Montrose Bay High School Newsletter - Term 4 Week 5
Message from the Principal
We are reaching an exciting period of the year as we begin to move into our final testing phase and learning units for students across all year levels. Our Year 11/12 students will finalise their learning this week and we celebrated with them last week at a dinner at Core restaurant in town, this was a great event and a chance to reminisce and share stories of their journeys across the years at MBHS, we wish all these students the best of luck in their future endeavours and will welcome back some of the Year 11 students in 2024.
Over recent weeks all students have been participating in PAT maths and reading tests, this data will support teachers to set up learning units for 2024 and also help guide marking for end of year results. Students were motivated to do well in this testing and set goals moving forward to strive for in the future. A big thanks Mrs Buchorn and Mrs Stewart who coordinated this testing alongside maths and English teachers.
Year 10 Celebrations – Over the coming weeks our Year 10 team are preparing a number of activities to celebrate the achievements of our students. We continue to encourage high standards from these leaders in our school and will soon be sending invitations out for the celebration dinner. We would like to remind students and families that these invites are linked with positive behaviour to ensure our school values are demonstrated by all.
Dragonfly Arts Festival – I was very impressed by this event and proud of the way our students performed and prepared for each part of the evening. It was terrific to showcase the skills of students who may not normally be highlighted in other parts of the school. I would like to thank our staff and the Arts/Tech team who organised and supported the event. There was lots of planning and preparation in the months prior to ensure students were supported and ready.
Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize – We would like to acknowledge Esther in Year 9 who recently was an award winner in this competition run by DECYP. The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize aims to commemorate and preserve the meaning of the ANZAC spirit in the Tasmanian community.
Six Year 9 students are selected from around Tasmania to take part in the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize each year. As part of the prize Esther will:
- go on a 10-day study tour in April the following year (incorporating Anzac Day).
- visit the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
- attend educational meetings held once a month in the lead up to the study tour (November to April).
Over the coming weeks students will participate in a number of celebration events and excursions. Parents/carers please keep an eye out on our socials for details and information about these events. We look forward to celebrating with our community and acknowledging the fantastic effort of students and support by staff and parents/carers.
Mr Tim Nicholas - Principal
School Association-Montrose Bay High
Well, the school year is drawing to a close and once again Christmas and the summer holidays are just around the corner!
Congratulations to all students and staff for your efforts this year, whether it be personal growth, academic achievement or contributing to our school community in the broader sense.
It has been a productive year for the School Association, culminating in the final meeting earlier this week.
With some current members retiring due to their children finishing up at Montrose Bay High, it would be great to see some fresh faces at our meetings next year. Meetings are informal and relaxed and are a great way of finding out what’s happening in and around the school.
Keep your eye out for details in the school newsletter but the first meeting will be a few weeks into the new term.
All the best for the rest of the year and for the new year ahead.
On behalf of the School Association
As we approach the final stretch of the school year, our Year 7 students have been immersed in their learning and been provided with a number of engaging activities and enriching experiences. Here are some highlights that have been shaping their educational journey:
Dance Nexus Project: DRILL dance workshops
This term, some of our Year 7 students have had the incredible opportunity to participate in the Dance Nexus project with DRILL Performance. Led by experienced dance instructors and choreographers, students have been learning about dance and creating their own dance pieces. The workshops will culminate in performances to their families on Friday 23rd of November.
Glimar Man Guest Speaker and Art Workshops
Students from Year 7 had the opportunity to work with Robi Glimar, AKA The Glimar Man, a well-known and respected name within the automotive, art and spray-painting industry in Tasmania. The Glimar Man gave an engaging performance where he talked about his passion for creating art. During the performance, students had the chance to try their hand at spray-painting on t-shirts using stencils.
Later in the day, Robi ran several workshops with small groups where students had the opportunity to create original artworks of their own. It was a fantastic and engaging experience, and we are looking forward to inviting The Glimar Man back again next year!
Transition Leaders Excursion to Molesworth
To help guide our incoming Grade 7s of 2024, a group of current Year 7 applicants has been in training to be Transition Leaders. This group will act as mentors and peer support for Year 6 students moving into High School. As part of their training, they embarked on an exciting excursion to Molesworth. This excursion provided an immersive experience for them to develop valuable skills such as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. The picturesque surroundings of Molesworth provided the perfect backdrop for personal growth, creating memories that will undoubtedly stay with our Transition Leaders as they continue to guide their peers on Orientation Day in a couple of weeks and in Term 1 next year. A further day of training will occur at school to build on this experience and prepare them for their roles..
As we reflect on these enriching experiences, it is evident that Term 4 has been a time of exploration, inspiration, and growth for our Year 7 students. We commend their enthusiasm and dedication to embracing new challenges, and we look forward to finishing Year 7 in style.
Jack Young - AP
Our Year 8 students have enthusiastically embraced the Growing Careers program coordinated by The Smith Family. In a dynamic one-day workshop, like the popular show "Shark Tank," students sharpened their entrepreneurial skills. Their creativity shone as they pitched innovative ideas and collaborated to solve real-world challenges, fostering an atmosphere of innovation and teamwork.
Currently underway is the Future Seekers program, a six-week journey that encourages students to explore their passions, strengths, and aspirations. This initiative aims to equip our students with the tools and insights needed to make informed decisions about their future careers.
In the classroom, our Year 8's in Geography have been exploring immigration in Australia and have delved into the diverse stories that have shaped our nation. In English, poetry has become a playground for creative expression. Students have been crafting verses and exploring emotions through words. Maths, students have been learning about measurement, geometry, and area. Practical applications and real-world problem-solving make math more engaging and applicable to everyday life. Also, in Health and Physical Education, our students have had the opportunity to engage in the inter-high swimming team, and beach volleyball competition. In Outdoor Education, students have participated in walks at Risdon Brook Dam and walking to the Organ Pipes on Mount Wellington. 8B had the chance to see fresh snow falling.
Year 11 - 12
The year 11/12 students have had a very busy couple of weeks. They have finished their classes for the year and their results are being submitted to TASC. We recently held the end-of-year dinner at Core Restaurant in the Crowne Plaza which was a lovely opportunity to celebrate their achievements over the last year and, for the year 12’s, their last days as school students. We wish our year 12 students luck as they move into the next exciting stage of their lives. To our year 11’s a safe and happy holiday.
K Peacock - 11/12 Teacher
A huge, thank you to all the stars of our annual arts night, Dragonfly.
Our talented students truly out did themselves, making our taste buds dance with delicious street food, and our hearts skip a beat with their stunning visual art, drama, and music performances. All of Montrose Bay High are immensely proud of our student’s artistic endeavours.
And to our broader community, thank you for your support and enthusiasm towards the evening. It was a wonderful experience to share the creative talents on display and your presence and energy made the night extra special.
Congratulations to Esther Mbabazi in Year 9 who was recently selected as a recipient of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize.
The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize is a competition that commemorates and preserves the meaning of the Anzac spirit in the Tasmanian community. Each year, six year 9 students are selected from around Tasmania to take part in a 10-day study tour in April of the following year.
As part of the prize, students visit the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and attend educational meetings held once a month in the lead-up to the study tour. The study tour will travel to sites and landmarks of wartime, in Belgium and France.
Thank you to our staff who have supported Esther, especially 9/10 History Teacher Kat Patterson.
Loaves and Fishes Program
This week our Loaves and Fishes program celebrated 10 years of continued service at MBHS. This program is run through our catering space and is organised and supported by Nigel and Lindy (TAs) who do a wonderful job planning and engaging students in cooking meals for our community. Recently we also reached a milestone where we pushed past 100,000 meals prepared for local community members through the program. We have a partnership with the charity ‘Loaves and Fishes’ where they support with ingredients for the meals alongside other community organisations. Our students benefit through this program by providing a service for our community and learning industry-standard catering skills at the same time. We highly value this partnership and believe it is a tremendous example of schools engaging with the community to benefit all members.
24 Carrot Program
This term we are in full swing. The nights are longer and the mornings are warmer. At this time of year, we have to delay our planting as we have to take into consideration the school holidays so we haven’t got produce ready when no one is in the garden. This hasn’t stopped us from being super busy. All of our seedlings are ready to go in and garden beds have been emptied and top-dressed with compost. By week 6 all of our tomatoes will be in and ready when students return in 2024.
3v3 Reclink Basketball Competition
On November 9, nine students from grades 8 and 10 competed at Swisherr in the Reclink community basketball contest. They played 8 games, with both teams reaching the finals. The senior girls won 10-7 against Kingston High, while the senior boys lost 9-7 to Cosgrove High. Hallie Maughan was awarded the senior girl MVP.
Mr. Lillico is very proud of how both teams conducted themselves on and off the court.
Dates to Remember
Grade 6 Orientation Day
|1st December||Year 9 Claremont College - Towards 2025 Day|
Student Fare Increase 2024
Every School Day Matters
Student Broadband Initiative
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