Parent Bulletin 21
Friday 16 August
Well-being Ball 2019
Picking a partner was easy, who wouldn’t want to do The Well-being Ball?
At first the lessons seemed to be the hardest part which when we attended became the most fun. At the start, a lot of us were nervous and anxious about the dancing as we learnt dance moves called the drop, one leg lean against your partner but those moves were the moves that made us laugh and bring us joy the most.
In conclusion, coming into this experience it is fair to say that a lot of us were clueless to the benefits that lay before us. Like the presents and gifts. But also the bond created within this group of people over the last few weeks. Taking part of this ball has taught all of us how to socialize whilst creating new friendships and also how to become pretty decent dancers.
Therefore, a big thank you to The Melrose Reception Centre, Gayle and Andrew, our wonderful dance teachers, our wonderful band for being so wonderful and the Student Wellbeing Team for giving us the opportunity to participate in such a special night and taking time to attend our lessons.
Ebby Davis & Harrison Sgourakis
Staff Band Lunchtime Gig
As the number of students increase at SSC, leadership decided to reinstate lunch time activities as part of extra-curricular activities during school time. “ This Week At Strathmore” is a teacher run initiative, where students can take part in specialised activities that are not usually delivered as part of the Victorian curriculum.
In order to instill a sense of community within the school, as well as to remind students that their teachers have interests outside of their subject area, five teachers from different departments have come together to create a teacher band.
An eclectic mix of teachers make up the band: on lead guitar was Mr Scott Wilson (English), on bass guitar was Mr Matthew Roberts (Burnet Team Leader, Maths/Science), on drums was Mr Justin Bourke (Humanities), on acoustic guitar was Mr Brett Gourley (Physical Education/Health) and vocals was Ms Lin Vartan (Product Design and Technology).
With the help of the performing arts department, the band performed for the students on Monday lunch time. For some students this was the very first gig that they had ever attended! There was a lot of singing and dancing from the audience, and to the teachers’ surprise there were student’s singing along, word for word, to songs that they did not expect them to know, such as, Creep by Radiohead and Never Tear Us Apart by INXS!
“This Week At Strathmore” also refers to the regular lunch time activities that take place at SSC – these include; Art Club, Italian Club, Japanese Culture Club, Junior/Senior Book Club, Chess Club, International Students’ Speaking Club, Debating and Stand Out!
Reading is My Secret Power
CBCA Book Week 17 - 23 August
Outdoor & Environmental Studies Ski Camp
Last week our Unit 3 & 4 OES students embarked on a trip up to the Alpine National Park in Victoria’s North East. We stayed at Howman’s Gap and visited Falls Creek Alpine resort for both cross country and downhill skiing activites.
The students were fantastic at participating in all activities, learnt a lot of new skills and got out of their comfort zones along the way. We had some amazing blue skies and then some blizzard-like conditions as we headed off the mountain and back to the city.
The camp directly ties into the study design for Units 3 & 4 and we were lucky to have the opportunity for a guest speaker from Falls Creek Resort Management present for us and give the students some valuable insights into running an alpine resort in conjunction with Parks Victoria.
Ms Erica Trahar
Year 7 & 8 Girls AFL
For the first time in 8 years Strathmore has an AFL football team in to the state final.
The junior girls football team lead by inspirational captain Mikaela Crewes is made up of year 7s and 8s has had an amazing run winning games against Mount Alexander College with Ava Britt starring alongside Alyssa Caruana and Erin Graham, Buckley Park College where Kyla Forbes, Georgia Duggan and Valentina Maljkovic all dug in deep to grind out the win and Essendon Keilor College where the running capabilities of Katie Baynes, Tacita Siliato, Faith Kassis, Sofia Pisano and Jade Hawks was too much for our opposition to handle.
The girls then moved on to Western Metro pool stage and our star midfielders Kayley Kavanagh and Mikaela Crewes and goal sneak Georgia Egan had a huge hand in the demise of our opposition Taylors Lakes and Gisborne.
The girls however lost their first game of the tournament to Maribyrnong Sports Academy going down 6-3 in a highly skilled game that was mostly dominated by the Strathmore girls.
Due to the unavailability of MSA at the next stage Strathmore was awarded a second chance to partake in the State Qtr Final where they took on Catherine McAuley College Bendigo winning 35-14 where our ever reliable defenders Jena Osman, Matilda Hollis, Zoe Elek, Alexandra Ziogas and Mia Burlak were all called upon to step up and the key move of star Ruby Bailey to the backline ensured we were tough to score against.
The girls then progressed on to the state semi-final beating Montmorency 19-6 with contributions from Sarah Byrne, Helen Ziogas, Danielle Grenfell, Sophia Brasher, Katrina Le, Milla Murphy and Ruby Barnetson to see them now qualify for the state final and be one of only two teams left standing in the competition.
Parkdale Secondary College awaits the girls in the state final to be played on August 29th at Highgate Recreation Reserve.