Posts Tagged 'year 8'



The 40 Hour Famine

The 40 Hour Famine is being run on Friday 30th August – Sunday 1st September (Week 6, Term 3). Students are encouraged to participate in the 40 Hour Famine and raise money for World Vision projects in Malawi, Ethiopia, East Timor, Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda. There have been lots of suggestions of things that students can give up for the 40 Hour Famine besides food and some of the best suggestions were: no Facebook, no mobile phone use, no talking or no X-Box for 40 hours!

Students are encouraged to participate in the 40 Hour Famine as part of a House Competition at school. All students who participate in the 40 Hour Famine will get House points and senior students can also get Grad points. The House that raises the most money will get a free sausage sizzle, which will be put on by the SRC.

If students are interested in participating in the challenge, they need to get an sign-up sheet from Andrew MacMillan, Ruby Whalan and Max Jasinski (Year 10) or Ms Haley (English Staffroom)

Please help us to meet our fundraising target of $2000! Remember that $40 can feed a family of six for a month!

Ski Trip 2013

The Stromlo High School Ski Trip is being held on Friday 23rd August (Week 5, Term 3) at Thredbo, NSW. The cost of the excursion is $170 per student, which includes travel by bus to Thredbo, lift pass, two hour beginner group lesson, ski boots/stocks hire or snowboard/boots hire and helmet hire. This is a fantastic opportunity for all students, whether they are beginners or pros, to have a great day at the snow! This excursion is being filled on a first in, first served basis, so get your permission note from Ms Haley in the English Staffroom! Any questions, please contact Julia Haley (julia.haley@ed.act.edu.au).

Music Soiree

The Music Industry Basics class are holding a Music Soiree to express and share their talents through singing and playing musical instruments. The concert will be held on Thursday June 13th, at 6pm in the Stromlo High School SPACE. The concert will include students from year 7 to 10 performing a range of musical items. Parents, friends and family are encouraged to come along, enjoy some refreshment and listen to some great performances.

English and Writing Competitions

UNSW ICAS English CompetitionsDear Parents

It is time for ICAS again! ICAS provides an opportunity for all students in Years 6 to 10 at Stromlo to gain a measure of their own achievement in an external testing situation. It provides teachers, parents and students with comprehensive reporting of results in the areas of English and Writing. The tests are an excellent preparation for national tests and the student report is useful for highlighting your child’s strengths and weaknesses against a national and international cohort.

All students receive a certificate and an individual student report indicating which questions they answered correctly and their score compared with the rest of the students tested. The certificate and individual student report are also suitable for your child to include in a portfolio.

Please return the ICAS Stromlo Permission Note with payment to the finance office ASAP, that would be wonderful!

Please do not hesitate to contact Dion Oxley dion.oxley@ed.act.edu.au or Rebecca Cusick rebecca.cusick@ed.act.edu.au for further information.

World Vision Global Leadership Convention

Andrew Macmillan, Max Jasinski and Ruby Whalan attending the World Vision Global Leadership Convention on Tuesday 28th May (Week 5, Term 2) to learn about the issues in Malawi and also about poverty and hunger around the world. The students participated in several activities, which increased their understanding of the work that World Vision does and how our school can work together to stop children around the world from going hungry. Andrew, Max and Ruby were equipped with all the skills need to lead the 40 Hour Famine here at Stromlo High School next term. Great work!

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

On Thursday the 23rd of May, a group of students were invited to see Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform at the University of Canberra. It was an impressive, educative and moving show, allowing students to interact with the group and discuss ideas and thoughts about the different types of instruments, how they work together and the history behind the composition.

We arrived at the School of Music, and waited patiently along with other schools until we were welcomed into the theatre – the performance pretty much began straight away. The orchestra blew the audience away by playing classic compositions by Beethoven and Stravinsky and between songs, took time to individually pick out the different roles of the different instruments, giving us a better understanding of how composers use musical elements such as tone colour, dynamics and tempo to provide emotion and story to their symphonies.

Overall, it was an amazing opportunity to learn about music and to witness pure talent.

“It was awesome” – Andrew

“Something that everyone should experience” – Madzi

 “It was great that they interacted with the audience” –Carlina

Written by Olivia Torresan

Congratulations to Lewis Groves Year 8

The Stromlo High School community would like to congratulate Year 8 student Lewis Groves (Year 8 by age, at least Year 12 by size), for his achievements in his sport of water polo this year. His recent accomplishments have included;

Being named in the tournament team (best 7) at the NSW under 14 water polo tournament
Being selected to represent ACT at the Water Polo under 14 National Championships in Adelaide over Easter
Being selected to represent ACT at the Water Polo under 16 NSW Championships in Drummoyne in April
Being selected in the NSW State Waratah’s team to play water polo in the East Coast Challenge in July.

Lewis’ selection in these representative teams has made for a rigorous training schedule including many early mornings, training camps and having to travel to Sydney most weekends to train with the NSW team. Playing representative sport at this level requires a huge amount of commitment and sacrifice by both Lewis and his family and we would like to acknowledge how proud the Stromlo community is of his achievements. Well done Lewis and all the best in your current and future sporting endeavours.

School Disco

The Stromlo High School Student Representative Council is holding a School Disco on Wednesday 29th May (Week 5, Term 2) for all students to attend. The disco will run from 6:00pm until 9:00pm and will be supervised by staff and a security guard will also be present throughout the night.

Entry to the disco is only $5 and all money raised from the disco will go towards replacing the drinking bubblers around the school in time for summer! The Year 10 Formal Committee will also be running a sausage sizzle and selling drinks and snacks.

We are encouraging all students to attend the disco to support the school and have a good time with their friends in a safe and friendly environment. Please get your child to collect a permission note (to be handed in on the night) from their TEAM Teacher to allow them to attend the disco!

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concert

We are running an excursion to see Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, this Thursday 23rd May. The concert will be an interactive performance allowing students to hear individual instruments as well as experiencing a live orchestra first hand. There are some places still available for this performance. Permission notes can be collected from Ms Morton in the Arts Staffroom.

Free Uniform Day

The Student Representative Council are holding a Free Uniform Day on Friday 17th May (Week 3, Term 2) to raise money for the Pegasus Riding for the Disabled. Students are encouraged to wear their choice of appropriate clothing to school (length of shorts, covered shoulders and covered shoes) and give a gold coin donation.

The Community Projects class will also be holding a BBQ at lunchtime to raise additional funds to donate to the riding school.

Students can purchase:

  • Sausage sandwich – $2
  • Can of Soft Drink – $2
  • Meal Deal – $3


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