Parent Bulletin 7
28 April 2023
Vale George Kallianis
Strathmore Secondary College community is saddened by the passing of George.
Whilst attending Strathmore George was a valued member of Argyll team and will be greatly missed by all.
Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
For Better Mental Health – Read a Book
TikTok allows video up to 10 minutes, but surveys show almost half its users are stressed by anything longer than a minute. An Instagram video can be up to 90 seconds, but experts reckon the ideal time to maximise engagement is less than 15 seconds. Twitter doubled the length of tweets in 2017 to 280 characters, but the typical length is more like 33 characters.
It’s easy to get sucked into short and sensational content. But if you’re worried this may be harming your attention span, you should be. There’s solid evidence that so many demands on our attention make us more stressed, and that the endless social comparison makes us feel worse about ourselves.
For better mental health, read a book.
Try the following:
You’ll feel better for it – and be prepared for a future employer asking you what books you’re reading.
Full article - https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/for-better-mental-health-get-your-nose-in-a-book-20230413-p5d08v.html
Success Integrated Presentation
On Thursday evening Success Integrated, hosted by Darren Parrera, ran an engaging and informative session for families on strategies for success in the VCE.
The session provided information to families about time management, study plans, managing distractions and other strategies that are relevant to parents and guardians of senior students undertaking VCE.
We would like to thank the large parent community for their participation in the event and look forward to continuing our partnership with Success Integrated.
Senior School Team
School Exchange Program Bologna - Strathmore
The Strathmore-Bologna Exchange Program is starting again, and we are seeking host families this year that will be able to provide accommodation for one or two students for the first two weeks of Term 4. Actual dates to be confirmed.
Ideally, your family should be able to offer the student(s) a room of their own, either single or twin share as well as transport to and from school. The students are aged between 15 and 17 and are from il Liceo Galvani in Bologna, Italy, a prestigious senior high school specializing in teaching foreign languages through science. These students speak fluent English.
This is a great opportunity for Strathmore students to make new friends and learn more about the Italian culture and lifestyle.
Should you be interested in hosting an Italian student (s) or for additional information, please contact Antonella Alampi or Cathy Di Battista.
Congratulations to the girls basketball team for their victory in the interschool competition against SEDA! Despite the lack of participation from other schools in the area, it was great to see that our team was able to showcase their skills and come out on top.
As many schools in the area could not field teams, the Strathmore girls are presenting themselves as role models for younger students in our college, this example will undoubtedly inspire others to strive for excellence both on and off the court. Good luck in the regional competition!
Congratulations also goes to the boys' basketball team for their victory in the interschool competition. With so many boys keen to play, we entered two teams. The calibre of play was high and both teams played some excellent basketball. All of the boys demonstrated perseverance, sportsmanship and teamwork.
Strathmore finished the competition in first and third positions, highlighting the skill of both teams.
Good luck in the regional competition!
Abbey Salmon - Artistic Swimming Championships
Abby Salmon, Year 9 Dunlop, participated in four events in the Artistic Swimming Australian Championships held in Perth over Easter.
She won two events, making her Australian Champion in the youth age group for the individual figures event and the duet event. She also picked up two silver medals.
Following the Australian Championships, for the remainder of the school holidays she was training with the Youth National Squad at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
ANZAC Day Memorial
Strathmore Secondary College was invited to participate in the annual ANZAC day dawn service held at the Pascoe Vale RSL, in collaboration with other local schools and community organisations.
We were privileged to be able to support the service with our Year 10 student Toby Wood, playing the Last Post and Reveille. Playing the Last Post is an incredibly difficult task, and Toby encapsulated the school values in his presentation and represented the school admirably.
Lest We Forget
Year 12 Formal
The Year 12 Formal is an opportunity for the class of 2023 to celebrate the completion of their final year of secondary school together. The event will strengthen relationships and enhance the positive environment at the college, beneficial both for their final year experience and their learning. It is a well-earned break from their studies and an opportunity to make lasting memories. The Senior School team strongly encourages all students to attend.
The event will be held on Thursday 8th June at Hyatt Place Event Centre, 1 Larkin Boulevard, Essendon Fields, and will run from 7.00pm to 11.00pm.
The cost to attend is $85.00 per student. This includes a buffet-style dinner, with soft drink beverages, a Photo Booth and DJ music entertainment. This is a supervised school event for Strathmore Secondary College students only. The event finishes promptly at 11.00pm so transport arrangements should be in place for all students prior to the event start time. Refer to Compass for further information.
Ticket sales close on Wednesday 31 May 2023.
Please contact the Senior School Admin Team if you have any further queries.