High School
(Now Jordan River Learning Federation Middle and Senior Schools)
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For an indicator of the wide range of things we do for students, see the list of
Extra Programs and Activities
that we compiled a few years ago.

See also:
Information for New Students

  • Discipline and Behaviour. Classroom Rules.
  • School Uniform
  • Library
  • Frequently Asked Questions (Can I ride my bike to school? Can I go home for lunch? Etc.)



Bridgewater High School is a State Government coeducational high school for students in years 7 to 10. It is located in an urban setting at Bridgewater, near the urban-rural fringe of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, in the Municipality of Brighton. The school has its own school farm, 'Summerville', in the nearby town of Brighton.

Bridgewater High School is administered by Tasmania's Department of Education.                    
Outside links
Department of Education



The purpose of the school is to provide a caring, safe and stimulating environment in which exemplary educational practices provide all students with the opportunity to strive for excellence, with appropriate and effective community involvement.

Vision Statement

Our school strives to bring out the best in all our students. By creating a safe and stimulating environment we seek to encourage our students to make the most of their opportunities. We plan to cater for all students, responding to their individual needs.

We aim to be consistent and fair in the way we work with students and look to work with our parents in ways that meet their expectations.

Our focus is learning. We want our students to succeed.

Our school is a leader in the area of behaviour management and has in place an excellent pastoral care program. Literacy and numeracy are given the highest priority and technology features prominently in our curriculum.

The educational program at our school is rich and varied. Our School Farm has no equal in this state and we put enormous energy into improving and maintaining the way the school looks and feels.

We are able to know and be known by each other. These relationships are very important, they are at the heart of successful schooling.

We want to ensure that all students who leave us having completed grade 10 continue in education and training.

We seek parental involvement in all aspects of our school and have in place a number of programs to further this ideal. We want our parents and the wider community to have ownership of their school and feel happy with the way it works.


To put our beliefs into practice, we will aim to:

  1. Provide a balanced program which addresses the intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs of all students.
  2. Develop relationships with and between students based on mutual respect, care, concern and consideration.
  3. Provide opportunities for students to accept responsibility and to contribute to school activities in a meaningful way.
  4. Provide students with an understanding of change and the challenges it brings particularly in the area of technology.
  5. Develop and maintain channels of communication between the school and the community, celebrating achievements and promoting a positive image in every way we can.
  6. Seek greater community participation in decision making and increased involvement by the wider community in school activities.
  7. Develop and maintain a supportive school environment for students, staff and parents.
  8. Provide for the professional development of all staff and encourage staff to participate in relevant professional development activities.
  9. Promote the value of education and encourage students to continue their education beyond year 10.
  10. Provide a curriculum that is consistent with Department of Education policies and developments at the national level including contemporary developments in the field of psychology (e.g. learning styles).


Beliefs and Values

Our fundamental beliefs about the operation of the school are:          
Department of Education links

Values and Purposes Statement

Statement of school purpose, beliefs and values

  1. The development of self esteem is crucial to learning.
  2. Learning is enhanced by regular communication between the school and the home.
  3. The school should promote the intellectual, emotional, physical and social development of every child.
  4. The school should provide a stable, safe, friendly and supportive environment
  5. The school should provide opportunities for students to accept responsibility for their education, have high personal expectations of performance and develop independence in their approach to learning.
  6. The school should relate to its community and seek to maximise community involvement in its activities.
  7. Teachers and parents have the ability to influence student attitudes and behaviour by providing appropriate role models and setting high expectations.
  8. The curriculum should be balanced, relevant, interesting and responsive to emerging local, national and international developments.
  9. The achievements of past and present members of the school community should be celebrated.
  10. Opportunities should be provided for, and all staff should be encouraged to participate in, relevant professional development activities to produce the best possible learning environment for students.


Rules and Behaviour

Word documents to download

Download the "Learning/Safety/Care Triangle" (Word doc) which summarises the school rules Download the "B.H.S. 3 Bees" table (Word doc) which details the rules in a positive way for each area of the school Download the "Behaviour - Your Choice" flowchart (Word doc) which makes consequences clear and encourages good behaviour

The "Learning/Safety/Care Triangle" provides the structure on which the "B.H.S. 3 Bees" lists of rules for student behaviour are based.

The "Behaviour - Your Choice" flowchart lays out predictable consequences for student misbehaviour and the steps to take for return to good behaviour.


No-bullying Policy

Our school is firmly committed to its no-bullying policy. We believe that a student's welfare is of the utmost importance. We encourage students to talk to staff about anything at all that might worry them. Students who feel safe make better learners.



The Principal of Bridgewater High School is Mrs Rosanne McDade.          

Details of how to contact our staff are on the How to Contact Bridgewater High School page.

School Association

The School Association consists of the following members:
  • the principal
  • two parent representatives
  • a Brighton Council representative
  • two student representatives (selected from the Brighton Junior Council, our student representative body)
  • two staff representatives 
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Brighton Council

The School Association meets every month. This is the ultimate policy making group in the school.

Parents and Friends Association

Parents and Friends Association meetings are usually held every third Wednesday of the month or as notified in the school newsletter, Info.

Regular Communication with Parents

Info is the school's weekly communication to parents and the school community. This newsletter contains items such as a principal's message, celebration of achievements, sports and other reports, school farm news and information about forthcoming events.

An annual school magazine is produced by staff and students in third term each year.

The newsletter, Info, is given to students each Thursday to take home

Extra Programs and Activities

At the end of 2005 staff reflected on the 'extras' that had been organised for students during the year and produced a list of extra programs and activities they had run.

Special Programs and Events

Special programs supporting the normal curriculum are run at Bridgewater High School. The following are some examples:

  1. The Peer Support program helps Grade 7 students adjust to high school life under the guidance of grade 10 peer support leaders. The program runs in the first term of each year, and is co-ordinated by grade 7 and 10 staff.
  2. Musical Withdrawal. Students studying music have the opportunity to benefit from the regular visits of specialist instrumental teachers. Withdrawal from class is only by permission of the student's subject teacher at the time. Students with withdrawal lessons will be issued with special passes.
  3. The Rock Eisteddfod is an annual inter-school competition fostering development of dance, dramatic and co-operative skills. The school's preparations begin in term 1, for performance in term 2.
  4. Work Experience gives Grade 10 students an insight into a possible career they have chosen by means of a one week practical session in the workforce. This usually happens in the first half of the year.
  5. A Presentation Assembly is usually held on the last Tuesday of the year. This combines a report of the year's activities with recognition of students' achievements.
  6. The Fete at the Farm is usually held during March or April. This is a major fundraiser and attracts a huge number of people from the wider community.
  7. Literacy and numeracy programs have expanded so much that all students now have literacy and numeracy lessons for the first two lessons each day.

Reporting on students

  • Formal reporting to parents occurs twice yearly.

  • Interim and occasional reporting will take place by means of grade-based letters being sent home, daily report forms, withdrawal room letters and discussions by staff with parents/guardians/carers.

Reporting on the school

Information sessions for parents

Following the issue of reports, parent-teacher sessions are held to enable discussions of the progress of individual students

Information sessions for parents are held when students make subject choices towards the end of grades 8 and 9.

Information sessions for parents of incoming grade 7 students are provided at the end of their grade 6 year and early in the grade 7 year.



People seeking information may need to check both the new JRLF website and the old BHS website. See
 Website changeover

Bridgewater High School MAIN PAGE

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