Parent Bulletin 15
Friday 24 June
Semester One Principal Message
Congratulations on our achievements this term.
We could not have anticipated the term we have experienced. Transitioning to remote and flexible learning and then returning to on-site school has challenged all of us. Our students have demonstrated our school values of Perseverance in their learning, Respect for each other and their teachers in their return to school, 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 during the period of Remote and Flexible Learning. 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 period. Thank you for everything you have done to support the staff and your children.
Thank you to the parents and carers who took the time to complete the remote and flexible learning survey. The feedback will give us valuable information which could be used to drive school improvement not only in the learning and teaching program but also the areas of communication between school and home, parent engagement with the school, facilities, buildings and grounds.
Communicating with Student Teams in Semester 2
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 Leading Teacher Team Leader with two Coordinators in the Year 7-10 teams. Senior School has a Leading Teacher responsible for Year 11 and another for Year 12 with one coordinator for each team. As a result of some changes in the leadership structure there are some changes to team leader and student coordination positions for semester two.
Junior School - Years 7 to 10:
Senior School - Years 11 & 12:
Jenny Sali is responsible for organisational and administrative matters within the Senior School.
I congratulate students, families and staff for their continued effort, enthusiasm and support and wish all a happy, safe, and invigorating break.
Year 7 STEAM Global Food Security
During this semester Year 7 STEAM students investigated how global food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to enough safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy lifestyle.
Throughout the project students learnt about hydroponic systems as well as changes in agriculture and new technologies that can aid in solving how to achieve global food security.
Students learnt to use the design and project management process in order to work in a critical and creative manner to achieve a final solution. They learnt how to work efficiently in teams, collaborate, problem solve and improve their researching and production skills.
Dr Chris Kladis
Acting Science Faculty Leader & STEAM Teacher
Mid Year 2020 Online Showcase!
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone and has turned the music and performing arts faculties on their heads. This week would normally see the students performing for over 1500 people at the Mid Year Concerts held at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds. Obviously, we are unable to hold these concerts, and so instead we will be sharing some performances put together in the short time that we’ve been back on site in the last few weeks. This is a celebration of the hard work of the students and to give you a glimpse into what might have been.
We will be sharing clips over the next few bulletins as our class ensembles have a chance to record.
In this instalment, we have the following items:
Junior Guitar Orchestra – Milongon
Yr 7 Voice Ensemble – Found Tonight
Yr 7 Wind & Brass Ensemble – 8th Note Jam
Year 11 Food Studies
Year 11 Food Studies students are exploring food industry trends at the moment and made a very on trend meal, Poké Bowls.
Well Done Year 7 Art!
Year 7 art classes have been busy experimenting with paints, inks, oil pastels and cardboard to produce some amazing works since being back on site after what can only be described as an ‘insane’ term!
It’s clear we have some developing artists - keep up the fantastic work!
Year 8 Biology
Students in year 8 were studying human biology in science this term. After a difficult start during remote learning in which students learnt about cells and their organelles, students have come back to school and engaged in learning about the circulatory systems and respiratory systems. This has involved heart dissections and lung dissections for many students.
Many students also had the opportunity to apply their knowledge of human biology to astronauts in space and attend the Mission to Mars program at VSSEC.