Parent Bulletin 16
Friday 28 June
Principal's Message Semester 1
As is usually the case, Semester 1 has been both rewarding and challenging, with students and staff working together for best outcomes.
No reflection on the past months would be complete without reference to the continuing capital works around the grounds. It is a source of great satisfaction that the Victorian Government has allocated $7,337,000 in funding to our school in the 2019-2020 State Budget, enabling us to realise the next stage of our Master Plan and continue to build state-of-the-art learning facilities.
There have been several special events highlighting the breadth of the school’s curriculum and interests.
In June, Year 12 student Jed Snowden accepted an Olympic flag on behalf of the school from Carrie Smith, an Olympian who competed in Rio in 2016. Jed played in the men’s hockey team in the Summer Youth Olympics, one of 400 athletes aged 15 from 206 countries. This was a great achievement. Well done Jed.
Former student, Jack Palazzolo (Burnet class of 2018) made his senior debut for Melbourne Victory wearing number 32, playing in the Asian Champions League. Congratulations Jack.
Nor have the Arts been neglected. The M1 and D13 big bands travelled to Mt Gambier to compete at Generations in Jazz. As ever, they played exceptionally well, improving on past results and being commended by the adjudicators for the quality of their performances. All musicians and their teachers deserve our thanks and congratulations.
This week’s mid-year concert once again was an inspiration to everyone who attended. I thank all who contributed. The school community appreciates the hard work and dedication of the Music Faculty members.
I congratulate staff, students and families for their continued effort, enthusiasm and support, and wish all a happy, safe and invigorating break.
Building Project Update
After months of moving soil, laying pipes and pouring concrete, the first wall is up.
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).
Download the full document below.
Year 9 Biology
Many year 9 students have studied Biology this term, with a focus on the senses and Nervous System.
They have investigated the structure of the brain, eye and tongue in order to discover how their body is able to sense and process information in order to interact with the world around them.
Below are students from Stirling engaged in a brain dissection to identify the different parts of the brain and their structure and function.
Ms Bonita Wright
Senior and Intermediate Boys Soccer
The senior and intermediate boys football (soccer) teams progressed to the Western Zone Finals after both teams won the Moonee Valley Division convincingly. The seniors displayed a mature standard of play which has been developed over their time at Strathmore Secondary College. Wins against Rosehill College (6-0) and Mount Alexander College (5-0) set up a final game against Buckley Park College in which SSC won 3-0.
The intermediate boys cohort had previously won 3x State Titles (year 8 in 2018, year 7 in 2017, year 7 in 2016) and begun their school football (soccer) campaign where they left off, progressing through to the next round of competition. The other schools in the competition consisted of Sirius College, Mount Alexander College, Buckley Park College and Rosehill College.
Strathmore Secondary College has a healthy culture of sport dating back generations. In the interschool football (soccer) program the aim, as the school motto suggests, is to nurture wisdom, rather than just teach them about the game. The football (soccer) culture has grown over the past 10 years whereby the teams have regular success due to ability, understanding and school pride.
Mr Harry Amiridis
Why We Should Read Aloud to Older Children
Why we should continue to read aloud to older children.
No one questions the idea that reading aloud to young children is a good thing. But at a certain point, as children become independent readers, we stop. Here are some reasons we should continue to read out loud to tweens:
1. Children hear better than they read.
Kids are capable of appreciating a more complicated plot than the one in a story they can read to themselves. Reading aloud to them will keep kids coming back for more as they develop and improve their own independent reading skills.
2. Books can teach life lessons painlessly.
As kids get older, there are all kinds of dangers lurking that parents wish they could discuss with their teens frankly. Reading a story together about a pregnant teen, or a teen who struggles with addiction can be a poignant but safe way to learn about life. Use read aloud sessions to generate discussion and explore feelings, ideas and social issues.
3. Reading aloud is pleasurable.
Parents' busy lives and a child's ability to read independently may seem like good reasons to stop reading bedtime stories. But no child ever wants to give up that bedtime story, and there is no reason to think that children won't read on their own in addition to having stories read aloud to them by their parents. You are fostering a love of reading in your child.
4. Reading aloud stimulates vocabulary growth.
Researchers have found that books contain more sophisticated language than children are likely to hear in spoken language. Books, furthermore, contain 50 percent more rare words than prime-time television shows or a typical college-level conversation. When you read aloud, you're offering rich, rare words, even words never heard before to your children. But you're giving them those words in context, so they are more easily understood and absorbed.
5. Reading together offers an excuse for parents and children to be next to each other.
Tweens and teens spend a lot of time feeling lonely, like they don't fit in or belong. A well-written book can span the gap between these perceptions and the reality, through apt descriptions of the human condition. When parent and child read a book like this together, it brings them close, and brings understanding of each other and the world.
Tips for reading aloud
Encourage your child to come to the school library and ask for a great book.
Marian Lees – Teacher Librarian
(Adapted from Varda Meyers Epstein – Huffpost)
Year 7 & 8 Girls Soccer
Semester 1, 2019 Strathmore Girls Year 7 and 8 Soccer Team took part in the Interschool Soccer Competition. The semester began with tryouts held at 7:45 every Tuesday morning for 4 weeks. Many girls tried out and did very well leaving Mr Gobbo with some very tough decisions on choosing who will make the team. The end result saw 18 students from years 7 and 8 being chosen for the team. Once the team was decided training began, these training sessions were also held at 7:45 on Tuesday mornings, although some of the coldest mornings were felt during training the team still turned up and eagerly participated every week. As the weeks went by we learnt each other's strengths and how to work together to try to win the upcoming games.
The competition that we participated in ran over the past two and a half weeks, round one being on the 12th of June and round two on the 27th of June. We played against 4 schools which were Rosehill Secondary College, Mount Alexander College, Melton Secondary College and Keilor Downs College, each game itself was different but were all great competition, the results were as follows.
Our first game was on the 12th of June, we played against Rosehill Secondary College. The whole bus ride was nerve wracking, know one knew what our competition would be like and how the game would go. The game flew by and before we knew it the whistles were blown and we were told the scores. We won 10-0 and were all incredibly impressed with the scores.
Soon our second game approached against Mount Alexander College, we felt slightly intimidated because we had seen them practise and they looked very organised. We were reminded by our coach Mr Gobbo to just try our hardest and that’s what we did. The game began and everyone went in at 110% and gave it their all, soon enough the game had finished we were reminded of our scores which were 11-0 we were all so excited because this meant that we were through to the second round.
The two and a half weeks between round 1 on the 12th of June and round 2 on the 27th of June came extremely quickly. The first game that we played for this day was against Melton Secondary, we were so nervous but extremely excited for our game. The official score of this game was 3:0 although it could have been 4:0 due to disallowed goal based on a questionable offside decision.
The turnaround time between games was 15 minutes leaving us not much time to prepare but just enough to regroup and for Mr. Gobbo to put our strategies in place for the game against Keilor Downs College. The game ended with a score of 0:0. Due to our draw this meant that Keilor Downs College went through on goal difference by one goal, meaning that we did not make it any further.
Even though we didn’t progress to the next round we all know that we played amazing and actually stand undefeated, without conceding a goal and scoring 24 goals in four games. Our team worked together incredibly well and showed great teamwork.
A big thankyou to Mr Gobbo who coached us over the past semester and helped us to achieve the great outcomes that we accomplished. We are all looking forward to trying out for next years team.
Strathmore Alumni Visit
Past students, some past staff, visited the College last Friday for a tour.
They are all students from the 1950s. A lunch was organised afterwards at the Cross Keys Hotel. It is a pleasure to see the interest still held by our former students and staff.
Pat Tinsley - Student 57 - 61, Teacher 66 - 68
Jan Morris - Student 59 - 63
Carol Holding (Graham) - Student 57 - 59
John McIntyre - Student 57 - 62
Bruce Cormack - Student 57
Leon Clark - Student 57
Lindsay Robbins - Student 57
John Thorburn - Student 57 - 61
Peter Woods - Student 59 - 65, Teacher 1969 - 2017
Peter Saville - Student 57
Bruce Mapperson - Student 58 - 63
Trevor McKeon - Student 59 - 65
Carol Rothwell (Seamons) - Student 59 - 60
Kay Carey (Beecroft) - Student 58
Colin McCraith - Student 58.
Year 8 Cell Biology
During the last three weeks of term 2, students of 8B2 and 8S2 Science undertook a little STEAM project as part of their term two cell biology unit. Their task was to use their artistic abilities in the creation of 3D models of plant or animal cells. The students took the challenge on, creating some wonderful representations of cells.
The objectives of the STEAM project were twofold. Firstly, to understand that cells are the basic units of living things and have specialised structures and functions. The second objective was to investigate how multicellular organisms contain systems of organs that carry out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce.
Dr. Chris Kladis, Science Faculty
Year 7 Boys Soccer
On the 26th of June, SSC Year 7 boys soccer team competed in the Western Metropolitan Region finals at the Grange Reserve, Hoppers Crossing.
They played Taylors lakes SC in the first fixture and lost 3-1. The boys immediately bounced back from their loss and won convincingly in their second fixture against Bacchus Marsh College 4-0. The stage was set. The boys had to overcome their biggest challenge in the third fixture against Maribyrnong Sports Academy to progress into the final. It seemed like it would be a fairy tale ending as SSC were playing well and leading 1-0 before halftime. MSA had other plans. They scored at the end of each half which saw the boys lose 2-1.
Overall, it was an excellent effort on the day by the team. Well done Strathmore.
Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition 2019
Students of Italian in Year 9 and 10 attended Melbourne University on Monday 24 June to participate in a poetry competition run by the Dante Alighieri Society. Each student was required to memorise a poem and recite it to a judge. This poem also formed part of their oral assessment for Semester 1.
We have five students who have made it into the finals. Congratulations to Brooke Heales, Alexandra Muscara, Giselle Preiato in Year 9 and Gabriel Olivier-Hernandez and Belinda Davide in Year 10.
Following the competition staff and students attended a lunch at Il Gambero restaurant in Lygon Street.
Year 8 Girls Interschool Netball
The Year 8 girls interschool netball recently played in the Western Zone Championships at the Altona Netball Centre.
After successfully winning the Moonee Valley division they progressed to the next level of competition. Their pool included the teams from Gisborne Secondary College, Gilson College and Maribyrnong Secondary College. The girls won against Gilson College but went down to the other two schools. All girls played magnificently and gave their all in the three games. The team is to be congratulated on their sportsmanship and demeanour throughout the competitions.
Congratulations also to our B team that competed at the Moonee Valley competition where they won two out of their three games. Well done girls!
Intermediate Girls Soccer
It was an amazing team display by the Strathmore Secondary College intermediate girls football (soccer) team at the Moonee Valley Division.
The girls won all their game convincingly against Rosehill Secondary College 6-0, Mount Alexander College 2-0 and Buckley Park College 8-0. The girls displayed excellent individual skill and team work.
Overall, the culture of girls sport continues to become stronger at Strathmore Secondary College.
Year 8 Boys AFL
Year 8 Boys AFL Western Metro Finals (2nd round)
Game 1. Strathmore SC vs Taylors Lakes. The game was on our terms for most of the first half, we fought hard and came out blazing kicking 6 goals in the first half to 1 goal. Second half wasn’t a dominant half for us but we still ended up having a comfortable win in the end, the final scores were SSC 8.4 52 to TLS 2.6 18.
Game 2. Strathmore SC vs Gisborne. It was a pretty even contest for the first half, Strathmore were down by 4 points at the main break but the second half it was on our terms, we kicked 3 goals to Gisborne’s 1 which made the final score SSC 5.3 33 to Gisborne 3.6 24.
Game 3. Strathmore SC vs Maribyrnong College. We came into this game not as confident as the other two games but were willing to put up a fight. Unfortunately they got on top early after a scoreless first half for Strathmore, we only ended up kicking one goal for the game to Maribrynong’s 9. Final scores were SSC 1.0 6 to Maribyrnong 9.12 66.
Best players for the day: Kade Mueller 8C1, Tremayne Smith 8N2, Ryan Brodie 8S2, Jack Cook 8S2 and Daniel Di Qual 8S1.
It was a great effort from all of the boys to make it this far and putting up a great fight, hopefully we can get just that little bit further next year!
A special thanks to our coaches Mr Downie and Matt Wain (AFL trainee).
Strathmore Secondary College presents...
The Performing Arts and Music faculty would like to invite you to attend this year’s school production, The Drowsy Chaperone. Students from Year 8 to 12 have been rehearsing tirelessly since Term 1 and would absolutely love to have you at the performance to show off all their efforts.
This farcical production pays tribute to musicals of the Jazz Age, breaking the traditional formula of musicals, instead presenting as a show within a show. We delve into the world of a man, sitting in his chair in his living room, reminiscing one of his favourite musicals, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he plays the record we take a trip back in time to the 1920s for the wedding of glamourous show girl Janet Van De Graaff to the dashing Robert Martin. When Janet decides to give up show business to follow her heart, her producer, Mr Feldzieg has no choice but to intervene and try to stop the wedding or he will lose his leading lady. With the threat of two menacing gangsters spurring him on, Feldzieg decides to recruit renowned ladies’ man Aldolpho to seduce the bride. When a case of mistaken identity causes Aldolpho to pursue Janet’s chaperone instead, what follows is a complicated web of mayhem, madness and ridiculous misunderstandings.
The performances will take place at The Clocktower Centre on the following evenings:
Wednesday 31st July, Thursday 1st August & Friday 2nd August @ 7:30pm
Saturday 3rd August @ 6:00pm
Tickets are on sale from The Clocktower Centre Box Office - Ph. 9243 9191 or visit www.clocktowercentre.com.au.
We look forward to seeing you there.
School Sport Victoria
School Sport Victoria offers opportunities for elite students to represent the state in a variety of different individual and team sports. Selection trials and training session are outside of school hours. Details can be found at www.ssv.vic.edu.au.
Details of upcoming Western Metropolitan Region events and State Finals, including draws and locations, can also be accessed via the SSV website.
Mr Jed Miller