It is with great excitement that I accept my reappointment as Principal of Murray Bridge High. I am also thrilled to announce that Paula Hahesy will continue as my Deputy. We are very proud of what we have achieved over the last five years, and know that with the strong leadership, teaching and support staff team we have around us we are poised and ready to continue driving our vision for positive and active young citizens who are creative, collaborative and resilient learners.
Parent/Teacher conversations started last week and have been an excellent way to enhance relationships for learning. We do have a number of vacancies still for next Tuesday evening if you have missed the opportunity, either go on line or call to book an appointment.
From time to time fads come and go and unfortunately vaping is impacting our students more than we would like. I think initially families were a little more lenient because they thought they were relatively harmless. What we do know now is that the main ingredients in e-cigarettes are the same harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray. It’s just not written on the pack. In the message to parents from our Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier raises grave concerns of accidental nicotine addiction. It is a very interesting read and the website links are excellent sources of information. We know that some students are choosing to go into toilets to vape, which is not only very unsanitary, but also unfair on students who genuinely need to use the facilities. We will continue to confiscate vapes and inform you if this occurs. Near the end of last term we had some excellent presentations highlighting the risks on health, and some students have already made the decision to stop, or asked for help and support to achieve this. I applaud and throw my wholehearted support behind them. I will send out resources for parents via email early next week.
It is with sadness that we farewell our Education Director Stan Hagias, after 8 years serving the Murraylands education community. I know myself, along with colleagues in our primary schools, and our greater education community will miss Stan’s unwavering support, advice and inspiration. He has always been such a huge advocate for Murray Bridge High School and we wish him well as he takes up a new position closer to home. We welcome Brenton Hudson who is replacing Stan for the rest of this term.
Finally, tonight is opening night for Bridge Players and Singers performance of ‘Legally Blonde, the musical’. We are so proud of our Murray Bridge High contingent of Dee Spurling, Brendan Watts, Cassie Brion and Blake Ascione who I know have worked so enthusiastically in preparation for this event, and wish all cast members the best for a great opening!