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.