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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

Tonight the stars came to Stromlo

family ticket316 was the official count of people who spent 10 arduous minutes hanging out with the stars tonight! More than 453 people came to take a peak at the stars above us, the planets around us and the whole cosmology thing. Thank you to all who attended our school’s efforts to achieve a new Guinness Book of World Records at Star Gazing. Especial thanks to the many who helped make the night a success, such as the Astronomers (of course!), the Jazz band, the food providers, the face painters and all the volunteers who helped ensure that we gazed to the max! Preliminary counts suggest we have smashed the previous record held by Mexico. Stay tuned to the news, Facebook and YouTube to get the full extent of what Australia achieved tonight!

Tonight is the night when the stars shine bright!

Newsflash: Minister of Education Ms Joy Burch will officially open the Guinness Book of World Record attempt at Star Gazing at Mount Stromlo High School this evening as crowds gather, telescopes are being prepared and students are providing a range of fun activities to accompany this unique round of increasing Australia’s star gazing capacity. Dr Mike Ireland is a guest speaker from the ANU Mount Stromlo Research Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics and special telescopes have been acquired by the school for this event. Come along for a sausage, a chance to look at the universe and enjoy the community feeling of music, dance and face painting. Simultaneously, an oval at ANU is another registered site for this event, as well as some other schools in Canberra. Mount Stromlo High is the only Canberra school running a dedicated Astronomy course in Year 10.


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 Hosting – An Experience for Life


Student Exchange is looking for host families across Australia to welcome overseas students into their home

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3 sleeps to go to the World Star Gazing Record

Participate in a once only event, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Excitement is mounting for this Friday’s rock star event, with tickets now selling for the once in a lifetime chance to be in the Guinness Book of World Records. Free food and a telescope for every ticket, two telescopes per family ticket, guest speakers, amazing digital displays, bring your binoculars, telescopes, and feet: you have to be in it to see it! Friday night’s sky expected to be clear, just rug up and rock up! Photo: Pluto, like you have never seen Pluto before, courtesy of New Horizons, NASA, 14 August 2015

40 Hour Famine 2015 – We reached our goal!


The 40 Hour Famine took place on the weekend (14th-16th August). Our goal as a school was to raise $7000 and I am pleased to say our page ( currently has $7386.75 ‘given’ and we are still receiving donations.

Student Representative Council members from all four South Weston Network High Schools (Alfred Deakin, Melrose, Telopea and Mount Stromlo) joined forces to run the 40 Hour Famine in each school and our network goal was to raise $25000. Over the next couple of weeks we will share our success with the other network high schools and find out how they went.

Thankyou to all staff and students who participated and to those who sponsored us.

4 sleeps to achieve the World Star Gazing Record

Excitement is mounting for this Friday’s rock star event, with tickets now selling for the once in a lifetime chance to be in the Guinness Book of World Records. Free food and a telescope for every ticket, two telescopes per family ticket, guest speakers, amazing digital displays, bring your binoculars, telescopes, and feet: you have to be in it to see it! Friday night’s sky expected to be clear, just rug up and rock up! Photo: Pluto, like you have never seen Pluto before, courtesy of New Horizons, NASA, 14 August 2015


ACER Assessment of Language Competence

acer-211x300This year students from Mount Stromlo are undertaking  the Australian Council of Educational Research’s Assessment of Language Competence. This online test is designed to assess students abilities in Languages (both Listening and Reading). On 20 August students will be undertaking the tests in a variety of Languages including Japanese, French, Indonesian and Chinese.

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