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Age Champions for Athletics Carnival 2015

Congratulations to the following students who won the Age Champion awards at the Mount Stromlo School Athletics Carnival.  All age groups were very highly contested which reflected the fantastic participation on the day.

12 Yr Girls            Hayley Jacobs

12 Yr Boys            Kyle Groves

13 Yr Girls            Teija Gerebtzoff

13 Yr Boys            Cameron Roxburgh

14 Yr Girls            Bronte Pyke

14 Yr Boys            Muhammad Alhassan

15 Yr Girls            Holly Jalland

15 Yr Boys            Sam Smith

16 Yr Girls            Amira Barakat

16 Yr Boys            Riley Budd

17 Yr Girls            Jennifer McGrath

Limelight and Floriade

As a Visual Art’s Teacher at Mount Stromlo High School, I am always looking out for competitions and exhibitions for my talented students to enter. We recently exhibited in the Limelight Exhibition 2015 held at the ANU. This was an amazing opportunity for us to showcase our students best work. Twelve students’ artworks were chosen to enter and they were shown alongside entries from 300 students from 30 ACT public schools. The exhibition included artwork from preschool students all the way through till year 12 students, and showcased photography, sculpture, collage, painting, lino print and mix media works.

Every year I go to Floriade and check out the Gnomes, this year I decided to run an in-school competition and enter as a school group. The students had to submit a design and then if chosen they came in at break times to paint it. Mount Stromlo entered ten Gnomes ranging from sombre, respectful ANZACS to a cheeky little clown, but our most impressive Gnome, a Bi-plane designed and created by Neve Foxcroft brought them all together. I am very proud to announce we won the Bronze Award for the Best School group. Watch out for our entries next year!

By Mrs Clare Incher Visual Arts Teacher

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2016 Host Families Needed for Japanese Teacher’s Assistant

In 2016 we again have the opportunity to host a volunteer Japanese Language Teacher’s Assistant (JTA) from Kagoshima University in southern Japan. During their stay they will be assisting in Japanese language classes while also hoping to also improve their English skills.

JTAs are home stayed within the school community and pay a contribution towards food and board of $170 a week to their host families. Assistants need their own rooms but can share the family bathroom.

This program is widely used in ACT schools and is of great benefit to both the Japanese 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 Japan 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 Japanese language and culture and make life long friends.

We are therefore seeking expressions of interest from families who would be willing to host our JTA for a period of 6-10 weeks (eight weeks in ideal) in Terms 2 – 4.

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 contact us.

If you are able to assist us or would like more information please email Ms Collins 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.

Kristina Collins

Linda Meng

Japanese Language Teachers

World Education Games Term 4 Week 1

The World Education Games is a global online challenge to get all students excited about learning, and to give the top students in all schools an opportunity to see how they measure up against the best in the world. Free entry allows all students to get involved and celebrate their education with equal opportunities.

Just use your Mathletics password.  You can use this link: to find out more and make a start.

The World Education Games takes place across the 13-15 October 2015.

In 2015, for the first time, all three World Education Games events (World Literacy, Math(s) and Science Days) will be open simultaneously for the full span of the Games, rather than consecutively as in previous years.

Only the first 20 games are counted for each student’s Hall of Fame total. These can be earned all in a single day, or spread out across several days. Playing continuously for three days gives no advantage over a student who completes their allocation of three sets of 20 games in a few hours.

Students do not need to compete in all three events if they do not wish. Prizes and awards are given for individual subject events. However to be eligible for the World Education Games multi-event award, students will need to have earned points in all subjects.

Prizes and awards are given for individual subject events. However to be eligible for the World Education Games multi-event award, students will need to have earned points in all subjects.

Here at Mount Stromlo high School, we will run a number of ‘incursions’ to allow students to participate.

Those that complete the 20 games for each subject will be eligible for graduation points and Merits/Bronze Stromlo awards.

See Mr. Grieve in the maths staff room for a permission note to attend an incursion.

All the best for the event.  Go Mount Stromlo!!!

Gifted and Talented Education

To support implementation of the Gifted and Talented Students Policy, the Education and Training Directorate commissioned specialist consultants, Gateways Education, to develop a series of six articles to provide information to parents and the community about gifted and talented children. The following article about assessment is the third in the series.

Further information about gifted and talented education can be found on the Directorate’s website at

Quality Assessment for Gifted Learners

The Australian Curriculum provides schools, parents and teachers with guidelines about the role of assessment in teaching and learning:

Assessment encourages longer-term understanding and provides detailed diagnostic information. It shows what students know, understand and can demonstrate. It also shows what they need to do to improve. (ACARA, 2015)

Assessment is the process of gathering and interpreting evidence about students’ learning to assist in setting learning goals and planning the next steps in the teaching and learning process. Specifically, assessment:

  • provides feedback on current levels of performance (VanTassel-Baska, 2002; Hattie and Temperley, 2007)
  • identifies the strengths and areas requiring development in a student’s learning profile, in order to evaluate the best learning environment and experiences for students
  • assess the effectiveness of the learning program (VanTassel-Baska, 2008)
  • plan future learning experiences (Sheppard, 2000; VanTassel-Baska, 2005, 2010).

What is quality assessment?

Quality assessment of students’ learning is designed with the learners, curriculum content, learning goals, and the teaching in mind, and thus, is a complex interplay between these factors. The following points are integral to the development of quality assessments. Quality assessments:

  • have strong validity and reliability – learning is measured accurately and similar results are obtained in a variety of contexts
  • have good inter-rater reliability – results are consistent due to the clarity of marking criteria
  • demonstrate the outcomes of the learning program (VanTassel-Baska, 2013) and growth in student learning
  • are designed in a range of formats and provide multiple opportunities for learners to demonstrate achievement (Linn et al., 1991).

How does quality assessment work for gifted learners?

Learning programs designed for the gifted must provide students with a rigorous high quality experience that readies them to successfully traverse the next level of educational challenge (VanTassel-Baska, 2002, p. xxxii). Assessment for gifted learners should be designed within the framework of this program.

The first step in addressing the learning needs of gifted students is to establish their current level of achievement and determine whether this aligns with their identified level of ability. This can be achieved by using a variety of assessment strategies.

Assessment for gifted learners should also take different forms to ensure that students’ development can be measured and considered from multiple perspectives. These formats may include:

  • assessments aligned to the extended curriculum offered to gifted students
  • assessments based on applying problem solving skills and solving real world issues
  • standardised assessments at and above the students’ year level to minimise any ceiling effect (upper limits of the assessment) and ensure assessment does not limit the performance of these students (VanTassel-Baska, 2005).

Adjustments to the learning program should then be made in response to this information. This may include the use of conceptual frameworks, critical and creative higher order thinking and the addition of advanced content (VanTassel-Baska and Staumberg, 2010).

What are the implications for gifted learners?

The different learning capacity of each gifted student creates unique challenges when considering the best way to assess their learning and progress. Perhaps the most important factor is to use measures that provide visibility of the actual growth that has occurred across a period of time.

Quality assessment for gifted learners involves using measures which allow parents, students and educators alike to see the true academic growth of the gifted learner. This is vital as gifted students may attain high levels of achievement without necessarily demonstrating learning gain or growth.

For example, students may arrive at high school already knowing or understanding the content and/or skills that are to be studied in mathematics in that year. The school may assess the identified gifted students of an incoming cohort using an advanced assessment to measure their achievement. To assess the subsequent learning growth of these students it would be important for them to have an extended and accelerated learning program in mathematics, and then be assessed above grade level. The key understanding to be taken from this example is that assessments for gifted learners should be designed to be able to measure the full growth of these learners in order to communicate more than the attainment of year-level outcomes.


Educators use quality assessment to accurately assess skills, understandings and different types of learning. Without such assessments, the learning growth of gifted students may never truly be measured within the school context. Furthermore, assessments, which are rigorous and appropriately designed for gifted learners, will translate beyond the classroom and into lifelong learning.



Woolworths Earn and Learn Resources

Mount Stromlo staff would like to thank all of our students and parents who collected the Woolworth’s Earn and Learn stickers.  These are valuable to the school as we can obtain valuable resources for our students.

We will keep you updated of the resources we are able to purchase with the stickers.



The planned weekday timetable change scheduled for Monday 12 October will be deferred. This includes a deferral of the timing revisions to the ACTION schools network.

All information you have previously received regarding upcoming changes to the ACTION timetable and to ACTION schools services is now obsolete. ACTION’s current weekday timetable and current school services network will continue to operate as is until further notice.

All current timetable information, as well as a list of current school services, remains available on the ACTION website –

Please visit the ACTION website for further information.

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

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Tuesday 22 September 2015.

From 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm in the SPACE.

The Parent Teacher on-line link and details for making interview times will be available during Week 9 when reports are sent home.

A Parent Teacher Evening Blog

South side Netball

Due to blizzard conditions the netball carnival was postponed to last Wednesday the 19th August. We managed to field 4 teams, two competitive and two non competitive which was great and the girls all had a fantastic day. Our Senior Girls competitive team managed to get to the semi-finals but were knocked out by Erindale.  Our Junior Girls competitive team made it all the way through to the final undefeated and continued their winning streak by beating Melrose 16-7. They will now progress to the ACT Netball finals and we wish them the best of luck.

Senior Girls Netball Team 2015

Senior Girls Netball Team 2015

Junior Girls Netball team 2015

Junior Girls Netball team 2015

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