Term 2 Issue 2 2023

Principal's Page

Dear families,

I don't think we could have packed any more into this last fortnight if we tried. Events ranged from mountain biking, bushwalking at Deep Creek and Mambray Creek, Intro to high school for year 6 students and families, tree planting, Parent /Teacher conversations, SAASTA Power Cup, Pedal Prix, peer support days at Monarto Zoo for year 7s and also hosted a knockout footy competition!

Do you follow our official Murray Bridge High School Facebook and Instagram?  We try to include a range of photos as events happen, and there are some amazing photos of the bushwalking groups and ELO students working alongside the Rural City of Murray Bridge team to plant out the new garden beds on Swanport Road.   

Amongst all of this staff spent two days engaging in the Berry Street Education Model, which provides strategies for teaching and learning that enable teachers to increase engagement of students with complex, unmet learning needs and to successfully improve all students' self -regulation, relationships, wellbeing and engagement in learning. Key strategies practised by teachers and support staff include trauma-informed teaching, positive education and wellbeing practices. For anyone interested here is the link to the website. 
Staff will come together regularly over the rest of the year to trial and embed strategies that work for our young people, in readiness for the next layer of BSEM learning in 2024. 

Last week we also had a group of visiting principals from SA and interstate who are part of the Social Ventures Australia (SVA) Star Hub Schools Network. SVA  is a not-for-profit organisation that works with partners to alleviate disadvantage – towards an Australia where all people and communities thrive. They influence systems to deliver better social outcomes for people by learning about what works in communities, helping organisations be more effective, sharing perspectives and advocating for change. In their education connection, SVA brings together educational leaders across Australia to immerse themselves in best practice and innovative thinking, sharing with each other to address common challenges and drive evidence-informed actions for their schools. As an alumni school we were asked to share our experience and success in improving student outcomes. The four sessions presented included Entrepreneurial Learning; Innovative teaching practices in the Inclusive Education Centre; Culturally Responsive Schooling Project; and engaging young people to continue an education pathway through the Independent Learning Centre. I would like to thank Roxanne Rowland and the Entrepreneurial teachers, Dr. Christine Roberts-Yates, Jared Daly and Josh Coulter for their contribution to this very successful visit. 

Yesterday we welcomed new Education Director Brenton Hudson to our school. He was very impressed with our facilities and the engagement of our year 7 and 8 students in learning, and is looking forward to visiting again to see more of what all of our students are learning across the year levels.


Year 7 Art

By Kylie Brunato

The Year 7s have been exploring the 7 elements of art. In week 2, the students focused on shape and form and created some 3-dimensional paper sculptures.

The students will now be moving onto colour theory and painting.  We have some very creative students this year! 

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Aboriginal Power Cup

By Lyndsee Frost

In Week 3, the senior SAASTA students spent three nights in Adelaide attending the Santos Aboriginal Power Cup. Students were invited according to the SAASTA key performance indicators which include academic performance, attendance and school behaviour. 

Day one was based at Flinders University where students engaged with different employment companies, such as Flinders University, SAAB, SANTOS, Outside Ideas and Ventia just to name a few. They were provided with information on future opportunities and steps to take to enter these industries. Students were also treated to a lesson from Uncle Mickey O’Brien who taught about the significance of culture. To finish the day, students split into different groups where Stage 2 students participated in a workshop relating to their curriculum and Stage 1 students participated in leadership and relationship workshops run by Port Adelaide players and staff. 

On Thursday and Friday, students participated in the Power Cup carnival. Both the girls and boys teams competed in multiple 9-a-side football games as well as engaging in a cultural dance tutorial and a health expo that allowed students to engage with different pathway opportunities when they finish school. 

At the completion of the carnival, all students travelled to Adelaide Oval in preparation for the Aboriginal Power Cup Awards Ceremony. Students were addressed by David Koch and treated as the VIPs of the Ceremony, in recognition of their work in the classroom. 

The Friday festivities concluded with all SAASTA Students from over 60 schools coming together to perform a cultural dance on Adelaide Oval before the Port Adelaide vs Melbourne game. Students connected to land and culture as they proudly displayed their sense of belonging through dance and song in a memorable performance. All students were then treated to watch the game for the remainder of the night, an exciting match that saw all students get involved, cheering on Port Adelaide to victory. 

A big thank you to all of the MBHS staff, students, SAASTA and Port Adelaide for all their contributions for an excellent experience. 

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Year 11 Agriculture

By Grace Sampson

On Monday 22 May a group of 11 senior students took a trip to the University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Campus to tour and explore the Veterinarian and Animal Science facilities and learn all about what the course had to offer.

The day went quickly as we attended lectures and took part in several lab practicals where all students got a hands-on experience of University life. 

The girls were full of enthusiasm on the way back and commented that it further motivated them to keep going in Year 12 to achieve the relevant ATAR required to be accepted.

We look forward to seeing where the opportunities of further education will take them.


Master Builders SA Visit

By Mel Bennett

The Industry class had a visit from Ryan from Master Builders SA. Ryan is part of the "Born to Build" project that is designed to encourage students to join the construction industry. Ryan spoke to the students about the different careers that exist within the construction industry and the steps needed to move forward. Applications for 2024 VET courses will be opening in term 3.

More information about what courses we offer will be available in the coming weeks.

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ELO Tree Planting

By Christine McGowan

The ELO students had a great morning volunteering! They supported the Murray Bridge Council by planting native plants in the garden beds on Swanport Road and adding mulch on top. These garden beds are all watered by recycled water making it eco-friendly. Thank you to the Council for giving us this opportunity. We look forward to watching it grow and take shape!

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By Melissa Bermingham

Wednesday May 17 was the International Day Against LGBTQIA+ Discrimination.
This is important to us at Murray Bridge High School as the Equal Opportunities Act 1984
states that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity has no place in
We agree!
For a lot of our students, there are still often negative comments made around them for
being different.
In order to celebrate the diversity of our students, Kainggi Club and Wellbeing put together a
range of activities for students. Kicking off the week, students decorated biscuits with pride flags to highlight the diversity at our school.
Then on Tuesday senior members of the Kainggi Club put together a kahoot teaching
younger students about LGBTQIA+ history. Finishing up the celebrations on IDAHOBIT Day the school showed its support by buying rainbow doughnuts and wearing pride ribbons.
Students interested in learning more about Kainggi Club can do so through the student hub.


Pedal Prix First Race for 2023

On the weekend our Pedal Prix Team had their first race out at The Bend. AfterSHOCK came 9th in Senior School Category and 38th overall from 152 teams. AfterMATH came 37th in Senior School Category and 125th overall from 152 teams. The team showed great teamwork, respect and pride for their school.  Our next race is 18th of June at Victoria Park where we look forward to making more progress in our results.  

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School Sport SA Mountain Biking

On Friday MBHS competed in the School Sport SA Mountain Biking Championships at Sturt Gorge Recreational Park. Our mixed year 9/10 team came 3rd in a time of 2hrs 21 mins and our year 11/12 team came 5th in a time of 2hrs 29 mins. Fantastic results, well done!

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Save the Date - Winter Sounds Creative Design Showcase

By Matt Thoday

We invite Families and Friends of all students to attend our annual Winter Sounds: Creative Design Showcase this year! The event will be on the 14th of June.

The showcase will include two Music Performances by students as well as an Arts Exhibition of student work in the Arts, Technology Studies and Home Economics. The event is free but does require tickets. Free tickets can be found at


5:00pm - 5:30pm Gallery with catering 
5:30pm - 6:45pm Music showcase 1 
7:00pm - 7:30pm Gallery with catering 
7:30pm - 8:45pm Music showcase 2

Year 12 Drama present Little Women

MBHS Year 12 Drama students present Little Women.

The performance will be held on Tuesday 6th June at 6:30pm in the Drama Workshop.

Doors open at 6:00pm.

Tickets Available at


General Admission - $10

Concession - $5

Can you Help? Host Families Needed

Can you help? We are looking for host families for the MBHS 2023 Japanese Cultural visit where we will be welcoming students from Funabashi School for 2 weeks from Monday 24th July. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Helen Peake helen.peake92@schools.sa.edu.au or 08 8531 9500  

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Murray Bridge High School to Host Australian Girls Choir

By Helen Peake

During week 9, term 3 Murray Bridge High School have the privilege of welcoming and hosting the Australian Girls Choir. The girls are due to arrive at the end of school on Monday, 18th September and leave again on Friday, 22 September 2023.

At the school we are in the process of looking for host families who are willing and able to host at least two girls during that time. Hosting families do not need to have students at the school, nor do they need to have young people in their home. What they will need however is a WWCC (Working With Children Check) which can be done through the school (at no charge to the family). It is a requirement that any family with adults over the age of 18 staying in the home during that week would also require the WWCC check completed.

If you are at all interested or if you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact me at


and I will happily answer any questions. Should you wish to commence a WWCC check the school would require the following information:

Your full name
Date of birth
An email address

Helen Peake

Sun 28 May RoboLeague Scrimmage
Mon 29 May - Tues 30 May Year 9 Aquatics
Mon 29 May Year 9/10 Knockout Volleyball
Thurs 1 Jun - Fri 2 Jun Year 9 Aquatics
Thurs 1 Jun Year 10 Volleyball SEPEP Excursion
Tues 6 Jun Year 12 Drama Production
Mon 12 Jun Public Holiday
Wed 14 Jun Winter Sounds Showcase
Sun 18 Jun Pedal Prix - Victoria Park
Mon 19 Jun - Fri 23 Jun Year 10 Career Immersion Week
Wed 21 Jun Meet the Leaders Afternoon Tea - 4:00pm - Year 6 Families
Fri 23 Jun Year 12 Success Day - Ice Skating
Sun 25 Jun Robotic Scrimmage at MBHS 10am - 3pm
Mon 26 Jun Meet the Leaders Morning Tea - 9:30am - Year 6 Families
Tues 27 Jun Governing Council 6:00pm
Wed 28 Jun - Fri 30 Jun Year 12 Outdoor Ed - Deep Creek Camp
Mon 3 Jul NAIDOC Bridge Walk
Fri 7 Jul Term 2 Ends - 2:00pm Dismissal