Parent Bulletin 6
Friday 8 April
Celebrating a Successful Term 1
I wish our school community a safe, happy, and restful holiday and thank all our students for their hard work and perseverance throughout Term 1. I am proud of their achievements and look forward to welcoming our students back to commence Term 2 on 26 of April.
Official Opening of our Two New Buildings
It was with great pride that we welcomed Lizzie Blandthorn, Member for Pascoe Vale, and Danny Pearson, Member for Essendon, to officially open our two new buildings on 1 April. All those who attended were impressed with our state-of-the-art learning facilities that match our high-quality teaching and learning program.
The formalities commenced with our School Captains, Eva Phillip and Luke Gordon, welcoming our official guests to the college. Lizzie and Danny were also introduced to Youth Olympian Jed Snowden and his family.
Jed is a former student of Strathmore Secondary College who completed his studies in 2019. He competed in the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina in 2018 in his chosen sport of Hockey. The Olympic flag that was presented to the College by a fellow Olympian in 2019 was unveiled as part of the official opening. The flag is now proudly displayed in the foyer of one of the new buildings.
Thank you to our School Council and the community for their vision and support to ensure that Strathmore Secondary College has an exciting future.
Report from School Council March Meeting
Professional Development Day: Tuesday 3 May 2022 – Student Free Day
Strathmore Secondary College is partnering with Corwin Australia for a second year. Corwin is the sole provider of Visible Learning globally and currently partners with more than 1400 schools across Australia transforming Professor John Hattie’s research into practice.
Visible Learning will assist the college to further embed our Teaching and Learning Framework.
Tuesday 3 May is a student-free day to enable all teaching staff to participate in this professional development program.
2020 Annual Report
The Annual Report was discussed and approved. This report will be available to the school community on the College website shortly.
Western Region Swimming Finals
On Thursday the 31st of March, we had 30 students represent Strathmore at the Western Region Swimming Finals held in Geelong.
Although the weather was not ideal and we were all more wet and cold than a regular swimming event, all students showed a great level of effort and enthusiasm on the day. We had many swimmers place in both individual and team events, all contributing to the overall point tally for the school.
We have 5 swimmers that are advancing to the State Championships which will be held early term 2. Ahmed Elgammal will represent Strathmore in the 50m and 100m Butterfly as well as the Medley Relay. Those joining him in the relay will be Oliver Moxon, Ollie Salmon and Jonah Tanfara who will compete for a state placing! Hamish Keenan is also advancing to States in the Multiclass events.
A big thank you to Jennifer Trinh for supporting on the day as well as Kate Hutchison who drove all the way to Geelong on her day off to help cheer on the team!
Good luck to all the swimmers in the State Championships. Go Strathmore!
Burnet Team News
Good afternoon Burnet parents, carers and community.
Well done on navigating your first full face-to-face teaching term in two years! Ten weeks is a long time, it has been incredibly busy term and your students (and us teachers) have earned our break.
It was nice to have an opportunity to speak with so many of our parent community over the last two days and discuss your student’s successes and goals for term two and beyond. We hope you found the conversations meaningful and can continue your discussions in the lead up to next term.
Our Year 7 students have to be commended on the excellence they have shown as they transitioned to secondary school life. It was a treat to see them come out of their shells at the pancake breakfast, on our orientation camp and even more since then; and it was great to meet so many of our Year 7 parents at the meet and greet. Our Year 7 & 8students performed well at the Swimming Carnival and a number of our junior students have had the opportunity to represent the school further at the Division championships. Our Year 9 Peer Support students have done a fantastic job at welcoming our Year 7s to the college and, perhaps unfortunately, all Year 9 students will have a little bit of holiday homework to complete their Morrisby Career Insights testing and counselling program. Year 10 students have completed their Kickstart session and are a step closer to work experience in term two. They’ve now had their first glimpse into life as a VCE student with the conclusion of the foundation term, there was a lot of new information to take on board and many new processes to follow and they have done a wonderful job navigating them.
There may be some small staffing and personnel changes next term, we will be sure to notify parents and students of those early next term. Perhaps the most significant change will be having to farewell our Burnet Wellbeing leader Ms Jenn Trinh. Jenn has taken up another opportunity and today is her last day at Strathmore. The Burnet team is incredibly grateful for Jenn’s support over the many years she has been part of the Burnet team and wish her all the best in her new role. Once Burnet, always Burnet – we’ll miss you Jenn!
We are truly very proud of our Burnet students and their perseverance through their first full term back onsite and hope they return in term two with a reinvigorated pursuit for excellence. Great effort Burnet!
Thank you, as always, for your support and we wish you a safe and happy term break.
Your Junior Burnet Team
Free Dress Day
Senior Student Leadership Council raised $1,763.70 in our Term 1 Free Dress Fundraiser for the Red Cross NSW/QLD Flood Appeal.
Year 12 Students were encouraged to participate in the day by wearing sports apparel from their favourite teams.
Design & Technology
Year 7 and 8 Design and Technology students have been busy throughout Term 1, creating amazing solutions to design problems.
Some of our Year 7 Design and Technology students worked with resistant materials (timber and acrylic) to design and make a pair of food servers. Students developed a range of practical skills using hand tools, machinery and our laser cutting machine. Each and every student created something unique. Solutions were wide ranging from salad servers to cake servers to servers which could scoop and strain pasta. Next term these students will swap over into the textiles room for a different design experience.
Some of our Year 8 Design and Technology students experienced using our new textiles facilities. They have been working to master the sewing machine and create zippered cases. They were tasked with a brief that asked them to design and print fabric that had a unique coloured pattern, which they then had to use to construct a lined zippered case. Next term these students will swap over into the workshop and solve another design problem using timber.
Please check Compass Calendar.
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