: Declan Alphey, Timothy Broderick, Ella Dunn, Johanna Fifis, Scarlett Finlayson, Clara Joyner, Jimmy Kassis, George Kieck, Amelia Kiose, Jamie Koulbanis, Dinu Patabendige, Jessica Reed, Damien Reynolds, Annay Rodriguez-Salinas, Giselle Sammartino, Laura Smith, Sophie Tisdall, Melina Vampatella, Olivia Vecchiarelli, Lucy Whitmore and Elizabeth Wotten.
The Production team look forward to seeing you there!
Strathmore Neighbourhood Project
We’re celebrating the Strathmore Neighbourhood Project with a small free community event.
Where: Woodlands Street, Strathmore
When: Sunday, 25 July, 12pm – 4pm with formalities at 2.30pm
See the neon’s lighting up the shopfronts, grab some takeaway and take in the new additions to Woodlands Street where you can watch performances and appreciate your neighbourhood.
Our mobile library van will also be there so you can borrow a book and take part in some activities too.
Remember to be COVID-safe, sign in with the QR codes, stay 1.5 metres from others and wear a mask where distancing yourself from others isn’t possible.
The Strathmore Neighbourhood Project supporting 20-minute neighbourhoods is possible thanks to the support of the State Government’s Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
For more information, visit:
It's eerily quiet around the school today, lets hope this lockdown doesn't go on too long.