Archive for May, 2015

Cake Stall – French Trip Fundraiser


Students participating in this year’s trip to France will be holding a Cupcake Stall fundraiser on Wednesday 10th June in the Inner Courtyard.

Students will be selling cupcakes at recess and lunch. Prices will range from 50cents to $3.

Please support our students in their fundraising venture by either donating or purchasing some cupcakes on the day.

Cupcakes can be left in the Languages Staffroom before school on the day.

Taiko Drumming

Over 60 students today attended a Japanese Taiko Drumming workshop in the hall today. Students quickly learnt some basic warm up strategies and drumming techniques. With 30 drummers in each group they noise levels rose quickly! Students really enjoyed this opportunity to learn a new skill and then work with their team to create a loud but skilled performance!

Taiko 4

New P & C Members elected- Next meeting 15th June 7:30pm

The 2015 Mt Stromlo High School AGM was held on Monday 11 May & Patrick Hancock was elected President & Gabrielle Rogan Secretary.  Cassandra Inkley will continue in her role as Treasurer.

Many thanks to the outgoing members, particularly Jenny Usher for her input as the President over the previous three years.

The next P&C Meeting is on Monday 15 June at 7:30 due to the Public Holiday on 8 June.  There is no P&C Meeting in July due to the school holidays with the following meeting on Monday 10 August.


Patrick Hancock

Acting Techniques Major Production

Wyrd Sisters poster

Senior Reading Challenge

The Chief Ministers Reading Challenge caters for students up to year 8  so we have created a Senior Reading Challenge so that our year 9 and 10 students do not miss out. A minimum of 5 books must be read by September 4 to claim 5  citizenship  points toward their Year 10 Certificate. However, students can keep reading to a maximum of 10 books and claim 10 points. There is a prescribed reading list of the nation’s top 100 so there is sufficient variety to cater for all reading tastes. Students will also be quizzed on the books they read  Parents may also take up the challenge – any books started by March 1 may be counted. The reading list can be found on the Library page on Schoology.

Chief Ministers Reading Challenge

All year 7 and year 8 students have been enrolled into this great reading challenge. The aim is to read 12 books by September 4 2015 and this year students may read any books they like as there is no prescribed reading list. However students have been told to challenge themselves by reading books at their own reading level. The school is offering its own prizes such as Bronze Stromlos, canteen vouchers and book prizes for students who go above and beyond. There is also a lunch for the winning class – all great incentives although we all know that reading is its own reward!

School Board: Parent and Citizen Vacancy

The Mount Stromlo School Board has a vacant Parent and Citizen position for 2015 & 2016. No prior experience is necessary.

Please collect a nomination form from the front office during school hours (9am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday), or request one be emailed or faxed to you.


Opens 11am, Wednesday 20 May, 2015
Closes 11am, Wednesday 3 June, 2015

Voting (if required)

Opens 11am, Tuesday 9 June, 2015
Closes 11am, Tuesday 16 June, 2015

If you would like to include a photo and a brief statement introducing yourself to the parent and citizen community  (max. 400 word) we will distribute the information with the ballot papers.

You can submit your nomination by:

  • hand delivery to the front office
  • email to
  • fax to 02 6142 3443
  • mail to ARO, c/- Mount Stromlo High School, Badimara Street, WARAMANGA ACT 2611 For more information, contact the Assistant Returning Officer, Melissa Wales on 61413433

Japanese Autumn Festival

The Canberra Japan Club is hosting the Aki Matsuri (Autumn Festival ) this Sunday (May 17th) from 2-4pm at the Majura Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Pl, Dickson. There will be Japanese food for sale, performances, arts and crafts and lots of fun to be had. We encourage all students learning Japanese to go, have a look and try some Japanese food!

French Language Teachers Assistant – Volunteer Host Families Needed

2015 Volunteer Host Families Needed

In 2015 Mount Stromlo High School has been given the opportunity to host, for 2 months, a French University Student who would act as a French Language Teacher’s assistant during her stay.

Our assistant would need families willing to provide full board home stay. Assistants need their own bedrooms but can share the family bathroom.

Volunteer language teachers are widely used in ACT schools and this is of great benefit to both the language program and to the families who become involved. We find that families really enjoy this experience as it allows them to expand their knowledge and understanding of France and its’ people as well as contribute to the corporate life of the school. This is an ideal way to encourage your children to engage with French language and culture and make life -long friends.

We are therefore seeking expressions of interest from families who would be willing to host someone for a period of 2-5 weeks.

If you are unable to host for a longer term but are interested in offering weekend stays, emergency back up or the occasional social activity please also return the form below.

If you are able to assist us or would like more information please email us and we’ll get in touch. This program relies heavily on the support and hospitality of the school community and your   generosity is much appreciated.

Paula Degeling & Matilda Elder

French  Language Teachers


Open Night Tuesday 12th May, 2015


Tuesday 12th May 6-8pm

You are invited to join us on Tuesday evening to listen to the Jazz band, sample food from Hospitality and Food Studies classes, tour the school and meet the staff and students. See for yourself why it is so great to be a part of Mount Stromlo High School.

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