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Gold at the National Eisteddfod

On Sunday 22nd May the Mount Stromlo High School Concert Band performed at the Australian National Eisteddfod. We performed 3 pieces – Sway arranged by Michael Brown, Man in the Mirror arranged by Paul Jennings and And All That Jazz arranged by Michael Brown. The band performed at an exemplary standard and were awarded Gold in our section. Well done.

We would like to extend our congratulations to Lyneham High School who also received a Gold award in our section.

Australian Volleyball Schools Cup 2015

This year Mount Stromlo High School entered two teams into the Australian Volleyball Schools cup held in Melbourne.

The competition is held over a week and more than 200 schools from all across Australia and New Zealand take part (it’s a big deal!). The two senior teams demonstrated exceptional skill and sportsmanship over the week and embodied the school’s core values the entire time.

Both teams had great wins (and some losses, but we won’t talk about that), with the girls finishing in 7th position and the boys in 8th.

All students should be congratulated for their efforts, and for representing the school with pride.  A big thankyou to Maddie Clayden, who volunteered her time to coach the boys team for the week.

Here are some happy snaps of the action!

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Empower U Seminar in December – 2 scholarships available

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Brent Williams is delivering his second Empower U seminar in the ACT this December. This seminar will begin on Friday evening 4th December and conclude on Monday evening 7th December.

Over the past two years the South Weston High School Network and Mount Stromlo High School have been working with Brent Williams, co-founder of Tomorrows Youth International.

Tomorrows Youth International has been at the forefront of running world-class seminars and programs for young people for over a decade, teaching them how to take control of their lives and achieve a new sense of self-worth, direction and empowerment. Their programs have been delivered in 6 countries to over 23 000 teenagers.

Skills developed during this seminar will include:
-making smart and informed decisions
-developing greater self-esteem
-taking responsibility for their life
-developing clearly defined goals

Anyone interested in this experience can collect a brochure and permission note from me in Student Services. There are also 2 scholarships available to students from our school so also come and talk to me about these if you are interested.

Miss Bolton – 9/10 SLC Student Services and Pastoral Care

StromFest 2015 – A Celebration of Student Visual and Performing Arts. Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th October.

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The Empower U Program

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Over the past two years the South Weston High School Network has been working with Brent Williams, co-founder of Tomorrows Youth International.

Tomorrows Youth International has been at the forefront of running world-class seminars and programs for young people for over a decade, teaching them how to take control of their lives and achieve a new sense of self-worth, direction and empowerment. Their programs have been delivered in 6 countries to over 23 000 teenagers.

Brent Williams is bringing one of his 2 day Empower U seminars to Canberra in August.

Skills developed during this seminar will include:
-making smart and informed decisions
-developing greater self-esteem
-taking responsibility for their life
-developing clearly defined goals

This is the first time that Brent is running his seminar in Canberra (he is Sydney based). Anyone interested in this experience can collect a brochure and permission note from Miss Bolton in Student Services.

While Brent is in Canberra running this seminar he has offered to run one of his parent presentations at no cost. Brent is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker, and I have no doubt that parents will find his session informative, practical and entertaining.

If you would like to attend the seminar on Tuesday 25th August (6:15-8:45pm) at Telopea Park School, please register your interest at:
https://eventbrite.com.au/event/17613834453/

South Weston Network Planning Day – Running a 40 Hour Famine

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“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.

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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

Year Coordinator’s Graduation Ceremony Speech

Last night Mount Stromlo High School celebrated the graduation of the class of 2014.

For those students and parents that could not make it, here is a copy of Julia Gale’s speech to the class of 2014.

Good evening, members of the official party, Dr Kindler, students, parents and staff. I would like to thank you all for coming out tonight to attend the very special Mount Stromlo High School Graduation Ceremony. It is an honour to be here celebrating the achievements of the Year 10 class of 2014.

Year 10, I think that 2014 will always be an important year for you. It has been a year of amazing achievements and lots of good times. When you look back on your time at Mount Stromlo High School, I hope that it will be filled with great memories of your time spent here.

But 2014 was an important year for another reason. It was the year that Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and inspired ordinary people all over the world to have the conviction and the determination to stand up and fight for what they believe in.

On the 9th December 2012, Malala was shot by the Taliban as she rode home on a bus after taking an exam in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The masked gunman entered the bus and shouted “Which one of you is Malala? Speak up, otherwise I will shoot you all”. And, when Malala identified herself, he shot her.

Malala was hit with one bullet, which travelled through her head, neck and ended in her shoulder. Miraculously, she survived the assassination attempt.

Malala, a young 15 year old Pakistani school girl had stood up to the Taliban and showed that she was not to be intimidated or cowed. In fact, it was this barbaric act that spurred her on to become a tireless campaigner for the right of every child around the world to receive a free and quality education.

On the 12th July 2013, Malala spoke to the United Nations and the rest of the world to call for children to have worldwide access to education. She ended her historic speech with the words, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.”

Malala has touched the lives of so many young people because she is just like you. If you lived in Pakistan, you could have been Malala. It could have been you sitting on the school bus that day, chatting to your friends and feeling relieved at having just completed an exam.

She is the same age as you. She has devoted parents and two younger brothers. She loves the ‘Twilight’ books. She attends her local school in Birmingham, England where she enjoys unrestricted access to education. She is looking forward to finishing her exams and graduating from school.

So, why fight for education? Why is access to education so important? Education gives us potential. It gives us the potential to achieve whatever we want to in our lives. It opens up new possibilities and as we learn about the world, we also learn about ourselves.

In leaving Mount Stromlo High School and moving out into the world, I encourage you to embrace Malala’s beliefs.

Be ambitious – Always work hard to achieve your goals, no matter how out of reach they may seem. Ambition is made up of 95% hard work and 5% dreams for the future. No ambition can be realised without a level of enthusiasm and passion and a strong desire to succeed.

Be courageous – Remember to challenge yourself to do things you never thought you could do. Always try to conquer your fears and have the courage to follow your dreams. Sometimes, having courage is as simple as taking that first small step into the unknown, or trying new and different things.

Value education – Learn new things every day and make the most of all the opportunities that come your way. Remember that you cannot learn everything in a classroom. Getting an education is not just about being at school. Learn new things every day from your family, friends and by being part of your community.

I am standing here tonight in front of potential doctors, tradespeople, scientists, politicians, sports stars, campaigners, educators, musicians and small business owners, just to name a few of the hundreds of possibilities. Whatever your potential is in life, do not waste it. Ensure that it is fulfilled.

And if you are sitting there thinking that you are too young to make a difference, just take a look at what Malala has accomplished at such a young age.

This does not mean that you need to win a Nobel Peace Prize. It just means that you should be the best person that you can be and do the best that you can do. Inspire others with your actions (no matter how small) and have the conviction to always stand up for your beliefs.

For most of you, the next step is college. Others are going to CIT, starting apprenticeships or are entering the workforce. Some of you are moving interstate or overseas. So, as you leave Mount Stromlo High School to whatever the future holds for you, know that this is the first step in unlocking your potential.

Thank you, Year 10 for being such a wonderful group of students. It has been a pleasure to watch you all grow into the confident young adults that sit before me.

I would like to finish with a quote from Malala, who said. “I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don’t be afraid – if you are afraid, you can’t move forward.” Year 10, be brave and go out into the world and make it yours. Thank you.

Charity Fundraising Week at Mount Stromlo High School – Week 6

In week 6 of this term (16-20 November), the Community Projects class are coordinating a charity fundraising week. Students have chosen charities they would like to support and have come up with activities to raise money, collect donations and raise awareness.

Here is a list of the activities that will be taking place throughout the week:

All Week
– People can donate new or pre-loved toys. These will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. Toys can be dropped off to the Front Office or Student Services.
– People can donate non-perishable foods (cans, boxes, bottles). The food will be donated to The Salvation Army. Food can be dropped off to the Front Office or Student Services.
– There will be a lolly guessing competition to raise money for The Orangutan Foundation.

Monday
– There will be an ice block sale at break 1 and 2 in the inner courtyard. The money will go to the Cancer Council.

Wednesday
– Cupcakes and brownies will be for sale at break 1 and 2 in the inner courtyard. The money will go to The Orangutan Foundation.

Thursday
– Students are encouraged to wear non-uniform clothing for a gold coin donation. The money raised will go to the RSPCA.

Friday
– There will be sponge throwing in the quad to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund. Students will get the opportunity to throw sponges at members of staff, all for a good cause!

We encourage everyone to get involved in at least one activity during the week.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

Spectacular Science Display

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3The annual Year 7 Investigation unit finished in style tonight with a fabulous display by all students. The Science block was filled with posters and demonstrations, and a constant stream of parents and staff engaged with students as they happily and expertly explained their individual experiments.

A big congratulations to the Science faculty on a wonderful showcase of learning and engagement.



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