- FROM THE PRINCIPAL, Carol Thorsby
- Cosplay/Free Dress Friday
- FRENCH VISIT
- Blackwood Youth Action Term 4 Progams, Activities and Events
- HEAD LICE
- Hawaiian Ride for Youth
- Register for ECU On-Campus Open Days!
- The annual Live Lighter Rotary Blackwood Marathon is on (hopefully)!
- Swooping Magpies During Breeding Season
- SUPPORT FOR GRANDCARERS
- CRICKET FOR GIRLS
- FREE Music Sessions
With the easing of restrictions for schools, we have embarked in earnest on upskilling our administration team in School Improvement. We know that Bridgetown High School is a good school, but are we good enough? This is a question that we are asking of each other, the staff, and next term, parents, community and students. Camille Sinagra, Scott Dareff, Lynn Humby, Mel Jones and Kate Henderson have kindly agreed to participate in a committee with the Admin team, to work with Janine Milton, a previous Executive Director for the Department of Education, to gather data on our school achievement in quite a few areas. We will then look at this data and pose some questions about how we can work towards not just being a “good” school but a “great” one. As a first step along this journey, we have placed an expression of interest with the Fogarty Foundation. Both Greenbushes and Bridgetown Primary Schools are already invested in this program and it makes such good sense for Bridgetown High School to adopt a similar approach as it will make transitioning of students into high school much more seamless. At first, our focus will be on reducing within school variability in teaching and learning between classrooms. Interesting and exciting times ahead!
Our School Council will be an integral part of our move forward. The Council meets twice a term at 4:00pm in the school library. Part of the role of the Council is to endorse our school Business Plan and our direction, and to approve Fees and Contributions for parents, so it is a valuable opportunity to have real input into how our school works. If you are interested in being a part of this group, please let me know. You do not have to be a parent of a student at our school, as membership can be made up of any interested community members.
A reminder that with the warmer weather creeping in, the acceptable length for female student shorts is mid-thigh. We like to think of the school as a work place and, therefore, set an acceptable dress code for students. We will soon receive a shipment of Bridgetown High School shorts, which are of an acceptable length and available for purchase from the front office for $22.55. In keeping with other secondary schools in the region, if a student is deemed to be wearing shorts that are too brief, they may be asked to change into a pair of school loan shorts. This is similar to the school’s existing policy for “hoodies”.
Our Country Week team travelled to Perth on Sunday to take part in this event. A huge thank you to all of the staff concerned – Lynn Humby, Kathleen Holdsworth, Jo Hardy, Bec Hardey and, of course, our event organiser, Nick Pantou, for not only for all their hard work and commitment in the lead up to the event but also for being prepared to spend time away from their own families to take our students away. We hope you've enjoyed the coverage via our Facebook page.
Until next time,
On the last day of school students had the opportunity to come dressed in their favourite Cosplay outfit and even some of the staff couldn't resist the opportunity!!
Our resident baker – Big Mike – made doughnuts for everyone and these were gleefully given out at Break One. Thanks, Big Mike!!!!!!
A gold coin donation was requested with all funds going to the Bridgetown Youth Action Group to support the development of the Youth Centre.
The French teachers from School of Distance and Isolated Education came and visited our year 7, 8, 9 students, who took part in fun activities and then got to eat yummy French staples, such as baguette, cheese and chocolate at recess.
Unfortunately head lice are an ongoing battle for schools and parents. There have been reports of students with head lice recently at Bridgetown High School. Here are some tips as a reminder on how to prevent head lice.
Check your child’s hair weekly for head lice and eggs (‘nits’). Use a metal fine tooth ‘nit’ comb and plenty of hair conditioner applied to the dry hair, to make the task easier and more effective.
Tie long hair back. Braid long hair and/or put it up if possible.
Consider applying hair gel or mousse. These do not prevent or repel lice but may help to keep stray hair strands from contact with other heads.
Avoid sharing combs or brushes.
Remind your child to avoid head-to-head contact with other students, e.g. when working at computers, looking at phones and during any close physical contact.
Click here to access Health Department Head Lice Fact Sheet
For any questions or queries regarding any health issues please don’t hesitate to contact me by leaving a message in the front office or alternatively
Phone: 97725258 or email: email@example.com
While COVID-19 caused the unfortunately cancellation of the 2020 Ride and associated school visits, we have recorded five short videos of our riders sharing their personal, emotive and inspiring stories.
I am pleased to share these inspirational videos with you and invite you to share them with your students.
They cover a number of different themes including building resilience, asking for help and dealing with anxiety and depression as a young person. We hope they provide your students with the knowledge and assurance that there is always someone they can speak to for support, and an understanding of the services available in their area.
Thanks you once again for your support of Youth Focus and the Hawaiian Ride for Youth. We will be in touch shortley to discuss plans for the 2021 Ride week.
Chief Executive Officer
As it stands we are busily organising the Marathon on the basis that WA continues to manage the COVID pandemic. Registrations are open and encourage everyone to register. PLEASE DO NOT PAY YET, a final decision if needed will be made at the start of October and then teams contated for payment. We are preparing for an excellent event and hope to see you all there!
Save the date: Saturday, 31 October 2020
Further details available on Facebook
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions would like to remind you that the magpie breeding season is approaching.
It is not uncommon for magpies to defend their nests and young during spring, by swooping intruders. The season may last for six to eight weeks during late August to December.
The information enclosed contains precautionary steps that can be taken to avoid the swooping behaviour of magpies and other swooping birds which may be a very frightening experience for young children.