Archive for July, 2014

Chapman Primary visit



Last week we welcomed the year 3 students from Chapman Primary into our science labs to enjoy our facilities. The students worked with some very efficient 9/10 students and participated in a variety of experiments investigating heat. Having a hands-on experience was a great way to reinforce the concepts they have been learning in the classroom, with the highlight being covered in a cloud as the lesson ended. We enjoyed hosting such a wonderful group and look forward to our next collaboration.

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Mount Stromlo students take control of Australia’s largest satellite dish


Click here to read full story – ABC News

Beat The Dry Fundraiser


This term Indonesian language students at Mount Stromlo are learning about Nusa Tenggara – a region in Indonesia – and being encouraged to support the Nusa Tenggara Association by participating in the “Beat The Dry” fundraiser.


Between 18 and 31 of August, participants drink nothing but water (no soft drink or hot chocolates!) and collect sponsorship via their online fundraiser site. Money goes to the NTA to support charity projects in Eastern Indonesia, including building wells, water tanks and pumps to provide sustainable water supplies to poor and drought-stricken villages.


To become involved in this great initiative, visit You can sign up on the website to participate, or donate money online to other students who are participating.

Item from ACT Council of P&C Associations

$190 million extra for our schools?
Last year the ACT and Australian Governments signed a $190 million joint agreement for six years of extra funding for ACT schools following the recommendations of the Gonski review.
This extra funding is now making a difference in our schools. It means more teachers and more resources.
However, the Federal Government has now announced that it will not fund the final two years of this agreement, the crucial years where two-thirds of the funds are to be delivered.
Not having this funding will make it harder for ACT schools to implement their plans for improving our schools. Those plans include:
• Reducing class sizes
• Expanding literacy and numeracy programs
• Increasing the individual attention and support for students at risk
• Providing greater assistance to students with disabilities or special needs.
Please help us tell the Australian Government that we want our children to have all the resources they need for a high quality education. Visit to find out more about the issue and to add your voice to the call for needs-based funding across Australia.

Indonesian News

As many of you may now by know our Indonesian Teacher Ms Edwards will be taking maternity leave from the end of Term 3 until the end of 2015. We are very pleased to have secured Mr Damian Bolton to fill in while Ms Edwards is on leave. Damian is an experienced Indonesian language teacher and has recently studied in Indonesia. We expect that Damian will also travel to Indonesia in the September school holidays, undertaking a study tour with the Asia Education Foundation and visiting our new Bridge Sister school in Indramayu.

Japanese News

This term Stromlo will welcome a new Japanese teacher Ms Linda Meng. Ms Meng, a highly experienced Japanese language teacher is relocating from the Northern Territory and will start with us in Wk 3. In the interim Mr Emmerson will take her Year 7 Japanese class.

We would also like to thank the McPaul family for hosting our Japanese Teachers Assistant (JTA) Mr Akihide Maeda last term. Akihide has now moved to the home of the Vandergugten family for the rest of this term after which he will go to the Clarke family for Term 4. The generosity of our local school community has ensured we are able to take advantage of the opportunity to have a JTA at Stromlo offering our students a young native speaker in the classroom.

14 students from Stromlo and two teachers will be travelling to Japan in the September holidays. We are now finalising our travel plans and getting ready for our big trip. Missed out? We are already thinking about another trip for April of 2016. Its never too early to start saving!

PE & School Sport; Term 2 2014

It has been another crazy term for PE and School Sport at Mount Stromlo High School.

We have had over 20 sporting teams represent the school in a variety of sports this term as well as the Mount Stromlo Cross Country, South Side and ACT Cross Country Carnivals. Thank you to all the students who have participated and represented the school in sport and also to all the teachers who gave up their time to coach and take the teams out on the day.

Term 3 is not going to slow down with a huge amount of school sport coming up as well as the Mount Stromlo Athletics Carnival happening in the later part of the term. Please keep your eye out in the school notices and on the calendar on the website for more details and dates.

Finally, We would like to congratulate Year 10 student Ruby Wilson who recieved the Pierre De Coubertin Award which is given to a student who exemplifies sportsmanship and the spirit of the Olympics in their everyday sporting endeavors. Congratulations Ruby and we know you are a worthy recipient of the award and we wish you well in your future sporting pursuits.


Majura Rd/Pialligo Village and the Uriarra/Tidbinbilla school bus runs

From the start of Term 3, 21st July 2014, Qcity Transit will be operating the Majura Rd/Pialligo Village and the Uriarra/Tidbinbilla school bus runs.

Parents of students that travel using these services should have received a letter advising them of this change. Qcity Transit have asked parents to confirm their details to ensure a smooth transition to the new service.

If you have any queries please contact Qcity Transit on 6299 3722 or email at

Year 10 Formal 2014

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