Archive for August, 2014

AFL Maths Challenge

Australia is celebrating Litearcy and Numeracy Week. Here at Mount Stromlo we are celebrating too by entering the 3P Learning AFL Maths Challenge. 3P Learning are the makers of Mathletics, Spellodrome and IntoScience.

This week we have had small incursions allowing students time to work on the challenge. First students have gone to their face-maker profile on Mathletics and selected their favourite beanie that is from the selection of AFL teams. Mr. Grieve claims that by wearing a Carlton beanie you earn double or even triple points but this is yet to be confirmed! The idea is to see which AFL team can finish on the top of the ladder via Live Mathletics points.

Students then play 1 game of live mathletics at levels 3, 4, 5 and 6. Then they can play any level of Live Mathletics from 3 and above. You must keep the beanie on as this tells the servers you are in the competition.

There are individual prizes on offer of gift vouchers and footballs! The school can win prizes too!

Yesterday we saw a glimpse of the leaderboard and we were coming 1st in the ACT!!! Interesting to note that the top AFL team was the Adelaide Crows. Go Mount Stromlo Go!!!

The competition ends on Sunday 31st August at midnight. Let’s kick some goals and get those individual certificates having scored 1000 points for the week!!!

Ski Trip 2014!!!

On Friday the 22nd of August, 4 staff (Sam Holmes, Tegan Makowski, James Farrell and myself) and a bus-load of keen students set their alarms for the middle of the night so we could hit the road on our way to Thredbo for a day on the slopes. We had a smooth run up to the Mountains and made great time which enabled our group to be first in line for equipment hire.  It didn’t take long for everyone to get kitted up with boots, skis or boards and most of us were out under the clear blue skies dusting off our cobwebs on the Friday Flat beginner slope before the morning lessons.

With all lifts and most runs open at Thredbo, the majority of students and staff were out in small groups braving the higher, more challenging slopes by lunchtime. It was comforting to know that a familiar Stromlo face was never too far away and much easier to notice this year with such clear conditions!  We could not have asked for better weather on the day. There were no clouds to be seen or gusts of wind to be felt, in fact the layers were being peeled off by mid-morning and there were people seen skiing in t-shirts during the afternoon!  Although the snow was a little icy in the morning, it didn’t take long for the sun to soften it up which made for very pleasant conditions.  With all gear returned, we were back on the bus for our 4.00pm departure and return trip to Canberra via Cooma McDonalds, as of course is tradition.

With only a few minor injuries to speak of (and what’s a day on the slopes without a few little stacks!) and a couple of bits of equipment being ‘borrowed’ by other skiers/boarders, it’s safe to say that everyone had a great day, particularly the first timers in the group who had amazing conditions for their first skiing/snowboarding experience.  A big thanks to the accompanying staff; Sam, Tegan and James for their help on the day and to all students who attended for their exemplary behaviour, they did the Mount Stromlo community proud!


Matt Webbie (organiser)

Uniform Free Day

The School Captains are holding a Free Uniform Day on Friday 29th August (Week 6, Term 3) to raise money for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine.

Students are encouraged to wear their choice of appropriate clothing to school (length of shorts, covered shoulders and covered shoes) and give a gold coin donation to help children living in poverty around the world.

School Satisfaction Survey

The 2014 School Satisfaction Survey for Parents and Carers is now open. If you have not already completed the survey, please complete the survey by Friday 29 August 2014. A letter about the parent and carer survey was emailed or posted to parents and carers. If you do not have a letter for each child in your family, please contact the school office. The letter contains all the information you will need to complete the survey. Thank you in anticipation of your participation in this important school survey. The key results from the 2013 School Satisfaction Surveys have been published in a brochure which is available at

ACTION’s new bus network commences Monday 1 September 2014

Details of ACTION’s new bus network – Network 14 – are now available to view ahead of its Monday 1 September 2014 commencement.
The new network has been developed using patronage data from the MyWay ticketing system and significant community input. It will provide more direct routes, increased frequency, better connections and improved weekend services.
Some of the improvements under Network 14 include:
• greater alignment between weekday and weekend services meaning they run on similar routes as well as a 23 percent increase in weekend trips
• an 18 percent increase in daily trips through the Parliamentary Triangle
• a new direct service between Gungahlin and Belconnen
• morning peak service from Gungahlin to the City with no stops
• improved services between Erindale and Woden
• increased Xpresso services between Weston Creek and the City, including an Xpresso direct to the City from Cooleman Court
• improved services to Brindabella and Majura business parks, including a weekend service to Majura park
• a new service linking Molonglo to Woden and Cooleman Court and a peak hour Xpresso to Civic
• improved services into the Parliamentary Triangle, including two new dedicated morning peak services from Woden and services from Gungahlin which now extend into the Triangle rather than terminate in Civic
• a new weekday and weekend services to the National Arboretum
• a new service for Hume
• new services to Springbank Rise and Casey and improved services to Crace.
The start of the new network coincides with the start of the NXTBUS system, which allows for buses to be tracked via online, SMS, phone and digital displays. To use the NXTBUS system please visit For more information on Network 14, please visit or call 13 17 10.

Parent Teacher evening moved

Dear Parents and Carers

Due to circumstances mostly beyond our control, the number of teachers able to attend on what was scheduled to be our parent teacher evening on Thursday in the last week of this term (25 September) is greatly reduced, thus bringing into question the efficacy of the event. So the School has instead chosen to move this important evening to first week of next term, Thursday 16 October 4-6:30 pm. This will increase the value of the event because all class teachers will be in attendance.Thank you for your understanding.
Dr Michael Kindler


The design of this exciting Sports Leadership forum is to provide a high quality student learning pathway opportunity for our focused senior sports leaders.  If you are interested in taking part in this opportunity at the AIS please see Mr Davies in the PE staff room by Monday, 18/8/2014.

Lake Tuggeranong College Course Selection

Lake Tuggeranong College Course Selection will occur on Thursday 21st August (Week 5, Term 3), from 9:00am – 11:00am in the School Library. Students will be called down to the Library by me or the Runners when it’s time for their interview.

Students will meet individually with a college staff member and discuss the subjects they’re interested in and register in these courses. Unfortunately, because it’s unknown what time each student will interview it may not be possible for parents to attend with their child.

What if I’m absent for my Course Selection Interview?

If you’re absent for this Course Selection day, you’ll need to contact Lake Tuggeranong College and make your own appointment. Lake Tuggeranong College will be open on the below times for students to go and make their subject choices. Please be advised you’ll need to call before the day to make an appointment.

Monday 25th August                       4:00 – 5:30pm

Tuesday 26th August                       4:00 – 5:30pm                                   

Wednesday 27th August                4:00 – 5:30pm

Thursday 28th August                    4:00 – 6:00pm

Friday 29th August                            4:00 – 5:30pm

Students are advised they should discuss with their current Mathematics teacher the appropriate College Maths course for them before their Course Selection interviews. As a general guide, students who are completing a minimum of Level 1 Maths and getting A or B grades will be permitted to elect Maths Methods or Specialist Maths.

What should I bring to my Course Selection Interview?

Students will also need to bring along their Student Pathways Document (please print it out and bring it a hardcopy) to the interview. These were completed during Long TEAM in Semester 1.

If you have any further questions about this day or the interviews, please feel free to contact Julia Gale (Year 10 Coordinator) on 6205 6166 or at

ANU Extension Information Evening for Year 11 students in 2015

In 2015, ANU will again accept senior secondary students into a program called ANU Extension. ANU Extension students will enrol in an ANU academic award program that is designed to provide an enhanced learning experience for Year 11 and 12 students. The Extension program is open to all students that will have a concurrent full-time enrolment at an Australian secondary school in 2015. Students who successfully undertake studies in ANU Extension will be able to articulate into an ANU bachelor degree program and receive credit towards the bachelor degree for the studies successfully completed.


It is anticipated that in 2015 advanced courses will be offered in

Astrophysics, Chemistry, Conservation Biology, Physics, Specialist Mathematics, Discovering Engineering, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), Indonesian Culture and Music.


An Information Evening will be held

Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ANU Campus, Manning Clark Building

Lecture Theatre 2

6.30 pm


ANU academics, teachers and current students will present information to interested prospective and eligible current year 10 students, and any other interested parties.


For any additional information you can contact

Message from the School Board

Every government school in the ACT – including Mount Stromlo High School – has a school board. Boards are a way for school communities – including parents and carers, students, school staff, as well as the Government – to exercise decision-making responsibility in determining their own educational priorities.
While the Principal is responsible for all school operational matters, the Board is responsible for its strategic governance, including:
• setting and monitoring the school’s strategic direction
• reporting on the performance and achievements of the school to the school community and the Government, and
• overseeing the school’s financial performance, managing financial risk, and ensuring that the school’s assets are being used efficiently and effectively.
Your School Board is comprised of:
• Chair, Appointed Member: Alan Wu
• Principal: Dr Michael Kindler
• Parents and Citizens Members: Craig Lilley, Adam Miller, Christine Sproule
• Student Members: Madelyn Ferguson, Laura van der Muller
• Staff Members: Kendal Achurch-Ihle, Rebecca Turner
This year, in addition to monitoring and reporting on the general performance of our school, the Board has, or will, consider a variety of school environmental issues. These include our school’s approach to countering bullying and harassment, providing pastoral care, and its selection and teaching of language subjects. Significantly, we’ve been involved in our school’s external panel validation; the process by which the school is assessed by an external panel of educators. After the results of the validation are made available, we’ll also help develop our school’s next strategic plan.
Studies tell us that students whose families are engaged in their education are more likely to enjoy school, and to achieve academically. I invite and encourage you all to remain ever-engaged in your child’s education at Mount Stromlo High School. To that end, the Board always welcomes your feedback or comments about our school, its performance, and any issues that you think the Board should consider. The easiest way to get in touch is to email us at
We look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Alan Wu
Chair, Mount Stromlo High School Board

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