Term 4 Issue 1 2023

Principal's Page

Dear families,

Today is a day of very mixed emotions as we officially farewell Year 12 students from formal classes. Teachers will continue to work with students for exam preparation and final tweeks to assignments, but we won't see this amazing cohort of young adults again as a group until final celebrations of the Year 12 dinner and Presentation Night.  I wish all the very best whether it be exams or commencing full time work. I will certainly miss my regular catch ups with the Prefects. Congratulations and thank you’s must also go to family and friends who have been the support team for our year 12’s throughout their education journey. My team will continue to be in touch as it is important for us to collect destination data as it helps in informing and planning for school and community needs. 

The opening of the Murraylands Skills Centre last Tuesday was perfectly aligned to supporting our school leavers who have not decided on a career pathway, or need support to realise their vocational dreams. As a strategic partner in this venture (Murray Bridge High School), I could see the immense benefits of building even stronger connections to the community in which we live and work. The intention of the centre is to enhance graduates' transition to employment through a network of opportunities, including providing access to information and  training, and facilitating early and strong connections with employers. This is being done by providing access to resources, tools, technology, information, and support centrally located on Bridge Street.  Learning opportunities and connections to hands-on training has already started with a leadership course ‘Creating Highly Effective Managers’  running in November. The centre is designed with hot desks and facilities for businesses to access on a daily basis, so that potential employees can network and collaborate while receiving career advice and guidance from the centre staff. I encourage all to have a look at what the centre has to offer. 

It was wonderful to be part of the celebration of $20,000 grant funding this week from Masonic Charities to our Robotics Club, providing essential equipment for our club to compete in scrimmages throughout the year. The details and photos of the event appear later in this newsletter, and I take this opportunity to thank the Masonic Charities Trust, as well as local and state Freemasons for their support and interest in our club. 

The Student Leadership Team had an audience with the Governor of South Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC this week. They took the opportunity to find out more about her role and leadership at a state level. In an intensive hour students fired questions and heard stories of Her Excellency’s career and what it means to participate in civic duties. She strongly encouraged our leaders to think about their engagement in civics and citizenship, and  to fully understand the privileges and responsibilities we have as Australian citizens. Students were extremely excited to be invited to a tour of Government House later this term and to have a photo with Her Excellency. 


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World Teachers' Day

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Murray Bridge Community Concert Band and Schools Concert

By Sean Hickey

As part of a community engagement initiative the Murray Bridge Community Concert Band, Unity College Concert Band and the Murray Bridge High School Concert Band presented a concert in the Murray Bridge Performing Arts and Function Centre (formerly the Murray Bridge Town Hall). The concert featured a number Film themed tunes, including music from The Incredibles, Mario, Toy Story and the Blues Brothers. The audience was also treated to solo performances from Yulee Chi (Yr 12) and Relryl Pangpang (Yr 11). The concert concluded with a set of combined pieces with all three bands performing together on stage playing Accidentally in Love, Rawhide, Beauty and the Beast followed by Peter Gunn. This was the first concert of its kind for Murray Bridge, which focused on bringing our community of musicians together to perform.


ELO Aquatics Day

On Monday all the ELO students attended an aquatics day at the Murraylands Aquatic Centre. Students had the opportunity to engage in various water activities such as going on the catamarans, riding a small boat and doing knee boarding. 


Murray Bridge HS Robotics Club receives a $20,000 grant from Masonic Charities.

Robotics, coding and tech-related skills are of increasing value to society. 

In Australia, demand for work-ready employees to move into STEM, robotics and technology related occupations is high yet a major challenge faced by industry is the lack of a pipeline of suitable employees (RAG 2022). 

Experts may not agree entirely about what the world of tomorrow will look like, but advances in technology and the robotics sector will continue to expand possibilities.

In South Australia, a small - but growing - student robotics community, is currently supported by metro-based STEM education providers and community organisations (like RoboRoos) often through predominantly out-of-school robotics-related programs. 

Established programs, like FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), are designed to inspire interest in STEM, develop new skills, and build confidence in students; all while, they make friends and have loads of fun. 

At Murray Bridge High School (MBHS), an extra-curricular Student Robotics Club, has been celebrating accomplishments by its members since its inception in September 2018. 

Notable successes include:
In 2019 the club proudly participated in the National FTC Competition.
In 2022, the club was a formidable force, becoming a member of the runner-up alliance in the National Qualifying Event.
Hosted a Robotics FTC Scrimmage at MBHS to inspire curiosity in June 2023 with the support of volunteers and loan equipment from the RoboRoos. 
Programming duo of Lucas (Robotics club captain) and Lachlan secured a remarkable top-three finish in their category at the National iAward in August 2023.
Several students have attained 10 and 20 SACE1 credits.

The ability to host local scrimmages provides affordable opportunities for more regional students to engage in robotics programs. A challenge every school faces is that robotics programs compete for allocations from tight budgets and for space in the timetable. Another related challenge is that equipment and personnel may not be readily available.

With plans to expand outreach activities, the Student Robotics Club approached the Masonic Charities for support. The request sought funding for the acquisition of a Competition Field and essential components.

Fiona Rabone, one of the dedicated adult mentors, and her enthusiastic students were thrilled to receive news that they had been awarded a $20,000 Education Grant by the Masonic Charities. This grant will propel the club's mission to inspire innovation and excellence in robotics, coding and STEM-related skills among the youth forward.

To commemorate this and express their gratitude, a ceremonial cheque presentation will take place at Murray Bridge High School on Tuesday, October 24th, at approximately 2:30 pm. 

During the event, the Robotics Club students will proudly showcase the newly acquired Competition Field and various robotic components made possible through the grant received.

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By Kayla Starkey

Shearing day
Wednesday of week 1, a group of Agriculture students participated in a whole day learning experience at the school farm. Dave Rickel from Shearing & Woolhandling Training, came in to impart his knowledge of shearing and the wool harvesting process. We thank Dave for his time with the students, as they really enjoyed themselves learning more about shearing and woolhandling opportunities with the sheep industry, as well as having a go at shearing the lambs. The students did a fantastic job!

Broiler Chick Arrival
On Friday of week 1, Year 8 students received a talk from Daniel, Brendon and Kylie from Ingham, who also delivered 60 broiler chicks. We have created an ongoing partnership with Inghams, where they kindly donate broiler chicks for the students to raise and experience growing out meat chickens. These birds will then be processed toward the end of the term. We thank Inghams for their ongoing support with our Broiler Chicken program.


Congratulations to MBHS students

Congratulations to MBHS students Leah and Enqi on your sporting achievements and well deserved recognition from The Rural City of Murray Bridge Sports Awards. Leah being awarded Female Young Sports Person of the Year 2023 and Enqi Lou being awarded Male Young Sports Person of the Year Award. 

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It’s the end of the year and our lost property is overflowing! If you’ve lost something throughout this year please come to student services and to your best knowledge describe what you have lost and when you might have lost it.

Items we have include:
Air pods
Mobile phones
Basketballs, footballs,
Loom bands
Make up

And so much more…..

Fri 27 Oct End of Year 12 classes
Wed 1 Nov Year 12 Dinner
Thurs 2 Nov SAPOL Road Safety Event 6.30 - 8.30pm
Tues 7 Nov Governing Council Meeting
Fri 10 Nov Remembrance Day (in lieu of Saturday 11/11)
Tue 14 Nov Get ready for 2024 / Uniform Fit Night
Wed 22 / Thurs 23 Nov                 SAASTA Shield
Thurs 23 / Fri 24 Nov  Extra Year 6 Transition Days
Fri 24 Nov End of Year 11 Classes
Sun 26 Nov Sixth Street Makers Market
Mon 27 Nov Presentation Night 6pm
Thurs 30 Nov Aboriginal Student Extra Yr 6 Transition Day
Tues 5 Dec Governing Council Meeting 6pm
Tues 5 Dec Year 6 Transition Day
Fri 8 Dec End of yr 10 classes
Mon 11 Dec 2024 Transition week
Fri 15 Dec Last Day of Term 4 - 2pm Dismissal

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