Archive for November, 2013

Congratulations Jamie Clayden!

Jamie receives her award

Jamie receives her award with teacher Susan Peachey

Last Friday, Jamie Clayden (yr 9) received an Excellence in School Sport Award at a presentation at the ACT Legislative Assembly. She was one of only 8 students across all ACT schools and year levels to receive the prestigious award.

Jamie’s sporting achievements this year have been extensive, including representing the ACT in the under 15’s Schoolgirls Netball and Volleyball teams at nationals. Having demonstrated her tenacity and exceptional skills during the National Schools Volleyball tournament, Jamie earned the privilege of being named in the Honorary Australian School Girls Volleyball team.

At school, Jamie has competed in volleyball, netball, touch football, softball, cricket, basketball, water polo, AFL, cross country, athletics and swimming. I think we can all agree that this was a very well deserved award. Well done Jamie!

School Sport

It has been a huge year for School Sport at Stromlo in 2013.  There has been fantastic levels of participation from the students in the different sporting carnivals.  The school swimming, athletics and cross country carnivals were excellent with school dances and house chants creating a great atmosphere.  Thanks to all staff for helping at these events and to the coaches for taking the many sporting teams.  Thanks also to our house captains and vice captains.

The House points for the major carnivals this year are as follows:

Taylor – 829

Reef – 98/0

Cooleman – 1045

Oakey – 1110


Congratulations Oakey!

Host a student from China 10-15 February 2014!

Early February in the new year a group of about 20 Chinese students and teachers want to come and visit Stromlo and stay in Canberra for five days. We are now seeking families interested in hosting a 15-17 year old student (or two) for one week. An allowance is paid and the main benefit of hosting a student is in the enormous amount of intercutural understanding that such visits produce. Any interested family are asked to contact Tegan Makowski at We look to finalize a register of interested families before Christmas and thank you in afdvance for avilaing yourself of this unique learning opportunity!

New York Arts Tour 2013

ny2It’s 2am on Tuesday the 24th of September 2013. 40 excited students and 4 teachers, along with uncountable parents, are slumped on suitcases out the front of Stromlo High School, waiting for the bus. Application processes, meet-ups, workshops, and gallery visits are just some of the things the students had to go through to get here.

The students were selected out of four schools in Canberra to go on a trip to New York City (and a short stay in Los Angeles) to soak up the art, the culture and a couple of soft pretzels. Music, drama, dance, media and visual art students from Alfred Deakin, Melrose, Telopea and Stromlo all enjoyed the educational 12 day experience in the USA.

The time in New York was well spent, with visits to the Museum of Modern Art, Ground Zero, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Wicked” on Broadway, Rockefeller Centre, the Guggenheim, the Natural History Museum, “Stomp”, The Cotton Club, Museum of Moving Images, a great Graffiti Tour in Bushwick, and also some more touristy attractions, like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.ny5

Everyone indulged in a lot of shopping at the locations we visited, but we also had a day in the Woodsbury Commons Outlets, and spent a long time in Times Square and 34th Street. In Los Angeles we had a tour of Paramount Studios and went to Madame Tussauds, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Dolby Theatre, which is where the Oscars are held, and we spent a day at Universal Studios.

The time that was spent in these glorious, artistic cities, was enjoyed by all, and most students even learnt a thing or two! Although at times it was tiring due to the excessive amount of walking they had to do, the students all got to know each other, and everyone came home with new friends, new memories and a tonne of photos. All of the students had a great time and would give anything to go back to that beautiful (albeit dirty) city.

Laura Van der Zwart


Prospective Year 7 Transition Day – 9th December 2014

A full transition day is programmed for Monday 9th December. The day will start at 9.00am in SPACE (Stromlo Performing Arts Centre of Excellent). A permission note and timetabling will be send out via email soon.

For more information or concerns email:

SRC Report – Final for 2013

This, as our last SRC Report, will focus on the great year we have had.

To start off, last week the SRC held a disco to farewell year 10, hosted by our fine selves. It was highly successful and we would like to thank everyone who helped us out, we raised a total of approximately $1400, to go towards next year’s SRC funds.

Also last week, two of our senior school leaders attended The Young Canberra Citizen of the Year awards, on Stromlo’s behalf. This was in cooperation with Melrose, Alfred Deakin and Telopea as the South Western School Network. We won the group award for our combined efforts for You R U Day and we would like to thank everyone who contributed and participated on the day.

We started this year with a goal to raise money in order to acquire a new set of bubblers for the school. Although we didn’t finish with a full set of bubblers like we had planned, you can thank your 2013 SRC members for the new water refill station and personal water bottles provided to the school. As well as this, SRC made contributions to the school environment by purchasing two bins for the front of the school and a banner to be used at SRC events in the future.

Over the course of this year, SRC has run many fundraisers. All of which have been highly successful due to the amazing enthusiasm and participation of the Stromlo community. Pegasus, World Vision, RSPCA and the Cancer Council are just some of the organisations that have benefited from our fundraising efforts this year. All up we have raised a total of approximately $8000.

We have had an outstanding year and would like to thank SRC Coordinator Ms Haley for her help and support throughout the year. We would also like to thank all of the teachers and students who contributed to our success and wish you all the best in the future. Goodbye and thank you again from your year 10 SRC members.

StromFest 2013

A huge congratulations to students and staff for a fantastic end of year performance to celebrate Dance, Drama, Music, Art, Photography and Media. Our new performance venue at the Canberra College Performing Arts Centre did not disappoint. Over 2 evenings our audiences were treated to a Visual Arts display in the foyer showcasing work from art, photography and media students. Then a 2 hour production followed displaying our talented students in all areas of Performing Arts. A big Thank You to the Arts Faculty for all their hard work and to our ever supportive parents who drop off, pick up their children and buy tickets so they can be part of such a positive school event!

Well Done Stromlo

Jo Power
Executive Teacher Arts

Italy in Autumn 2014!

Stromlo High is planning a trip for students who are interested in Italian language, culture, art and or history. The trip will be from 27 September to 11 October (the break time between terms 3 and 4), a total of 14 days. The trip will include Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan. Highlights inlcude the colosseum, Vatican cIty, Michelangelo’s David, Venetian glassblowing and of course Leonardo da Vinci’s last supper. Italian food, fashion and language will help stdents appreciate the world in new ways. Interested students or parents are asked to e-mail Ms Lawton at before the end of this term.

Stromlo High Careers Blog

Please have a look at the schools new careers blog. This will be updated regualrly with information about gaining an ASBA, the schools work experience program and any alternative programs that will be available to students throughout the year.

The address is

There is also a link on the school website.


Hi from the new Student Support staff!

There are two new staff members in Student Support, Kate the Youth Support Worker and Lydia the School Chaplain. Lydia works Mondays and Tuesdays and provides support to students. She also runs programs that promote emotional wellbeing. Kate is here all week and can support with linking students to relevant services, as well as running programs that help develop empathy and resilience. If you would like to chat to them you can find them in the Student Support office, opposite the main reception.  Parents are also welcome to make contact via phone or email.

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