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  • Principal: Ruth Mussger 8531 9500 – Chairperson Governing Council: Cathy Smith 0408 336 469

    It is through working together, with respect, that we can achieve excellence

    Murray Bridge High School

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    TERM 3, WEEK 8 – 10 September 2018

    From the Principal Ruth Mussger Over the last three years Murray Bridge High School has been involved in the Social Ventures Australia (SVA) Bright School’s Connection. We have accessed strategies and knowledge from the foundation to support our improvement planning, along with many tried and tested ideas and programs from interstate schools that are very similar to us. SVA has partnered with Samsung Australia and we are the very appreciative recipients of 2 Galaxy S9 with latest model VR headwear. This very generous sponsorship will enable students in class to access virtual reality content by connecting to the Galaxy mobile device, as well as develop their own VR skills to design 3D video and 360 degree content. See Abbey trying out the VR headgear in the photo below right. We are very proud of Rex Catipay and Zack Schwerdt, who represented Murray Bridge High School in the second round of the iAwards, which drew state winners together at the national event in Melbourne. Their SMART app created interest for many of the industry representatives and the boys have been offered internships at a prestigious firm later this year. They were also recognised by the Premier and Federal Member for Hammond for their achievements. I would like to thank teacher Lochlann Dwyer for supporting the boys throughout the design, construction and presentation phases. Last week students moved back into the newly refurbished science labs. Teachers and students have been very positive about the design and layout of the rooms that enable far more integration of classes and flexible, collaborative work stations. State of the art video equipment will allow students to record evidence of practical experiments, as well as making teacher demonstrations available for students to watch on line at school or at home. The photos below show layout before furniture was placed and after with students enjoying the new collaborative layout.


    Tue, 11 Sep Finance Committee, 4.30pm

    Wed, 12 Sep Music Showcase, John Dohler Hall

    Mon, 17 Sep Parent/Teacher meetings 3.30 – 5.30pm

    Tue, 18 Sep Parents & Friends – 4.45pm Governing Council – 6pm

    Wed, 19 Sep Parent/Teacher meetings 3.00 – 5.00pm

    Sat/Sun, 22/23 Sep Pedal Prix 24 hour event Murray Bridge

    Wed, 26 Sep Creative Arts/Dance Showcase

    Fri, 28 Sep House Cup Day Last day of Term 3 – 2pm dismissal

  • Murray Bridge High School Newsletter 10 September 2018


    National iAwards 2018 by Lochlann Dwyer After school on Tuesday, 28th of August, students Rex Catipay and Zack Schwerdt, myself and SSO Jason Hagger headed to Adelaide airport, the first step in their National iAwards journey. Each year the National iAwards, an ICT industry event is held in Melbourne; it is a celebration of innovation and excellence within the realm of computing and business. Politicians, comedians, business leaders and even students all end up in attendance.

    The group arrived at their hotel on Tuesday evening and quickly rested. On Wednesday morning Rex and Zack presented their innovation to a judging panel made of a mixture of business experts, computer engineers and other industry leaders in the sky rise building KPMG in Melbourne’s CBD. Rex and Zack had created SMART (Student Movement Augmented Reality Timetable), a navigation tool designed to help students navigate their way around the school using only a phone’s camera. The two students engaged the judges with their ideas, current progress and even a few jokes, after all, they are ‘SMART’.

    Once judging was complete the group had the opportunity to experience Melbourne for the day. The group went to the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), a museum / gallery that focuses on both Australian film and video game history. Rex and Zack found themselves in a losing game of oversized chess versus Mr Dwyer, and finally the group found themselves solving puzzles in an escape room.

    Thursday morning found Rex and Zack presenting their innovation once again, this time on stage to both a panel of Judges and an audience. The students where participating in PitchFest, a quick shot shark tank style presentation, they only had 3 minutes to illustrate their innovation to the judges followed by a short 3 minute question and answer session. PitchFest focuses less on the innovation itself, and more the ability to sell the idea of the innovation. I, Lochlann Dwyer also participated as a judge in the junior category.

    With several innovations in the Senior Student category at PitchFest the competition was going to be tight. Rex and Zack where competing against students from a range of different schools with a range of different innovations from all of the country. Innovations included The Amazing Annoyotron, a coding kit designed to engage students in learning how to code, a safety monitor and locator for the elderly, and even an alarm to notify people who are looking at their phones that trams and trains may be around. Sadly the team SMART did not win at PitchFest, instead the elderly safety monitor was the winner.

    Finally on Thursday evening the group attended the iAwards Gala dinner at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Gala was an evening of political speeches, presentations, comedians, dinner and even magicians. The group was treated to a three course meal over the night as winners of each of the categories were presented. SMART did not manage to achieve victory in the student category, instead the Amazing Annoyotron was crowned the winner.

    Overall the group had a great 2 days visiting Melbourne, and they gained a great insight into the world of innovation, business and excellence.

    Rex and Zack present their innovation to a judging panel

    Rex, Mr Dwyer and Zack enjoy the sites of Melbourne

    Rex and Zack get ready for the big night

  • Murray Bridge High School Newsletter 10 September 2018


    Year 11 and 12 Drama- Priscilla Queen of the Desert by Emily Adams

    The story itself although hilariously funny and well developed also showcased a number of important topics for our students including gender stereotypes and homophobia. Priscilla follows the lives of Tick, Adam and Bernadette a trio of drag queens who buy a bus and drive from Sydney to Alice Springs where they will perform their much anticipated show. Nothing goes to plan, however, with a broken down bus, a few small minded towns and a discovery of friendship. Students truly invested themselves in the characters and their experiences throughout their journey. A show that provided us knee slapping humour but in the same minute an outpouring of empathy is one truly worth remembering.

    What a spectacle, a hilariously funny but touching story of identity and friendship! On Tuesday 28 August, Year 11 and 12 Drama students attended the Festival Theatre to watch the classic Australian musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Within minutes the performers had captured the audience with an iconic opening number which included singers floating from the ceiling and drag queens dancing up a storm. The musical madness continued throughout the performance with many students joining in to clap and sing along to popular hits like ‘I will survive’, ‘shake your groove thing’ and ‘I love the nightlife’.

    Sports Colours Day raising money for Teen Challenge

    On Friday, 31st August the SRC held Sports Colours Day. This casual day aimed to raise money for Teen Challenge, helping those teens affected by drugs. It was great to see so many students and staff dressed up in their favourite team colours. The day was a huge success and we raised $207.85 for Teen Challenge. Thank you to all those who dressed up on the day.


    Blake Zadow

    Winner of the Connolly Medal for the Best and Fairest player in the RMFL Under 17.5’s. Murray Bridge High School would like to extend congratulations to Blake on his accomplishment. Well done!

  • Murray Bridge High School Newsletter 10 September 2018


    Girl Interrupted – Year 12 Drama

    Performance by Emily Adams

    On Thursday evening 30 August, the Year 12 Drama class had their external moderation performance. I believe students truly captured the essence of such a serious text going above and beyond with their development of character.

    Beginning last year I have been considering a text for the Year 12 group to workshop for their external moderation performance. I wanted something that challenges them whilst incorporating in depth characters with backstories the students could really explore. I have always been a fan of the book and film Girl Interrupted which is a biographical story by Susanna Kayson. The story itself provides many raw moments that really encourage students to step out of their comfort zone and explore new character possibilities whilst being stripped of their usual comforts. The story also encourages students to not only challenge themselves but also explore the effects of mental health and stigma attached to institutions in the