This newsletter comes to you on the morning of our 2023 Sports Day, and we are all looking forward with excitement to what the day will bring. I am always in awe of the commitment and preparation of student and staff leaders in ensuring a fantastically competitive and fun day. We will keep you updated on our socials, and plan for a mammoth spread in our next newsletter.
Thank you to the parents and community members who have joined our Governing Council this year. It is very reassuring to have all office positions filled, with chairperson Peta Pahl, secretary Caroline Kirby and treasurer Christopher Pahl. I will do full introductions in the newsletter following our next Governing Council meeting in early April.
This fortnight has seen multiple opportunities for us to celebrate success and you can see this so evidently in this publication. I would like to focus here on two events this week that showcase leadership and pride in our school and community. On Monday, two of our young leaders represented Murray Bridge High School at the Department for Education Leaders Day. Jemma and Zedino were amazing ambassadors for our school, talking to leaders from all over the state about their involvement in the CE Prof Martin Westwell’s roadshow at the end of last year. The topic for discussion in the workshop last year was the purpose of Education in South Australia, and our students have been researchers and advocates for changes to improve the educational experience for students across the state. Martin has been influenced by student voices in the making of his strategic plan, and let us know that themes including wellbeing, equity, challenge and personalised learning are key in his thinking.
On Wednesday teacher Roxanne Rowland attended an International Women's Day event at Veale Gardens which had Dr Melanie Bagg, GAICD, CEO of National Youth Science Forum and alumni of Murray Bridge High School and Tailem Bend Primary School as keynote presenter. T NYSF is delighted to have a person of her calibre as the CEO and the first woman to be at the helm. Melanie chose to speak on "Cracking the Code: Innovation for a Gender Equal Future" and while her current work is in the STEM sector, her presentation applied to a much wider audience, regardless of gender, age, language or cultural background, socioeconomic status, childcare responsibilities, or living in the city or regional and remote locations. Melanie’s big message was that we all need to be leaders in connecting and encouraging all young women to consider diverse futures, including those career paths that have not been invented yet.
Next Tuesday is our first Student Free Day for the year, with the theme of Culturally Responsive Schooling (CRS). We have five teachers who have collaborated in an action research process in collaboration with a team from Uni SA, Adelaide Uni and the open University of Cyprus. We are very excited to welcome our keynote speaker Professor Daryle Rigney, citizen of the Ngarrindjeri nation and Director of the Indigenous Nations and Collaborative Futures Research Hub in the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology, Sydney. Our teachers will all now take on action research in their classrooms about how CRS principles can drive engagement and achievement for all.