- From the Principal, Carol Thorsby
- Year 7 Students go to the Polls!
- From the Attendance Officer, Mrs Prout
- Sharing a proud moment for a former student
- Hi From the School Nurse
- Breakfast club still going strong with community support
- Cadet Casualties – SES BGR Training
- World's Greatest Shave
- Cadet Abseiling Camp
- Matilda the Musical
- YOUTH FOCUS – Hawaiian Riders Visit
- Table Tennis Comp
- Hockey Program
- Headspace FREE Workshops for Parents
- What's happening at school next term?
This report has now been released and I have placed it with this newsletter for your perusal. It will also be available on our Schools Online website. Please take the time to read the Report as it gives insight into the areas staff will be focussing on in the foreseeable future. The Report will also be presented to the School Council and P & C at the next meetings of these groups. If you would like to make a time to discuss the Report, please do not hesitate to give the Front Office a call on 9761 0100 to book an appointment with me.
Years 9 and 10 Transition Information Sessions
Although it is early in the year, we have scheduled visits from Manjimup Senior High School, Manea College and Harvey Agricultural College over the next few weeks. Staff from these schools will be talking to students in Years 9 and 10 about what these schools can offer, how their application process works and what qualities they look for in prospective students. Parents are most welcome to attend these sessions as per the dates and times below. All sessions will be conducted in the Bridgetown High School library:
Manjimup Senior High School: 10:00am 17/03/2021
Manea Senior College: 10:00am 22/03/2021
Harvey Ag College: 2:00pm 23/04/2021
Student drop off and pick up reminder
We have had some issues recently with private vehicles using the Steere Street entrance during bus times. Can I ask that parents and visitors to the school adhere to the signage, and not use this entrance at the beginning and end of the day when the buses are dropping off and picking up students? Your assistance in keeping our students safe is appreciated.
House Swimming Carnival
The annual House Swimming Carnival is scheduled for this Friday 19th March at the Bridgetown Pool. We hope to see as many parents as possible come along and support the swimmers on the day. A huge thank you to the P & C for providing a sausage sizzle lunch for our students.
Until next time
Mrs Carol Thorsby
Last Friday, 5th March, was election day for our Year 7 students. They voted for the Year 7, 2021 Student Forum members and House Captains. The Election was run by Mr Dareff and voters were treated to a 'democracy sausage' for their participation.
The results are as follows:
|STUDENT FORUM||Issac Nichols|
|STUDENT FORUM||Jade Wyatt|
|FIRE HOUSE CAPTAIN||James Rutten|
|SUN HOUSE CAPTAIN||Luca Stuart|
|ICE HOUSE CAPTAIN||Spencer Hanrahan|
Congratulations to the successful candidates.
Welcome to the new school year, it’s great to see everyone! As 2021 begins I would like to remind you of the importance of attending school EVERY DAY!
By attending school every day, you are giving yourself the best opportunity to achieve your goals.
Every MINUTE counts also!
Did you know that if you are just 10 minutes late each day that this equates to 50 minutes /week, nearly 1.5 weeks /year and by the time you leave school after 13 years you have missed nearly half a year of school! WOW!
So, make sure you come to school every day, and if you are sick remember to ring or SMS the school!
Thank you to Anthea Brown and Lela Brown for sharing the exciting news about our former student and Head Girl, Lily Brown.
Lily has been selected to be on Youth Advisory Panel of the Art Gallery of W.A. for 2021. This is a 12 month commitment where Lily will work with the panel to engage youth. The panel consists of 15 members aged 15 years - 21 years.
Lily undertook the application process by submitting a statement about her involvement in art. Lily's mum Lela, said she spoke alot about Bridgetown as this is where most of her art knowledge and experiences occurred. Lily also included details about her Year 12 Art production at Comet Bay College in her two page statement.
We are very proud of Lily and wish her all the best for her exciting future!
I primarily work in schools to promote healthy development and wellbeing so students may reach their full potential.
Some of the services provided are;
- Information, advocacy and support for children and their parents to make informed decisions about health, wellbeing and development.
- Health and Psychosocial assessments.
- Referral to other health services for further assessment, tests, diagnosis, treatment or therapy.
- Parenting advice/support and serve as a health contact point for children, and their families.
- Support for school health promotion initiatives.
- Provide health education in liaison with teachers on a range of topics such as Sexual Health, Cyber safety, Student Wellbeing/Resilience, Body Image, Drugs and Alcohol.
- Facilitation of professional development for teachers, e.g. asthma or anaphylaxis.
- Assist school staff and parents to develop health care plans for students with special needs (eg chronic disease; physical disability or other complex health conditions).
- Assist school administration officers with Immunisation surveillance and coordinate the school immunisation program.
Year 7 Immunisation Program
The first round of Year 7 Immunisations will take place on the 10th of March. The immunisations being offered are Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough) booster and Human papillomavirus vaccine.
Year 10 Meningococcal ACYW Immunisations
Year 10 Meningococcal ACYW Immunisations will take place during Term 2. If students have not yet returned consent forms to the school, please do ASAP.
The vaccine given covers Meningococcal strains A, C, W and Y. The incidence of the W strain has steadily been on the rise over the last 3 years.
Research shows vaccinating 15-19 year olds is the most effective way to prevent the spread of meningococcal.
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: email@example.com
COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE
WA Country Health Service (South West)
Breakfast Club is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings and run by the School Chaplain, Yuko Tonai-Moore and othe helpers.
Breakfast club is frequented by many students where they can choose items such as toasties, milo, toast and special baked treats from 'Big Mike'. Also, offers of cheese toasties are available for lunch for those who make the request.
Foodbank kindly supplies the majority of what we offer and this year we appreciate the donation of $100 per term from our local supermarket, The Stables IGA which will go towards items such as bread, cheese, margarine and milo.
You can help too!
Our school would greatly appreciate donations of items such as bread, margarine, milo, cheese and any excess fruits from your orchard to share with students.
The Bridgetown High School Emergency Services Cadets get to participate in a lot of exciting activities throughout the year. On top of all the camps held each term there are opportunities to be involved in other Emergency Services training sessions.
This opportunity was recently taken up by three senior cadets who helped by acting as casualties in a combined Bridgetown & Nannup SES training session. The cadets were made up with a variety of injuries. Cameron Cadell was the most seriously “injured” of the three cadets with a spinal injury resulting in a lack of feeling in his legs. Darcy Woodhouse had a real bone taped to his leg to simulate a broken shin bone with some red texta simulating some bleeding from the wound and Peta Cadell had a head injury with texta simulating bleeding from the wound and also her ear.
Once make up was applied the cadets were positioned strategically throughout a bus which was simulating a building that had collapsed from an earthquake. The bus was used because it was narrow and made it difficult to extract the three casualties. To make it a bit more interesting Peta was positioned in a big box within the bus just to make it even more difficult to get her out. Darcy had a few chairs piled on top of him.
The job of the SES rescuers was to find the casualties, do an initial triage to decide who needed to be extracted first and then safely remove the cadets from the potentially dangerous environment. In a real situation, it can be very difficult to decide if a casualty should be moved or further treated on site. In a real earthquake, there are usually after-shocks which can make unstable buildings extremely dangerous.
In this particular exercise, Darcy, with his broken leg was removed first. He was still able to move quite easily and as long as he didn’t put any weight on his broken leg he could help his rescuers. Peta, with her head injury, was next. Part way through her extraction she fell unconscious and made it a little more difficult to be moved. it was decided to leave Cameron with his spinal injury until last so there would be more room to manoeuvre him. Since he had a suspected spinal injury s spinal board was slid under him and then he was lifted above the bus seats and then carefully passed between rescuers through the bus door.
Once out of the bus, the rescue was not finished. Each of the three cadets needed to be slashed into a basket stretcher and carried about 50 meters over rough ground with a big rocky climb in the middle.
The exercise started at about 6:30 and was finished by about 8:30, with all three cadets safely delivered to the simulated ambulance officers waiting to provide further treatment.
After the cadets were cleaned up and everyone ate sausage rolls and chocolate slice made by Robyn Trainer, one of the SES members who organised the event, the cadets participated in the exercise de-brief. The SES volunteers were very happy to get feedback from the cadets about how they perceived the rescue. Often in SES exercises a “dummy” is rescued. Unfortunately, with a dummy, if you drop them or hit them in the face they do not complain. The cadets gave great feedback, and were especially happy with the amount of explanation of what was going to be done and reassurance given to the cadets by the SES rescuers.
I would like to thank Kevin Wrightson and Robyn Trainer, SES volunteers, who organised the training activity and also the members of the Bridgetown and Nannup SES who participated. On this occasion the SES only wanted three casualties. There were at least a dozen cadets who were keen to help out so we hope there will be further opportunities in the future for the cadets to help the emergency services in their training.
Bridgetown Braves are taking part in World’s Greatest Shave... and here’s why!
It can happen to anyone, of any age — at any time.
On Friday 26th Feb students from years 7-10 attended Matilda the Musical at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. 'Matilda' was performed by students from Bunbury Catholic College and Our Lady of Mercy College, and the performers did a fantastic job!. There was wonderful singing, dancing and acting. We really liked the set design and the live music too!
Bridgetown High School students were wonderful ambassadors for our school, behaving responsibly and respectfully. We had a lot of fun.
Thank you to the host schools for having us at their special school matinee. Thanks to the helpers and the students for making this outing a great excursion.
Bridgetown High School is looking forward to hosting more than sixty cyclists on Wednesday 24th March, 2021.
The Hawaiian Ride for Youth is held annually over 4.5 days, with riders travelling from Albany to Perth over a total of more than 2,000kms to raise funds and awareness for Youth Focus. While cycling through towns in WA’s South West, Great Southern and Wheatbelt, the riders visit high schools to engage and inform students on issues of youth suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm, as well as the services that Youth Focus provides.
The peloton will arrive at approximately 1.30pm and will enjoy lunch before making a presentation to students and staff from 2.00pm in the Undercover Sports Area (off Blechynden Street). Parents are more than welcome to join us for the presentation and members of the support team will remain behind after the cyclists depart the school to answer any questions parents may have.