Parent Bulletin 25
Friday 20 September
Principal's Message Term 3
On behalf of us all at Strathmore Secondary College I wish students and families a happy and revitalising holiday and look forward to welcoming you back to a busy Term 4.
Building Project.... so far
Year 8 Boys Basketball
On the 9th of September, the Year 8 boys basketball teams travelled to Coburg Stadium to compete in the Moonee Valley round robin tournament. The teams were divided into three pools. The B team drew the strongest pool on the day and unfortunately were defeated by Rosehill and the overall runners up, Essendon Keilor College (EKC). The boys were very competitive in both games and should be proud of the effort they put in leading up to the tournament and on the day.
The A team drew an easier pool, winning their first two games against Sirius College and Buckley Park B quite convincingly to secure themselves a place in the semi-finals. The semi-final saw the boys take on Mount Alexander College for a place in the Grand Final. We got off to a slow start but were able to come away with another convincing win. The Grand Final saw us take on the much bigger EKC, who had defeated our B team earlier in the day. A change in game plan looked to be working when the boys got out to a 10 point lead early in the first half. EKC were able to claw their way back into the game to go into halftime only one point down. Our boys rallied to control the second half and came away with the win.
The boys move on to compete in the Western Metropolitan Region tournament on the 31st of October at the Altona Sports Centre. Thank you to all the parents for getting them to our very early morning training sessions twice a week.
With special thanks to Mike Spears who graciously gave up his time to run training sessions and attend on the day as coach.
Year 11 Chemistry
Over the last couple of weeks, Year 11 Chemistry have been studying an introduction to Organic Chemistry, which is basically the chemistry of carbon and the molecules it can form.
Earlier this week, students undertook an experiment involving the preparation of a class of compounds called esters, which is responsible for many of the aromas found in fruits, medications, cosmetics and essential oils. The prepared esters responsible for the aromas in oil of wintergreen, oranges, pineapple, bananas, apples and apricots.
An engaging practical activity that students were very interested in.
Dr Chris Kladis
Senior Boys Basketball
The Senior Boys Basketball went out on the 17th of September and represented Strathmore in the State Finals. In the first game the boys played a wonderful brand of basketball, they came out with a win over Melton College, but fell short in the second and third game losing to Box Hill and Gladstone Park Secondary by convincing margins.
Overall the boys were very happy with the outcome, to reach a state final is a massive achievement.
Junior Girls AFL - State Final
For the first time in 8 years Strathmore had an AFL team make a state final.
It wasn’t the result we wanted but an amazing achievement to make it to the final two teams in the state. The junior girls football team (made up of Year 7 and 8 girls) began training back in term one with a keen interest and focus to improve upon the basics required to play football. The development of the girls over the course of the year was clear to see and the girls were rewarded with an opportunity to take on the state’s best in a final two clash at Highgate Reserve in Craigeburn.
The Strathmore girls were excited, focused and determined and although the beginning of the game didn’t go to plan were able to stay in touch throughout the tough contested battle.
Mikaela Crewes, Kayley Kavanagh, Kyla Forbes and Tacita Siliato led the midfield and were able to sneak forward at times to give us scoring opportunities however we were only able to convert one major to three quarter time. This is where things changed and after some positional changes where key defender Zoe Elek was moved forward, future star Ava Britt moved back, winger Alyssa Caruana moved on ball and a tough and selfless tagging role was performed by Katie Baynes the Strathmore girls managed to score 3 final term goals.
With the Strathmore girls clawing their way back in to the game and fighting it out hard they eventually ran out of time with Parkdale running out 14 point victors. Alyssa Caruana was named best afield for Strathmore in a sensational display of speed and toughness.
A huge congratulations to our girls for becoming State Runner Up, an amazing achievement and one you should all be very proud of.
A big thank you to Mr Miller for all of your help, to all of the parents, families and friends who came and supported us on the day as well as our amazing cheer squad from Waratah SDS and thank you to our official photographer Graeme Baynes for all the magnificent shots on the day too.
Strathmore 4.1 25. Parkdale 5.9 39
Chisholm Central Australia Trip
10- 17 September 2019
40 Year 9-10 Chisholm students and 4 staff headed off on an amazing 8 Day adventure to Australia’s Red Centre.
We undertook lots of long haul bus rides and early starts, but this did not dampen our spirits – just the opposite, were invigorated by the vast landscape.
We had great sunsets, sunrises and beautiful starry nights. The wildlife was thrilling, the bushwalks challenging and food very fine.