2023 Term 1 Issue 1 Newsletter

Welcome to 2023

Welcome to the first newsletter for 2023, already bursting with news and activities in this first fortnight. 

It is with great pleasure that I introduce my Leadership team for 2023, with the new addition of Jared Daly, Assistant Principal - Equity and Inclusion; Josie Adolphi, Inclusive Education and Learning Support; Kelsey Milne, Kungari Student Pathways Leader and Danika Mortimer, Year 11 Pathways Leader. Other Pathway Leader changes include Nick Pearce moving to year 10 and Aaron Pratt to Year 12.

On the following page is the group of new teachers we welcome to our school. Already I see fantastic collaborations between teachers and a very strong collegiate atmosphere in driving individual student growth and support.

During the holidays different trades have been working hard on getting our Clontarf building up and running. I can announce that Greg Carter will be joining Leader Ben Fennell to run this engagement program for our young Aboriginal male students. Congratulations Greg!    

Without a doubt the best decision this year has been enacting the ‘no phones in class’ policy. After two weeks the positivity with improved engagement and less online distraction is very visible. Thank you to all parents and caregivers who have supported us to make this happen, and especially to students who have been making good choices for success.

It is essential that I keep school safe for all students, and to do that I need to know who is in school grounds. If you come into the school for any reason, please make your way to the front office first to sign in, and then a member of staff will be allocated to escort you. 

Walking around the school I see most students are in uniform and wearing it with pride. It is important to acknowledge that our uniform forms a sense of identity that reflects a vibrant learning community and a feeling of togetherness.  If you are struggling with the purchase of a uniform please talk to one of our Wellbeing Leaders or your Student Pathways Leader for how we can help.

Recently we were contacted by a member of the Murray Bridge Community saying they had received a call saying they owe money to MBHS and asking for payment. They are not a parent of MBHS so knew it was a scam. Please be reassured that we would never ask for money to be paid over the phone.

Finally, I know many students were keen to find out more about the newest members of our MBHS family. Congratulations to Helen and Luke Richards on the birth of Lucy, and to Emily and James Adams on the birth of Max. Both families are doing well. 

2023 Prefects

We congratulate our newly elected student leaders for 2023, Akaila Baltussen, Yulee Chi, Mia Duncan and Amber Pickering. They are a voice for all students at MBHS and will have the opportunity to work together with staff and students to help make positive decisions for our school; at the same time achieving personal success in their leadership role.

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Host Families Wanted

As we start a new school year we have a number of exciting events planned, all of which require some students to be home hosted. Firstly, we are being asked by International Education to home host overseas students from anywhere between one term and one year. If you are interested in being involved please do not hesitate to contact Helen Peake at helen.peake92@schools.sa.edu.au. This home hosti...

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Congratulations Gamze!

Congratulations to MBHS 2022 graduate Gamze Bakan, who was named Murray Bridge Young Citizen of the Year at the 2023 Australia Day Awards.

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Year 7 Visual Art Class

This term the Year 7s in Visual Art will be exploring the 7 Elements of Art. The focus element this week was line. Students used their creative thinking skills to create an abstract portrait with various lines and as you can see the results were great! We are looking forward to seeing what our Year 7s can do next!

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Year 7 Tech Studies

To start off 2023 strong the year 7 Tech Class B with Mr Berresford is beginning their journey in Woodwork. Students have finished their safety induction and now beginning training activities learning the skills required for their major project. Students are learning everything from basic measuring and marking to hand tools and power tools in a workshop setting. Meanwhile, year 7 students in Mi...

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Year 12 Food & Hospitality Induction

By Roxanne Rowland

Year 12 Food & Hospitality students were challenged in their first week in class to make 24 dozen mini Aussie Meat Pies for various catering functions throughout Term 1. Students worked with a partner to make the pastry bases and the meat filling, and then individually to roll out pastries, cut appropriately sized pastry bases and pastry tops, and assemble the pies ready for baking. As a class, we had all the Industrial ovens ready for baking the pies. All students were able to create and bake a product that met the pre-discussed success criteria. Behind the practical demonstration, were a variety of theoretical components that also had to be demonstrated. These included: Food ordering; Workflow Plans; collecting and recording evidence for their SACE submissions. All-in-all a most successful Induction task - now let’s commence the course work.


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Lids4Kids Australia

By Roxanne Rowland


Lids4Kids Australia

at Murray Bridge High School

Murray Bridge High School has joined Lids4Kids Australia to become a collection point for plastic lids, removing them from landfill, protecting our environment and repurposing the lids into sustainable recycled plastic products. 

Staff and Tech Studies students will use state of the art machines to recycle the plastic lids into usable items for both self and the wider community as they become more proficient in the processes involved.

Families, Businesses and Community organisations can commence a “Save the Lids … Save the Environment” collection. 

How to save the lids:

  • Collect plastic lids that are category 2, 4 and 5 - look for the numbers in a triangle on the inside of the lid
  • Give the plastic lids a quick rinse
  • Revolve any white inserts
  • Types of lids - milk bottle, soft drink, water bottle & juice lids, to name a few
  • Drop them of at Murray Bridge High School - large blue bins outside Gate 4 on Long Island Road

If you have a large collection of lids or are unable to drop off your collection, please contact


or phone 8531 9500 during school hours to organise a pickup.

Businesses are encouraged to contact the school if they would like to organise a regular collection service.


Volleyball Club

By Maddie Hughes

Volleyball Club is back!

Lunchtime sessions - Come and Play - have fun with your friends playing volleyball in the gym.

Monday Lunch Times: Middle School Volleyball Club - year 7/8/9 ONLY

Thursday Lunch Times: Senior School Volleyball Club - year 10/11/12 ONLY

After School Trainings (3:30pm-4:30pm) - these are for students who are interested in competing in tournaments and will begin in Week 3

Mondays: Boys Training 

Tuesdays: Girls Training 

Beginning in Week 3, the focus will be on training for Beach Volleyball Tournaments (4-a-side), but will shift to indoor volleyball training after the Beach Volleyball Tournament in Week 6. Tournaments have varying degrees of seriousness and competitiveness, and you don't need to be an experienced volleyball player to grow, improve, and have fun being active with your friends!

Join us on Monday 20 February from 5:00pm for MBHS meet the teacher evening. A welcome BBQ will be held in front of the Sturt building.

At 6:00pm there is an additional option for a parent/caregiver workshop on Digital Learning and Google Classroom navigation. Registrations for this workshop are essential and can be made 



School Photos - Monday 20 February

School photos will be held on Monday 20 February for Murray Bridge High School main campus and ILC campus.

Details on how to order the photographs from advancedlife are can be found here


UN Youth SA Annual State Conference 2023

Registrations for UN Youth SA's annual state conference (SACON) are now open!
SACON brings together students from all over the state to learn about leadership, diplomacy and advocacy. The conference suits high school students interested in politics, international studies, legal studies or debating.
This year, SACON will cover the very topical theme of conflicts in the modern age.
Who: South Australian High School students in Years 9 to 12
When: Friday 17th of March 3:00pm - Sunday 19th of March 5:00pm
Where: Nunyara Conference Centre, 5 Burnell Dr, Belair SA 5052
Cost: $250.00 Per Person – please note that bursaries are available
 SA State Conference 2023 will include:
+  Interactive workshops on international health issues
+  An expert speaker panel and the opportunity to talk with professionals in the field
+  A simulated health crisis Interactive Problem Solving activity
+  Model UN Debates
+  Much more!

If you have any questions or would like more information about the event please contact 


or phone 8531 9500 during school hours

Mon 13 - Wed 15 Feb    Yr 12 Outdoor Education - Goolwa Surfing
Fri 17 Feb  Senior Years Achievement Assembly
Mon 20 Feb  School Photos - Main Campus & ILC
Mon 20 Feb Parent/Caregiver Welcome & Meet the Teacher BBQ - 5pm
Mon 20 Feb Parent/Caregiver workshop - How to access and understand what your child is learning. Registrations essential - 6pm
Tues 21 Feb Yr 10 English Lit Studies Excursion & Yr 10 Cafe Culture Excursion
Tues 21 Feb  Finance Committee - 5pm
Thurs 23 Feb School Photos - Catch up day 
Fri 24 Feb Yr 11 Outdoor Education - Land/Mountain Bike Experience
Tues 28 Feb Governing Council AGM - 6pm
Wed 1 - Thurs 2 Mar Yr 11 P.E Aquatics
Mon 6 Mar  Yr 10 P.E Aquatics
Tues 7 Mar Secondary Youth Leadership Conference
Fri 10 Mar  Sports Day
Mon 13 Mar Public Holiday - Adelaide Cup Day
Tues 14 Mar Student Free Day
Wed 15 - Mon 27 Mar NAPLAN
Fri 24 Mar  Senior Formal
Tues 28 Mar Slingsby Performance - Drama Workshop
Fri 31 Mar Yr 10 P.E Aquatics
Mon 3 - Thurs 6 Apr Yr 7 Aquatics
Fri 7 Apr Good Friday
Mon 10 Apr Easter Monday
Tues 11 Apr Secondary Schools Athletics Championships at Mile End
Wed 12 Apr Middle Years Achievement Assembly
Thurs 13 Apr  MBHS vs Unity College Sports Competition
Fri 14 Apr Last day of term. 2pm dismissal

Materials & Service Charge 2023

The 2023 Materials and Service Charge is due to be paid in full by Friday 14th April 2023, unless you have made a formal payment arrangement with Deb Lang.

School card applications can be made on-line at:


or a form can be obtained from the school. If you have any questions, please contact Deb Lang on 8531 9512.

Murray Bridge Soccer Club - Information Night 24th February 2023

The Murray Bridge United Football Club will be holding their 2023 Registration / Information / Player Nomination Night on Friday 24th February, from 4.00pm to 6.30pm, (Week 4), at the Beatty Terrace Clubrooms, Murray Bridge.

All Enquiries and/or Player Nominations to Grant please;


 or 0411 057 039. 

We will continue to welcome any additional enquiries as well after this date.
Our playing season is expected to start 1st April.