Parent Bulletin 5
19 March 2021
Next Thursday, 25 March, all scheduled classes will be cancelled to allow for teacher-student-parent conferences to occur, and for students to be active participants in the conversations about their learning. Due to COVID safe protocols, the conferences will once again be held via phone call, rather than on-site. An outline of how they will be conducted is below.
School Council 2021
The College Council carries ultimate responsibility for setting the direction and ethos of the College. It decides on broad policy issues and oversees the structure of the College’s curriculum. Council has: 7 elected parent representatives, 5 staff representatives (including the Principal), 3 Co-option positions and 2 positions filled by representatives from the student executive. Parents and staff representative serve for a two year term before being eligible for re-election. Half of the elected members retire each year, hence the need for annual elections. Any parent of a child enrolled at the College is eligible to stand for election as a parent member of Council.
Nominations for Council representatives were called in February 2021, and as the number of nominations exceeded the number of parent vacancies  and student vacancy , an election was held for the parent and student vacancies.
DET employees  and the DET employee category did not exceed the number of vacancies. Two positions were available and we received two nominees.
The successful candidates in the Parent Representative section were: Alex Smaragdiou [2 years], Paul Gauci [2 years], Pam Robertson [2 years], Jim Kounetas [2 years] and Evaline Keves [2 years].
The successful candidates for the Department of Education and Training section were: Heather McKenzie [2 years], Emma Pasierbek [2 years] and Andrew Beavis [1 year].
The successful candidate for the Student Representative section is Ahn Le [2 years].
More Information HERE
Katie Baynes State Athletics
Katie (Year 10 Student) recently competed at the Little Athletics Victoria State Championships and had some amazing results. She finished her 11 years with Little Athletics Victoria including 8 years of State finals on a massive high.
Katie competed in the Under 16 Long Jump final, jumping an equal personal best, and finishing with her very first ever State medal in 2nd place.
She finished a very close 4th place in the Under 16 100m final. She then had to head straight to Under 16 Triple Jump, where despite limited warm up, she achieved an awesome result of 4 jumps over 11metres, took home the State title and set a new State Record with a jump of 11.51m.
A gold and silver medal and a close 4th place in three events at a State championship is an outstanding result.
Now Katie will prepare for the upcoming Athletics Australia National Championships in Sydney in April. We wish Katie luck when she competes at the National titles.
First Lego League
Interested in joining a team for the First Lego League?
The First Lego League is an international competition using robotics to inspire a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in young people. Students compete by building and programming robots to complete a series of challenges. They also complete a project which involves researching and planning an innovative solution to a problem. The regional competition runs in October and if successful the team may also be required to attend further competition dates after that. Visit firstaustralia.org for more information.
We are looking for students who are interested in forming a team for the 2021 First Lego League competition. Students on the team will be required to meet at lunchtime once or twice a week with more regular meetings as the competition approaches. There will be a cost of $50 to $100 depending on the number of students on the team.
Interested students should attend the Tech Club, which runs at lunchtimes on Tuesdays and Fridays in room B7.
Robotic Mission to Mars @ VSSEC
Free School Holiday Program Opportunity: Robotic Mission to Mars @ VSSEC.
VSSEC is opening up over the holidays for Year 9-12 students to become Mission Specialists and run their own Robotic Mission to Mars – and it’s free for SSC students.
In this half-day experience, students will take on the role of engineers & scientists in our Mission Control Centre where they will plan and run their own Mars Rover mission. They'll get to direct a real Rover in a highly realistic Mars crater environment & learn about using technology to explore another planet.
There is also still space for two advanced, day long programs called Space Machines where specialists from RMIT University will be sharing with students about space systems design and space science operations before students take that knowledge and apply it in Mission Control.
Both of these programs are open and free to all Victorian Government secondary students. Be sure to book whilst there are still spaces!
National Teacher-Artist Prize 2021
Congratulations to Ms. Petra Gogos, who has been shortlisted as one of the fifty finalists for the National Teacher-Artist Prize 2021. Her work was selected from a total of 780 entries. She has made a drawing using oil pastel and acrylic paint, titled "Two People Looking at Early Jackson Pollock".
You can vote for her work for the Peoples’ Choice Prize HERE.
Well Done Petra.
Year 7 & 8 Swimming Carnival
The annual swimming carnival took place in near perfect conditions on Tuesday this week.
The day was a huge success thanks to all the students who participated in numerous events throughout the day. The Year 7 & 8 students were enthusiastic about competing, swimming, participating and cheering.
Special thanks must go to the staff, Year 10 leaders and Year 9 coaching and fitness class who all took on specific roles of responsibility to make sure the day ran smoothly.
The final results of the carnival are below:
Year 7 Girls Freestyle champion: Abby Salmon
Year 7 Boys Freestyle champion: Matthew Moncur
Year 8 Girls Freestyle champion: Amelia Maciel
Year 8 Boys Freestyle champion: Joshua Zammit
Year 7 Girls Backstroke champion: Anna Dona-Doni
Year 7 Boys Backstroke champion: Matthew Moncur
Year 8 Girls Backstroke champion: Amelia Maciel
Year 8 Boys Backstroke champion: Joshua Zammit
Year 7 Girls Breaststroke champion: Anna Dona-Doni
Year 7 Boys Breaststroke champion: Matthew Moncur
Year 8 Girls Breaststroke champion: Amelia Maciel
Year 8 Boys Breaststroke champion: Oliver Moxon
Top Class Drama
On 9th March, the Year 11 & 12 Drama class travelled to the Arts Centre to watch the Top Class Drama performance.
The performance showcases the work of some of the highest scoring Drama solo exams from 2020. The students were engaged, inspired and a bit nervous seeing the work that goes into the Drama course, watching 10 incredible exams that were both entertaining and met the requirements of the task. One of the Top Class actors offered up advice to the students, including rehearsing whenever possible, listening to feedback and editing a lot.
The chief assessor also presented information vital for success in the exam, noting the use of varied expressive skills, not using too much dialogue and the use of soundtracks in the 2020 exams. Back at school, the students discussed the performances and what they could pinch from these incredible students to use in their own work.
Stirling & Chisholm Orientation Camp
Stirling and Chisholm Teams set off to Anglesea on the 24th of February for the Year 7 Orientation Camp.
The students were divided into activity groups and took part in canoeing, high ropes, mountain bike riding, surfing, giant swing and more! The students were able to challenge themselves and their abilities through these activities and all students demonstrated great resilience and success.
The students also participated in various night activities such as movie night, trivia, a team challenge, and a night walk. Our Year 10 Leaders did a great job in leading these activities and helping students conquer their fears and challenges throughout the three days.
The Stirling and Chisholm team would like to thank all our Year 7 students who attended the Anglesea camp for their great attitude, effort and participation. We would also like to thank our Year 10 leaders as well as the awesome staff who came along to ensure the camp was a great success.
Yolanda DeSantis, Hayley May, Marisa Pezzimenti & Travis Foster
Stirling & Chisholm Junior Team
Moonee Valley Division Swimming
On Tuesday the 9th of March, 40 students from years 7-12 represented the school in the Moonee Valley Division Swimming sports.
All students represented the school positively and showed great efforts in their events. We had some incredible individual efforts from Georgia Duggan, Taylor Moxon, Kayley Kavanagh and also Youssef Elgammal who broke the record in the 17yr Male 50m freestyle event with a time of 26.59seconds. These results along with many other successes allowed Strathmore to win the Grand Aggregate for our division.
We have 30 students advancing to the Western Metro Region Finals in Geelong on the 31st of March. We look forward to competing and challenging ourselves at the next round!
Sussex Neighbourhood House
Sussex Autism Support Group
A support group on Zoom for carers of school children on the autism spectrum.
Thursday 1st April 10:00am
7 Prospect Street, Pascoe Vale VIC 3044
More information on Sussex Neighbourhood House website.