Parent Bulletin 14
Friday 22 July
Principal's Reading Challenge
The 2022 Principals reading challenge run by the library staff over term 2 was a great success this year with 7S3 winning the pizza party prize.
Ola Krzton of 7A1 was the overall winner and received the Principal's prize.
State Cross Country Championships
Last week several of our students competed at the State Cross Country championships in Yarra Glen. To qualify for this event these students all placed very high in the previous division and regional events meaning they are in the top 100 students in the state in their respective age groups. The course started and finished on a horse racing track but there were plenty of hills and mud to test our students in the middle of the 3km event. We are very proud of all of these students who all prepared with many long hard training sessions in the lead up to the event.
Congratulations to the 14 year boys, who, as a group collected enough points on the day to get the Bronze medal in the teams division.
Year 9 English ‘Protest Poetry’
Year 9 English students have just completed a unit of work on protest poetry. Students studied different types of poems from a wide variety of contexts protesting against injustice. Students then created their own poems to reflect their own views on the need to stand up for the school value of diversity in our community.
The two poems below are representative of the great work students produced during this unit. Thanks to library staff for displaying a selection of the poems in the library.
Cover - Anon
I’m not forced into this,
Nor am I sad,
I am seen and feel bliss,
Not hidden, I feel glad.
Glad that you have to focus on what’s on the inside,
And not what the outside portrays.
Because how often do you look at a beautiful person,
But when you listen to them you feel dismay.
I’m telling you this to not look, but listen
To what I have to say,
Do not speak to me indirectly
For your idea of me, may be turned grey.
My veil protects me like an oyster protects it’s pearl,
A gem protected from the rudeness of the ocean,
As I feel protected from the rudeness of the world.
When you see me covered,
Know that my voice and heart isn’t.
Maybe that’s not something the media covered,
That’s why I’m here to make the announcement;
If assumptions weren’t made
Based solely off the media and groups,
Maybe you too, would find out -
That I’m not violent, and I don’t march in extremist boots.
You don’t have to agree with my beliefs,
And I don’t have to yours -
I’m asking for peace and that’s simple
Hoping that the illness of judgement cures
For me is my religion, and for you, is yours.
She Will Be — Amelia Maciel
The story that goes untold
politicians are bought and sold
At least one would sell their soul
for cash—new bills or old
Spitting venom through smiling teeth
Demons stirring down beneath
Presidents, Generals, all corrupt
All content with the disrupt!
’Well as long as it pays!’ they say,
Drinking all their problems away
Meanwhile children beg on the street
In the hopes of finding something - anything! to eat
Dirty and scrawny they pray
That tomorrow will be better day
As Corruption infects the fools who lead
She blinds them with an insatiable greed
A greed that makes them smile and sing
Like a puppeteer who’s puppet is king
Her poison spreads through parliament’s walls
Corruption’s voice whispers and calls
Click - Flash
The cameras aim,
They aim to uncover the truth—but in vain
For the story of Corruption is as old as us,
And as long as we have wanting, she will be
Year 11 Psychology
Students studying Unit 2 Visual Perception were amazed by the artworks at Artvo last week. They attended an excursion to examine some of the depth perception principles and visual illusions exhibited at the Docklands. It was a great experience to apply some of the theory they have been studying in class. Special thanks to Ms Kennett for organising.
Also a big thank you to the fabulous teachers who volunteered their time to accompany us on the excursion: Ms Harkins, Ms Ferrero, Ms Trahar, Ms Dunn and Mr Salmon.
VCE Cup 2022
The annual VCE Cup was played over lunch break today.
The 'lucky' team to take on the teachers were Burnet. After a scoreless first half, the dealock was broken by Mr Hirons with a superb volley to the top of the net, 1 - 0 to the teachers. On the rebound, a fairly dubious penalty was paid against Ms Kanappa but brilliantly saved by Mr Andrews in goal.
Final score, 2 - 0 to the teachers.
The game is always played in good spirit, cheers from the crowd whenever a teacher hits the turf, or a student nutmegging Mr Daniher...
Big Science Competition
The Big Science Competition ran in Term 2. The competition tests students’ science knowledge, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills by completing questions set in real-life, contemporary contexts.
Congratulations to the students who competed in the Big Science Competition, the results are in and you should be very proud of your achievements.
Good work everyone!
The Science Faculty
Junior Girls AFL
Western Metro Sports Region
On Wednesday 13th of July the Junior Girls AFL team went out to Wyndham Vale to play against some of the best schools in the Western Region.
We had a team of 24 students who represented Strathmore Secondary College on the day. Games were played with two 15 minute halves. The first game was against Springside West Secondary College, the girls won this game 61-0, keeping the other team scoreless with great pressure and teamwork. Second game was against Williamstown High School, if we won we would get into the final to potentially move closer to state, but we knew this was going to be a harder match. In the first half we were up 4-1 however, in the second half we got away scoring two goals and two points compared to their one goal and one point, the finals scores were 17- 8… we were through to the FINAL!
We needed to wait to see the draw from the second pool, we would be playing Maribyrnong College or Westerns Heights College in the final, both of which have a school football academy and time allocated to training- so we were in for a fight! Results were in and it was Strathmore Secondary College vs Western Heights College in the final.
The first half started and both teams were putting in their all, we managed to finish the first half up 13- 7. The second half of the final and Western Heights got their second goal making the scores even 13 -13. Only a few minutes left and we were close to a goal but scored a point, Western Heights College were able to just get away after scoring another goal and two points. The final score Western Heights College 21 to Strathmore Secondary College 14.
Our Strathmore girls gave it their all and had a tough loss of 7 points in the end. A great result overall coming runners up at the Western Region. Fanatic job to some of our goal kickers on the day including Megan Naug, Evie Michael, Holly Clough, Daniela Curtis, Hollie Capuno, Hollie Lawson and Maisey Gasper. Unfortunately, our Captain Ayda Osmon could not play on the day due to injury and was greatly missed.
Well done to the whole team and commitment to training and the day.
Another fantastic achievement by Strathmore Secondary College students. Looking forward to seeing you all trying out again next year.
In VCE Food Studies we have been investigating food systems in contemporary Australia.
We looked into Australian food industry trends and issues. As part of this learning we produced a nutritious and ‘on trend’ recipe; poke bowls. The students used a range of food preparation and cooking techniques to make their meal. Here are the delicious results.
First Lego League
Interested in joining a team for the First Lego League?
The First Lego League is an international competition using robotics to inspire a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in young people. Students compete by building and programming robots to complete a series of challenges. They also complete a project which involves researching and planning an innovative solution to a problem. The regional competition runs in October and if successful the team may also be required to attend further competition dates after that. Visit firstaustralia.org for more information.
We are looking for students who are interested in forming a team for the 2022 First Lego League competition. Students on the team will be required to meet at lunchtime once or twice a week with more regular meetings as the competition approaches. There will be a cost of $50 to $100 depending on the number of students on the team.
Interested students should attend the club in F6, which runs at lunchtimes on Thursdays.