Archive for June, 2014

End of semester reports and celebrations

Over the last few weeks your children have been completing their final assessments and staff have been busy preparing semester reports. Please join us to celebrate the end of semester 1 and the achievements of your children. Year assemblies will be held on Friday 4 July; year 7 at 11:30am, year 8 at 12:30pm and year 9 at 2pm. Reports for these year groups will be issued at 2:50pm.

Year 10 students will be completing work experience next week so their celebration assembly will be held on the first Tuesday of Term 3, 22 July, at 2pm. Year 10 reports will be posted home on Friday 4 July and should reach you early the following week.

If you have any questions please contact the front office 6205 6166 or email

Balinese Art Currently on Display at the National Gallery of Australia


If you are looking for an Indonesian themed activity these holidays, the National Gallery of Australia is hosting an exhibition of Balinese art until August 3rd. The works include sculptures, textiles and paintings. This is a great opportunity to see the rich Hindu heritage of Bali – without the cost of the plane ticket!


Parental Engagement A Priority

A Message from the Minister

During Public Education Week at the end of May, it was very good to see the achievements of our students, schools, teachers, and staff showcased and celebrated. On show were so many examples of where you and your communities are actively involved with your children’s schools; through different activities and programs.

I will continue to focus on putting children, parents, carers and communities at the centre of our education system and will be looking at further ways of communicating the values of the public education system.

For example, the online enrolment system has simplified processes for parents and carers, and we have also launched the ‘Parents and Students At The Centre’ page on our website, which features stories of parent-school engagement, including one about how ACT public schools are increasingly using Facebook and Twitter to enable parents and the community engage and stay up to date on their activities and achievements.

Other initiatives include the ‘Fresh Tastes’ program which encourages learning about nutrition and healthy food and drink choices in schools and we have also launched a series of fact sheets for parents and carers of gifted and talented students.
I also recently launched the ‘100 Stories: Celebrating public education in Canberra’ book which features fascinating stories of people who have influenced, or have been influenced by our public education system. ‘100 Stories: Celebrating public education in Canberra’ can be viewed online at
Have a great run-up to the end of term and stay warm!

Joy Burch MLA
Minister for Education and Training

Information Session for 2015 Trip to France

2015 French Trip


On Monday 23rd of June at 6pm there will be an information session for students and parents regarding the proposed trip to France and Belgium in April 2015. The session will be held in the library and light refreshments will be provided. The trip is open to ALL current year 8 and 9 students. This tour will be particularly relevant to students undertaking Year 9 History which includes study of World War 1, students of the French language and those with an interest in the Visual Arts. Overseas study tours are an invaluable part of language and historical learning, and are a fantastic experience that students will remember for a long time. Please indicated your interest in attending to the organising teacher Ms Paula Degeling by email at

Alternatively if you are unable to attend but are interested in being provided with further details please email us.

Indonesian Language class visits NGA’s Garden of the East exhibition.

This term has been a busy one for Indonesian at Stromlo! One of our excursions was the National Gallery of Australia where we visited the “Gardens of the East” photography exhibition which documents photography in Indonesia from the 1850s-1940s. Here is what one of our students had to say about the experience:


“The gallery was a fun experience to learn about and see what Indonesia looked like before and during the Dutch colonisation. It was interesting to see what the Indonesian ceremonies and performances looked like and what the temples and buildings looked like. The tour guides were kind and could answer most of our questions about the pictures.” – Yarno Rohling

Gardens of the east

3D Printing @ Mount Stromlo

We have just purchased two 3D printers for our new 3D printing course next semester. Here is a picture of the first print! More to come……

3D rabbit V1




School Climate Survey for Parents

Australian School Climate Measurement Tool (ASCMT) survey

Mount Stromlo High School is continually interested in gaining information that will assist in school planning and making decisions on an informed basis. To this end, the school in partnership with the Australian National University and the ACT of Education and Training Directorate is surveying staff, students and parents/carers. The aim is to gather information about the school’s social climate, day-to-day experiences, the strengths of the school, and the future challenges. Students will complete the survey at school. Parents have been sent an email explaining how to complete the survey but can also access it using the link below or going to the “Survey Links” tab on the school website.

We hope to be able to discuss the findings of the survey with you at a future time and feel that gathering this information annually is important in ensuring the quality of the relational and wellbeing climate of the school for staff, students and parents/carers.

School Climate Survey Link

Information for parents about a new mental health program- NewAccess

NewAccess is an early intervention beyondblue program that provides a free and confidential support service to help you tackle day-to-day pressures. It is for people over 18 who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or depression. An Access Coach, specially trained and experienced, will support you in setting practical goals that will get you back on track.
The program includes up to six free sessions, and at your first appointment, your Access Coach will complete an initial assessment with you and develop a program tailored to your individual needs. Appointments occur over the phone or face-to-face, whichever works best for you. NewAccess
If any of the following are causing you to feel unhappy, moody, angry or unable to concentrate or sleep this service could be right for you:
· Work stress or uncertainty
· Change in living arrangements
· ‘New parent’ worries
· Family problems
· Health concerns or uncertainty
· Long-term isolation or loneliness
· Financial worries or instability

To speak to a trained Access Coach and make an appointment, call 02 6287 8066.

For further information please go to

Click to play a video about NewAccess

DISCO Wednesday Wk7

The SRC is organising a disco for Wednesday 11th June in the SPACE for all students. Permission notes have been handed out in TEAM and need to be handed back ASAP to assist with planning.

Entry is only $5 and there will be Glow Products available on the night for $2 and $3. A Canteen will also be available on the night with proceeds going to the Yr 10 Formal Committee.

Please support the SRC and come along for a great night of dancing!

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