Term 3 Issue 1 2023

Principal's Page

Dear families,

After nearly 12 months of consultation with students, parents and schools, the Purpose of Public Education in South Australia has been released by the CE Professor Martin Westwell. I have included a one page summary of the strategy for you on the next page, and more information can be found on the Department for Education website. Our alignment with the levers for impact and vision for our students in the Murraylands is very reassuring, and I look forward to developing the areas of impact even further. 

This year we celebrate our 25 year friendship and welcome staff and students of Funabashi High School, Japan. We were honoured to have Vice Principal Mr Nishikawa and teacher Ms Shobu, along with 12 students take part in the cultural exchange this term.  We partner with Mount Barker High School who have the other half of the group. The primary aim of the exchange is to refine the speaking of English, and our students have been excellent in including students in their daily lives. I understand from Ms Shobu that Australian English is quite different, and our use of slang and shortened words was initially a challenge to understand, and she was most appreciative of everyone’s efforts.  I would particularly like to thank the host families that have welcomed students into their homes, and provided experiences that will be long remembered. To acknowledge the 25 year milestone Funabashi High School has invited a group of Murray Bridge students, under the leadership of Helen Peake, to travel to Japan later this year. Having been part of the 20 year celebration in 2018 I know they will be in for an exciting and memorable experience!

Every year we seek feedback from families through parent and student surveys, and this helps us to confirm things that are working well and those that need to be refined further. I really appreciate it when parents and caregivers share with me what is important to them so that we can build an understanding together of what will make a difference to the lives of our young people in this community so that everyone can thrive.  The survey is open from Tues Aug 1 to Sun Aug 27.

In staffing news, congratulations to Shana Weston, Healthy Lifestyles Leader for next three years. We welcome Abbey Gosling to the teaching team in the PE learning area. Bree Coulter has joined us as the School Mental Health Practitioner, and the referral process includes engagement with our Wellbeing Leaders. Our MBHS family is continually increasing and we congratulate Grace and Matt Sampson on the birth of Dylan Otis, and Nick and Amy Pearce on the birth of Grace Ella.   



MBHS Students on Triple J

If you listen to Triple J, you might be lucky enough to hear some of our Murray Bridge High School music students on there!

MBHS students Seth, Cooper, Nicholas and Jayden have entered 3 original songs in the Triple J Unearthed competition. Their band (called Exit Plan) were inspired by the Australian rock band Silverchair as they too entered the competition which led them to national and international success and popularity. Exit Plan entered the competition in the hopes of following in Silverchair’s footsteps of getting discovered in the Australian music scene. 

The three songs they have released are titled “Love letter to no one”, “Sellout” and “All gone”. The meanings of these songs have themes from struggles with body image to addiction. However, the band desires that audiences relate to the music in their own way and form their own meanings about the songs. 

Exit Plan was first established in 2018 when the two founding members Seth and Cooper were in primary school, the band started to take off in 2022 when Nicholas joined Exit Plan as the bass player after they met at Murray Bridge High School. After around a year of playing locally and around Adelaide Jayden joined the band as a second guitarist and singer.
Listen to their songs on Triple J Unearthed


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Reconciliation Week Mural

The first day of term 3 began with a wonderful surprise! The mural created to commemorate Reconciliation Week has been completed and is now proudly on display for everyone to admire.  We would like to give a special mention to the talented students who designed the mural canvases. 

Year 10 Anna Le
Year 9   Alara Oztemur
Year 9   Charlotte Pisulak
Year 9   Destiny Harris
Year 9   Ella Holland 
Year 10 Haylee Sinclair

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Kylie Brunato, Catherine Alcock, and Gilbert Tuazon, the art teachers who played a vital role in supporting students with this mural. We also want to give special recognition to Cheryl Love, Brooke Goyne, and the Aboriginal Education team and community for their unwavering support and dedication in making this mural a significant part of Murray Bridge High School.

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Year 12 Child Studies

The Year 12 Child Studies class developed and delivered an engaging and fun lesson to all the ELO students. Students enjoyed various obstacle courses and successfully followed instructions. Great work to all students!


Open Boys Knockout Football Schools Competition

The Open Boys Knockout Football team played in 2 rounds of the schools sport competition. In the first round the boys were quite successful in defeating both Birdwood and Berri High Schools. In the second round, the boys were unfortunately defeated by a close 11 points to Tatachilla Lutheran College. Mr Tabe and Mr Gilfoy said they were very proud of the boys playing all of their games in a fair and respectful manner as well as their performances.

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NAIDOC Week Celebrations

By Jared Daly

In Week 10, Term 2 Murray Bridge High School students and staff participated in a number of activities to celebrate NAIDOC week. On Monday July 3, 60 students and staff participated in the annual bridge walk, walking across the Bridge to the council chambers with a number of students staying on for the award Ceremony and family fun day. 
On Wednesday July 5 students had the chances to engage with a number of activities led by the Aboriginal Education team including NAIDOC colouring & painting, bracelet making and boomerang colouring. Wednesday afternoon staff engaged in 90 minute NAIDOC themed activities run by the Aboriginal Education team. Staff had the chance to listen to dreaming stories told by Aunty Cheryl Love & Nathan Taresenko around the fire pit, painted wooden boomerangs with Jibba Windgard & Jared Daly and made bracelets with Gloria Ebsworth, Livia Baron and Lyndsee Frost. It was a fantastic afternoon for staff to immerse themselves in our local Ngarrindjeri culture to celebrate NAIDOC week. 
On Thursday 6th July the Year 9 SAASTA Connect class held an elders morning tea where they invited elders from their family to come in for a celebratory morning tea. During the celebrations the Eileen Mchughes- Ursula Crowley Award was presented by Peter Crowley with a number of other guests joining the celebrations.


2024 VET Enrolments

2024 VET enrolments are now open. Below is a list of the courses that we have available at Murray Bridge High School. The QR code will take you to the VET Expression of Interest page where your child can apply for a VET course.

If you require any further information, please feel free to contact me at the school or via email:



Stage 1 Industry Class

This year we have been trialing an “Industry” class for English, Maths, AIF and Industry
Connections. The students in this class are all undertaking a VET course and the idea behind
this was to contextualise their learning to the industry they are interested in. This class
comprises students undertaking Certificate 2 in Cookery, Construction, Engineering, Automotive
and Certificate 2 in Early Childhood Education and Care. Students are gaining SACE credits in
both their VET and the subjects they are undertaking at the school.
Through this class students are exposed to industry, through guest speakers and excursions,
and are also encouraged to undertake work experience. Work Experience is incredibly valuable
for students looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship Already this year we have seen five
students gain apprenticeships. Most recently, Deakin Gower has gained a full time School
Based Apprenticeship in Automotive and Craig Gillett has started a School Based
Apprenticeship in Cabinet Making.


Certificate II in Automotive

Certificate II in Automotive is one of the popular VET courses that we offer at Murray Bridge High School.

Students in this course get skills to identify, inspect and perform basic repairs to
the mechanical and electrical components of light and heavy vehicles. Recently students have been learning about suspension systems and engines.
Two students from this group have already gained full-time School Based Apprenticeships.

Enrolments for 2024 are now open. Students are required to complete the VET  to start the process. 

Expression of Interest form


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Mon 24 Jul Term 3 Begins
Mon 24 Jul Japanese Students Arrive
Mon 7 Aug 2024 Subjects Market Day
Wed 9 Aug School of Rock Musical Auditions
Thurs 10-13 Aug Volleyball Schools Cup - Adelaide
Fri 11 Aug School of Rock Musical Auditions
Mon 14 Aug SACE Family Info Session 5:30 - 6:30pm
Tues 15 Aug  Governing Council Meeting 6pm
Sun 3 Sep  Adelaide Show 
Mon 4 Sep Show Day - School Closure Day 
Tues 5 Sep Student Free Day
Sun 10 Sep Robotics Centrestage Kick-Off
Tues 12 Sep Finance Commitee 5pm
Thurs 14 Sep  R U OK Day?
Mon 18 Sep Australian Girls Choir Arrives 
Tues 19 Sep Governing Council Meeting 6pm
Fri 29 Sep Term 3 Ends - 2:00pm Dismissal

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