- FROM THE PRINCIPAL, Carol Thorsby
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The last three weeks of school for 2020 are here and at this time, I would like to recap on some of our achievements at BHS this year.
A number of our previous students have achieved outstanding results in Year 12.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the Manjimup Senior High School Year 12 Graduation where three of our ex-students received recognition for their outstanding achievement. Congratulations to Cody Fraser –Gillard, Lahni Liddelow and Ashlea Lukins.
I'd also like to commend former student Lily Brown. Lily has graduated from Comet Bay College with an award for Creative Excellence, Lily will attend Murdoch University next year to study Psychology.
Behind each great student are great parents and families, and I would like to congratulate them on their child’s achievement. Schooling is a journey and I know that staff at which ever primary school these students attended, as well as our staff at BHS, are very proud as well. I am sure there may be award winners from other schools that are ex-BHS students and I would love to acknowledge these young people as well; so if you have some good news to share, please let us know.
Earlier in the year our staff were at the forefront of providing “Learning from Home” packages and online resources to students during the height of the COVID 19 restrictions on schools. I know that parents and students will join me in congratulating our staff for the way they managed this situation and continued to provide ongoing support to students.
A number of staff have met regularly this year to look at what needs to be done to take our school from a good school to a great school. This has involved collecting and analysing the data we collect in terms of NAPLAN, OLNA, grade alignments and achievements of students at their destination schools, behaviour, attendance and our 2019 School Community Survey. This data will drive our school improvement plan in 2021 and beyond. Exciting times ahead!
A further group of staff have begun to explore our behaviour management processes at the school and in 2021, we will become a Positive Behaviour in Schools affiliate. We will see the development of school wide behaviour expectations that will assist our students to make appropriate behaviour choices and result in a more positive school environment.
All teachers this year have begun to record lesson attendance electronically, as is the practise in most schools. Many are also now managing their own subject area cost centres which has given them more autonomy about what they purchase and for what purpose.
Exciting plans are at foot to move teachers into a shared workspace as the quality of their current office spaces is not great. This move will free up an office for our valued EA staff and also see the opportunity to create a meeting room for parents and staff. This new collegial workspace for staff will be in place for the 2021 school year.
Finally, many thanks to our P&C who have provided funding towards air-conditioning, both heating and cooling, in our Student Common Room.
I am very proud of our achievements this year and look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at both our end of year assembly on 14th December and our Year 10 Leavers Ceremony on the 16th December.
As always, your feedback is most welcome!
Mrs C. A Thorsby
Fire wins the 2020 Annual House Athletics Carnival
Friday 20th November was a bright and sunny day for Bridgetown High School’s athletics carnival. Students arrived at the football oval donned in their faction colours, adorned with multiple shades of zinc to advertise their prospective houses……Fire, Sun and Ice.
Triple and long jump were held at school in the week prior to the carnival as well as high jump. Two records were broken during triple and long jump with Rowan Asplin in Year 7 breaking previous records.
The day went very smoothly with several highlights including a fierce tug –of-war with the local police with the students winning and a very funny fit ball/tunnel ball competition between the three factions.
The end of the day saw Fire winning on 587 points, with Ice behind on 516 points and Sun on 461 points. Jacob Duncan in Year 9 won the Wheatley Shield and Darcy Craven took out the Wright Cup from Year 10.
|Boys 12||Rowan Asplin||Jasper Porteous|
|Girls 13||Tara Chadwick||Chantelle Pearce|
|Boys 13||Akira Newman||Andrew Wheatley|
|Girls 14||Alicia Gluck||Tahnee Wegner|
|Boys 14||Jacob Duncan||Sam Waters|
|Girls 15/O||Rosie Hughes||Milly Henderson-Mott|
|Boys 15/O||Darcy Craven||Koby Gough|
The carnival could not be run without the valuable help of parents, staff and students. Also, lunches were provided by our amazing P & C. Thank you to all.
It was a great day with students, staff and parents thoroughly enjoying themselves.
Mr Pantou and Mrs Humby
On Friday 6th November our students were treated with an oppoturnity to experience Koomal Dreaming.
Wadandi custodian Josh “Koomal” Whiteland introduced the students to the world’s oldest living culture with his authentic, personal interpretation.
Dear Parent/Carer and Year 10 Students
END OF YEAR PROGRAM FOR YEAR 10 STUDENTS
After the crazy year that we have had, and all the uncertainty, it looks like there is actually something that is certain for us here at BHS: that we only have four and a half weeks remaining with our Year 10 group, and that those five weeks contain a LOT!
Please be aware that there are events to attend, permissions to be granted, and things to submit.
Below, you will find a list of all you need to know:
Year 10 Baby Photos: Required no later than Friday 4th December.
I am urgently seeking baby photos from all of our Year 10s, to be used as part of our Leavers Ceremony. Photos on USB are preferred, however hard copies can be scanned if that is all that you have. Ideally, if each student can submit three or four photographs, that would be fantastic. All photos need to be submitted no later than Friday 4th December.
NB: Whether on USB or hard copy, all photos must be clearly labelled so that they can be returned. These will be returned on the night of the Leavers Ceremony, as part of each student’s Leavers Pack.
All year 10s will receive a Clearance Form in the last couple of weeks of term, to be “signed off” by their teachers and the School Library to ensure that they have returned all equipment and textbooks before the end of the year. Students will be responsible for returning items and collecting signatures, then submitting their Clearance Form to the Front Office.
Manjimup SHS Transitions Days: Thursday 10th – Friday 11th December, 2020
Students who are enrolled in Year 11 at MSHS for 2021 will attend these two compulsory days of transition at MSHS. Bus travel requests will be required, and information around the program for the two days will be disseminated to relevant students as soon as it is finalised by MSHS. Click here to download the Bus Travel request.
There are some students attending MSHS next year who have not yet submitted their enrolment forms. I have reminded these students on more than one occasion that I am willing to collect their forms and submit them to MSHS myself; however, there are still a number outstanding. NB: Don’t forget, MSHS also requires copies of your birth certificate, immunisation records and so on as well!
For those students who are NOT attending MSHS next year, it is business as usual, and the Year 10 Program will run at BHS as normal.
Final Year 10 Assembly: Monday 14th December, 2020 – 12:30pm @ BHS Library
The Year 10s will take part in their final assembly for the year, where Merit Award winners will be recognised and the Year 10 Music students will entertain in the BHS Library for the last time. In previous years, this has been a whole-school assembly in which our Year 10s ae farewelled by the whole school; unfortunately however, with the restrictions we are still under due to Covid-19, this year has to be different and so this event will involve only Year 10s, immediate staff and parents/carers.
Year 10 Leavers Dinner: Tuesday 15th December, 2020 – 6pm @ The Bridgetown Hotel
Year 10 students are celebrating their time at Bridgetown High School with a final, formal dinner. This is not a compulsory event, but we would love to see as many of our Year 10s attend as possible. The Bridgetown Hotel will be providing us with exclusive access to their beautiful restaurant balcony for the dinner, and BHS staff and students will spend the evening together reminiscing on the past four years. A delicious menu has been provided which can be seen here click here to view. Students will be required to make their meal selections and pay for the meal before the night. A permission form will follow soon.
Year 10 Leavers Ceremony Rehearsal: Wednesday 16th December, 2020 – 8:50am
On the morning of our Leavers Ceremony, all of our Year 10s will attend the Bridgetown Town Hall for a rehearsal. Music students will have an opportunity to refine their songs for the evening one last time, our student leaders will practice their speeches, and the Year 10 cohort will be taken through their paces to make their way onto stage to receive their Leavers Pack.
Most of the cohort will be finished with the rehearsal by 11am, and will be dismissed from the hall. Those students that do not have permission to leave the hall directly, will be escorted back to school to be supervised in the school library until the end of the school day. NB: no Year 10 Program will be running on this day; therefore, if students must be supervised at school for the afternoon then they must ensure they bring something to keep them occupied.
Please visit the link to complete the excursion permission form: 2020 Year 10 Leavers Ceremony Rehearsal Permission Form
Year 10 Leavers Ceremony: Wednesday 16th December, 2020, 7:30pm @ Bridgetown Town Hall
Our main event to farewell the Year 10 cohort takes place at the Town Hall on the evening of the 16th December. Again, due to the COVID-19 restrictions we have in place, things are a little different this year and we are unable to accommodate as many people in the Town Hall as we have in the past. Due to social distancing requirements we are unable to invite as many special guests, and, similarly, we are unable to invite whole families. Numbers this year will be capped at two guests per child with 1.5m distancing observed, and there will be a ticketing system in place which will ensure that only those who have reserved tickets will be able to enter the hall. There will be no congregation in the foyer area before and after the ceremony due to social distancing requirements, and we are unable to provide a formal supper. We completely understand that this will be disappointing for families of our Year 10s; however, we respectfully ask that you assist us in adhering to the “new normal”.
To reserve your 2 tickets go to: https://bridgetownhs.schoolzineplus.com/event/550
Please ensure you bring your ticket confirmation to the ceremony.
The exciting news for our Year 10s is that they are not required to attend school on Thursday…which means that once the Leavers Ceremony is over…. it’s ALL over! However, having said that, any students who wish to attend the Town Hall on Thursday morning to help pack up music and stage equipment will be greatly appreciated!
Experience tells us that the final few weeks of term four will FLY by…and so before we know it, we will be farewelling our awesome Year 10s and wishing them well as they embark on the next stage of their journey! We look forward to sharing the last few weeks with them.
L3 PROGRAM COORDINATOR – YEARS 9 AND 10
2020 was a year of new challenges, most of us struggled at some stage, but not Dakota!
This year saw Dakota take out the best junior rider for Ranch Sorting in Western Australia.
Ranch Sorting is one of the fastest growing horse sports in Australia, it is family friendly and so much fun, Dakota and her mum Lesa regularly travel to Ravenswood and Chittering to compete in this great sport. Dakota shows impressive skills and is a great teammate, always thanking her partners and enjoying her rides.
I have ridden with Dakota and love partnering with her, she rides well, communicates well and I am pleased to have had some great runs with her.
I look forward to seeing Dakota continue to improve and keep enjoying this great sport, I expect she will be riding at the Nationals in NSW soon, and aiming for the world finals in Texas USA, she has a lot of support behind her so why not.
WA TEAM PENNERS ASSOC INC.
Photos kindly supplied by "Sharon Fletcher of E10 Dust Designz"
Students enjoyed two days Mountain Biking in Margaret River and Nannup on the excellent challenging tracks. On the way we stopped at Nannup and rode the pump track in town and then out to Balbarrup Pool on the Timber Cutters track. Upon arrival in Margert River we enjoyed Sushi and Kebabs then spent the afternoon on the tracks. As the sun started to set we drove to the river mouth and watched the sunset over the wild ocean.
The next day we rode new tracks near our campsite which were fun and challenging. We would like to thank Dave Morton and Ben Ducker who each week volunteer their time to help teach and keep students safe on the tracks. This is very much appreciated by Mr Schrama and the students. We look forward to a new group of students experiencing Mountain Biking at Bridgetown High School next year.
- Keep track of your children's upcoming events each term and put these dates in your calendar.
- Arrange your work schedule around these events whenever possible.
- When you attend these events let your children know that they are your top priority. Don't spend the time on your mobile phone.
- When you attend events give your full attention. Your child will notice if you are not watching or participating.
- Get involved in weekend sport - from being a coach to giving a hand on the BBQ. It is a great way to connect with your kids.
- Be supportive at yourkid's activities and encorage them with positive messages.
- Join their school roster as a classroom helper so you get to be in the class with your child during school.
- Volunteer to help at school activities - sports carnivals, camps or school social family events. Kids like to see their parents involved.
- Regularly do the school drop off or pick up to connect with your child and their school. The commute or walk is a great time for a catch up.