Transition to High School

Transition to High School 2021

Each year Murray Bridge High School conducts a comprehensive Transition Program, which allows prospective students, their parents and caregivers to:

  • Gain information about Murray Bridge High School
  • View the Curriculum offerings
  • Read the Policies / Procedures / Expectations
  • View Extra Curricular Activities
  • Gain an insight into High School life
  • ​Make a smooth and supported transition into the Murray Bridge High School community

Enrolments
Enrolments for the 2021 school year are now open. 

Parents/caregivers of students from Government Primary Schools should have received a registration of interest form via email or letter with the unique URL for their child.
Parents/caregivers of students from Non-Government Primary Schools (eg Catholic or private) should complete this form and we will get in contact with you.

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions the school has had to postpone some elements of the transition program at this stage. 
Enrolment packs will be distributed to Government Primary Schools and interested families in August.

Open Night – POSTPONED
As you will be aware, the Australian Government has advised that all organised, non-essential mass gatherings must be cancelled. As a result, the Murray Bridge High School Open Night scheduled for week 2 of term 2 is postponed until further notice.

We were really looking forward to showcasing our school to you and your family and highlighting the many wonderful opportunities and facilities we offer. We apologise for any inconvenience this postponement may cause but the decision has been made in the best interests of all concerned.

We hope to provide an opportunity for prospective families to visit later in the year and ask that families continually visit our website for further updates.
In the meantime, a “Frequently Asked Questions” with answers sheet has been posted below. Hopefully this will answer many of the questions you currently have.
If you have any further questions regarding the 2021 enrolment process, please contact the school.

Principal Tours
We have Principal Tours available in July & August, please book via the following link as places are limited.
http://bit.do/2020tour

Transition program
It is our intention to resume our formal transition program once the government restrictions have been lifted. At this stage this may include:

  • Holding family conferences to personally discuss your child’s needs
  • Case conferences who may require extra support
  • Tours of the school
  • Aboriginal Education transition visits
  • Teacher learner profile visits to Primary Schools in early term 4
  • Extra transition visits for students requiring extra support

 If restrictions are lifted during this term we are hoping to run an Open Day / Night sometime in term 3. Please watch the school website for further information about this.
 
It is our aim this year to hold the one day transition visits by Primary School students to Murray Bridge High School during term 4. On that day the students experience a range of lessons in different learning areas and have the opportunity to meet with Year 8 teachers and support staff. 
 
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the school and a member of the transition team will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Students are able to carry their bags to each class. We encourage all students to hire a locker so they only need to take their required books, laptop and equipment with them to appropriate lessons. These can be hired through the SSO with a key deposit of $10 for the duration of their schooling life. When they return their key, they receive their $10 back.

It is extremely important you contact the school to advise if your child is away. You can call the Attendance Hotline on 85319555 or email dl.0785.attend@schools.sa.edu.au. Alternatively you can use the “Contact Us” form on the MBHS website. It is best to let us know as early as possible in the day to save you receiving a text message from the school telling you that your child is absent. The Attendance Office is open between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm on school days. There is also a 24 hour answering service available.

To ensure we can provide quality digital learning opportunities for all students, we are firmly committed to achieving 100% individual access to digital devices.

All students will be given the opportunity to have a loan of a school owned and managed laptop, which they will be able to use at school and home. This program will operate in a similar way to how we currently loan library books - students borrow a device and are responsible for its care and return at the end of the loan period. The device will remain the property of the school, managed by our IT team.

If your child already has a laptop they are intending to use for school, this is acceptable. We will still be offering a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) service.

For your student to participate in the loan program all that is required is for the parent/caregiver to carefully read the ‘Laptop Loan Agreement’ and ‘ICT and Cyber Safety Use Agreement’, sign and return it on the students first day at school. The student will then receive their device early in the new school year.

The device on offer in 2020 is a Lenovo 100e Chromebook.

For more details click here.

In the morning the first bell goes at 8.40 am, the second bell at 8.45 am ready for Home Class.

8.55 - 9.50 am – Lesson 1
9.50 – 10.45 am – Lesson 2
10.45 – 11.05 – Recess
11.05 – 12.00 – Lesson 3
12.00 – 12.55 pm – Lesson 4
12.55 – 1.35 pm – Lunch
1.35 – 2.25 pm – Lesson 5 (except Wednesday when classes finish at 2.30 pm)
2.25 – 3.15 pm – Lesson 6

 

Students are supervised by 2 - 3 staff members in the Library until 3:15pm. They are dismissed and supervision continues at the Bus Stops. 

An approval form to travel on a school bus is included in the enrolment package for students who live more than 5km from the school. Information regarding bus routes and times can be found here or by contacting the school. Students living within 5km of the school can access the town buses which are a public bus service that runs at school times.

We work closely with the primary schools to find out about the learning, wellbeing and social needs of each child. We use this information to allocate home classes.

We offer a range of subjects, including Visual Art, Drama, Dance, Digital Technology, Home Economics, Tech Studies, Agriculture and Music. Students may also choose to study German or Chinese. Students who play a musical instrument can apply to be part of our Specialist Music program. Students studying Music - Special Interest or SAASTA Connect will also study two additional choice subjects and a Language OR four additional choice subjects.

The 2021 Curriculum Guide will be available on the school website from the start of Term 3, when students identify their choice subject preferences.

The following items are available from the Uniform Shop here:

Unisex Polo shirt
Track jacket
Girls check skirt
Bucket hat
Boys black shorts
Windcheater
Woollen jumper
Sport socks
Girls summer dress
House polos
Rugby top 

 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:15 am until 9:30 am. The uniform shop is outsourced to Devon Clothing and payments for uniform are made directly to them. Full payment must be made before collection. The Uniform Shop accepts payment by cash or EFTPOS ($10.00 minimum) but does not accept cheques. Devon does have a layby system, but the uniform is not issued until it has been paid for in full.

All uniform items are available for purchase through the on-site Uniform Shop located just outside the Student Services Office or online through the Devon purchasing portal here.

This ‘fit night’ (held in term 4) is to make sure that the uniform you require is ordered, made and available for collection before school starts the following year. The information about this ‘fit night’ is sent out to parents as we get closer to the date.

If you only wish to order at the ‘fit night’ a deposit will be required on the night, cash or EFTPOS. 

  • For goods under $50 – payment is required in full
  • For goods between $50 - $250 – a $50 deposit is required
  • For goods over $250 – a 20% deposit is required.

Please call at the uniform shop during their opening hours. New students can try on the uniform and you can place an order. Minimum stock is held in the uniform shop, and it is most important that you order/purchase before the end of November to ensure that the uniform is available at the start of the new school year. If your child has had a growth spurt, when you come to collect the ordered uniform have them try it on while in the uniform shop, so it can be exchanged for a larger size before you leave. 

School Fees are invoiced at the commencement of the school year and are due by the end of Term 1.

Payment by installments can be arranged by consultation with the Finance Officer at the Student Services Office.

School Card application forms for approved applicants need to be completed annually, either online or in person with the Finance Officer at Student Services. 

Current 2020 School Fees (School Card amount) are $322.00 and are indexed against CPI annually.

In the first instance, the best person to speak to is the subject teacher. They can be contacted via phone at school, email, or through the staff directory here. It is best to speak with the teacher so you are able to have a clear understanding of their classroom expectations and learning environment, plus specific learning and assessment tasks. 

The student’s Home Class teacher is the best person to speak to in relation to general concerns. From here they are able to guide and support you and the student or refer you on to the relevant Leadership person. This may include the Student Pathways Leader, Student Wellbeing Leaders or a Learning Area Leader.

Email is one of the best forms of communication or phone conversation. Please allow 24 hours for staff to respond. If they have not responded, please contact the Front Office for another message to be passed on.

It is vital that you speak with the teacher of the class that it happened in or was reported to. The next contact is the Home Class teacher, then the Student Pathways Leader or one of the Student Wellbeing Leaders).

Students are to have their phones in their bags at all times in class, unless permission is given by their teacher to use their phone for a learning activity. If you need to contact your child during class time, please call the SSO and we will get a message to your child.

All Year 8’s attend a 1 day excursion to Monarto Zoo in Term 1. This is supported by the Year 11 Peer Support Program and there is no charge. The aim of this excursion is for the students to build positive working relationships with the other students in their class as well as their Home Class teacher and Peer Support Leaders. 

In Term 4, all Year 8 students are offered the opportunity to attend the Murraylands Aquatic Centre to participate in water activities for a day. 

  • School photos are early in the year 
  • $100 contribution towards the repair if the school loan laptop is broken
  • Uniform costs eg. lost jumpers, torn t-shirts, sports tops 
  • Possible excursions
  • Instrument hire if required for Music

Sports Day is normally held in Term 1. Parents/caregivers are highly encouraged to attend the day but must first sign in at the Front Office.

The school has an onsite Canteen that offers a range of hot and cold food selections and drinks. It is open before school, at recess and lunch times. Students can view and order from a full food menu via the online ordering platform, Qkr! Payment is either cash or EFTPOS (no minimum).

The school calendar is published on the website and shows the major events as they become known. This includes information about parent/teacher evenings, performing arts events, sports day, school holidays and so on. The school newsletters can also be accessed on the website each fortnight. The school website also highlights upcoming events.

To be accepted into the Special Interest Music program students need to complete an Expression of Interest either online here or on the paper form available in the enrolment packs. Students will then have a parent/student/teacher interview in Term 3 where we will discuss previous experience and requirements of music students and a student’s passion for the subject. In term 4 students will then be notified if they were successful in their application for the Special Interest Music program.

There are classes set up for students with higher abilities each year. They are chosen through standardised testing, on recommendations from the primary schools and in consultation with parents. 

If your child has lost anything at school the first point of call should be the SSO.

If you require your child to be collected from class please contact the SSO and we will endeavor to have your student at the agreed meeting point (generally the SSO) at the appropriate time.

Please note: for the safety of all students, we are unable to accept text messages or phone calls on student phones as permission to leave.

Parent/Caregiver voice is extremely important in the running of the school. Parent/Caregiver views (and student views) are required especially when we look at making changes to such things as the curriculum, changing school hours or school fees. Two meetings a term are held so it is not a huge commitment but your input is valued by the school administration. More information about Governing Council is available here.

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Helen Peake

Local and Global Public Relations Leader

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