As you will see from the length of this newsletter it has been an intensive end of term, with many events to showcase student learning and engagement.
The Transition team has been meeting with families of many of our 2024 year 7 cohort and have enjoyed getting to know them and the special interests of their child/ren. We believe this is a really important part of the transition process, where parents and caregivers know a friendly face to connect with in the interim before the Neighbourhood leaders and teachers establish relationships early next year. This information also helps us to place students in the most appropriate classes for the start of their high school education.
The Australian Girls Choir lived up to all expectations for a performance that showcased their incredible singing and dancing talents, eliciting an incredible emotional response from the crowd. I was especially appreciative of the way the girls took our students under their wing, providing support and tips to maximise individual vocals as well as polish the ensemble’s repertoire. Finding host families for the 58 choir members was quite a task and I thank all who welcomed new friends into their homes.
Thursday the 21st was World Peace Day and a great opportunity for school and the community to come together in celebration. The Rotary Club of Murray Bridge has sponsored 5 peace poles, which have the message ‘may peace prevail on earth’ in 20 languages that have significance in the Murraylands region. The poles can be seen in our Remembrance Garden on the Lohmann Street side, very near the front office.
Yesterday was the soft opening of the new Murraylands Skills Centre, an initiative of the Rural City of Murray Bridge, supported by Skills SA and the Department for Education. This co-working space provides complimentary one-on-one support to community members who are looking to upskill/reskill to identify vocational education training pathways and potential employment connections. It also provides an extension to our Trade Training Centre with an additional platform for young job seekers to position themselves well for career options in business and industry within the Murraylands. For more information please click here.
The opportunity of a lifetime to be part of an overseas research and exploration of educational practices has seen leaders Kirrily Martin and Jared Daly travel to America at the invitation of Social Ventures Australia Bright Spots Schools Connection. This week they are in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Relational Institute, with visits to schools and communities, and then next week on to Portland, Oregon; Los Angeles and San Francisco. The investigation question is ‘How can we harness family and community to support students to overcome barriers to learning and engagement?’ We are looking forward to hearing the experiences of others and what recommendations can make a difference for us.
Our year 12s are all putting the final touches to assignments before exams start. I encourage them to work hard and finish strong! Enjoy this bumper newsletter and lastly a reminder that students are dismissed at 2pm today.