Parent Bulletin 23
Friday 10 December
Performing Arts Day
Sunday the 5th of December saw the college grounds filled with people and activity celebrating the achievements of the Performing and Visual Arts students for the first time in two years. It was an amazing morning and a delight to finally be able to host a performance for some of our junior students and their families, as well as reconnecting with senior performers.
My huge thanks to those who attended and enjoyed the morning. The work of the staff in achieving such an incredible experience also needs to be recognised, especially given the tight timelines since returning to onsite learning.
Year 9 Textiles - Shibori Cushions
Year 9 Textiles students have been busy throughout Term 4 getting creative, making unique shibori dyed cushions.
Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique that involves folding, bunching, or bundling fabric, binding it with a resist, and dyeing it with indigo dye. The results are typically patterned blue lines that are both geometric and organic.
Each student manipulated their own fabric, dyed it and then constructed their cushion, complete with a zipper close. All of our Year 9 Textiles students worked hard to develop their skills after our long stint of remote learning and the results were fantastic.
Their smiles tell the story!
The Design and Technology Team
Addressing the Big Ideas: Semester 2 STEAM
The return to school has seen our STEAM students completing big idea projects related to food sustainability, underwater rovers and the spread of bushfires. The Year 7s have been investigating plant growth using different mediums like hydroponics. The Year 8s have been trying their hand at wiring and constructing an underwater rover. The Year 9s have been analysing code to support the design of a capsule to help collect data relevant to detecting bushfires.
We were very impressed with the students’ dedication to these projects and the excellent critical and creative thinking skills demonstrated in the process. The students showed great perseverance when interpreting instructions and developing new skills.
Well done STEAM students on a highly reflective term! Some excellent ideas were discussed, and creative solutions were presented.
Dear Parents and Guardians
The end of another school year is fast approaching.
This is a great time to take a look at “unexplained” absences and clear any remaining notifications in your child’s attendance record.
You can view the list of unexplained absences under the attendance tab in your child’s profile on Compass.
Online help is available HERE. - https://ict.strathmore.vic.edu.au/compass-absence-help.html
Please call 9379 7999 if you would like assistance, I am happy to help.
Looking for a book to read over the holidays?
Why not read an eBook or listen to an audiobook through our Wheelers eplatform?
Remember to register before school finishes for the year so our staff can register you to get started.
Have a great break
Congratulations to Ingrid McKenna, Strathmore SC Class of 2018, and her St Kilda side who took out the AFL Blind Premiership over the weekend.
International Student Program
Our Summer Holiday program for our international students started on Tuesday, 7th December with a group of keen tree surfers making their way to Mornington Enchanted Adventure Garden where they took part in a high ropes challenge that involves over 50 aerial obstacles, swinging bridges, an 8-metre Tarzan swing and 5 thrilling zip-lines through the tree canopy.
The students also tried out the mazes and downhill Tube Slides. A great day was had by all. We look forward to the next activity in January where we will be taking a ride on the old favourite Puffing Billy followed by making our own chocolates at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie.
Cathy Di Battista
International Student Program Manager
Specialist Maths Final Assignment
Throughout the course of the semester the year 10 introduction to specialist maths students have been working hard learning about trigonometry and calculus. They have investigated sin and cos graphs in detail and learned how to differentiate a variety of functions to find rates of change then applied this knowledge to being able to find gradients.
The final assessment task was to design a section of roller coaster comprising of three different functions. This is a challenging task as they had to use calculus to ensure that the three sections had equivalent gradients where they joined. Students then had to collaborate with the rest of the class to ensure their section of roller coaster joined nicely with the previous and following sections to create an entire class roller coaster.
As you can see in the pictures the students did an amazing job creating a thrilling (if not outright scary in some sections) roller coaster by completing some seriously advanced maths to make it work.
The final product was able to see a marble complete most sections of the track without too many incidents.
Good afternoon parents, carers and community of our Burnet students. Today we got celebrate with our junior students in their last formal ceremony of the year and acknowledge the outstanding work and effort they have displayed throughout this chaotic year.
It was wonderful to be able to recognise the incredible perseverance and excellence shown by all our students to finish off the year in such a positive way. Our student cohort have again had to show resilience, organisation and maturity beyond their years, and we are so proud of their achievements both academic and in their social and emotional growth.
A special congratulations go to our major award winners across the junior year levels:
We also welcomed our 2022 Year 10 Leadership Group to the Burnet Team. The Year 10 Leaders for 2022 are:
Our junior students showed their appreciation to their core teachers, form assembly teachers, our wellbeing team and our careers & pathways team and acknowledged the hard work of their peers.
From the Burnet team, we would like to wish all Burnet & Strathmore students and their families a safe and restful break. 2021 was a wild ride and we all deserve some time off to recharge, reflect and spend some time with our families. We can’t wait to see everyone in 2022, but until then be safe and look after each other.
The Burnet Team.