Parent Bulletin 9
Friday 14 May
Parent and Carer Communication
The college is continuing to reflect on our practices in order to drive school improvements. We are committed to improving communication between parents, carers and student's Team Coordinators. As has been the case for a number of years, all communication with the school should be directed to the Team Coordinator in the first instance. The central role of the student teams is to work with students and families to ensure students are happy and successful at school.
Junior School Teams are overseen by a leading teacher with two coordinators in Years 7 - 10. Senior School has a leading teacher responsible for Year 11, another for Year 12, with one coordinator for each team.
An overview of our Student Team structure is available on the college website -
Click on your students Team name under the Student Teams menu to contact relevant coordinators. Instructions are on the team pages. You can check your student's team on Compass.
For the first time in over a year, the college held a live music event to celebrate the achievements of our students. String students from Year 7 through to Year 12 had the opportunity to perform in small groups and as soloists, many for the first time.
It was fantastic to see the incredible work of the performers and to hear them playing in an intimate concert setting. A huge thanks to the instrumental strings teachers for preparing the students, and to past student Mitchell Geddes (2019) for accompanying many players on piano.
The Mid Year Concerts will be held at the college during the final week of this term – keep an eye out for more information regarding the event and tickets.
Art Club has had a room change!
Please come and join in the fun in B6 each Wednesday at lunchtime. We are currently working on artworks for the ‘Zart Art Competition’.
All are welcome.
The Arts Team
Les Twentyman Foundation Back to School Program
In 2020 the library organised the collection of good quality second-hand textbooks donated by Staff and students for the Les Twentyman Foundations Back to School program.
From a Letter from the Les Twentyman Foundation.
“Dear Principal Jillian English,
This year – either via staff, parents or students – your school was involved with donating school supplies to our Back to School program. Thank you so much for supporting us: we assisted almost 500 students this year with textbooks, stationary, calculators and laptops – none of which would be possible without support from schools like yours.
As always, Texas instruments CAS calculators are in high demand for our students and we unfortunately cannot afford to purchase them. We would like to try and encourage students from your school to donate their calculators to the program once they have finished with them.
We believe all students should have access to the educational resources they need, regardless of economic circumstances or cultural background. The Back to School program redistributes textbooks, stationary, calculators and laptops to hundreds of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged students every year – this includes people seeking asylum, First Nations and other students who don’t have the means to buy the resources they need for school.
This year, through donations of second-hand textbooks from more than 30 schools around Melbourne, we helped families experiencing financial hardship to access more than $70,000 in good quality, second-hand textbooks.”
The Strathmore Secondary College Library will again collect books and calculators for the 2022 Back to School Program and will be calling for donations towards the end of the year.
Marian Lees – Library Manager
Cross Country Training
Many students have been coming along to our Cross Country training sessions which are happening every Monday and Thursday after school. The students have been doing a variety of training such as long continuous runs and hill repeats.
All students are welcome. Students meet at the gym after school and the sessions finish at 4pm.
Year 11 Politics Excursion
On Wednesday our Year 11 Politics students visited Parliament House.
Students were able to gain an understanding of how Parliament works and learn about the history of the building, including the $8 million of gold in the paint!
Local member Danny Pearson also took the time to come and chat with our students and take questions, which was a great experience for them.