Year 10 End of Year Arrangements

As your student approaches the end of Year 10, we take this opportunity to share with you the events planned for the remainder of the year which aim to recognize the educational success and social development of our students. It is an exciting time for year 10 and we seek your support to remind students to complete their high school life with a sense of achievement and pride in their school and their own endeavors.
The ACT Year 10 Certificate is issued to students who have successfully completed an approved program of study to the end of Year 10. Principals consider academic performance, attendance and behaviour in deciding to award a Year 10 Certificate. Students who do not meet any of these criteria will instead receive a High School Record – a statement listing grades attained in each unit of study during Years 9 and 10. A small number of Year 10 students whose attendance, behaviour or academic achievement is a cause for concern in meeting the criteria for the Year 10 Certificate have been variously counselled and their parents contacted.
It is essential that all students remain committed to their studies and meet all the expectations of our school. The work ethic students develop at high school is a strong indicator of success at college. It is a commitment to continuously achieve their personal best.
All Year 10 students are expected to attend school until 12 pm, Wednesday 2nd December (Week 8, Term 4). On or before this date, students are to pay any outstanding fees, return any school or library books, equipment and submit any outstanding notes for absences. Students are issued with a ‘leaver’s form’ late in Term 4, this is to be signed by relevant staff to verify they have met all of these commitments. Failure to complete this form may result in students no being permitted to attend end of year events such as the Year 10 Pool Day on the 4th of December.
The Year 10 Farewell assembly will be held in the Mount Stromlo High School SPACE (Hall) between 9am and 11am on Wednesday 2 December. Parents are welcome to join us for this event. Following the assembly, year 9 students will provide a BBQ brunch for year 10. The brunch will conclude at noon when Year 10 students are permitted to leave school and begin their preparations for the formal. If you require your student to remain at school please contact the front office to arrange.
The Year 10 Formal will be held at The Boathouse by the Lake, Menindee Drive, Barton on Wednesday 2nd December (Week 8, Term 4). Guest arrivals will be from 5.30 – 6.30pm. Only currently enrolled Year 10 students are permitted to attend, unless special permission is given prior to the event. Families of students are encouraged to gather by 5.30pm at the front entry and join students and staff to watch the arrivals and take photographs.
The cost of the Formal is $130, which includes venue hire and decorations, three-course meal, non-alcoholic drinks, photographs, photo booth hire and a copy of the school magazine. Parents are asked to collect their student from the venue at 10.30pm.
Many students and their families choose to organize celebratory parties either after the formal or to mark the end of Year 10. We wish to make clear that any after-formal parties are not organised or approved by Mount Stromlo High School. However, if you do intend to host a party, we suggest that you;
• Remain at home and supervise the guests
• Do not allow any alcohol
• Communicate the house rules on the invitation
• Have the contact numbers of all invited guests’ parents
• Limit the number of guests who are invited
The Year 10 Graduation will be held at the Mount Stromlo SPACE (Hall) on Monday 14th December (Week 10, Term 4). Doors open at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. All students are to be in school uniform, wearing their Year 10 shirt or a school shirt with black pants and jeans (no leggings, hats or hoodies please) and closed-in or dress shoes. Students who are inappropriately dressed will be provided with school shirts or they will be unable to take part in the event.
The purpose of the evening is the presentation of Year 10 Certificate to our graduating students and various awards for academic achievement, leadership, sporting excellence and school and community service.
End-of-year functions are regarded as extra-curricular excursions and students are expected to maintain high standards of behavior at all events. Students whose behaviour at any end-of-year functions is inappropriate may be unable to attend further functions organised by the school, including the Year 10 Pool Day on Friday 4 December.
A more detailed program for Year 10 students, will be distributed to students later in the year. All the dates of these events are also on the School Calendar. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the Year 10 end-of-year events please do not hesitate to contact either Kate Marshall (Deputy Principal), Matt Webbie (Year 10 Coordinator) or myself at the school on 61423444.
Yours sincerely,
Dr Michael Kindler

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