Term 4 Issue 2 2023

Principal's Page

Dear families,

Thank you for your understanding as we work through industrial action across the state. Yesterday went smoothly, operating a modified program for attending mainstream students across the day. The year 12 Physics exam, VET courses, Inclusive Education Centre and Independent Learning Centre were not impacted at all, and buses allowed out of town student access to school.  

Last week we hosted the SAPOL road safety student/parent evening, and while numbers were lower than hoped, the messages were so powerful for attendees. The real life stories resonated with students and parents alike, especially the experiences of Holly Scott and her slow journey to recovery through therapy and surgery after an accident. The clear messages around speed and distractions and the direct correlation to road accidents and fatalities cannot be ignored. For those wanting more information the website is  https://sapol.info/RSEducation. We would like to thank SAPOL for organising this event. 

Over the last couple of weeks we have been working with Education Department representatives responsible for the redesign of the Flexible Learning Options program (FLO) into Tailored Learning Provisions (TLP). The success of our Independent Learning Centre (ILC) has been recognised by naming us as a TLP project school, allowing us to expand services at the ILC as well as develop a complimentary on-site program for younger disengaged students in 2024. 

A big part of my role as Principal is accountability for continual improvement at our site, and strategic reviews of initiates to ensure they are having the desired impact. I share with you data from our third goal which has the challenge of practice being ‘If we improve how we sequentially teach number sense with a focus on the big ideas in number we will improve middle years student achievement in numeracy.’ Under the guidance of Tania McFee (Numeracy Leader) and Michael Stratfold (STEM Leader), we have seen Progressive Achievement Tests (PATM) for the Year 8 cohort show an increase of students above the Standard of Educational Achievement increase 14% from 2022 to 2023, Maths grades show an increase in A’s and B’s from 2022 to 2023; and continuous monitoring of intervention strategies from Big ideas in Number indicates all have progressed from baseline data collected earlier in the year. Tania has also been collaborating with our primary school colleagues intensively to maximise continuity of learning and shared understandings of practice both ways, and we look forward to seeing even greater gains longer term. 

Today we will commemorate Remembrance Day with a service a day early so that all students can be involved. Sean Hickey is our guest speaker and will talk about his experiences in the Navy band, and the significance of the Ode and the Last Post.  If you are in the vicinity I invite you to join us from 10.40am.


Year 12 ELO

By Christine McGowen

This week we farewelled our ELO year 12 students with a special ceremony. We celebrated their momentous achievement by looking back at some of their photos throughout the years and sharing some memorable stories. We will miss them in ELO and wish them all the best with their future endeavours. Congratulations! 


Year 10 Culture Class

By Ella Janes

This Wednesday, our Year 10 Cafe Culture class turned an unexpected network outage into an impromptu cafe experience for staff. Despite technical challenges, the students served up lumpia, nachos, banoffee blondies, breakfast smash burgers, and scones, impressing everyone with their culinary skills and resilience.

Staff enjoyed the delightful surprise and appreciated the students' efforts. We commend the Year 10 Cafe Culture class for their resourcefulness and community spirit, proving that sometimes the best moments arise from unexpected challenges. We look forward to more of their culinary talents in the future.

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Year 8 Home Economics

The year 8 food tech students have been focusing on Seasonal Produce so far this term. They have been cooking an array of recipes with Spinach that the Agriculture classes have grown down the farm and harvested for them. Great job to all students involved!


Year 9 Olympics Unleashed

On Wednesday 8/11,  Kristina Jenni Clonan connected with Year 9 students as part of Olympics Unleashed.  Olympics Unleashed connects athletes with schools across the country to inspire students to find and follow their passion and provide lessons in goal setting, overcoming challenges and developing resilience.

Kristina Jenni Clonan spoke about the Olympic journey and overcoming challenges to compete in their chosen sport at the highest level to help inspire the students at Murray Bridge High School to be the best they can be – whether that’s in school, at home, on the sporting field or with friends.


9 @ Work Volunteering

The 9 @ Work classes have continued their volunteering throughout semester 2. They returned to the Murray Bridge RSL earlier this term to continue their work on the restructure and design of the garden our semester 1 student's cleared in preparation for new plant life.

The class also made their way to the Murray Bridge Showgrounds to support the Wanderers Cricket Club at the end of term 3 to help with preparation for the upcoming season with general tidy up and up keep of the clubrooms and grounds.


Visual Art & Design Year 9 & 10

By Kylie Brunato and Catherine Alcock

Creative Courage Exhibition and The Butterfly Wall

An exhibition called "Creative Courage" is being held at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, showcasing the artwork created by Year 9 & 10 Visual Art & Design students from Murray Bridge High School. The exhibition is focused on the theme of domestic and family violence, and the students were allowed to express their thoughts and emotions on this serious issue through the statement "What Does a Loving Community Look Like?"

The artwork they created is a powerful representation of their feelings and support towards this topic. The exhibition is open to the public from November 25th to January 26th.

The Butterfly Wall Project was inspired by the Place of Courage project, and the school's desire to make a meaningful contribution. Both the students and teaching staff were passionate about the cause. The project was created as a heartfelt response to the issue of domestic and family violence. Each butterfly on the wall holds significant meaning and conveys support for those affected by domestic violence. It was a successful project that brought the school community together to support a crucial cause. The Butterfly Wall can also be viewed in the Creative Courage Exhibition.

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Kainggi Club

Kainggi is the Ngarrindjeri word for rainbow and our club celebrates the whole spectrum of students who attend our school. 
To celebrate the diversity we see every day, the Kainggi club hosted a bracelet making session. 
It gave the students a chance to collaborate with each other while sharing the stories behind their designs. 
These friendship bracelets are bright, colourful and reflect the personalities of our students. 
We will be hosting another session next week, so check the student portal for more information!


Sixth Street Maker's Market is almost here! Save the date: Sunday 26th November (10-3)

By By Catherine Alcock

Students from classes in Murray Bridge High School have been working hard to research, design, test and refine products for market day. There will be a wide variety of produce from Agriculture, Tech, Art/Design and Entrepreneurial learning areas including funky sunglasses and tasty bushtucker herbs. The produce marquee will be one of many amongst local artisans and creative small businesses. It's a perfect opportunity to get your festive shopping underway, enjoy the sunshine and show support for our talented students! 

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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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