Parent Bulletin 20
Friday 29 October
We look forward to welcoming all students back to onsite learning next week.
From Monday 1st November, a range of school activities will be able to take place so schools reflect the new community settings.
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have recently become aware of the potential for inappropriate behaviours to occur on Discord, a popular social media application.
To help prevent these behaviours, we have blocked access from the Strathmore Secondary College network.
We also wish to remind our families of the expected behaviours of students when using digital technologies, including social media.
Strathmore Secondary College Computer Acceptable Use Policy
Parents can also access resources and supporting information to ensure their child remains cyber-safe through the parents page on the Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s website.
If you have any concerns about the use of digital technologies, I encourage you to speak to your child’s coordinator.
School Sports Victoria
School Sport Victoria (SSV) is on the hunt for students to join SSV’s inaugural Student Leaders Group.
The aim of the Student Leaders Program will be to provide feedback and advice to School Sport Victoria to help guide and shape the future of school sport.
Topics covered by the group may include:
The SSV Student Leaders Group will involve a 12-month commitment (throughout the 2022 school year) with twice a term, virtual group discussions led by 2 facilitators who have a background in Australian sport. The program will give students the opportunity to get to know a pair of Australian sporting personalities and also build the confidence to speak, lead and provide feedback within an encouraging and welcoming environment.
SSV will select a group of up to 20 students ranging years 5 to 12, with students of all backgrounds, abilities, genders, and schools encouraged to apply. For further information, please visit the SSV website.
Applications close 5.00pm Monday 8 November.
Year 10 Food Technology
Year 10 Food Technology students were working on a design task SAC over the past 3 weeks, and with the support of their parents/guardians, created some creative meals with mincemeat as the hero ingredient.
Book Week “Your Imagined World” Competition
The winners of the book week ‘Your Imagined World” competition are:
Andreas Oltoumis 7N1 for his imaginative and colourful drawing of a floating world
Sebastian Koch 7A1 for his inventive and original mind map of possible futures
Meghna Aswathy 7A2 for her dark story of a future dystopian world
Congratulations to all of you for participating in the Book Week competition despite being in lockdown. Each student will receive a small gift and certificate celebrating their effort.
Year 7 Humanities
Ancient Rome – Sports Article on Gladiators and the Colosseum
Burnet Team News
Good afternoon Burnet community.
It was absolutely wonderful to welcome back our Burnet students to the college this week.
Seeing faces, hearing voices, the buzz of student interaction. It has been a really positive vibe in the Burnet office and across the college.
Thanks to all of you for your perseverance over the last 12 weeks. Looking back now, it’s hard to believe we were in remote learning for that long but when we were in the middle of it, it seemed like forever and sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel was really difficult to see. But we did it, we got there.
Our last team challenge for the term put out a call for our Burnet students to show off their unique talents. We had some amazing responses including some solo musicians, artists, MMX and MotoCross riders, piano playing singers (or is it singing piano players?) and juggling/flute playing roller-skaters. Thank you Burnet for continuing to get behind our team challenges and for showing us just how talented you are.
Our focus for the next few weeks is about getting back into a routine at school. It may take a little while to settle in, but by getting to bed a little earlier and getting up in the morning a little earlier that routine will become more manageable. Making sure students are getting to school on time, wearing their uniform, iPads charged for each day, all learning resources are returned from lounge room to locker, the return to onsite learning will feel much more ‘normal’ much quicker. Students are encouraged to chat with teachers if there are any questions around classwork, assessment and timelines for the remainder of this term.
Our Yr 9 Rubicon camp will be going ahead as planned. Those students who were successful in their application should now see the event on their Compass as well as packing lists, costs and (soon) a detailed medical form to complete.
In the next week or so we will resume our Yr 7 Peer Support program. Our wellbeing wonder Jenn Trinh will be meeting with our Yr 9 Peer Support leaders next week to discuss the remaining sessions and how to make them as positive and valuable as possible.
An email went out recently regarding the Yr 10 exam block. The message was that the end of year exam block would not be scheduled. However, some subject areas will still be running exams during class time so it is important that Yr 10 students are aware of which classes they may be and to chat with their classroom teacher about expectations around those exams.
We have also been able to confirm our end of year junior school picnic to Funfields in Whittlesea again this year. This event should appear on Compass in the coming days. Current Yr 8, 9 & 10 students will have already experienced our end of year picnic day. More information will be provided for all students as we near December, but we can guarantee that it is an awesome day filled with rides, waterslides and an opportunity to celebrate our school year. If the event isn’t on Compass at the time of reading this, it will be by the end of next week.
As we return to full-time, onsite learning, to ensure we’re doing what we can to keep our students safe, we will be using our outdoor teaching spaces as much as possible, we will ensure rooms are well ventilated with doors and windows open and hand sanitiser will be available in all rooms. You can help us by ensuring masks are worn whenever you’re indoors, by doing your best to observe physical distancing, washing hands and practising good hygiene.
There are still cases in the community so please make sure if anyone in your household is unwell, you’re staying home, getting tested and keeping us in the loop with how you’re going so we can provide support if and when it’s needed. We understand that some families are choosing to keep students at home until they’re fully vaccinated, if that is the case please ensure the Compass attendance record is kept up to date and maybe let us know in the Burnet office so we can chat with teachers about providing some work if possible.
Once again, welcome back and well done on doing your part to get us back. We’re really looking forward to ensuring the remaining weeks of 2021 are meaningful and productive.
We want to remind all students that the doors to the Burnet office are always open to you if you want to chat, tell us about your remote learning experience, ask questions or seek support. Parents and carers, if you require anything please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Happy Friday, have a great weekend.
Family Friday Trivia!
With lockdown 6.0 coming to an end and all students returning to full-time onsite learning, this will be our last Family Friday Trivia. We hope you found it entertaining and brought your family together.
The answers to the last trivia are below.
PB19 Trivia answers: (1) Southern cassowary/double-wattled cassowary (2) Can’t make you love me (3a) Pandemic (3b) Disney Villainous (3c) Settlers of Catan (3d) Sushi Go Party!