Term 1 Issue 1 2024

Principal's Page

Dear families,

We have had a very positive smooth start to the year and it is very apparent in classrooms and the yard that students are embracing school responsibilities and expectations for respectful interactions with others. 

I would like to introduce my dynamic executive team who collaborate to drive growth and improvement for all students. At Murray Bridge High we take a team approach to leading transformation, and fulfillment of our purpose which is  ‘to provide a world class education that builds a strong future for the young people of the Murraylands’.

When a site is as large as ours it is impossible as a Principal to know everyone’s individual stories, that is why we have Neighbourhood (Middle School) or Student Pathways Leaders (Senior School). These leaders have oversight of a smaller group of students and get to know students' strengths and needs really well. If you have a concern about your child in a particular subject, the subject teacher is definitely the best person to talk to in the first instance. For all other concerns, the Neighbourhood or Pathways Leader is your go to, and they can redirect you to the most appropriate leader or support person to address your query or concern. All staff have teaching commitments so it can be difficult to respond to a request immediately. If you email they will take action as soon as possible. The photos and names of all the leaders are displayed on the next page. Of course in the event of an emergency or urgent time bound issue it is best to call the school and support staff in the front office or student support services will ensure your message is delivered to the right person.  

I am very excited to have welcomed new staff and to find that there is this universal agreement and happiness for the way students have embraced and supported them. For many families some if not most of this year’s teachers may be different to previous years, so we encourage all to come along to our Meet the Teacher Evening on Tuesday Feb 20th at 3.45 - 5.30 in the quadrangle. We will have a sausage sizzle on the go, and it is a casual family affair. At 5.30 Deputy Principal Paula Hahesy will run a brief session on Google Suite for interested parents and caregivers. 

Many thanks to our very understanding neighbours, who have persevered through evacuation and invacuation trials this week. The warning system needs to reach the full school area to ensure safety for all.  It is reassuring to know that our systems and processes work effectively and that in the event of a critical emergency everyone knows exactly what to do and missing people are accounted for.

On Tuesday February 27th we will hold the Governing Council AGM at 6pm in the Library. I encourage all to come along and meet current Governing Council members, and potentially put your hand up to take on this very important but non-onerous role in the governance of our school. We meet twice a term on a Tuesday evening for approximately 90 mins, where updates; plans and improvement discussions feature strongly. I would love for you to join us!   


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Save The Date

MBHS will be hosting a Meet the Teacher BBQ on Tuesday 20th February from 3:45pm - 4:30pm in front of the Sturt building.

Followed by an optional Family Google introduction session from 4:30pm - 5pm.

Materials and Services Charges 2024

Please note that 2024 Materials & Service charges are due to be paid in full by the last day of Term 1 – Friday 12th April 2024.

School Cards must be applied for each year, at each school you have a student attending.

If you feel that you would be eligible for a School Card and would like to apply online please click


 alternatively if you would prefer to complete a paper application, contact Deb Lang. 

Formal payment arrangements can also be made with Deb Lang to pay outstanding invoices by instalments.

Deb Lang   

PH: 8531 9512

Email: debra.lang818@schools.sa.edu.au   

Attendance and Details

Did you know that missing just two days a month of school can start to affect your child’s academic success?  Please don’t forget to let us know if your child will be absent from school, or leaving early or arriving late. You can call or leave a voicemail at 8531 9555 or SMS us at 0451 266 328.

Do we have your most up-to-date details? 
If not, please contact the school so we can update our records
📞08 8531 9500 
These details include your address, phone numbers, email address and emergency contact details. Please remember to let the school know if any of these details change.

School Photos

School photos will take place on Monday 19th February, followed by a catch up day on Monday 26th February. Envelopes and information for online orders have been sent home with students.

For online orders please click


 and enter code XAK DBX WT2

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2023 MBHS High Overall Winner

By Louis De Michele

Congratulations to Wirakuthi student Madison who received the most MBHS Highs for 2023 with 27. 

MBHS Highs are awarded by staff members to recognise students for the following reasons:
Community - used initiative to support others
Personal Growth - improving learning or engagement
Extra-curricular - involvement in school activity
Leadership - used initiative to lead action

The MBHS High Shield with Madison’s name engraved will be displayed in the school’s Wellbeing Centre and she also receives a prize of $50.



By Nick Pearce

On Wednesday Week 1, we had the pleasure to host our very first SAASTA Day at MBHS for our Year 10-12 program for 2024. SAASTA stands for the South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy. It sits within the Department for Education and it's an education program for Aboriginal learners from years seven to twelve.

SAASTA is a curriculum program that creates opportunities for Aboriginal students to participate in a culturally responsive and safe curriculum that's connected to developing themselves as Aboriginal people and creating the next generation of leaders.

The senior SAASTA program has had a restructure this year at MBHS, where we now host Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students from surrounding schools to join the Murray Bridge SAASTA Academy, and runs all day every Wednesday for Years 10-12.

We are lucky to have students from Mannum Area School join us in our senior school academy this year, with the students already settling well within our academy. Overall the first session was a tremendous success in what looks to be an exciting year ahead for the program.


ELO Aquatics Day

By Christine McGowen

The ELO students kick started 2024 with an excursion to the Murraylands Aquatic Centre. It was a great day out with perfect weather and gave everyone the chance to build positive relationships and share experiences. At the aquatics, students had the opportunity to engage in various water activities such knee-boarding and kayaking. The students enjoyed a shared lunch of Dominos Pizza! 
We look forward to a great year ahead in the ELO classes! 

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Wed 14 - Fri 16 Feb          Yr 12 Outdoor Education - Surfing Camp
Wed 14 Feb Senior Years Achievement Assembly
Mon 19 Feb School Photo day 
Tues 20 Feb Parent/Caregiver Meet the Teacher BBQ - 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Tues 20 Feb Families Google Introduction - 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Tues 20 Feb Finance Committee - 5:00pm 
Fri 23 Feb Yr 11 Outdoor education - Rockclimbing
Mon 26 Feb  School Photo Catch up day 
Mon 26 - Thur 29 Feb Clontarf Yr 12 Leadership Camp
Tues 27 Feb  Governing Council AGM - 6:00pm
Wed 28 Feb SAASTA Power Cup Workshop @ MBHS
Wed 28 Feb - Fri 1 Mar Yr 12 Outdoor Education - Surfing Camp
Thur 29 Feb Yr 10 Aquatics
Thur 29 Feb Yr 11/12 Creative Arts - Fringe Excursion
Tues 5 Mar 9 SAASTA - Goolwa
Fri 8 Mar Sports Day
Mon 11 Mar  Adelaide Cup Day
Tues 12 Mar Student Free Day
Wed 13 - Mon 25 Mar NAPLAN
Fri 15 Mar 9 SAASTA - Elders Afternoon Tea Lesson 6
Mon 18 - Fri 22 Mar ACE - Career Discovery Week (ATSI Yr 10)
Tues 19 Mar Meningie Area School Harmony Day Performance 
Wed 20 Mar Yr 11/12 Beach Volleyball Excursion
Thur 21 Mar Yr 11/12 SACE Art Show Excursion
Thur 21 Mar Harmony Day
Fri 22 Mar Senior Formal
Mon 25 Mar SANTOS Athletics
Tues 26 - Wed 27 Mar Yr 11 Outdoor Education Snorkelling Camp
Tues 26 Mar Yr 8 Music Performance 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Tues 26 Mar  Finance Committee Meeting - 5:00pm
Wed 27 Mar  Yr 7 Immunisations
Fri 29 Mar  Good Friday 
Mon 1 Apr Easter Monday 
Tues 2 - Fri 5 Apr Yr 7 Aquatics
Tues 2 Apr Governing Council Meeting 6:00pm
Tues 2 Apr Yr 7/8 SI Performance 3:30 - 4:00pm
Thur 4 Apr Yr 10 Immunisations
Thur 4 - Fri 5 Apr Yr 10 Outdoor Ed - Mount Crawford Hike
Fri 5 Apr Yr 12 Health P.A.R.T.Y Program Excursion
Fri 12 Apr Middle Years Achievement Assembly
Fri 12 Apr Last Day of Term - 2:00pm Dismissal
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2024 River Murray Youth Council (RMYC) program

You’re invited! Join us to learn all about the 2024 River Murray Youth Council (RMYC) program.
Come along to our information session on Friday February 23 at Swanport Wetland from 4:30-6:30pm to hear about what’s in store for 2024.
Explore the Swanport Wetland, participate in fun outdoor activities and hear about local projects and opportunities.
Meet the 2023 RMYC members and 2024 interested students to learn more about environmental leadership and have the opportunity to ask questions and see if RMYC is the right fit for you!
If you’d like to attend please register via QR code or visit


Get in touch with Ilyth if you have any questions. 
Ilyth Burton 
0476 011 383

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