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.