This time of term is busy in all schools. With assignments, deadlines and the onset of warmer weather, activity increases. So does a little trepidation about the future, particularly for those about to leave BHS and move on. I expect our incoming Year 6s are both excited and curious as to the beginning of their journey with us. I encourage all students to continue to focus on being their best, in the classroom, in the yard and in the community. Your actions do get noticed, so let’s keep them positive!
Thanks to Mr Pantou , Mrs Humby and staff, for the planning and delivery of the Athletics Carnival. These type of events take a lot of planning to allow them to occur, and an army of helpers to set up, prepare and pack up.
This week we had the final P&C meeting for 2019. I would like to thank the entire committee for their dedication to supporting BHS and our students. With energy and great enthusiasm, these ladies (men, you can join!) have coordinated a range of events to support the school, many bringing in funds which are then redistributed to support students. They give freely of their time, their skills and energy, to undertake this valuable role. Today they have provided lunch for the Sports Carnival, again as a team of dedicated helpers. Thank you to you all. I would like to make special mention of Stacey Applin, who has completed her last P&C meeting , ever! Having served our community at both the primary school and BHS, Stacey’s efforts over the years have been outstanding. Please thank Stacey if you see her, and you might like to ask about how you might contribute to the P&C. New members are always welcomed, valued and nurtured.
A massive congratulations to Fire, who won the 2019 athletics carnival, for the first time in so many years. It was very exciting and a well deserved win.
Congratulations also to everyone who particpated in the carnival, either as an athlete, a helper or just by cheering on their mates. The atmosphere was awesome and everyone had a fab time.
Fire = 580 points
Ice = 529 points Sun = 502 points
Girls 12 Jill Baker (Fire) 25 Tara Chadwick (Ice) 24
Boys 12 James Hughes (Ice) 25 Andrew Wheatley (Ice) 24
Girls 13 Alicia Gluck (Fire) 43 Sara James (Ice) 38
Boys 13 Jacob Duncan (Ice) 46 Brodie Fisher (Fire) 25
Gilrs 14 Abbey Pitts (Sun) 38 Milly Henderson-Mott (Sun) 32
Boys 14 Cody Ward (Sun) 42 Darcy Craven (Fire) 28
Girls 15/O Sarah Jakobson (Sun) 41 Stephanie Aldridge (Fire) 29 &
Chloe Steinbacher (Fire) 29
Boys 15/O Ben Karafilis (Ice) 43 Angus Brown (Sun) 26
Wright Cup - Year 10 with most points = Ben Karafilis
Wheatley Shield - Year 8/9 with the most points = Jacob Duncan
Abbey Pitts - 14 year girls - 100m: 13.63
Gypsy Barton - 12 year girls - 100m: 14.47
Lucy Best - 12 year girls - 200m: 31.50
Tom Dearle - 14 year boys - 400m: 1.00.57
Thanks to all staff involved for making it such a great event and to the hard working P&C for providing lunch.
Week 5 - The third year 7 group made blueberry muffins and the next task is to make ham and cheese toasties (to revise grill use safety) as well as potato wedges (to keep hungry tummies happy).
The year 8's successfully made chocolate mousse on Tuesday and triple chocolate raspberry muffins on Wednesday.
The year 9/10's copied the year 8 recipes all in one session with great success.
Week 6 - Year 7's were continuing with grill and oven safety techniques by making ham and cheese toasted sandwiches as well as wedges.
Year 8's made chocolate cake and some students made roses with icing fondant.
Year 9/10's made some items to enter in the Bridgetown Show this weekend. Good luck to all participating in the Show.
Thank you again to the Karafilis family for their generous regular donation of eggs.
Week 5 - Our awesome Year 7 & 8 Cadets were hard at it this week during training, learning how to do some rescues. Well done you guys!
Week 6 - And in week six, the Year 7 & 8 Cadetrs had a try at archery. Always good fun!
Days for Girls Festival, 2019
Our Year 8 girls were invited to participate in the annual Girls Festival on Wednesday 20th November.
It was a day spent celebrating all the wonderful things about being a girl – our bodies, determination, innovativeness, strength and creativity.
The girls were divided into seven small groups and joined in with Year 6 students from Bridgetown PS and Year 7 students from Kearnan College. Together, they rotated through stations that explored physical and mental health, artistic creativeness, our impact on the environment as well as learned how the Days for Girls message is being spread around the world.
Many thanks must go to the Bridgetown Chapter of DfG, the Bridgetown Family and Community Centre and the Manjimup Community and Resource Centre – as well as all the many volunteers who assisted on the day.
#itsinthebag 2019 will run from Friday November 22 to Saturday December 7
Donate to our Christmas collection #itsinthebag.
You have the power to make life better for a woman or girl experiencing homelessness or poverty this Christmas. Provide pads and tampons, personal hygiene products and everyday luxuries to homeless women, women at risk or women experiencing domestic violence.
It’s simple. First of all, choose a handbag in good condition that you no longer use. Then, fill it with items that would make a woman feel special, pop in a thoughtful note or Christmas card and show her someone cares. Show her that she matters because everyone deserves to feel that way.
Next time you’re at the shops, collect a few items for your Christmas handbag. No matter how you celebrate Christmas with your family, this will be the most meaningful and appreciated gift you give this year.
NB: Save the Dignity is an organisation which collects and donates personal hygiene products and toiletries for homeless women or women experiencing domestic violence.
The girls at Bridgetown High School will be involved in this important project, but we hope to include both staff and parents too.
Essentially, we need donations of handbags or suitable bags to fill with personal hygiene products and toiletries. There are three different bags: Women’s bag, a Teen bag and a Nappy bag. Bags must be in good condition and all products and toiletries must be new items.
There will be tubs in the front office for items to be collected. In early December these bagged items will be taken to Bunnings in Bunbury which is our collection point.
Thank you for your support.
Hi From the School Nurse
Alcohol and your teenager
The National Health and Medical Research Council - recommends that for children and young people less than 18 years of age, not drinking alcohol is the safest option.
Young people’s developing brains can be damaged through consumption of alcohol so avoiding alcohol is important. Drinking is associated with poor decision-making, loss of control and risky behaviour such as unsafe or unwanted sex, injury, violence, car crashes and other undesirable outcomes which may last a lifetime.
For more information on guidelines for reducing risk to those under 18 years of age visit http://alcoholthinkagain.com.au/
Alcohol use by teens- warning signs for parents!
It’s not always easy to tell if a young person is having problems with alcohol or other drugs.
Some of the signs that your child is using alcohol or other drugs include mood swings, angry outbursts and changes to clothes, friends and interests. But these signs are a normal part of adolescence too.
Here are some other warning signs that might mean you need to act:
School and social life
Your child might be:
- doing worse at school or skipping school
- using secret or ‘coded’ language when talking with friends
- being more secretive about his things or where he’s going
- isolating himself more than usual
- spending a lot of time with new friends who might be less interested in regular school or family activities
- wearing different clothes or jewellery, especially ones that feature drug symbols or paraphernalia.
Your child might:
- have changes in mood that are out of character
- have changes in sleeping habits – for example, high energy and sleeplessness or trouble waking up
- start using incense or air fresheners to hide the smell of smoke or other substances.
What can parents do?
Supervision is one of the most important things parents can do. Know where your young person is going and what she/he is doing. Parents are legally responsible for their teenage children.
- Talk to your teenager about alcohol, drinking and your expectations of his/her behaviour.
- Ensure young people are supervised by a responsible adult at all gatherings.
- Drink safely and moderately – your actions speak loudly to your children.
- Don’t buy alcohol for your son or daughter and ensure other parents know your thoughts about alcohol for your child.
- Talk to other parents about these issues and form a united front.
Remember, it is an offence for anyone to supply under 18s with alcohol in a private setting without parental or guardian permission. This offence carries a maximum penalty of $10,000.
More information is available:
For any questions or queries regarding any health issues please don’t hesitate to contact me by leaving a message in the front office or alternatively
or email: email@example.com
COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE
Bridgetown High School Alumni Scholarship Classic
1 Music and 1 Science
The BHS Alumni thanks you for your participation in ‘Naming Right 2020’ that will be drawn and announced at the Bridgetown Agricultural Show 2019.
Each year, the Alumni invites local businesses to participate in the Scholarship Classic to receive naming rights for the scholarship. Businesses pay $60 to participate, with the winning business drawn at the annual Bridgetown Agricultural Show.
In 2019 the Alumni Scholarships has been known as the Hon Terry Redman MLA award.
Each year, scholarships are presented to two Year 7 students: an Environmental Science Scholarship and a Music Scholarship. Winning students are provided $500 each year from
Years 8-10 to help with a range of educational costs, such as uniforms, supplies and so forth.
Thank you once again! The Alumni appreciates your contribution to our community’s young people, towards their education and future aspirations.