Parent Bulletin 32
30 November 2018
Privacy Incident Follow Up
I would like to follow up with you about the privacy incident at Strathmore in August this year. At the time, I committed to updating you on the outcome of the Department’s investigation. The investigation provided a number of recommendations for the School:
The School fully accepts these recommendations and is working closely with the Privacy team to implement them. Privacy training has been conducted for all staff this week and the other actions have also commenced.
In addition to these recommendations, there are Department-wide actions to provide more detailed guidance materials for schools on using different systems including Compass, providing more targeted support materials for different audiences in schools, including wellbeing and learning support coordinators, and rolling out further training to regional office and school staff, including both face-to-face training and eLearning.
Regional staff and school psychologists are recommended to continue following up with Strathmore to support post-incident stress and anxiety and support the School to manage any bullying issues based on the information disclosed about individual students.
If you would like further information about the actions that we are taking to respond to the incident or you have any ongoing or outstanding concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Important Dates 2018
21 Nov - 21 Dec Nepal Camp
26 - 30 Nov Transition Week (Year 11 into 12)
29 Nov - 5 Dec Year 10 Exams
4 December Junior String Soiree
6 December Year 10 Graduation
10 - 13 December Year 9 Careers Week
14 December STUDENT FREE DAY - no classes
17 - 20 December Year 7 - 9 Activities Week
21 December LAST DAY OF TERM
Yr 8 Geography Fieldwork - Sandringham and Hampton
In recent weeks, year 8 students have participated in fieldwork trips to Sandringham and Hampton beaches. This complements their study of coastal landforms and develops geographical skills.
The weather was largely kind to us and the students and staff enjoyed themselves whilst learning a lot about the strategies put in place to maintain the beach environment.
article by Stavros Lykopandis 8A2
In the morning, all four classes (8A2, 8C1, 8D1 & 8D2) prepared to venture out on our year 8 Geography excursion. Once everyone was gathered and organised, we made our way to Strathmore Station with smiles on our faces. We exited the train at Flinders Street where we caught another train to Hampton Beach. As we departed on our second train, we gathered our thoughts, ready to start.
At each beach, we studied coastal features, landforms and facilities that support it. Sandringham beach has better and improved facilities. Facilities at Sandringham were impressive and far outweigh Hampton Beach, Sandringham beach has facilities which include kiosks, toilets, kayak hire, taps, parking and places to leave your bike. Hampton beach only has taps and toilets for facilities. There were less people at Sandringham, vegetation was improved and remarkable at both beaches. Natural features included plants, cliffs, beach, sand and rocks. Human impacts are evident on both beaches with littering, pollution and strained resources.
Hampton beach and Sandringham beach both have depositional landforms like bays and spits. The beaches also have used defensive strategies which are in place to prevent longshore drift. Beaches lose sand through longshore drift which takes the sand and transports it. The strategies used are groynes which are straight lines of wood or rock that prevent longshore drift. The other strategy used is beach nourishment which is the replacement of sand using trucks to move it. The tire marks and fresh sand led us to infer that beach nourishment had been used recently.
After a hard day of working, we were finally rewarded with lunch. It was a highlight as we were able to display our virtues of independence and responsibility. We regrouped an hour later, to return back to Strathmore.
All in all, it was a fantastic day our whole class enjoyed.
Important Dates 2019
Day 1 Tuesday 29th January - Teaching and ES staff begin
Day 2 Wednesday 30th January* - 9:00am – 12:30pm
*Year 7 and all new students to the college.
Day 3 Thursday 31st January - All students return to school
Day 4 Friday 1st February - Photo Day