- FROM THE PRINCIPAL, Carol Thorsby
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- SOUTH WEST ART SPECTACULAR
- BRIDGETOWN HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOC INC.
- YEAR 6-7 TRANSITION
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- NOW IS THE TIME TO ENROL FOR 2021
- RECONCILIATION CONCERT 12TH JULY
- MENTAL HEALTH
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School resumes again for students on Monday 20th July, and I would like to ask parents to check with their child and update their personal requirements for class as necessary, please see link below for Student Personal Items List. We have seen an increase in the number of students who are not prepared for classes with basic requirements such as pens, pencils etc. Whilst staff are happy to provide these items on an occasional basis, the onus is on students to be prepared for class.
Similarly, a number of students who have them, are not bringing their own devices for classes or are bringing them not charged. If parents could assist by checking that your student sets off each day with their device charged and ready for use, and that pens and pencils are in bags, we would be very grateful.
End of semester reports will be emailed home to parents/carers tomorrow. This term, due to the impact on absences and learning caused by Covid 19, students have not received a grade or had their attendance percentage added onto the report. Please take the time to read through the report with your child and discuss any areas of concern or areas for celebration. If you would like to discuss your child’s report with myself, Mrs Hardey ( Years 9 and 10) or Mrs Loton (Years 7 & 8), or any of the classroom teachers, then please ring the school and make an appointment for early next term. We are always happy to discuss any queries you may have.
School Canteen Term 3, 2020
As mentioned in the previous newsletter, student and staff lunches will be available next term on a Thursday, provided by Clovers Store. Order forms will be sent home with students on Monday 20th July, ie, day 1 next term in time for orders to be placed on Tuesday and provided on Thursdays. Further instructions will go home with the orders and money envelopes. I hope this service is well supported so that it is a viable project for Clovers and can become an ongoing service from now on.
I would like to wish you all the best for a safe, happy and restful holiday.
Mrs C. A Thorsby
Wrap-Up: Semester One
Despite a very interrupted term, the BHS Student Forum have been working really hard. This semester, we have held two cake and slice stalls, two icipole days, a brekkie burger day, a soup and roll day and multiple free dress days that culminated in our Diversity Day last Friday. So far, we have managed to successfully raise nearly $1750. With some of these funds, we have already purchased a selection of new board games for the Library as well as some sports balls that students use on a daily basis at break times.
Our focus charity for the year is the Royal Flying Doctor Service. We are in the process of planning many more fundraising events to take place next semester. We hope the students and staff of BHS continue to support every event with the same amount of enthusiasm as they have done so far!
Nerves were high as 31 students' crammed into class to sit the 30 question exam. The silence was deafening.
After the test, teachers took the highly anxious students to the library to check the results. Hard work paid off for 4 students, who scored 30/30!
Konnah Wegner (left), Rose Goldsmith (middle), Nathan Davies (right) and Emily Wilson (missing).
Also well done to all of the students' who passed.
Mr Pantou and Mrs Humby
This resource was developed to help parents initiate regular and relaxed conversations with their children about relationships and sexuality education.
As a parent you will answer thousands of questions but the ones about relationships and sexuality are often the most challenging to answer. Some parents can be so worried about giving an absolute perfect answer that they end up saying nothing at all.
You and your family are the most important source of relationships and sexuality information for your children. More than enyone else, you will lay the foundations for well adjusted, confident and healthy children who go on to experience positive, respectful relationships.
So what is the best way to handle these very important questions? It's simple talking a little and often makes a positive difference to your child's sexual health.
THE RESOURCE INCLUDES:
- age and stage guidance for parents of children 0 to 18 years
- how to answer tricky questions on topics such as how babies are made, puberty, sexting, contraception and sex
- conversation starters
- key messages on preparing your teen for healthy sexually active lives, consent, contraception and sexually transmissible infections
- references to services and reliable websites and books
To access this resource you can click on the link below or collect a hard copy from the school front office.
A Top Tips sheet (A4 flyer) outlining the top 20 tips for talking and the 10 reasons why it is important to talk soon and talk often is also available. These key messages can also be found on pages 10-11 and 76-77 of the Talk Soon. Talk Often book.
Yarning quiet ways
Yarning quiet ways is based on the Talk Soon. Talk Often book and was developed in consultation with Aboriginal families. It gives tips to parents of young Aboriginal people to help make yarning about sex and relationships a little easier.
For any questions or queries regarding any health issues please don't hesitate to contact me by leaving a message at the front office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Rowan Asplin||Smith Beswick||Ella Bunter||Ruby Dodge-Holland|
|Decklan Fry||Eva Henderson-Mott||Baylee Lawson||Abby Marshall-McKeand|
|Luke McGuire||Lucy Morling||Jessie Pierre||Meg Stewart-Crump|
|James Sparkes||Cassidy Waters||Hamish Williams||AJ Benson|
|Lucy Best||Tessa Boswell||Cody Bunt||Tara Chadwick|
|Katie Davies||Elijah Fraser-Gillard||Isabell Kostera||Maddox Lansdell|
|Bryn Matthews||Lachie Mathewson||Ayla McMaster||Chantelle Pearce|
|Logan Richards||Lachlan Ward||Katie Basterfield||Rachel Beard|
|Charlie Draper-Stephens||Jacob Duncan||Brodie Fisher||Sascha Kessner|
|Jirra Kitchener||Annie Linnett||Emily O'Neill||Allirra Steele|
|Molly Szathmary||Sam Waters||Bree Wyatt||Sean Cadell|
|Darcy Craven||Nathan Davies||Emily Flemming||Rose Goldsmith|
|Grace Henderson-Mott||Rosie Hughes||Jaspa Kessner||Jessica Keith|
|Andrea MacLean||Layla McConnell||Brooke Potter||Doug Sumner-McGhie|
|Katie Taylor||Dylan Watkins||Emily Wilson||Lex Wright|
We would like to acknowledge the three students who took out prizes in the South West Art Spectacular.
There were hundreds of entires, so these results for our students are really awesome!
Naomi Calson won 1st place for sculpture
Shanti Seppiyo won 3rd for sculpture
Rose Goldsmith won 3rd place for 2D art work
The students who placed in the online exhibition have their work on display at BRAG (Bunbury Regional Art Gallery) during the holidays until the 26th July, 2020
Bridgetown High School Library
Saturday 25th July, 2020 at 2.00pm
Former students, Margaret and Bill Loneragan.
Probably none of us at the time realise that next to our homes the local High School is, arguably, the most important institution in our lives. In Year 7 we complete our primary school education and begin our secondary school education as we transition into adulthood. Those of us who attended Bridgetown High School are known as its Alumni. This is a brief account of two alumni members, Bill and Margaret Loneragan. No, they are not brother and sister but husband and wife, nor were they school sweethearts, that came later!
Bill and Margaret Loneragan (mid 1950's)
Margaret’s (nee Ward) Great Grandfather, John Galley, was an ex-convict originally from Leeds, England who was amongst the first six people to purchase land in Bridgetown, in his case some 2.5 acres (Lot 36) in Hampton St in 1870. He also planted grape vines and made wine. Later, his daughter Elizabeth and her husband, Ted Ward, built a residence and hairdressing shop on the land next to the old police station.
Bill Loneragan on the other hand is a “johnny come lately”, who came to Yornup in 1953 when his father, Bill (Senior) took up a position at the new radio station, 6BY. He completed Year 7 at the little two-teacher Yornup School which was closed in 1984 and the original building subsequently moved to its present location near the Telstra Telephone Exchange and of course the old location of the Ward grandparent’s shop—you can see a little of how Bill and Margaret’s histories sort of overlap!
Originally, the Bridgetown Junior High and Primary School sections were located together, at the junction of Roe and Bunbury Streets. Another point of interest was the boys had their woodwork classes in an old apple-packing shed behind the Primary School. The year that Bill began Year 8 at Bridgetown was very significant as 1954 saw completion of a new building for the High School at its present location. The building was also important at the time as it was the first of the new design for State Schools. The Headmaster happened to be Bill’s great Uncle, Alan Loneragan, who was enormously proud of his school and a rather strict disciplinarian who ruled without fear or favour (as Bill was to find out, but that is a story for another time).
Again, it probably wasn’t appreciated but we students contributed in various ways to the development of the new school. We were press-ganged into planting of trees and the oval and some of the initial maintenance. For some of the sports, for example, football, we had to hike up to the Showgrounds on a Friday afternoon then hurry back to the Primary School in order to catch the school bus home. The woodwork class was also moved to the Showgrounds and it had to be a very quick sprint up and back between classes. When you think about it we were probably very fit students.
We had some great teachers in these early years. Of special mention would be Mrs Dallas Chevis (English), Mr Frank Quinlivan (Science), Mr James Quinn (Mathematics) who was Headmaster in 1957 and later a School Superintendent). Bill (in 1956) was selected a Prefect, not an especially onerous role but personally satisfying.
Two more unusual events occurred in 1956, Bill’s final year at the High School. The year opened with massive flooding of the Blackwood River just prior to the start of school which we kids rather wished would wash away the bridge into town so we wouldn’t have to go to school. Fortunately, it didn’t happen. June the 26th was also significant because in the wee hours of the morning there was a snow fall at Yornup, apparently the largest reported in the State since European settlement. The Loneragan family were probably the only ones who actually witnessed it due to the fact that Bill’s father had to work a late shift that night. In the morning we were having snowball fights while waiting for the school bus and Bill took several into school which had become more ice-balls by then but nonetheless created much interest as no snow had fallen in Bridgetown.
At the time the Education Department offered bursaries (we think worth about £50 (=$100)) once one had completed Year 10 if you wanted to go on to Years 11 and 12 (the Leaving Certificate) with the aim of eventually becoming teachers. Both Bill and Margaret successfully applied for these but the downside was to do the Leaving Certificate one had to go to either Bunbury or Perth. In 1957 the Manjimup Junior High School was extended to Year 11 and along with two others from his Bridgetown class, Richard Draper and Colin Speers, Bill became a foundation student of the new High School and was also amongst the first Year 12s in 1958. Margaret followed a year behind, we were both elected Prefects in our respective final years.
For Margaret, country life was basically all she knew whereas for Bill coming from the City it was another world. He regards himself as greatly privileged to have spent his adolescent years in the country rather than Perth, able to participate and appreciate aspects of farm life which at the time included dairying, orchards, meat and wool production with bushland pursuits centred around the timber mills and forest management. And, most significantly of course, it led him to Margaret and eventual marriage in December 1965.
Margaret and Bill Loneragan
(50th Wedding Anniversary in 2015)
By way of conclusion our post-school days have been as follows. For Margaret it was graduation from the Claremont Teachers’ College as a Secondary Art Teacher but she opted to remain in the primary system with her first appointment to Manjimup Primary School and post-marriage to Rosalie Primary School. Her art training did find subsequent use as she applied her talents to cake decorating eventually establishing her own business while also teaching these skills at TAFE and demonstrating from time to time to other cake decorators in America and South Africa, along with most States in Australia. Bill went to University majoring in the subjects of Botany and Zoology with the intention of becoming a Biology Teacher. However, after completing his Honours degree in Botany in 1962 he was offered a junior part-time position as a demonstrator to botany students which at the time included first year medical students from the newly established Faculty of Medicine (prior to 1963 all medical students had to go to the eastern states to undertake a medical degree). This connection with medicine was largely a ‘hang-over’ from the days of herbal medicine. The appointment also included the opportunity to undertake a post-graduate degree and eventually he completed his PhD but the move also involved withdrawing from Teachers’ College and the need to repay his bond. However, the training he received while involved with the Teachers’ College proved invaluable for subsequent lecturing. A joy is every now and then he runs across a former student from these early days (notably here in Bridgetown it is Dr M Dewing). He retired in 2005 as a Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Plant Biology.
Now and more recently, as former pupils of the Bridgetown High School we have attempted to make some acknowledgement of our debt to the School by formally joining the Bridgetown High School Alumni Association and its Committee. The Association’s objective is to support current pupils by raising funds for scholarships and facilities that may enhance their learning and development. We encourage others who may read this to do likewise.
Interested in being more involved? Please view the link below.
Nominations Now Open!
Nominations for the 2020 WA Mental Health Awards are now open, and we invite you to submit an application. The awards aim to recognise and reward the achievements of those who demonstrate excellence, innovation, and initiative in supporting consumers of mental health services, their families, and carers; and showcase best practice in WA’s mental health sector to inspire others.
The Awards are hosted by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health, with the support of the WA Mental Health Commission.
The official Ceremony and celebration function will be held in November 2020 – more details to follow soon.
The WA Mental Health Awards aim to:
• Recognise and reward the achievements of those who demonstrate excellence, innovation and initiative in supporting carers and consumers of mental health or their local community (including workplaces).
• Showcases the achievements of the mental health sector in WA.
• Inspire others to strive for excellence.
• Promote positive messaging around mental health, breaking down stigma and starting conversations for healing and recovery.
Award categories include:
- Promotion or Prevention Award - Sponsored by Lifeline WA
• Lived Experience Impact & Inspiration Award
• Diversity Award
• Mental Health Employee Excellence Award
• Mentally Healthy Workplace Award - Sponsored by Chamber of Minerals and Energy
• Mentally Healthy Education Award – Sponsored by the Commissioner for Children and Young People
• Mental Health News Media Award
• Innovation for Change Award
And its FREE to nominate!
Visit our website to nominate
Year 7 Cadet Camp
13 Aug 2020 - 14 Aug 2020
School Council Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Year 8/9 Cadet Camp
25 Aug 2020 - 27 Aug 2020
Staff Only School Development Day
Year 10 OLNA - Writing
Year 10 OLNA - Writing (catch-up)
Year 10 First Aid Course
Year 10 Canoeing Cadet Camp
09 Sep 2020 - 11 Sep 2020