- From the Principal
- Happy new HAPE Teachers
- All Things Finance!
- Communicating With Our School
- Year 7 Orientation
- Year 8 Drama
- From the Home Economics Room
- The Fathering Project
- Mountain Bikers
- Calling all Netballers!
- Bridgetown Junior Football Club - Job Opportunity!
- Transition Bridgetown
- Balingup Small Farm Experience
- Southern Forests Photo Comp
- UWA School of Indigenous Studies High School Outreach Program 2021
- What's happening at school next term?
School Council and P&C
This year we are again seeking support from interested parents, carers and community members in joining our School Council. Being a member of Council is an opportunity to have a real say in how our school operates. Meetings are held once or twice per term, and this year we will be having some evening meetings to hopefully make the meetings easier to attend for working families. If you would like to join, please feel free to give me a call and I am happy to provide more information. Unlike the P & C, School Council have more of a governance role and are not involved in fundraising events.
Similarly, we have lost three stalwarts from the P & C who won’t be bringing their skills and positivity to our group this year as both no longer have students at our school. I would like to thank Kelly Griggs, Peta McGhie and Kylie Tizard for their contributions over many years. We will all miss your input and presence, and understand that you are well deserving of a rest.
A huge thank you to Derrice Potter who has volunteered to be a member of our hardworking, fun loving P and C. We are desperately seeking a couple of Year 7 Parents to join. Meetings are once per term at 5:00pm . Please consider putting your hand up and joining the group to support your child and the school.
I would also like to thank the P & C for assisting with dollar for dollar funding for the new reverse cycle air-conditioning in the Student Common Room. This was installed late last year and will be a wonderful addition to the room, particularly when we begin to experience the colder weather. Projects such as these are not possible without the support of our P & C, so please consider coming along and supporting yours and others children.
Fees & Charges
Our MCS, Camille Sinagra will soon be sending out the Fees and Charges, and Voluntary Contributions for your child’s subjects this semester. Camille is more than happy to talk to you about payment options as we do want to make this as easy on families as possible. I cannot stress enough the importance of paying these monies as a way of ensuring that your student receives access to up to date resources and equipment that the school cannot otherwise purchase.
BHS, like many other local businesses, now has the SafeWA App installed. If you are visiting the school please either sign in using the App or the manual sheet that is available in the front office.
This week, the school is undertaking the Public School Review Process. All public schools in WA are required to take part in this process once every 3 years. A number of staff, parents and students are involved in the Review process and will meet with the Reviewer to give an open and transparent account of how our school is performing and how we decide on our future direction. This process culminates in a report being provided to the Principal and also made public, so I look forward to sharing these findings with you in the near future.
Rebecca Hardey, Jo Loton and myself spent time last week ringing the parents of our incoming Year 7 students and the parents of last year’s Year 10’s. The purpose of the calls was to seek feedback as to how parents thought their child was settling into Year 7, and also for the parents of Year 10’s, to see how their student was adjusting to their new school. Overall, the feedback was very positive. In a few cases we have been able to make suggestions about the way forward for both Year 7’s and Year 10’s and this hopefully sees things put in place early, thus preventing issues becoming bigger and more difficult to tackle. We are always open to feedback, so please feel free to give us a call to discuss any concerns you have so we can work in partnership with you and your child.
Until next time,
Mrs C. A Thorsby
My name is Eliza McDonald, and I am one of the new Health and Physical Education teachers at Bridgetown High School. I am very excited to get to know all the students within the school and see how they excel in their different sports. I have played many different sports including, Hockey, Soccer, Softball and Ultimate Frisbee. My main strengths in sport are my defensive capabilities, ability to read the play, my commitment to team culture and my never give up attitude. I am super keen to introduce Ultimate Frisbee to this community as it is a sport that many of you may not have been exposed to and hopefully give the students some tips and tricks on how they can potentially one day represent their state or country in their chosen sport.
As this is my first ever teaching position, I am really looking forward to discovering who I am as a teacher, building relationships with students, staff and then hopefully be able to fully immerse myself into this wonderful community that have already welcomed me with open arms.
I am super excited for this year and I hope the students are ready to be challenged and develop new skills that they can take on for life.
Hi, my name is Jessica Cicchini, I have recently moved from Perth to Bridgetown to start my career as a Physical and Health Education teacher at Bridgetown High School. I am a highly motivated and passionate teacher who works enthusiastically to share my love for sport and health with my students. I love working with children, challenging them, and watching them grow both academically and emotionally. I have a desire to learn and help as much as I can and hope to have a positive influence on the students at Bridgetown High School.
I am dedicated and focused athlete who enjoys playing sport in my spare time. My experience and skills include; Netball Specialist, Swimming Coach, Professional Austswim Teacher and a high level Umpire. I also love white chocolate, blueberries and rasberries.
Phys Ed Reminder
Swimming starts on Monday, 22nd February, students are asked to please return permission notes and be prepared.
Voluntary Contributions & Charges
As the opportunity for Year 9 and 10 student to change their elective choices has past, invoices will be sent home to families for their child/children which will now include the final cost of compulsory charges for Year 9/10 electives.
YEARS 7 TO 12
YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR UP TO:
towards school expenses
If you are a holder of a concession card, you are eligible to apply for the Secondary Education Support scheme, which will cover the $235 Voluntary Contributions fee and also provide $115 for uniform purchases. If you have not already applied, please contact the Front Office for assistance (please bring your card).
View the link for the application form:
If you would like to arrange a payment plan or discuss these accounts, please contact our Manager Corporate Services via email at: Camille.Sinagrar@education.wa.edu.au.
Payments can be made via Direct Deposit (bank details are on the invoices) or by Cash, Cheque and card. Our office is open between 8:30am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday.
Student Information Update
Accompanying your child’s invoice will be a Student Information Update form, and a Medical Update form containing current information on your child/children's school record. Please make changes as required and return the form to the front office so we can have the most up to date information available to us.
Manager Corporate Services
Parents and carers are encouraged to download the School App which will give you direct access to what's going on via the School Calendar. You'll be able to report your child's absences, request contact with teaching staff and receive notices via the school newsfeed.
Please view the instructions on how to download the App.
During the afternoon of Wednesday 11th February, our new Year 7s gathered in the School Library and participated in an afternoon of activities designed to provide them with further information about Bridgetown High School. Students participated in some fun ‘getting to know you’ games, before breaking into groups and completing quizzes and other activities.
On Thursday 12th February, Mrs Loton, Mr Pantou, Mr Kneale and Mrs Holdsworth escorted the students to the Bridgetown Recreation Centre where we were met by Mike Cornish from Squash Magic. Students participated in some awesome team building games for the morning, many of which encouraged clear communication and fostered cooperative participation. Students rotated through the climbing wall, basketball slam dunk, twister and indoor hockey – before a ‘play off’ was held. Finally, the students all came together for a four-way tug of war!
At the end of the morning session, The Boys and The Girls was the most successful team! However, the remaining three teams were highly competitive.
After lunch, the group moved to the pool and the sun finally decided to shine brightly! Mr Pantou and Big Mike organised some structured pool activities that were hotly contested.
Aviarna L, Riley T, Noah W and Siena P were the winners of the tiniest splash competition, whereas Riley W and Ryan L were the overall winners of the bombie competition. Tilly B, James R, Henry F and Siena P also proved that they were impressive duck divers – diving for submersibles.
Overall, staff were very pleased with the behaviour and level of participation from all students during Orientation, and we can only hope the students gained something from the programme – whether it was a new friendship, connection or discovering something new about themselves!
Year 7 Textiles/Food Specialisations: This term students will begin with learning how to use a sewing machine and how to safely iron. Students will make an apron and then the remainder of the term will be introductory cooking and establishing safe and hygienic routines in the kitchen.
Year 8 Food Specialisations: This term students will be cooking almost twice per week and some of the recipes that I hope makes its way home to you are making red velvet cupcakes, vegetable fritters, oven baked granola and lemon coconut slice. Theory lessons will involve investigations of kitchen safety and hygiene, safe food handling and storage, accurate measuring techniques, serving sizes, how to modify recipes and improving the variety of food that we eat.
Year 9/10 Food Specialisations: Term 1 topic will focus on International Foods. Theory lessons will involve investigations of kitchen safety and hygiene, safe food handling and storage, accurate measuring techniques and the current concern with excess sugar in the Australian diet. In Week three students made Greek Salad and Chocolate Mug Cakes.
Year 10 Hospitality Preparation: This is a small group of students who will focus on commercial kitchen hygiene, presentation techniques, cooking techniques and catering for small school events.
For all Food Specialisation classes: Please ensure that your child brings a container to their practical cooking lessons. Labelled containers can be left at school in Home Ec. All recipes are available on Connect for each year group or please email and I will send copies to you.
Hope you all had a relaxing break and are not too busy just yet starting the new school year.
Thomas and I will be organising a Fathering Project breakfast towards the end of this month. If it's not too much trouble could we please ask each school to run a small spiel in the weekly newsletter over the next couple of weeks with something similar to the following;
FATHERING PROJECT BREAKFAST
Shout out to all the hungry Fathers and Father figures, please join us with your children for a casual breakfast in the park followed by a walk to school if time permits. It's a great opportunity to spend a morning with your kids and meet some like-minded father figures around our town.
Thursday 25th February 2021
from 7:00am till 8am @ Bridgetown Memorial Park
$5 Bacon and Egg burgers with juice box
Please RSVP by Tuesday 23rd February with your names, orders and any dietary requirements. Thomas 0400 396 398 or Aaron 0429 499 890
m: 0429 499 890
The Bridgetown Junior Football Club are seeking umpires for the 2021 season.
Uniforms, accreditation, training, support and mentoring provided.
This is a great way to stay fit while being paid.
Any year 10 students interested in umpiring, should contact Jarran on 0427 612 942
Balingup Small Farm Experience Longtable Dinner
This ticketed event will be held on Friday the 9th of April and will showcase local produce and wines from the region and feature a special guest speaker. Spoil yourself with a fine dining experience and be a part of our opening event.
Small Farm Visits
On both Saturday the 10th and Sunday 11th a range of ticketed farm visits will provide an opportunity to experience a variety of farming methods and knowledge sharing from local small land holders. Bus transport will be available with pick up and drop off from the Balingup Village Green in the centre of town.
Balingup Village Green Market
On Saturday the 10th of April, enjoy free entry to the Village Green and experience local stalls and demonstrations. Take the opportunity to speak to local producers and artisan stall holders or watch demonstrations on aspects of small farming. Our special guest speakers will be sharing their experiences of regional life. Kids can join in at the Kids GROW Zone and explore all things gardening or register for a hands on experience making bee hotels, compost in a bottle and seed bombs.
The School of Indigenous Studies (SIS) at The University of Western Australia would like to inform you about the 2021 High School Outreach Program for Indigenous students in WA.
SIS has an established program that caters for Indigenous students in Years 7 to 12, offering a range of activities from school and campus visits to holiday camps. The program aims to inform and encourage students to consider tertiary studies after high school. In 2021 our aim is to engage with every Indigenous student state-wide.
Applications are now open for all residential camps. The expression of interest mailing list is open for the Year 8 Discovery Days & Year 9 Djinanginy. School registrations for the days will open in Term 3. All SIS programs will be dependent on the State Government's directions regarding COVID-19.
- 16 to 20 April: Year 12 Leadership Seminar (camp) - Applications close 5 March
- 12 to 17 July: ATAR Revision camp
- 13 to 17 July: Year 10 & 11 Science, Health and Engineering Camp
- 16, 17, 18 November: Year 8 Discovery Days
- 24 November: Year 9 Djinanginy
Any questions or queries please contact the outreach team: firstname.lastname@example.org