Montrose Bay High School Newsletter - Term 3
As the Term draws to a close I would like to thank the whole Montrose Bay Community for making me feel so welcome during my time at the school in Term 3. I have very much enjoyed my 10 weeks at the school. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the staff at the school during this period.
A major focus at the school for this term has been on the value of Respect. As a school we have spent time to further understand what the term respect means for ourselves, others, our past and the environment. Another key focus for the term was furthering our ongoing efforts in building a culture of positive and supportive behaviour across the school. We have celebrated with our students the growth we have made in this area with a number of reward days and activities.
I am able to update you on the appointment of the Principal to Montrose Bay High. I am very pleased to let you all know that that Mr Duncan Groves has been appointed as Principal. I am sure many of you already know Duncan through his previous principalship at Windermere Primary, and now currently Principal at Ogilvie. Duncan an exceptional school leader and his appointment is well deserved. Duncan will commence in his new role from the beginning of Term 4.
Once again I would like to extend my thanks to the community for their support in Term 3 and I would like to wish our students a restful and safe term break.
Acting Principal - MBH
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Student Voice - Dojo Disco
To follow in the footsteps of our school slogan ‘Work hard; be kind’ students have been rewarded for their positive behaviour. To track this positive behaviour teachers have been awarding dojo points. To celebrate and recognise these students the student leadership team put together a dojo reward disco. This disco was a really fun way to congratulate the winners of the dojo points for the past 3 weeks. The rewarded students are doing an outstanding job of: respecting our school, our teachers and our equipment and following our slogan with pride. They are continuously demonstrating this good behaviour and it has been influencing other students to feel more excited and recognised for the small, positive behaviour that they do. This good behaviour has been spreading through our school very rapidly and we hope to see this continue. Congratulations to these students we hope you enjoyed the disco just as much as we enjoyed putting I together for you.
Maggie Read - MBH Co-President
MBH - School Association
Hi and welcome to the new Montrose Bay High Newsletter, a new initiative to improve communication between our school and the broader community.
My name is Earle and I’ve been involved in Montrose Bay school association for a number of years as my three boys have transitioned through the school.
Do you ever feel that talking to your child about what they do at school all day is a bit like trying to communicate with R2-D2 and all you get in response is grunts and whistles?? If you find yourself in this situation, a great way to find out what’s happening in the school and involve yourself in your child’s education is to come along to a School Association meeting.
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month and usually run for about an hour. If you are worried about being roped into fundraising committees or working bees, please don’t be! Meetings are relaxed and casual and include discussions on various issues, a student report and a principal’s report and are a fantastic way to get an insight into the running of the school and what your child is up to.
We would love to see some new faces, especially as we are about to welcome a new Principal.
The next meeting is on Tuesday 19th October at 5.15pm. Hope to see you there!
Earle Patman - MBH School Association President
Throughout term 3, Year 7 classes have been working hard across all subject areas. In core time, students have been studying a wide range of concepts such as delving into Ancient Egypt, analysing a short film and investigating camera angles and shot types, learning about sustainability and water as a resource, creating dichotomous keys, measuring using perimeter, area and volume and learning mindfulness techniques and their benefits. They have also enjoyed being out of the classroom trying out their taster subjects, where interests have been sparked, new skills have been learned and exciting projects have been created. In HWB they have been exploring and challenging their own comfort zones, culminating in an excursion to Bounce where they were challenged to enter their daring zone.
We have celebrated students being respectful to themselves, each other, staff, property and space. Over 70 students in year 7 have received certificates for earning more than 10 Class DoJo points for demonstrating respectful attitudes and behaviours. Some of these students have been lucky enough to win prizes and vouchers in our fortnightly raffle draw and the points leaders from each class have also been rewarded with a trip to Bounce and a disco afternoon.
Lisa Walsh - Gr 7 AST
We are proud of the growth we have seen in our Year 8 students throughout Term 3. Changes in elective subjects have seen students adopting growth mindsets, meeting new teachers and finding enjoyment in new subject areas. We have seen students fishing on the waterfront, surfing, cooking for the first time and completing MDT projects. Students are adapting well to our electronic device and out of class procedures with students ensuring phones are off and away all day and remaining in class. We would like to express our gratitude to all our parents and carers who have taken the time to speak with us, on the phone and in person, around these policies. When our students are supported and reminded about these, both at school and at home, it makes a noticeable difference and supports their learning and wellbeing at school.
Throughout Term 3, each Year 8 Connect class have taken a turn to host our weekly formal assemblies, celebrating achievements from the past week including our Respect Certificate recipients, Dojo raffle winners and the learning on display in our core classes. Well done to the students who have displayed courage and leadership when hosting the assemblies.
As we look forward to Term 4, we are starting to prepare our students for the senior school; how to move around the different learning areas and spaces and sharing information on the subjects and programs available such as our Packages of Learning: Design and Construction class and our Student Leadership Team.
Emily Rushton - Gr 8 AST
Hello from the Year 9 team,
We’ve had an extremely busy term completing learning-based tasks from a range of subject areas. Our Humanities team have been exploring Immigration and forming speeches to describe their opinions whilst also analysing the way in which media services are trying to persuade you. To accompany this unit of work, the students have also been taking part in a History Inquiry with a focus on significance. Student were tasked with identifying a significant event, person, or group and delving into the impact that resulted.
Our Science and Maths teachers have been focusing on Algebra and Biology. The students have been upskilling their knowledge of Algebra with our future focus of graphing linear equations. The Biology unit has been a huge hit with the kids, as they have enjoyed dissecting hearts and brains, and completing their scientific reports. We have also started to explore Biology in the environment and how energy flows between different ecosystems.
Luke Polanowski - Gr 9 AST
This term, Grade 10 have been focusing on preparing for the future. On the 27th of August Grade 10 students attended the RYDA road safety education program. RYDA is a program run by Rotary and is aimed at equipping young people with the knowledge to stay safe on Australian roads. The day involves learning about stopping distance, driving distractions, and making positive choices when driving. Students with their Learners licence that attended the day received a 5-hour logbook credit for the day. Students have also been working on their transition plans for college. Every student will complete a one-on-one conversation with a teacher around their future plans for Year 11 including where they would like to attend and what subjects and VET courses they are interested in.
Well done to our mixed netball team for coming Runners Up in the 2021 Reclink/Netball Tasmania Community Shield . Congratulations to Lily C on being awarding an AYC Netball 2022 club scholarship for her outstanding performance.
Jasmine and Scarlett N competed in the Southern High School Badminton Championships. Both girls competed in singles, doubles and mixed doubles for Grade 10. They were crowned Grade 10 doubles champions with Jasmine also the runner up in the singles and Scarlett the runner up in the mixed doubles. Well done girls!
Emma Stubbs - Gr 10 AST
Year 11 and 12
Students in Year 11 are now in their final weeks of learning, ensuring that all work is completed and they are on track to receive their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) points and literacy, numeracy and ICT ticks. Students will receive their final reports in December via post directly from the Office of Tasmanian Assessment Standards and Certification (TASC).
We are currently finalising what our Years 11 and 12 space will look like in 2022. We are excited to be offering students throughout The Derwent Collective with more opportunities such as more subjects to support TCE attainment and Certificate II in Community Pharmacy. We recently held a successful Taster Day and are working on Transition Plans with those students choosing to continue their Year 11 and 12 education at MBHS.
If you missed the afternoon and are interested in choosing MBH for Year 11 or 12 please touch base with Emily Rushton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Rushton - Yr 11/12 AST
2021 Celebration Dinner
We are excited to be making plans to celebrate our Grade 10's transitioning to College.
We plan to hold the Celebration Dinner on Tuesday, 14 December at Elwick Racecourse with arrivals at MBHS and a bus to the dinner.
Earning an invitation - Grade 10 students will need to earn 30 points to gain their invitation to the Dinner. Dojo points will reset at the beginning of Term 4.
A letter was sent home to parent/carers and as more information about the Celebration Week events comes to hand we will share it with you.
The Resilience Project - Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
In 2021 MBH has begun a partnership with The Resilience Project to teach our students positive strategies to help build happiness and resilience. The numbers in the graphic below tell us that 1 in 4 teens will experience mental health problems this year, so we know that positively supporting youth mental health matters... a lot.
Our weekly program is called Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and is focused around four key areas of Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness and Emotional Literacy. Our term 3 focus has been mindfulness, which is our ability to be calm and in the present moment. We practise mindfulness by slowing down and concentrating on one thing at a time. Each grade has developed students' understanding of the benefits as well as have a go at a variety of different strategies.
Check out link to The Resilience Project below for more information.
Sports Colours Day
Thank you and congratulations to our Student Leaders for running a successful and fun Sport Colours Day on 16 September. Student Leaders and helpers organised a range of activities including longest kick, basketball comp, sausage sizzle and music in the courtyard. Well done everyone who participated and donated. We raised $488.00 for the day with the money to be donated to Kids Cancer.
All visitors to Montrose Bay High must sign in via our Visitor Signin Book at the front office. You must include your mobile number for COVID tracing requirements. You must also scan the QR code (available in the front foyer) to stay safe with the "Check in Tas" app.
If your student is absent from school for any reason please notify us as early as possible. You can do this via:
- phone - 6208 2666
- text message - 0418 137 500
If you need to collect your student early for any reason our student admin staff would appreciate if you send a note in the morning rather than just before you arrive.
A reminder that students must not use their phones during the school day. If a student needs to go home sick please remind them to go and see their Grade Leader or office.
If your child is ordering food from the canteen, the payment MUST be made via either cash or card, we are unable to accept payment using a phone.
Term 4, 2021 - Dates to Remember
|Monday, 11 October|
First day of Term 4
|Thursday, 21 October|
Hobart Show Day Public Holiday
|Friday - 22 October|
Student Free Day - Professional Learning for Staff
|Thursday, 9 December|
|Tuesday, 14 December|
Grade 10 Celebration Dinner
|Thursday, 16 December|
Last day of Term 4 for students
We will continue to add more dates throughout term 4.
Moonah Arts Centre (MAC)
Check out the variety of school holiday programs available at the Moonah Arts Centre. Clink on the link below to register your interest.
YMCA - Holiday Activities
Youth – Procreate Digital Art Workshop
Procreate Digital Art – Exclusive Youth Workshop
Learn the essentials of Procreate, the world’s most popular digital art application for iPad. The Y have partnered with ‘Procreate’ this school holidays to present a ‘once off’ face to face workshop with the App designers, for young artists
Book today – strictly limited to 20!
School Holiday ‘Scooter Skills’ Program
Learn park tricks with Jye… at the school holiday Scooter Skills program.
The 1-hour skills workshop is ideal for kids of all ages who currently ride a scooter. The group will learn fundamental skills, park etiquette and how to dial up the fun with more advanced tricks to increase your cool factor and safety when out riding.
The program will run at Kangaroo Bay Skate Park – Tuesday, September 28th and Thursday, October 7th – from 9am to 10am.
School Holidays – All Aboard Skateboarding Sessions
Learn to skate with the FREE All Aboard Skateboarding Sessions at Cygnet Skate Park this School Holidays! ALL are welcome!
When: Thursday 30 September
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Cygnet Skate Park
Skateboards provided! Please bring your own helmet if you have one. Register for a free session here: