Parent Bulletin 23
Friday 24 November
2022 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science
Michael Pakakis AM was awarded a high commendation, Prime Minister’s prize for excellence in science teaching in secondary schools. The presentation was made at the Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Sciences, Canberra.
Michael is an Assistant Principal and Director of the Victorian Space Science Centre at Strathmore Secondary College.
Michael's achievement is meritorious and is due in no small measure to the Principal of Strathmore Secondary College Jill English’s encouragement and leadership.
Creative Arts and Design Day
On December 4th the college is holding a Creative Arts and Design Expo. This is an opportunity to celebrate work by our creative art and design students with the wider school community.
On display will be works by Visual Arts, Technology and Media students. Students from our Music and Performing Arts programs will also be performing.
We would like to invite our community to come along to this event to celebrate the efforts of our students. This event will run from 10am - 12pm on the school grounds around F-block.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Technology Faculties
VCE Vocational Major
As part of the Strathmore Secondary College new VCE Vocational Major program, students are required to complete one day a week of practical experience in their chosen industry.
Structured Workplace Learning (SWL for short) is designed to give students on-the-job training during which they are expected to master a set of skills or competencies related to their particular vocational program. Host employers supervise and instruct the students as they practise and extend the industry skills that they have learned in their VET program.
Next year we have a combination of students either in their first or second year of their VET course. This is a great opportunity for the parents of Strathmore to engage in the learning of our young people. SWL days at Strathmore will be Wednesday for our second year students and Thursday for our first year students. Current VET courses the students are studying include:
Cert II Building & Construction (Carpentry)
Cert II Electro Technology
Cert II Plumbing
Cert II Visual Arts
Cert III Screen & Media
Cert III Screen & Media (Creative & Digital Media)
If you are in the position to offer a placement to one of our student or would like to find out more about the program please contact Kate Hutchison at the email address below.
VCE VM Program Coordinator
Year 8 Coastal Landforms
Over the last few weeks, Year 8 students have been conducting Geographical Fieldwork at Williamstown in order to complete an assignment on Coastal Landscapes and management strategies.
Here are some photos of year 8 students enjoying their time exploring and collecting data related to their assignment.
Attendance on Compass - Junior School Years 7 - 10
Parents and Guardians are required to add an Attendance Note explaining absences recorded on Compass. This is a Department of Education requirement for all students.
As the end of the school year is approaching, it’s a good time to clear any remaining notifications, ready for a fresh start in 2023. Any unexplained absences are listed under the Attendance tab on your child’s Compass profile page.
For a more detailed view of Compass Attendance, we recommend using a web browser rather than the Compass App on your phone.
If you require assistance with clearing notifications, please contact the Junior School Attendance officer by email:
Year 8 Food Technology
Year 8 food technology students have been learning about how different cultures have influenced the contemporary Australia’s cuisine.
The students were tasked with designing and creating their own fusion pizza. Many cultures were represented in the pizza which included Japan, Greece, Mexico, Cambodia, Romania plus many more.
Well done Year 8 on your creativity!
Year 10 Design and Technology
Year 10 Design and Technology students designed and created LED lights.
The design was to be inspired by famous buildings throughout the world. The results are wonderful interpretations of these iconic buildings.
Year 9 Globalisation
Over the last few weeks, Year 9 students have been conducting Geographical Fieldwork at the Queen Victoria Market in order to complete an assignment where they evaluate the sustainability of various elements of globalisation.
Year 9 & 10 Sports Awards
Earlier this week we held our sports awards for Year 9 & 10 students. The entire cohort was in the gym to celebrate the many students who received awards. Next week the Year 7 & 8 students will have their turn.
The ‘Player of the Year’ award recipients:
Major award winners for demonstrating the school value of excellence – ‘The Rising Star award’
Kyla Forbes and Oliver Moxon
Major award winners for demonstrating the school values of perseverance, respect, integrity and diversity – ‘The Contribution to School Sport Award’
Sahara Ball and Wil Haste
Many students also received awards for reaching a State Championship level event in interschool sport. These students were:
Sahara Ball, Matilda Fitzpatrick, Hayley O’Regan, Jesse Lumby, Sam Clough, Sienna Alvarez, Jasmine Antoniou, Sahara Ball, Matilda Clarke, Ava Cocomello, Lucille Cotterill, Jasmina Curtis, Isabella D’Alberto, Ava Dean, Matilda Fitzpatrick, Kyla Forbes, Taylah Gilcrist, Tara Goss, Erin Graham, Sarah Hallo, Tiah Hassall, Jade Hawks, Charli Higgins, Emily Holmes, Faith Kassis,Edith Kavanagh, Ruby Lawson,Bridget Mulder, Ayda Osman, Charli Savi, Amelie Savy, Zoe Taylor, Ruby Vaina, Ollie Salmon, Oli Moxon, Ahmed Algammal, Jonah Tanfara, Mia Mallon, Hayley O’Regan.
The HPE faculty wishes to congratulate all of these students, and also the many students who made all inter school sport teams and attended selection trials and training sessions throughout the year. The commitment and enthusiasm of our students has contributed greatly to the sporting success we have achieved this year at Strathmore Secondary College.
Year 7 Design Technology
Design Tech students in Yr7 have been busy in the technology workshop making ‘Food Servers’.
They have utilised and manipulated acrylic Perspex by laser cutting and heat formation. They also learnt to make wooden veneer servers using glue and pressure moulds.
Results are looking fantastic and lot of new skills developed.
Happy Friday to the Burnet community.
Long time, no hear! It’s been a super busy term, as they tend to be, and much like our Rubicon campers, we’ve been absolutely snowed under! We’ve tipped past the halfway point of the term and are now hurtling towards the end of the year. With the end so clearly in sight, we need to make sure we’re preparing for a productive and positive end to the school year.
Year 10 News
Congratulations to our year ten students who have officially finished their classes for the year, and with it are one step closer to graduating from the junior school. Our graduation this year will be held at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Thursday the 1st of December, payment and consent can be provided on Compass. Before we get to that important event, year ten students will be completing their end of semester exams. Both the exam timetable and guidelines are available on Compass. Good luck to our year tens for the exam block, we’re looking forward to seeing some great results to cap off a busy year. You’ve worked so well all year, let’s finish strong!
Year 9 News
Welcome back to our year nine Rubicon campers. From all reports it was a super fun, challenging, rewarding and freezing experience. We hope our students enjoyed themselves and learned some valuable lessons from their time in the mountains. Now that they’re back on Compass, our next major event is the Work Experience Preparation Program (WEPP). Ms Vincent from the Careers & Pathways team has posted detailed information to all students and parents regarding the week ten program and the official work experience dates for 2023 on Compass.
Peer Support 2023
Twenty of our year eight students attended the peer support training day on Monday this week. The wellbeing team were super impressed with the Burnet students involved and we are excited for the program in 2023. The peer support group’s first event will be to support the Burnet team on the Year 6 Orientation Day on Tuesday the 13th of December. We trust our peer support crew will make a great impression and be wonderful mentors for our incoming cohort.
Junior Picnic Day - Funfields
To celebrate the end of the year, the junior teams are embarking on our annual trip to Funfields on the 14th of December. It’s a great day for our students to have a bit of fun with their friends and to unwind after a big year. As always, payment and consent can be provided on Compass. The Funfields trip is a real highlight of the term four calendar and the Burnet team is looking forward to celebrating with our students.
Looking forward to the rest of the term, we’ve got plenty going on alongside the teaching and learning program:
As always, it’s an extremely busy end to the year with lots of events happening. Please remind your student to be arriving to school on time, wearing full school uniform and to be completing all work and assessment by their due dates. Before we know it we’ll be emptying lockers and saying our farewells so let’s do our best to finish on a high note. Happy Friday Burnet, have a great weekend.
The Junior Burnet Team
Teagan, Erica & Matt
Year 8 Health & Physical Education
Year 8 HPE students have been learning the effects of smoking and have produced Anti-Smoking Posters.
Year 10 Visual Communication Design
Well Done to Year 10 VCD students who have been busy developing their logo designs in response to a brief.
The outcomes are fantastic. Well Done!
Christmas Carols and Street Party in Napier Park
The 30th annual Christmas Carols and Street Party in Napier Park will be held on Saturday 17th December at 7.30 pm.
Come along and celebrate the festive season, with friends, family and neighbours. Come early, bring a torch, chair, food and drink and meet on the Noble Avenue side of Napier Park.
The street will be closed to traffic from 4 pm.
Inquiries: Mark Roberts 0418 179 107