- FROM THE PRINCIPAL
- A Shout-Out from the P&C
- School Captain's Report
- Year 10's Try A Trade at Manjimup Senior High School
- From the Home Ec Room
- Term 2 Cadet Report
- Get your tickets before they run out!
- Greenbushes Belles Presents...
- Bridgetown-Greenbushes Community Landcare presents.........................
- Be a Youth Ambassador or Volunteer!
- What's happening at school next term?
Once again the term has flown by, a testament to how busy it has been.
Staff have again been very busy, completing their end of semester reports. Reading the reports always gives me a great sense of where each student is at and, overwhelmingly, I am always impressed with not only those students who have worked towards a high grade but also those who have worked for excellence. Not all are able to achieve the highest grade, but all are able to try their hardest and I am pleased that most students do this. I encourage parents to take time to read through the report with your child, celebrate the successes and reflect and plan on the areas for improvement. Parents are invited to the Parent Interview night on Thursday 22nd July 2021 (Week 1, Term 3) to discuss the report with staff. I urge you to take up this opportunity so we can work together to improve outcomes for your child.
I am very pleased to announce that Mr Mike Kneale, one of our invaluable Education Assistants was nominated for and been awarded a “Making a Difference Award”. These awards are a recognition of those in education who go over and above to make a difference in the lives of students. “Big Mike” is a stalwart at our school and apart from the supportive role he plays in classrooms, spends hours of his own time and his own money to provide delicious baked treats for students, support our Student Forum fundraisers and provide for staff morning teas. I have lost count of the donuts, bread rolls, hot crossed buns, focaccia, cheese scrolls etc that Mike has made, and all at no cost. He also volunteers his time before school to help Yuko in the Breakfast Club and often gives up his break times to be out in the playground mixing with the students. The “Making a Difference” Award is presented on behalf of the Director General of Education Lisa Rodgers and, as such, is a most prestigious award. Congratulations, Mike, on a well-earned and well-deserved recognition!
In the final week of this term, some of our lucky Year 10s enjoyed a week at Manjimup SHS at “Try a Trade”, where they were able to experience a transition program at MSHS and sample some of the classes that they may undertake next year. This is another example of how our students have access to top quality opportunities. It is also an opportunity for them to represent our school and our community in a different setting. Another example of how our students “hold their own” is on a much larger scale. Some of our students recently participated in the Australian Geography Competition and I am very proud that of the 18 students who entered, we received two Distinctions and three Credits. Well done to all involved!
Best wishes everyone, for a safe, happy and relaxing holiday.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the school dance last Friday night.
Parents, grandparents and school staff, thank you for helping. Thank you to the Bridgetown High School students for coming along and supporting our event and Big Mike for donating delicious donuts.
Have a fabulous holiday,
It has been a busy term 2 for the student forum. We have been to the GRIP Leadership Conference and spoken at the ANZAC Ceremony, as well as holding many events to raise money for our chosen charity, The McGrath Foundation.
So far, we have held four fundraisers this term. Our first being a cake and slice stall where many delicious treats were sold. Our ‘Winter Knit’ themed free dress day was a huge success and everyone had a lot of fun. Everyone rocked up in their warmest clothes to celebrate the start of a freezing cold ‘Fridgetown’ winter. This year so far we have made a whopping $2536.40 from our fundraisers. Thankyou to everyone who has donated.
A while ago, we held our first meat and gravy roll day. The student forum members were swept off their feet with the amount of interest shown in the day. A massive thanks to Empire Grazing, GS & AE Karafilis and KJ & SM Gardiner for donating the delicious lamb and beef. Also, a special thanks to Big Mike for baking his fabulous rolls. The day was a huge success, and everyone enjoyed the delicious, hot rolls on a cold day. We are looking forward to holding another one soon.
On Wednesday of week 10, we held a soup day. Miss Humby bought pumpkin soup, Miss Cave bought tomato soup and FATS donated pea and ham soup. Everyone enjoyed the delicious soup. A special big thanks to everyone involved, especially Big Mike, for once again, making the bread rolls.
In conjunction with the P&C, the student forum held a dance at the Uniting Church Hall on the Friday of week 10. Our theme was "Fun Ties at Bridgetown" Everyone came wearing their best ties. It was a great turn out with almost 70 students across all years attending. We had a great night and hope to hold another one soon.
There are many other great events coming up, we are in the process of organising a paper plane throwing competition and a dodge ball competition between our school houses. May the best house win!! (Ice).
Thankyou to everyone who has helped us with our fundraisers and thankyou to the P&C for all their contributions.
What a Fabulous week our Year 10's have had at Manjimup Senior High School.
Here they are cooking up a storm in Home Economics
Fun with a Drone
Arnold Schwarznegger, here we come!
A spot of Welding
Year 8 Science students building Lego models to develop skills in writing a detailed method in experiments.
This term the Year 7s have been learning how to separate solutions. Last week they learnt how to collect salt crystals through evaporation.
Year 10 Science students are calculating kinetic and gravitational potential energy. So much fun listening to Abba - Mumma Mia soundtrack while putting the learning into practice by making catapults with a lot of potential energy!
Year 7 apron making has been a success again this term. Year 7's made their own personalised calico "patches" and attached these to the aprons that they made in sewing lessons. In the last few weeks of terms, we have been learning about grilling, stove top, and oven safety by making cheesies, banana pikelets and scones with jam and cream. This class of students will now move to Metal Work for Term Three.
Year 8's have been cooking and making food products all term. They have recently made hamburgers, milkshakes, rumble balls, lemon slice and red velvet cupcakes.
Year 9/10's have been cooking a variety of foods that are currently popular. Paleo granola with yoghurt and berries, chorizo and bean soup, mixed grain buddha bowl with halloumi, vegan cupcakes with caramel popcorn, lemon chia bread and berry smoothie bowls.
As with all terms at Bridgetown High school this one was a busy term. The weekly cadet training sessions were focussed on the skills that the cadets would need to successfully complete all the challenges they would be presented with on camp.
The camps were broken up by year groups this term. The year 7s and 8s went on camp in week 7 of term and the year 9s and 10s held their camp in week 9. Both camps revolved around successfully completing an orienteering or rogaining course. The camp for the younger cadets had two orienteering courses, an easier, shorter course for the year 7s and a longer slightly more challenging course for the year 8s. If you are not familiar with orienteering it is a race where speed is important, but navigation skills are more important. During training sessions, the cadets learnt how to read contour maps, use a compass and pace count.
The year 9s and 10s had to complete a rogaining course. Rogaining is not as well-known as orienteering. They are similar sports, but Rogaining is more of a marathon event. Whereas orienteering is a fixed course that you complete in the fastest time, rogaining is a bigger course and you have to plan your own route, to collect the most points in a fixed time. Different checkpoints are allocated different point values.
All the year 7 and year 8 teams did a great job and managed to find all the checkpoints. The year 9 and 10 cadets similarly did brilliantly, and all teams managed to get to all the checkpoints within very fast times. There was only one minute separating first and second place – which is quite amazing considering the fastest teams were out for three and a half hours. Only one team was still out after dark. I will definitely need to make the course more difficult next year.
The other aspect of our Grimwade area camp is the shelters that the cadets can use. We progressively give cadets less materials as they get more experienced. Our year 7 cadets are issued with tents, the year 8 cadets get professionally made bivvies, the year 9 cadets get a sheet of black plastic, and the year 10 cadets have to make a shelter from the materials in the natural environment. It is great so see some of the creative shelters that the older cadets build.
The other program that has been running this term is the program run by the local emergency services groups. The year 10 cadets have been participating in special 2-hour training sessions and doing some awesome activities. So far, they have used a roof safety system with the SES, done a simulated search and rescue activity with the VFRS (Volunteer Fire and Rescue), donned HAZMAT suits and drafted water and the shot water across the Blackwood River with the Kangaroo Gully Bush Fire Brigade. The program continues next term, and they will also get to visit the St john Ambulance centre and work on their first aid skills.
Next term we have lots more fun activities planned.
AN AWESOME OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO VOLUNTEER AT YOH FEST
Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest is a health promotion festival, that uses the Performing & Visual Arts to promote positive health messages that can help empower young people. The festival has been making a difference for over 22 years, having reached thousands over that time. Through the festival, we continue searching for new and innovative ways to engage young people in their communities.
That’s why we are now on the hunt for YOH Fest Volunteers & Ambassadors - to help us do it!
We are putting the call out for youth volunteers to help with the YOH Fest live events held across West Australia in roles such as event marshalling and backstage management.
We are also looking for Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest ambassadors to help us empower youth as influencers in their community.
- Represent Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest as a volunteer and/or ambassador in your hometown.
- Have an understanding of the Act-Belong-Commit message (we can help you with this) and be willing to raise awareness of the campaign encouraging positive mental health.
- Be a positive role model to promote healthy lifestyles amongst your peers.
- Be our on the ground ‘reporter’ by sharing stories on how young people in your community are staying mentally healthy and record the impact YOH Fest has on participants.
- Be confident with social media so you can takeover of the YOH Fest IG & FB accounts if required.
WHAT VOLUNTEERS GET:
- Confidence and leadership skills
- Public speaking & volunteering experience
- Build connections within your community
- Get to wear the famous YOH Fest blue shirt
- The opportunity to apply for a funding scholarship to create an activity/promotion concept that promotes the Act-Belong-Commit message within your community.
- Complete the attached application form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a photo image of completed forms via text to: 0438 998 751.
Applications close: FRIDAY 23 JULY 2021