Archive for June, 2015

South Weston Network Planning Day – Running a 40 Hour Famine

Planning Day - Photo 3

“Approximately 1 in 7 people in the world is living in poverty” – This is one example of the statistics Alfred Deakin, Mount Stromlo, Melrose, and Telopea SRC students learnt about world poverty during the South Weston Network Planning Day.

The Day took place on the 26th of June at Mount Stromlo High School and focused on the 40 Hour Famine and World Vision. The purpose of the day was to inspire high school students to make a difference in the world and our community, “We were made aware of the things that World Vision do and the 40 Hour Famine and the whole process of it” said a Melrose High student.

In a session facilitated by Jeeven from World Vision the students watched two different videos which followed the story of two young girls aged 9 and 12, both living in poverty. In one of the videos, World Vision had helped one of the communities, while in the other; World Vision had not yet worked in that community. By watching these two videos the students were able to see the impact and difference World Vision can have and what money we fundraise might be able to achieve.

In the afternoon students discussed plans to facilitate the 40 Hour Famine in each network high school and began work on marketing materials. The 40 Hour Famine will run in week 4 of next term (14-16 August). Each school will run their own 40 Hour Famine, but resources will be shared and total funds will be combined. As a network we are aiming to reach $25 000.

Further information will be coming out soon on how to be involved in this year’s 40 Hour Famine.

Planning Day - Photo 1  Planning Day - Photo 2

Kids Hope Aus Mentoring Program

Kids Hope Aus mentor students at many primary and high schools around Australia, including Mount Stromlo High School. Students at Mount Stromlo have benefited from the extra support with their classwork, and the guidance of a trusted adult. Kids Hope Aus now want to expand their program to thirty new schools in regional and remote areas of Australia, however the isolated nature of these communities makes that difficult.

To assist with this expansion, they are planning on launching an online tool to train new mentors. This requires additional funding to develop. This online tool will not only assist with the expansion, but will also benefit students in existing schools as it will be used to train all new mentors, and support existing mentors to continue to provide the highest quality experience to students currently in the program.

For further information, please visit their website or to make a donation, visit their crowd funding page

Congratulations Riley Budd – Pierre de Coubertin Award Winner

Rirey Budd and Dr. Michael Kindler

Riley Budd and Dr. Michael Kindler

Budd PDC2

Thunderstone- Indigenous Culture Workshop for Yr8s

All 150 students in Year 8 participated today in a workshop focussing on developing their understandings of Indigenous culture. Tyronne Bell from Thunderstone (Aboriginal Cultural and Land Management Services) a Ngunnawal man form the Yass area, spoke to students about a variety of artefacts and showed us a wide variety of tools and implements. Ruth from Culture on the Move then taught us a fun traditional aboriginal game. Funding for this workshop was provided by the Indigenous unit of the ACT Education and Training Directorate.

Year 10 Curves Girl’s Fitness Group

Curves Photo 2015The Year 10 Curves Girl’s Fitness Group ran for six weeks during second term. Thirteen enthusiastic girls and four teachers participated in a wide range of fun fitness activities, such as boxing, aerobics and Zumba. A big thank you to all the Year 10 girls who came along each week, the (very fit) teachers: Jenny Howard, Deb Lovatt, Kate Bolton and Julia Gale and also to Curves at Cooleman Court who organised and ran the sessions. A lot of fun and fitness was had by all!

 In June-July 2015 students from over 25 countries around the world, will be arriving in Australia to study at local high schools for 2- 10 months.

Opportunities exist for families to act as a host family, in a volunteer capacity.  Hosting can be on a temporary, short or long term basis.  Host families help provide international students with the chance to study and experience life in Australia.  This is a great way to learn about another country and culture, establish a lifelong link to a family in another country and contribute to international goodwill.

If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment, please contact Student Exchange on the number below


To hear more about this wonderful opportunity or our student exchange programs out of Australia Call Student Exchange Australia New Zealand on 1300 135 331 or visit

Changes to Action Bus Service 404

Action Buses has advised that School Service No. 404 will commence 10 minutes later at 7.51am.  This change will commence on Monday 29 June 2015.

Further information can be obtained on the Action’s website.

Roof for Mount Stromlo High School to be improved in 2016

The ACT Government in its 2015 – 2016 Budget has approved refurbishing the roof of our main building. A total of $1.8m has been set aside from the 2016-17 capital upgrades program budget. The works will include re-alignment of the roof, upgrade to guttering and down pipes, re-sheeting and insulation. This was completed at Canberra High School in 2014 and this made a big difference to that school. We are delighted that this improvement will complete many improvements that have upgraded our school in recent years. These have included a new landscape to the front of the school, two new science laboratories, substantial wifi upgrades, new student toilets and improvements to the Stromlo Performing Arts Center (SPACE). The budget has also made provision to strengthen Information and Communication Technology for all ACT public schools and supports continuing our commitment to the Personal Electronic Device (PED), or Bring Your Own Digital Device (BYOD) program.

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