- FROM THE PRINCIPAL, Carol Thorsby
- SCHOOL COUNCIL - NOMINATIONS
- NOW IS THE TIME TO ENROL FOR 2021
- MOUNTAIN BIKING
- YEAR 8 ENGLISH, by Ms Crozier
- The closing date has been extended.
- HaSS, From Mr Dareff
- YEAR 11 2021 COURSE COUNSELLING SESSIONS
- FROM THE HOME ECONOMICS ROOM
- LOST PROPERTY
- YEAR 10 KEYS FOR LIFE PROGRAM
- COOKING FROM HOME
- BRIDGETOWN HS ALUMNI
- FREE Parent Workshops
- Grant Opportunity for Bridgetown Youth
- Junior Rugby Union
- Keep up to date with the school calendar.
The term is flying by very quickly and I am happy to say that we have seen an increase of students returning to school as the Covid-19 situation eases. Strict cleaning regimes are still in place and we are still encouraging social distancing of staff. Further relaxation of restrictions for schools this week include the “green light” for excursions and incursions, so this means that we can, with caution, recommence our Cadet unit trainings, and the camps for next term. Work Experience can also resume and assemblies can be held outdoors for up to 300 participants. Parent are now welcome on site but social distancing still applies. BHS students sadly, will not have the opportunity to participate in Country Week this year, but we hope to be able to offer an outing that offers some of the opportunities normally enjoyed by Country Week participants, at some time next term. A number of children have been away whilst they have cold or flu like symptoms and I would like to thank parents/carers for taking a precautionary approach and not sending children when they are sick.
School lunches are back on in Term 3
I had the pleasure of meeting with Jacqui Jones from Clovers Store last week, to talk about the provision of lunches to students and staff, one day per week next term.I have enclosed the menu for you to look at. A revised menu will be provided closer to the end of this term and it includes a burger, as suggested by P and C members. All foods on the menu adhere to School Canteen guidelines and where possible will use ecofriendly packaging.
Students will need to bring money and their order forms to place in the box in the foyer, on Tuesdays, and then lunches will be provided on Thursdays. I am hoping that the response is good so that this is a viable exercise for Jacqui and can continue for at least the rest of the year. Order forms and envelopes will be sent home at the end of this term. Please give me a call if you would like any more information.
Despite the disruption to schooling in Semester 1, staff are busy preparing student reports to be sent home at the end of term as usual. The Education Department is very clear that students should not be disadvantaged in their report due to absences associated with the pandemic, so the reports will not have a grade assigned to students. However, comments about student progress will be issued.
Our thoughts are with the Hughes family as we wish James a speedy recovery from his serious injury at the school last week. I can assure parents that whilst all staff take safety very seriously, and despite their best efforts, accidents can happen. There is a full investigation by outside agencies taking place, that aims at helping us takes steps to ensure that the risk of such accidents is even greater reduced in the future.
On a more positive note, I would like to share the achievements of Tara Chadwick with you. Tara recently won a state-wide colouring competition hosted by our local Newspower Newsagent, Bridgetown Newsagency. Sponsored by ACCO. Hayley from the Bridgetown Newsagency presented Tara with her prize yesterday, which was a stationery pack to the value of $200 for herself and a $500 pack for the school. Well done Tara and thank your Bridgetown Newsagency.
Until week 9,
Mrs C. A Thorsby
Bridgetown High School is currently seeking nominations from interested parents, carers and community members to be a part of our School Council. The Council meets once or twice per term and is an exciting and meaningful way to be involved in shaping the direction of our school. As a School Council member you will take part in:
- Establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
- Planning financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions;
- Evaluated the school’s performance in achieving those objectives, priorities and directions;
- Formulating codes of conduct for students at the school; and
- Take part in the selections of, but not the appointment of, the school principal or any other members of the teaching staff if prior approval is given by the Regional Director.
This is a real opportunity to have input into the future of our school and you do not even have to have children at the school to be a member – anyone who is interested in the future of education in Bridgetown is welcome to come on board.
Our current School Board consists of Carol Thorsby, Chris Mott, Kylie Tizard, Jo Loton, Bec Hardey, Camille Sinagra, Chris Shedley, Helen Higgins and Pat Steinbacher. Please have a chat with any of us if you would like more information.
In second semester 2019 the BHS Mountain Bike Program commenced and students enjoyed a semester of fun riding usually around the Hester area each week. Special thanks to Shane Apps for driving the students to our commencement point each week, Dave Morton and Ben Ducker who have assisted with instructing the students and safety.
With COVID 19 restriction we have not been able to go off-site but we have enjoyed riding on school grounds. The pictures attached show students displaying skills at various points around our school. These photos are being used to complete an assignment on riding skills by all students. We are looking forward to our camp to Margaret River later this year when restrictions are lifted.
After reading “What it feels like to be struck by lightning” or “How it feels to be attacked by a crocodile”, students wrote their own “What it feels like to…” recount. I enjoyed reading all the creative pieces about their own experiences and have included two samples below.
It has been an exciting time in HaSS this term, as Year 8 students have been turning in their medieval fair artifacts. Students made life size models of archery equipment, musical instruments, and armour shields, as well as miniature models of medieval houses and transport.
Year 7 students have completed their study of ancient civilisations, and looked at Confucius's work and sayings in ancient China and modernised them to apply to school settings today. In Upper School, the Year 9s have begun their study of economics and are busy making marketing plans and studying the impacts of tourism in Australia. Year 10s have been taking a close look at the civil rights movement in Australia and the history of non-violent protest, are busy constructing visual essays and connecting current events to historical trends.
Students have been becoming familiar with using the sewing machines and they are now making their tote bags. We will then move on to making their aprons. If any students would like to choose their own material from home to make an apron, approximately 1 square metre of a cotton type material would be perfect. Please contact me if you would like more information.
Students in the first cooking rotation group finished their 14 weeks with making spaghetti bolognese and then healthy hamburgers. I was very proud of their progress and skills. The second cooking rotation group began with chocolate crackles so that I can assess how much they remember from last year with regards to Home Ec cooking routines.
This term has started with fried rice, chocolate chip cookies, fettuccine carbonara, cookie dough pots with ice-cream and traditional Anzac biscuits. This class is full of energetic and enthusiastic cooking students with very hygienic processes.
The two year 10 classes are testing a variety of recipes that I hope to make regular features for future classes in Home Ec. Bircher muesli breakfast jars, paleo granola, warm tomato and onion dip, spinach and ricotta rolls, special fried rice and chocolate berry muffins. The challenge is to make rewarding recipes in 65 minute lessons.
All recipes are available on Connect for each year group or please email and I will send copies to you. I am also always keen to see photos of what students are cooking in their home kitchens.
Kathleen Holdsworth & Nuala Leslie
These glasses have been handed in to the school office. Staff and students have been notified however we are yet to find the owner. Parents/Carers if you recognise these glasses as they may belong to your child, please contact the school office on 9761 0100.
The course is a government based incentive run by SDERA. (School Drug Education and Road Aware). Students do not have to pay to sit the test, but are required to complete a compulsory journal as a prerequisite. We have also been viewing a compelling documentary based on young male drivers in Tasmania, where their fatality rate is the highest in Australia.
Hopefully this will encourage students to use caution in the first few years of their driving experience.
During the term break and the period of time just before this, many Home Ec students were continuing to cook while at home. I was very fortunate to receive some action shots and finished product photos of the delicious food students produced.
Well done and thank you to the following students for thier efforts, I hope your families enjoyed eating your creations.
Alicia Gluck, Grace Henderson-Mott, Naomi & Peta Carlson, Sophie & Tessa Boswell, Storm Stuart, Max Larsen, Beth Rutten, Doug Sumner-McGhie, Ella Topham, Levi Nichols, Charlie Draper-Stephens, Darcy Woodhouse, Jirra Kitchener, Mollie Szathmary and Layla McConnell.