Parent Bulletin 22
Friday 23 August
School Council Report - August Meeting
Update on Building Project
It’s indeed an exciting time at Strathmore Secondary with our $13 million building project well under construction. School Council were updated at our August meeting on the ongoing works with the second floor and roof steel work due to be completed by the end of August (see below).
School Council has allocated the 2018-2019 Parent Building Fund contributions to provide airconditioning in the Stage 1 building. This will complement the state-of-the-art learning facilities being built.
Other highlights included recognition of the outstanding school production ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ performed at the Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds 31 July – 3 August by Music and Performing Arts. We welcomed Akaigawa Junior High School staff and students at the beginning of August as part of an ongoing connection with the school.
Student Uniform Update
The school community should note that Council approved an addition to the uniform of a school beanie to be worn during cold weather. It will be available shortly from the college finance office and the uniform provider, Noone.
Our amazing Year 11 English as an Additional Language cohort went on excursion Wednesday 7th of August. Accompanied by Ms Milton and Ms Caruso, the students experienced the fun of the ‘suitcase’ activity at the Immigration Museum. We learnt all about the different waves of migration and deepened our understanding of identity.
After lunch, we conquered the heights of Eureka Tower and got our bearings on Melbourne’s geography.
Berry Street "Teenage Aggression Responding Assertively"
A workshop for parents of adolescents who are behaving with aggression and violence.
Click below to download the information flyer.
Strathmore Secondary College was delighted to welcome back our sister school students from Akaigawa, Japan earlier this month. Due to the immense efforts of our generous host families, this year’s exchange program was a great success.
We were lucky enough to have 13 compassionate families who allowed Akaigawa students and staff into their homes to enjoy cultural and language exchange. With the generous efforts of the PE, English and LOTE faculties, the Japanese students were able to enjoy an array of activities that strengthened our affiliation with their school community. They particularly enjoyed the dance class with other year 8 students from Strathmore SC and working with our international students in Ms Karatzikos’ ELC classes.
A big thank you to all host families, staff and students who contributed to the success of this year’s program.
Strathmore Survivor Program
In Term 2 Year 8 students from Strathmore participated in our first Ultimate Survivor program at King Lake Forest Adventures. The day included a variety of adventure activities as well as reflection on student individual and group character strengths.
Students were divided up into tribes for the day and were able to earn ‘chips’ for their participation, behaviour and spirit of adventure throughout the day. On Wednesday 21st August we had a visit from Maddy from King Lake to award our Ultimate Survivor Tribe trophy – Warringan from Napier Team were the overall winners on the day.
Congratulations to all our students for their participation in the program, and particular congratulations to Warringan and Napier Team for demonstrating our school values (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence) in such a positive way at King Lake.
The program will be continued next term, and as always we encourage our students to continue to demonstrate our PRIDE values every day.
Strathmore Secondary College Big Bands
Post Office Hotel
Thursday 19th September
The Strathmore M1 and D13 Big Bands, both named after their original rehearsal rooms at school, will perform. The D13 Big Band consists of students from years 7-11 who will play the first set on the night. Their set will feature jazz classics and blues tunes. The M1 Big Band will take care of the next two sets with an array of tunes from the swing and post swing eras.
Senior Girls Hockey State Finals
On Thursday 22nd August the Senior Girls Hockey team traveled to Footscray Hockey Club where they competed in the State Finals.
They faced some tough competition from all over the state as the winners from all the regional finals converged in the city. Our team had a nil-all drew with the team from Bendigo Senior College to begin the proceedings, which included some strong individual work from team captain Iris Milham as well as as brilliant team work building up attacking plays. Next we went down 2-0 to the team from Balwyn High School. In the final game of the day, we played University High and went down 4-1 with Iris getting on the score sheet for our side. Overall, the girls have shown amazing resiliance, skill and teamwork with each game seeing individual improvements in skill as well as team oriented play.
Congratulations on the achievement of making it to state and well played by all participants on the day.
Strathmore English Language Centre
At the beginning of term 3, we welcomed eleven new students in to our SELC program. Students are new to Australia and are becoming familiar with the wonderful things our community offers.
Yesterday we walked around our local streets and made our way to DFO, with a few stops along the way.
Intermediate Boys Basketball
The intermediate boys basketball team contested the Moonee Valley trials on Monday the 19th of August.
After a brief preparation that was somewhat unsettled through sickness, injuries and other interruptions the side arrived at Coburg stadium ready to take on the local competition.
The first match saw us draw with Buckley Park. After taking some time to get on the scoreboard, Anthony Oliva scored 4 baskets in a row to get the team rolling and as the game wore on the combinations started to settle. In the second half the team started to fire and the boys ran away with the game as comfortable winners.
The second match was a largely lopsided affair as Sirius weren’t able to match the skill and athleticism of the Strathmore team and the game was over before half time. Strathmore finished close to 50 points ahead.
A win in the third match would see Strathmore through to the finals. Much like the first game, the boys took a while to get moving but once they hit top gear they ran over the top and defeated MAC by 20 points and earned a spot in the grand final.
Strathmore met EKC in the deciding match of the day and it was clear from the outset that EKC meant business. EKC led for the entire first half and went into the half time break leading by 12 points. Tom Sayers led the second half comeback thanks to three 3 pointers in a row as well as some sharp shooting inside the key which saw the deficit reduced and a real fightback had begun. Strathmore hit the lead with minutes to spare and held on to the lead until less than a minute to go. In a frantic final 30 seconds, EKC were able to convert their limited opportunities to score points and finished eventual victors by only 3 points.
An excellent effort by the Strathmore boys and, in a team with many Year 9 students, revenge will be sweet in 2020.
Art Club have been busy painting a mural to brighten the exterior of D-block. Students developed a range of concepts before coming together to fuse ideas and voting on the final design - it sure is fantastic!
Stay tuned to see the finished result.
Any student interesting in joining is encouraged to come along Wednesday’s in B6. See you there!
SELC students were lucky to have had the experience to work on their calligraphy skills with the Japanese teachers and students from the Osaka Calligraphy visit. Students were immersed in the technique and were absolutely grateful for the experience!
Year 7 & 8 Athletics Carnival
On Thursday the 15th of August the 2019 year seven and eight athletics carnival was held in the beautiful winter sun at the Moonee Valley Athletics Track in Moonee Ponds. Students turned out in their team colours to compete in a variety of track and field events in order win points for their team and for their chance to represent Strathmore Secondary College at the 2019 Moonee Valley Athletics Carnival to be held on Thursday September the 3rd. Argyll held off a fast finishing Napier to complete a three-peat having won the carnival in 2017, 18 and now 19.
All students should be extremely proud of their efforts but special mention must go to Katie Baynes (5), Ezra Liaw (5), Michael Dimozantos (5), Taylor Moxon (3), Erin Graham (3) and Kayley Kavanagh (3) who all won multiple events on the day.
The day culminated with a 4x100 relay, each team selected a boy and girl from each year level to compete against the other teams, a year nine coaching and fitness team and a staff team. The event was taken out by the Tim Girgin trained Stirling team of Michael Dimozantos, Charli Obrien, Sam Houston and Grace Tan. The year nine coaching and fitness team edged out the teachers for second spot.
Below are the results for the day.
Thank you to all students who attended and all staff that assisted in the running of the day.
Total Team Points
Interschool Sports Coordinator