Parent Bulletin 16
Dear Parents,We are excited to share some fantastic news about an upcoming program that will offer our Year 9 students a unique and enriching experience right in the heart of Melbourne. From the 8th to the 10th of November, during the week of Melbourne Cup Day, our students will be participating in an immersive multi-day program in the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD).
The Aims of the ProgramThe primary goals of this program are to engage our students with the diverse and vibrant nature of Melbourne while reinforcing our school's core values. We believe that this experience will not only be educational but also incredibly beneficial for their personal growth and development.
Building Leadership SkillsOne of the key highlights of this program is its focus on leadership development. Throughout their time in Melbourne, students will have the opportunity to engage in various leadership activities, both individually and in teams. These activities are designed to encourage our students to step out of their comfort zones, take initiative, and develop valuable leadership skills that will serve them well in the future.
Fostering Learning HabitsOur program also places a strong emphasis on fostering essential learning habits that are crucial for success in both academic and real-world contexts. During their time in Melbourne, students will have the chance to utilise and further develop the following learning habits:
- Resilience: Students will face challenges and unfamiliar situations that will help them develop resilience, an essential skill in today's ever-changing world.
- Self-Motivation: Encounters with Melbourne's rich culture and history will inspire students to take charge of their own learning and passions.
- Curiosity: Exploring the CBD will spark curiosity, encouraging students to ask questions and seek answers independently.
- Communication: Interactions with peers, teachers, and the diverse people of Melbourne will enhance communication skills.
- Creativity: Exposure to Melbourne's arts, culture, and innovation will stimulate creativity and inspire new ideas.
Program Dates: Term 4, 8th - 10th November 2023 (Wednesday to Friday, week of Melbourne Cup Day).
We understand that as parents, you may have questions about this program, and we welcome your feedback. Please feel free to reach out to us with any inquiries you may have. We are thrilled to offer this incredible opportunity to our Year 9 students, and we believe it will be a transformative experience that enriches their lives and strengthens their connection to our school values. We look forward to sharing the journey with them and witnessing their growth as young leaders.
Thank you for your continued support.
Sincerely,Jillian English Principal
National Science Week
The visit reinforced the lessons on food webs and ecosystems which students have been learning in their Science classes.
Following the zoo excursions, the Year 7s then participated in a Science lesson back at school on future food sources which tied in with the National Science Week theme of ‘Innovation: Powering Future Industries’. In this lesson the Year 7s learnt about possible future food sources from lab grown meat to insects.
Students then had the opportunity to try BBQ crickets, rosemary and saltbush mealworms and cricket meal chips. Whilst most students were hesitant at first, many gave the new food a go and enjoyed the experience of trying something new!
On Wednesday students enjoyed seeing some outside demonstrations for science in the yard. These demonstrations included elephants’ toothpaste, the reaction between mentos and diet coke and the launching of bottle rockets.
This activity was followed up with a building challenge competition on Thursday which was won by the enthusiastic Year 7 team of Noah Burbush, Llia Beliaev, Felix Rana and Manmeet Bachhal who created the tallest tower of marshmallows and toothpicks, constructed to a height of 27cm.
Lastly, on Friday lunchtime, students competed to win Science Trivia. Congratulations to the Year 12 ‘Wiggles’ team and the Year 7 ‘7D1 Gang’ who won their respective trivia divisions.
Well done to all students who participated in the National Science Week activities!
Senior Art Exhibition 2023
Neon Parlour791 High Street Thornbury
Nicholas Mastrippolito & The Visual Arts Faculty
Student Sport Success
Koby Bewick captained an undefeated Strathmore Division 1 U14s football side to Premiership success. This season, Koby was also recognised by the EDFL and was awarded the best player in the competition, tallying 25 votes of a possible 27. He followed this up by being awarded best on ground in the Grand Final, kicking four goals in the game.
Aidan Lowe was awarded first for the U12 Cross Country at Little Athletics Victoria for the 2023 Season with 17 races across the Metro region and was undefeated in every race. Aidan also Captained the undefeated U12 Division 2 EDFL side Oak Park to Premiership success where he was awarded best on ground in the Grand Final as well. This season he also achieved the best and fairest at the 2023 EDFL award ceremony, receiving 23 votes from the umpires.
Olivia Goldstein Co-Captained Coburg Districts Division 2 U14 football side to Premiership success. This season, Olivia was also recognised by the EDFL as the best player in the competition, receiving 21 votes from the umpires in a season where her team was undefeated. Olivia was also awarded best on ground in a winning Grand Final.
These young athletes have not only demonstrated exceptional skill and determination but have also exemplified the values we hold dear at Strathmore Secondary College. Their achievements serve as an inspiration to us all, reminding us of the limitless potential that lies within each of our students.
First Lego League
The First Lego League is an international competition using robotics to inspire a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. 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 November and if successful the team may also be required to attend further competition dates after that. Visit firstaustralia.org for more information. To get involved students should attend the DigiTech club in F5 on Thursday lunchtimes. Places are limited to 10 students from years 7 to 9. Parent permission is through Compass with $50 payable soon to ensure our place in the competition.
Mr Stebbing and Mr O’Regan
Staff v Student Football
For the first time in living memory, the students were triumphant with a dominating 3 - 0 win.
Well done to all participants.
Year 10 Food Technology
Students also tested out their senses by removing their sense of sight and feel. Student could only use smell, taste and mouthfeel to determine the food sample. This can be confronting for students and they should be commended for their attempt at this activity.