Parent Bulletin 18
Friday 17 September
End of Term Three Principal Message
Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
As we come to the end of Term 3, we would like to acknowledge and celebrate all your achievements and efforts in what has been a challenging time for us all.
Students have demonstrated our school PRIDE values yet again - they have persevered through remote and flexible learning, shown respect for the environment they have been working in, their teachers working remotely, the needs of others in their household and the needs of the community as a whole. Furthermore, they have demonstrated integrity in their positive approach to doing their best in every subject, respect for diversity by understanding and acknowledging the different needs of their peers in this learning environment, and excellence in their commitment to contributing and participating in their online lessons.
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 closely together to provide the best possible support for our students.
I also acknowledge the commitment of our 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.
Key dates for Term 4
4th October – 17th November
There will be further communications regarding arrangements for Term 4 from the Department of Education and Training (DET) which will be provided to you as soon as they are available.
Parenting Program: Supporting Young People Experiencing Anxiety
On Tuesday 14th September, Jannet Davies presented our second engaging online workshop. Feedback was very positive and provided families with a comprehensive overview of anxiety, common signs and symptoms, and explored ways parents can support teenagers at this challenging time.
I wish a safe and enjoyable holiday period for our whole school community.
Report from School Council September Meeting
Update on Building Project -Stage 2
Practical completion was achieved on Friday 10th September. Installation of school procured furniture, fixtures and equipment has commenced. As I said in my last report, these are exciting times for our college!
School Site Security
The college architects, Haskell Architects, in consultation with the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA), is currently preparing a concept fencing layout design to secure the site. More information is to follow.
General School Operations and Enrolment Trends
Planning is well underway for 2022. Positions of Responsibility have been confirmed and will be filled within the next two weeks. Subject numbers have been analysed and evaluated. Staffing will be confirmed early in Term 4. Our enrolments are continuing to grow and we are tightly controlling enrolment requests in an attempt to manage demand.
Save the Date - Term 4 eSafety Webinars
The eSafety Commission is running free on-line webinars to provide parents and carers with the knowledge, skills and tools to support their children to have safe, positive online experiences.
The following two webinars are open for registration now:
eSafety Parent Guide to Digital Technologies and Mental Health
This webinar will provide parents and carers with an understanding of how games, apps and social media can influence young people’s mental wellbeing. It is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 10-18 years and will cover:
This webinar is available the following times:
eSafety Parent Guide to Online Gaming
This webinar will provide parents and carers with an understanding of the benefits and risks of online gaming. It is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 8–13 years. This webinar will cover:
This webinar is available the following times:
Registration for term 4 webinars is open so get in early and select the date and time that works best for you.
For more information, visit the eSafety Commission website.
Year 12 Drama Solo Performances
As part of their year 12 assessment, students are required to research, create, rehearse, present and document a 7-minute solo performance based on a structure prescribed by the VCAA. In mid-October, they will perform their solo to an external panel as their final Drama performance exam. To prepare for this, the students perform to a public audience of friends, family and staff. This year it looked a little different, with students recording their performances for the audience to view online.
The students have faced a very challenging year in which to complete VCE Drama, however, they should be proud of the work they have created and their persistence under these circumstances. Performing any solo act takes real guts, planning and determination.
Congratulations to the students involved: Jack Diffey, Tilly Hill, Zoe Novacek, Gabe Olivier-Hernandez, Emily Rosewall, Swopnil Shrestha, Melina Vampatella and Olivia Vecchiarelli.
STEAM - Designing an Urban Farm
Well done to students in Year 7 STEAM. You have worked collaboratively and demonstrated outstanding critical and creative thinking skills as you designed your urban farms using Minecraft Education. The presentations to go with these elaborate worlds were just as detailed and provided clear explanations as to the function and benefits of your design elements.
Well done! You should be very proud.
Ms Kersten and Ms Viti
Year 9 Textiles
During remote learning our Year 9 Textiles students have been exploring using paper as a material to create garments. They were set the brief of designing and making a garment from paper which promoted social distancing for someone whilst either shopping at the supermarket or exercising.
As part of this project students developed an understanding of the history of paper made clothes and accessories, particularly how paper has been used during wars and times of crisis, when alternative materials were required. The students set about designing, then experimenting and finally creating their garments, which can actually be worn!
Eden Curcija 9B1
Etienne Taylor 9D2
William Phillips 9S3
Jenny Erdenebadrak 9D2
R U OK? Day
As many of you may be aware, it was R U OK? Day Thursday 9th September.
R U OK? Day is about starting the conversation, removing the stigma from mental health, and saying that it is ok to not be ok. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for many, and this global pandemic has made it even more important for us to stay connected with one another, check in and support those around us if we’re able.
The message of R U OK? is something that goes beyond one day. Embracing these conversations as part of our culture and how we support one another, is integral to stamping out the stigma associated with mental health.
So use this opportunity of R U OK? Day to raise awareness and check in with one another. Take the time to have a look at the resources available on the R U OK? Day website, and start the conversation.
For further support, please see the various services readily available:
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Headspace 1800 650 890
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
1800Respect 1800 737 732
Keep in mind how much of an impact one small conversation with someone can have.
Year 10 Product Design & Technology
Remote learning has thrown a range of diverse challenges at our Year 10 Product Design and Technology students. These students, who are used to working with timber to create products when we are onsite, turned their remote learning focus towards developing and refining their model making skills.
Our students took on the challenge of designing seating in the style of famous designers. This project involved researching, designing, trailing to develop and refine modelling skills, and making. The current lockdown meant that students had limited access to traditional model making materials and therefore they certainly had to be resourceful and work to problem solve their solutions. Some quite refined models were produced from common household materials such as paper clips, sponges, cereal boxes and toothbrushes.
Work displayed by Georgia Cully 10A1, Anton Obeid 10D2 & Amelie Liparota 10C2.
Ready Steady Cook
Food technology students took part in a Ready Steady Cook activity this week.
Here are some creations. We’re looking forward to seeing the rest of the creations submitted at the end of the term.
Stay tuned for more photos next term.
Abstract Portraiture Remote Learning
Well done to our 8ART2 students for producing some wonderfully weird Abstract Portraiture. Students applied selected media to complete some creative and engaging works.
Keep up the hard work.
The Arts Team
Friday Family Trivia
Lockdown 6.0 getting you down? Tired of everyone being on technology? Have some fun with our Family Friday Trivia! Get together for some no-tech family time and try to work out the answers to these 3 trivia questions posted in each parent bulletin while we’re in lockdown. For the competitors out there, try a Family vs Family, or Parents vs Students challenge.
Typical trivia rules apply: no technology, no external resources, and no consultation with non-members. Answers to the trivia will be posted in the next parent bulletin. Good luck!
The Little Match Girl, the Emperor’s New Clothes, the Ugly Duckling, and the Little Mermaid were all written by who?
In 1958, the Epacris impressa was officially recognised as the Victorian floral emblem. What colour is it?
Who wore this dress to the Met Gala 2021 fundraising event?
PB17 Trivia answers: (1) Tim Cook (2) Hodor (3) Orlandao Cruz
Happy Friday and happy end of term! I’m starting to run out of different ways to say it, but I just want to thank you all for your support through this most recent period of remote learning.
During our discussions on Wednesday it was clear that most of us were looking forward to a break from the screens and the check-ins and the due dates and the reminders. We greatly appreciated the conversations, but appreciated even more the encouragement you’ve been giving your students as they continued to persevere, and the support you gave us as a team and as teachers. All three of us in the Burnet office have commented on how great it was to be able to chat with so many of you and have those conversations be so positive and reassuring. It’s time to give yourselves that break now! Thank you, we’re very grateful for our Burnet community.
As our Year 8 parents are aware, Headspace ran a workshop for our Year 8 students last Tuesday which was well attended and the feedback was very positive. The students were respectful and attentive and responded thoughtfully to the polls and Q&A opportunities. Our wellbeing team have provided some resources for parents and students regarding mental health and wellbeing support which have been posted on Compass. If you require any further advice or assistance, please get in touch.
Our Yr 9 Rubicon Camp is, at this stage, still going ahead as planned. We have invited our Year 9 students to complete an application form via Google Classroom if they wish to be considered for the experience. Unfortunately, places on the camp are limited, so students will need to complete the application process if they are interested in attending.
We would like to farewell Ms Laura Whitford who has been working with our 7B1 HPE students and has been overseeing the tutor program at the college. We wish Ms Whitford all the best in the next phase of her career. Continuing in her place we welcome Ms Laneka Standring. Ms Standring has already worked with some of our Burnet students and is looking forward to joining the Burnet 7B1 class.
We hope that our Burnet students get an opportunity to get outside these holidays, be active and can catch up with friends in a safe and responsible manner. It is becoming more apparent that restrictions will continue to ease as our vaccinated population increases so please, if you haven’t already, book in for those vaccinations.
Thanks again for your ongoing support, we truly appreciate it. We wish all of our Burnet students and families a safe and restful break. We do look forward to seeing you on the other side of it but for now, log-off, shut down the devices and enjoy some screen-free time with family and friends.
Take care, look after yourselves and each other.