Archive for June, 2013

2013 Brumbies Rugby Shield Champions

The 9/10 boys rugby team represented Stromlo in the Brumbies Shield Carnival which was played over two days with pool matches being played on the 23rd of May and finals being played on the 30th of May. The boys played Calwell, Lyneham and Hennessy College (from Young, NSW) in their pool matches beating Calwell and Lyneham convincingly and keeping the opposition scoreless in both games. The game against Hennessy College was much closer with the boys only winning by a try.

The team played Campbell in the semi-final, once again beating them easily and keeping them scoreless. The boys then went on to play St Francis Xavier in the grand final beating them six tries to one and ending up 2013 Brumbies Rugby Shield Champions. All team-members played well and represented Stromlo with pride. Well done boys!

ACTIVE Kids Challenge award

On Tuesday 28th of May a Stromlo High school representative received an award of recognition for the schools participation in the ACTIVE Kids Challenge over the last 5 year. The award was given at a ceremony at Kaleen Sports Club.

News from Fast and Fresh

In exciting news from the Canberra Theatre, two out of three plays that were written and performed by  students from the Year 9/10 Drama Workshop class have successfully progressed to the finals this Saturday evening (8th June) at the Canberra Theatre.  Well done to all of the students who performed, Stromlo is very proud of you.

Below are a few select quotes from the Fast n Fresh judges about our students and their plays:

  • “Scene setting beautiful”
  • “Well directed”
  • “So funny and tremendous”
  • ‘Loved the concept”
  • “Refined”

Ski Trip 2013

The Stromlo High School Ski Trip is being held on Friday 23rd August (Week 5, Term 3) at Thredbo, NSW. The cost of the excursion is $170 per student, which includes travel by bus to Thredbo, lift pass, two hour beginner group lesson, ski boots/stocks hire or snowboard/boots hire and helmet hire. This is a fantastic opportunity for all students, whether they are beginners or pros, to have a great day at the snow! This excursion is being filled on a first in, first served basis, so get your permission note from Ms Haley in the English Staffroom! Any questions, please contact Julia Haley (


On Wednesday the 29th of May the U14s Southside AFL carnival was held at Gordon Playing fields. The U14 Stromlo Mountain Zebras braved the near freezing morning conditions to take the field against 7 other Southside schools. Great wins against Orana, Telopea, Lanyon, and Melrose saw the Stromlo Mountain Zebras qualify for the final against either the pre-competition favourites St Mary Mckillop or Orana. With Orana pulling off one of the biggest upsets in recent history the Mountain Zebras felt renewed confidence having already accounted for Orana earlier in the day. Getting out to a three goal lead by half time, the Zebras were able to hang on by 2 points after a shot on goal, post siren from the Orana full forward fell well short. The 14s Mountain Zebras have now qualified for the ACT final against Daramalan on June 25th at the spiritual home of football in Canberra, Football park.

The Team also wishes Ethan Norton a speedy recovery from the injury he suffered on the day.

Best players on the day: B.Cunningham, J. Cunningham, A. Cheffers, B. Houghton, B. Ackland, S. Smith, S. Rogers.

Music Soiree

The Music Industry Basics class are holding a Music Soiree to express and share their talents through singing and playing musical instruments. The concert will be held on Thursday June 13th, at 6pm in the Stromlo High School SPACE. The concert will include students from year 7 to 10 performing a range of musical items. Parents, friends and family are encouraged to come along, enjoy some refreshment and listen to some great performances.

P&C News

Thanks to Kerry Ginman for volunteering to take up the treasurer’s role. We welcome Kerry to the P&C.

The school canteen NEEDS YOU! Are you free to assist the staff in the canteen on a voluntary basis? It is great fun to help out and get to know your children’s school on a cozier basis!

Contact Canteen Managers Ann or Fiona on the canteen number 62883413 if you can help out.

The next P&C meeting is on June 17th at 7.30pm in the main staff room at the school.

Jenny Usher
P&C President

English and Writing Competitions

UNSW ICAS English CompetitionsDear Parents

It is time for ICAS again! ICAS provides an opportunity for all students in Years 6 to 10 at Stromlo to gain a measure of their own achievement in an external testing situation. It provides teachers, parents and students with comprehensive reporting of results in the areas of English and Writing. The tests are an excellent preparation for national tests and the student report is useful for highlighting your child’s strengths and weaknesses against a national and international cohort.

All students receive a certificate and an individual student report indicating which questions they answered correctly and their score compared with the rest of the students tested. The certificate and individual student report are also suitable for your child to include in a portfolio.

Please return the ICAS Stromlo Permission Note with payment to the finance office ASAP, that would be wonderful!

Please do not hesitate to contact Dion Oxley or Rebecca Cusick for further information.

World Vision Global Leadership Convention

Andrew Macmillan, Max Jasinski and Ruby Whalan attending the World Vision Global Leadership Convention on Tuesday 28th May (Week 5, Term 2) to learn about the issues in Malawi and also about poverty and hunger around the world. The students participated in several activities, which increased their understanding of the work that World Vision does and how our school can work together to stop children around the world from going hungry. Andrew, Max and Ruby were equipped with all the skills need to lead the 40 Hour Famine here at Stromlo High School next term. Great work!

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

On Thursday the 23rd of May, a group of students were invited to see Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform at the University of Canberra. It was an impressive, educative and moving show, allowing students to interact with the group and discuss ideas and thoughts about the different types of instruments, how they work together and the history behind the composition.

We arrived at the School of Music, and waited patiently along with other schools until we were welcomed into the theatre – the performance pretty much began straight away. The orchestra blew the audience away by playing classic compositions by Beethoven and Stravinsky and between songs, took time to individually pick out the different roles of the different instruments, giving us a better understanding of how composers use musical elements such as tone colour, dynamics and tempo to provide emotion and story to their symphonies.

Overall, it was an amazing opportunity to learn about music and to witness pure talent.

“It was awesome” – Andrew

“Something that everyone should experience” – Madzi

 “It was great that they interacted with the audience” –Carlina

Written by Olivia Torresan

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