Term 1 Issue 2 2024

Principal's Page

Dear families,

This fortnight we have had visits from both the Minister for Education, Blair Boyer, and the CE for the Department of Education Professor Martin Westwell.

Last week the Minister shared time with students walking around the Sturt building and hearing about activities they were engaged in. He was particularly delighted at how well our students have embraced the ‘No phones in class’ policy, and how they were able to articulate the difference it is making. A visit to the Trade Training Centre enabled students involved in Certificate 3 Early Childhood Education and Care to share insights and hear about career possibilities. The Minister commented favourably on the breadth of opportunities through VET pathways at our school and the exciting opportunities for further expansion to an already highly-functioning centre. 

This week Professor Martin Westwell was hosted by a group of year 8 and 9 student leaders on a tour of the school. I am always so proud of our students who talk so passionately about their learning and the school. Martin spent time with teachers discussing his vision for education, based on consultation with over 12,000 students across the state last year. We will be delving deeper into the Strategy for Public Education and the key areas of impact we want to explore on our next Student Free Day on March 12. Before heading out we chatted to a group of students involved in a new subject ‘Exploring Identities and Futures’ which has replaced the PLP and is the precursor to ‘Activating Identities and Futures’, the old Research Project subject.   

It isn’t often we have a real life hero in our ranks but this week I do want to congratulate a young man in year 10 Sean Williams, who has been a leader in his class, and now especially so in the community. Sean acted fearlessly to rescue a person from a burning building in Tailem Bend this week. He acted with courage and determination and we could not be prouder of his act of bravery.  Thank you Sean!


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Prefects for 2024

Meet our newly elected Prefects for 2024 - Georgia, Holly, Andriana and Chaz.
They are a voice for all students at MBHS and will have the opportunity to work together with staff and students to help make positive decisions for our school

Giving Back to the Community

School prefects Holly, Adrianna, Chaz and Georgia present kitchen equipment to Skye from AC Care, to be used in the soon to be opened ‘Studio Purpose’ youth accommodation on Jarvis Street. This collaboration between Habitat for Humanity, SA Housing Authority, Believing Housing, RCMB, Headspace and affiliated organisations will provide much needed homes for vulnerable young people in our community. We are proud to be able to contribute to supporting our young people to thrive.

Year 7's

By Chloe Wilson

7KU have been learning about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) - specifically, how emotions connect to our behaviours. Together we created an Emotions Alphabet to help us identify our emotions more accurately and to show that there are many emotions that people experience every day.


9 @ Work Volunteering

By Robyn Kleinig / Ty Burkett

The Year 9 @Work Class is back for 2024, starting off at their volunteering program at the Murray Bridge RSL on a warm Tuesday afternoon. After a quick conversation with RSL members, Merv and Fred about what needed to be done, the group quickly got to work.
In small teams, they took on numerous tasks to support the retired servicemen which involved moving and spreading mulch, reconfiguring and laying pavers, pulling weeds and preparation of a new path entering the car park. The students enjoyed their first volunteering experience and showed their initiative and determination to complete their jobs, while supporting their local RSL.
The students will be heading out to Jervois and Mypolonga Sporting Clubs later in the term to undertake gardening, cleaning and maintenance to ensure the clubrooms and facilities are all ready for the winter sports season to begin.


Year 9 Visual Art and Design

By Kylie Brunato

Our Year 9 Visual Art and Design classes of 2024 have been learning about the Year of the Dragon as part of their studies on the Chinese New Year. In this project, students created their own dragon. They also explored some interesting facts related to this festival. For instance, the first day of Chinese New Year falls on the new moon that appears between the 21st of January and the 20th of February. This year, it occurred on the 10th of February, 2024. This tradition is observed by Chinese people and other Chinese-speaking communities. It is also related to the Lantern Festival and similar celebrations in other Asian cultures. The significance of this festival is to commemorate the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. 

They worked incredibly hard and we think they all look amazing!


Year 11 Child Studies - Children’s Lunch Boxes

By Melanie Bennett

The Year 11 Child Studies class have been investigating healthy options for a child’s lunch box. They considered allergies, sensory conditions, healthy eating guidelines and making a lunch box visually appealing. They then created their own healthy lunch boxes!

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Aboriginal Education

By Nick Pearce

The first few weeks have been an exciting start for the Aboriginal Education students- Week 2 we had an Ab Ed Familly BBQ night- where families had the opportunity to meet the team and supporting staff members/leaders of MBHS. The evening was a great success with many students and families attending, enjoying complementary BBQ and drinks while having a good yarn. We aim to have this once a term to keep connected to families and the community.

We also had the first Ab Ed Assembly for 2024 in Week 3, where all Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students of MBHS met with the Ab Ed team to celebrate success and educate students on the different support networks our school has to offer. It is with this we also had the pleasure to announce winners of our newly established "MBHS Deadly Achievement Award" for a male and female student recipient, who have demonstrated dedication in our school values of excellence, respect and working together. Our latest winners for MBHS Deadly Achievement Awards were Aden and Lashyia We aim to have an Aboriginal student success assembly each term.

Keep posted for more news where we will have a "student of the week" announced weekly.

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Free Home Internet Access

Students and families who have inadequate or no access to internet at home are eligible to apply for a free internet connection to support learning. 
There are 2 options available to eligible families:
•    wireless internet access from the Department for Education through the student home internet program
•    NBN broadband internet access until December 2025 from the Australian Government through the School Student Broadband Initiative.
You might be eligible if you:
•    have a school aged child
•    don’t have reliable home internet access or have no active NBN broadband connection.
Find out more about what options are available and how parents and carers can apply by visiting the department’s website


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.

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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

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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