Parent Bulletin 5
24 March 2023
School Council 2023
School Council is a vital organisation in ensuring Strathmore Secondary College is governed responsibly for current as well as future generations of students.
I am delighted to announce our Council for 2023. I am grateful to the members of our community who have chosen to support the school in such an important way.
Jill English – Principal
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On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the retiring members– Jim Kounetas, School Council President for 5 years and a member of Council for 13 years, also Evaline Keves, Alex Smaragdiou, Emma Pasierbek, Heather McKenzie, Boyd Maplestone and Anh Le, who have made a valuable contribution to Council.
School Sport Victoria - Aidan Lowe
Aidan is an upcoming cricket player who proudly represents Strathmore Secondary College.
Aidan recently participated in the Regional Trials for the School Sport Victoria 12 & Under Boys Cricket Team. A big congratulations to Aidan who has been selected to progress through to the Initial State Squad for the School Sport Victoria 12 & Under Cricket Team.
It was an incredibly difficult task to cut the squad from over 420 players down to just 50 and over 8 zones – so we are all very proud of Aidan. We wish him all the best at the final trial session to be held on Monday 3 April. Only 13 players will be selected to form the official team.
Keep an eye on this space for updates on Aidan’s progress.
Year 8 Food Technology
In food technology this week, the Year 8’s produced their own muffins.
Over the last 3 weeks students have been using the design process in their theory classes to investigate, plan, generate and produce a creative muffin recipe with the added challenge of incorporating a vegetable in their recipe.
We had many original savoury and sweet flavour combinations using vegetables such as zucchini, beetroot, carrot, capsicum, corn and many more. Well done Year 8’s!
Year 7 & 8 Swimming Carnival
The annual swimming carnival has taken place in perfect conditions on Thursday this week. The day was a huge success thanks to all the students who participated in numerous events throughout the day. Breaking Dunlop’s streak and stopping a third title in a row, Napier came out victors this year.
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 -
VCE VM "The Amazing Race"
The VCE VM team went down to Anglesea on Thursday 1st March to interview the second lot of Year 7 students about their experiences of camp. All the Year 7s that we interviewed had said they enjoyed the camp and that it was a good experience. They also said it was a great break from school and they enjoyed making new friends from all the different teams.
In personal development skills, we did the amazing race. The prizes were a huge block of chocolate for both the winners, who spelt out the letters in the correct order and a sentence in the correct order.
Everyone was enthusiastic to win the block of chocolate but only two people could win, but everybody got a chocolate Freddo in the end. The word we had to spell out was "teamwork" and the sentence was "The load is lighter when everyone lifts together."
VCE VM Student
Year 7 Parent Meet & Greet
VCE VM update
In Unit 1 of the VCE Vocational Major, the overarching theme is Rites of Passage.
Students have been completing coursework across their four subject areas. In addition to this, they have also been working towards their major integrated project, which was to plan and run an event.
On Friday 17th of March the VCE VM students hosted the Year 7 Parent Meet and Greet. This is the first time the event has been held on the one night across all the junior teams and I am pleased to say it was a big success. We had a great turn out from parents and the VCE VM students did a fantastic job of planning and organising the event. Not only was it a great opportunity for parents to meet the team leaders and coordinators, but also a chance to connect with other year 7 parents.
A huge thank you to all the VCE VM teachers and students for their tireless work, in particular Mr Whittle, for putting all the camp footage into videos for the parents to watch (a huge undertaking in his own time!). I would also like to thank Mr Steward and the music faculty for providing the live music, the wellbeing team who attended the event and the Junior School Teams for supporting the event.
Last but certainly not least, I would like to congratulate our 2023 class captain Sebastian Speranza for delivered the welcoming address.
Ms Hutchison and the VCE VM Team
Senior Boys Cricket
Over the last two weeks the Senior Boys Cricket Team have participated in the Wester Metropolitan Region Finals. The boys were successful in their two pool games, with some outstanding individual performances. The results from our two pool games were:
Straughton College 7/144 (20 Overs)
Mitchell Higgs 2/20 (4)
Strathmore SC 2/147 (15.1 overs)
Harry Ryan 68
Jack Cook 36
Strathmore SC 3/204 (20 overs)
Wil Haste 100 retired
Lukas Christian 27 retired
Springside West SC 10/64 (8.5 overs)
Jack Cook 3/0 (incl hat trick) (0.5)
Sam Houston 3/16 (2)
Mitchell Higgs 2/3 (2)
The following week we played the Region Final against against Belmont College in Geelong. In a closely matched game, our boys fell to Belmont. All 6 of the bowlers we used claimed at least one wicket, and all were economical throughout the innings. In reply, we started steadily in our chase, but regulary lost wickets in the middle overs, with our chase losing momentum and being bowled out in the 19th over 23 runs short.
Belmont SC 10/127 (20 overs)
Michael Anthony 2/25 (4)
Lukas Christian 2/29 (4)
Strathmore SC 10/105 (18.1 overs)
Harry Ryan 26
Daniel Robertson 22
Overall, this was a very strong showing from a core group of students who are still in year 11. Well done to the group and a great achievement to make it to the final 16 schools remaining in the state.
Senior Girls Volleyball
On Thursday the 23rd of March, the Senior Girls Volleyball team played in the Moonee Valley Division first round against Mount Alexander College, Essendon Keilor College and Rosehill Secondary College.
The girls played some excellent volleyball. They managed to win the first two games in straight sets against Mount Alexander and EKC. Unfortunately, the girls fell short against Rosehill Secondary.
The girls played so well together and demonstrated exceptional teamwork skills. A special mention to Chloe Hamilton for being a great captain, Eden Curcija and Arianna Davoli for their exceptional serving, Kyla Forbes for her excellent defence work on the court, as well as Faith Kassis and Zoe Taylor for their work at the net.
The girls had such a fun day and put in such a great effort! They should all be very proud.
Ms Ferraro and Mr Bates
Les Twentyman Foundation - The Confident Traveller
WHAT IS THE CONFIDENT TRAVELLER?
The Confident Traveller is a program funded by Metro Trains that is designed to build life-long skills in safety, expanding comfort zones, and managing the fears that stop us from taking action.
Through this young people will be empowered to take control over themselves, build (or rebuild) confidence to use public transport post-covid and learn new skills of planning to travel to new, or unknown places.
WHAT DOES THE CONFIDENT TRAVELLER PROGRAM DO?
The Confident Traveller program is designed to support young people to build and then vitally use their newly acquired skills in a safe and supportive environment.
The aim of the Confident Traveller programs is to implement ‘learn and do’ educational activities which reinforces the learnings and builds confidence to continue.
PROGRAM OUTLINE/ ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The young person must be aged between 12 and 17 years of age to participate.
The program will occur during the Easter School holidays and participants will need to be available for one of the following dates:
April 12th, 14th, 19th & 20th.
Firstly, the young person will participate in two workshops which will take place at the Les Twentyman Foundation. The workshops will unpack two topics; comfort zone expansion and management of fears.
Additionally, the young person will learn how to use Metro Trains ‘Journey Planner’ platform to plan a trip to one of four places of their choice. These destinations include:
Royal Melbourne Park and Reserve
Ian Potter’s Garden
Birrarung Marr Park
HOW TO APPLY
Participants can apply by downloading and completing the application form available here. Once complete please send the form to firstname.lastname@example.org