Parent Bulletin 3
International Student Program Homestay
We provide homestay to these students while they are enrolled at the school. Length of stay can vary from one to three years. Study Abroad students enrol at Strathmore Secondary College for 3 to 12 months. As of January 2023, students pay $320 per week for accommodation and 3 meals a day. This money does not have to be declared on a tax return as it is considered “reimbursement” not income.
We are looking for families that can provide a safe, comfortable and caring environment whilst the students are studying at Strathmore.
If you are interested in becoming a Homestay family please contact Jan Maas, Homestay Coordinator on 0414 863 047 or Cathy Di Battista, International Student Manager, on 0417 301 835 to discuss further.
Burnet Pancake Day
This was a fun and friendly way for students to get to know each other prior to camp and get to know the Year 10 leaders. Despite the gale force winds, we managed to successfully serve a large amount of pancakes to the hungry Year 7s.
It was a great experience for both groups to connect and have a great start to the day.
Mia & Julian (on behalf of the Year 10 Burnet Leaders)
The Year 9 Food Technology students are learning about bread making and the conditions yeast needs to grow. This week they made bread rolls and got creative with shapes. Next week they’ll use their newly developed bread making skills to make cinnamon scrolls.
Well done Year 9s
Year 10 Food Technology students have been learning about sensory analysis of food.
Students participated in a range of sensory tests that enabled them to gain an understanding of how our senses work together. One of the sensory tests required students to be blindfolded and describe the texture and flavour of the foods being offered. Students initially had some apprehension taking away one of their senses but thoroughly enjoyed the process.
Year 7 Stirling & Chisholm Camp
This included Surfing, High Ropes, Giant Swing, Mountain Biking, Archery, Skateboarding and Hiking. Alongside with other team building activities, this Camp was designed to establish and support close bonds with peers whilst also encouraging students to take on new challenges by choice as depicted in the images provided.
In addition to these action-packed days, each night after dinner the students assembled in the 'recreation hall' to participate in a trivia night organised and run by the Year 10 leaders followed by an adventurous night walk.
To our parents, you should be proud, as we are, knowing that each student participated effectively in duty groups that were required to set and clean up breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Hopefully, you see more of this helping behaviour at home!
We would like to thank the staff at the YMCA and Strathmore Secondary College teachers who attended and devoted their time to make this a successful and enjoyable experience for all.
Week 1 saw the students participate in the first ever VCE VM Big Day Out. After completing a series of challenges around the school, they had to navigate their way to Strike Bowling at Highpoint. Once there, students broke into smaller teams and tested their problem-solving skills in an escape room. Two out of the three teams were successful (Miss Hutchison would probably still be in there if there was not a time limit).
A quick round of bowling finished off the day and then it was back to school. A big thank you to Mr George, Michaela Hubbard and our amazing office staff for being such good sports on the day.