Parent Bulletin 20
Friday 9 August
VCE Chemistry @ VSSEC
This week, Year 12 Chemistry students attended a practical workshop at VSSEC.
In the laboratory, students performed analytical chemistry techniques on a variety of chemical samples to determine their identity and chemical structure. Students synthesised a variety of molecules to compare against known samples. They were able to use Infrared Spectroscopy (IR) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) machinery in order to help them with their analysis.
Ms Erica Viti
Senior Girls Hockey - State Finalists
The Senior Girls hockey team competed at the Western Metro Regional finals last week and managed to secure the pennant with two wins over Suzanne Cory and Oberon High School. The girls will now compete at the State Finals in two weeks time.
Congratulations to all involved and a wonderful team effort.
Outdoor & Environmental Studies
Organ Pipes National Park Field Trip
The Year 12 OES class visited Organ Pipes National Park (OPNP) on Thursday 26th July. We looked at the geological formations that make the park an icon - including the organ pipes themselves as well as the tessellated pavement and rosette rock, all formed during lava flows over a million years ago.
The key aspect for the students was determining the health of the environment at OPNP by testing and observing characteristics of healthy environments. The students conducted soil tests, water quality tests, observed the biodiversity of many different species within the park as well as noting introduced species of flora and fauna. We finished off with some mindfulness practice which involved five minutes of uninterrupted peace and quiet to take in the tranquility of the park.
Intermediate Girls Football
Well done to the intermediate girls’ football team who played in the Western Metropolitan Soccer Finals. The girls played against two schools who have football as part of their program and curriculum.
Our girls played very well by controlling the game in midfield, defending well against good forwards and putting in an exceptional effort. We had difficulty capitalising on the chances created and were unsuccessful in getting through to the next round, however, the performance was pleasing.
The girls’ football program is getting stronger each year with more girls participating in the sport and our teams regularly making the Western Zone finals. The game is well supported by Football Victoria and there are wonderful opportunities for girls to play football. The Women’s World Cup has allowed the world to see the game and encourage more girls to play football.
Mr Harry Amiridis
Senior Boys Football
The senior boys’ football team played at the Western Metropolitan Soccer Finals and progressed through to the State Finals, which will be played next term. The team, made up of previous State Finalists, played against two sports program schools, Taylors Lakes and Lakeview Senior College.
Strathmore played Lakeview in the grand final and came back from 2-0 at half time to win 3-2 in a spirited fight back. To score 3 goals in 15 minutes against a well-organised team was wonderful and the players showed belief. We often come up against more and more sports program schools these days, however, our strength is our culture and connectedness to the school and each other. We expect that our students try their personal best until the end and display integrity. These are really important core values.
Strathmore is looking forward to the redevelopment of Cross Keys Reserve where they will be able to make further improvements to their sports in 2020.
Mr Harry Amiridis
School Exchange Program
The Strathmore-Bologna Exchange Program is continuing and we are seeking host families this year that will be able to provide accommodation for one or two students for the first two weeks of Term 4. They will arrive on Sunday, 6 October and depart Friday, 18 October, with Term 4 commencing on Monday 7 October.
Ideally, your family should be able to offer the student(s) a room of their own, either single or twin share as well as transport to and from school. The students are aged between 15 and 17 and are from il Liceo Galvani in Bologna, Italy, a prestigious senior high school specialising in teaching foreign languages through science. These students speak fluent English.
This is a great opportunity for Strathmore students to make new friends and learn more about the Italian culture and lifestyle.
Should you be interested in hosting an Italian student(s) or for additional information, please contact Antonella Alampi or Cathy Di Battista.
We hope to hear from you soon.