Parent Bulletin 33
7 December 2018
2018 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships Taipei
My name is Andrew Callegari and on November the 16th I represented Australia in the 11th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Taipei.
I’ve been competing in poomsae for 7 years now and have been an international competitor since I was the age of 10. My journey to this amazing opportunity began earlier this year, when I competed in the National Selections, where I originally competed for two events: pair and team.
The outcome of these events meant that for the upcoming World Championships, I would represent Australia for the Team Competition with other competitors. After many months of training everyday, putting in so much hard work, I I’m proud to say that we ranked 14th in the World.
I’m determined to train harder and hope to one day represent Australia again, and earn a gold medal.
Year 8 Creative Writing
This term, Year 8 English students have been bringing objects to life in their creative writing. After our viewing of the Tim Burton film ‘Alice in Wonderland’, they selected an object from the film to personify. Here are our best pieces for 2018!
All 15 stories available HERE.
Lucy French 8A2
“Who ate my tarts?!”
They stand, lined up like toy soldiers. But these men are not soldiers, no. Soldiers are brave, these men far from it. But then again, no soldier has ever had to face her. She paces, back straight as a rod, the sounds of her footsteps echoing through the cold, empty room. Her eyes alight with a fiery passion; if only she cared this much about her subjects. The frogs reel back slightly in collective horror for they know no words of mercy shall fall from her lips.
Still she paces, glaring at each poor soul with a look that could cut through solid rock, a look that could see all your secrets, all your fears, a look that could pick you apart piece by piece until there was nothing left but a shell of who you once were- if you were lucky, that is. They would not be deemed worthy of such a luxury. I need not wonder what awful fate shall befall the guilty. It is always the same... <more>
Flynn Gray 8S1
I was lying on the table, what a scrumptious of tables, with my head on the plate and my tail facing the floor,
Oh, how I knew I wanted so much more,
It's easy to turn, then twist, then pour, and then pour some more till there is no more to pour,
But the purpose of my life is so unforgiving, for the pain is not in the work, the pain is in the living,
For I know that in the reach of my tail and tip, there are others like me who are trapped with a grip... <more>
Liana Calderone, 8C2
We tread carefully on the crumbling stone of the ancient ruins, in the distance, the warriors, a sea of red and white, the only noise being the clanging of their swords. I find myself in a trance until suddenly from behind, the thundering roar of the Jabberwocky sends tremors throughout my body. It scares the living daylights out of me. Alice whirls around and without a second thought, darts behind a pillar. “Oh my god, we are finished, Alice is no match against this monster. We’re going to die, this is the end” I mumble hysterically. “Goodbye wo-” before I can finish my sentence I am cut off. “Oh quit whining you wuss and grow up” hisses the vorpal sword. Easier said than done. The beast screeches and shoots volts of lightning from its mouth, the buzz of electricity enveloping the area around us. Eventually it dies down, and Alice sees this as a chance to escape and sprints towards a staircase, but before she can reach the stairs we land face first into the rotting stone. “OUCH... Huh, not a single scratch on me” I chuckle for a brief moment as Alice recovers and starts again towards higher ground. The Jabberwocky follows us all the way up until there’s nowhere else for us to go. “Do something Alice, before he eats us up like a snack!” and at that moment Alice miraculously gets herself onto the monsters long, scaly neck, clinging for dear life as the Jabberwocky violently shakes its head to get us off. I felt like I was going to throw up. “Please protect me lord, please” if you ask me it’s kind of ironic how I’m asking for protection. Not long after we’re thrown into the air, and Alice recites the Red Queen’s most iconic line... <more>
Sports Awards 2018
The HPE Faculty held their annual Sports Awards across two days in the past two weeks to celebrate the fantastic achievements of our students throughout the year. All of the students were informed of how the school’s sporting teams performed over the course of the year, before the students were called out, sport by sport, to receive their awards.
The Sporting Excellence Awards were presented to the participants that made it to State Finals, whilst the winning teams were awarded a State Champion award. Throughout the year, we made nine State Finals. Our Year 8 Boys Soccer team went “back to back” and were crowned State Champions and we also had one individual student in Athletics, Joshua Tracy, who won gold in the 800m. Congratulations to our State Champions and runners up this year.
For each sport we also awarded a Player of the Year to one student who consistently performed to a high level and displayed great team work.
The major award winners for 2018 are:
Rising Star - Joshua Tracy and Katherine Baynes
Contribution to Sport - Lily Pelosi and Georgia Duggan
Rising Star - Maeve Bousie, McLeod Sell and Julian Preiato
Contribution to Sport - Tara Newman and Alexi Kasteliotis
Well done to all students who were involved in the Interschool Sport Program in 2018 and proudly represented Strathmore Secondary College. A big thank you to all staff who dedicated a lot of time and effort into coaching all of the teams. We look forward to an even bigger and better year of sport in 2019!
Inter-school Sport Coordinator
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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
Important Dates 2019
Day 1 Tuesday 29th January - Teaching and ES Staff commence
Day 2 Wednesday 30th January - Student Free Day
Day 3 Thursday 31st January* - 9:00am – 12:30pm
*Year 7 and all new students to the college.
Day 4 Friday 1st February - All students return to school & Photo Day