Dear Parents / Caregivers, staff, and students

Welcome back to 2024 school year. We hope you had a restful and rejuvenating break and are ready to work with us in partnership to support your students into the new academic year with enthusiasm and determination. A very warm welcome to both returning families and new faces to our school community.

I am delighted to report that the start of the year has been exceptionally smooth, thanks to the collaborative efforts of our dedicated staff, and eager students. The seamless transition back into the school routine has laid a strong foundation for a successful and fulfilling year ahead.

The week prior to school commencing, all staff participated in a workshop which was facilitated by Andrew Fuller, a leading Psychologists on brain development, young adolescents, and wellbeing. The workshop provided staff with strategies to support student’s wellbeing and the development of metacognition. Through the exploration of knowing yourself he provided insight of how we learn and the implications for student learning.

A highlight of the beginning of the school year was the overwhelming turnout at our information evenings. It was heartening to see a great number of parents attending these sessions, eager to learn more about the curriculum, extracurricular activities, and ways to support their children's learning journey. Thank you to all the parents who took the time to participate, ask questions, and engage with our staff. Your involvement and partnership are invaluable, and together, we can create a nurturing and enriching environment for our students to thrive. Thank you also to all the staff who attended the information evenings without their participation the evenings would not be possible.

Our Year 7 students kicked off the year with a series of engaging incursion activities designed to help them build positive relationships with their classmates and teachers. Through team-building exercises, collaborative projects, and interactive workshops, students had the opportunity to connect with one another and form strong bonds that will support them throughout their time at Modbury. These activities not only fostered a sense of belonging but also encouraged communication, empathy, and mutual respect among our youngest learners.

Meanwhile, our Year 8 students embarked on an unforgettable overnight camp adventure to Lake Bonney. Under the expert guidance of staff from Active 8, Year Level Leader Mrs Tricker, Assistant Principal Ms Rendell and homegroup teachers, students participated in a range of fun and challenging activities. The feedback from both staff and students has been overwhelmingly positive. It is such a pleasure hear each student speak of the wonderful time they had and the friendships they formed during their time at Lake Bonney.

The Year 12 Retreat, which initiated, planned, and organised by a proactive and dedicated group of students and supported of the Year Level Leader Ms O’Brien- Dent and Assistant Principal, Mrs Woolford took place at the start of week 3. This retreat offered the students a unique opportunity for personal growth, reflection, and preparation for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Throughout the retreat, homegroup teachers facilitated workshops designed to equip students with valuable insights on maximizing their time and succeeding as Year 12 students. Additionally, we were honoured to have Ms Olivia Sava’s member of Newland, joined the students to deliver an inspirational talk, urging our students to be exemplary role models an reflect on their own journey as a student and ensure that they make the most of their time at school. Her personal anecdotes and determination to overcome obstacles resonated deeply with our students, inspiring them to strive for excellence and make a positive impact in their community.

On Friday 16 February we held our 2024 Achievement Assembly. The Assembly acknowledged the 2023 Year 12 graduates, who had achieved an ATAR over 90 and received 3 or more grades. Angelina Hansen was crowned DUX of 2023 and gave a motivational talk to the students. Following the assembly, parents and students joined the staff for light refreshments, prepared and served by our Home Economics students.

Wishing you all a fantastic and happy 2024 school year.

Ms Costa

Pedal Prix  

Modbury High School Pedal Prix teams are preparing to compete in five UniSA Australian HPV Super Series races in 2024. In addition to the season’s five races, we also look forward to participating in fun, social Velodrome activities and races throughout the year with Fast Cats Racing.

The Modbury High School Pedal Prix is a co-curricular program for Years 7-12 and is taken as a Stage 1 SACE subject, potentially earning students 20 SACE credits each year of participation.

We welcome all new riders and are currently seeking interested riders to join our Pedal Prix teams. Any interested students should contact Jess Hanlin via Daymap or email,, to register.

Tuesday night trainings are held each week, 7:15pm to 8:30pm, meeting in the Pedal Prix shed. Trainings are recommended for improving fitness, but are not compulsory.

Pedal Prix not only offers the benefits of developing greater fitness, confidence, independence, resilience, consideration and positive relationships with others, but students further develop their team management, delegation, time management, prioritisation and communication skills during races. Our after school and occasional lunchtime training sessions, give students an opportunity to make friends across all year levels and with members of the school community.

By Jess Hanlin
Pedal Prix Liaison

Fees due now

Fees are now due. If you require more time or would like a payment plan please contact the Finance Office.

2023 yearbook now avaliable

Contact our finance office to order one today!

New International Arrivals at Modbury

A New Year means new international students. This term we have 6 short term international students joining us. Five students are from Japan and one is from Germany. The students from Japan are in years 9 and 10 and our German student is joining year 11 for semester 1.

The students have attended an orientation session with Ms Kampes and have since settled into life at Modbury. All students are enjoying their experience so far.

Ms Kampes welcomed the students by hosting a lunch featuring Aussie food such as meat pies and lamingtons. For most of the students it was their first time trying these foods and as no food was left over I think they all enjoyed it!

Ms Kampes
Coordinator of Languages and International Education

Maths..? Help!

Unlock your full potential in maths by attending Maths..? Help! sessions during lunchtime in the STEM building - with Mrs McKie on Mondays and Mr Krznaric on Thursdays. We believe in you and your ability to be successful in maths, so don’t hold back!

Get expert support with maths homework, investigations, or test preparation. All students from Years 7 to 12 are welcome.

Stay for 5, 20 or 40 minutes – YOU choose. (Yes - you can bring your lunch!)

Year 12 Retreat 

This past Monday, February 12th, marked an exciting milestone for Modbury High School as our Year 12 students embarked on the inaugural Year 12 Retreat at Cooinda Retreat in Victor Harbor. Over a few action-packed days, students participated in a variety of activities designed to enhance their wellbeing and personal growth. 

The retreat featured engaging workshops on themes such as wellbeing, being allergic to average and excelling in studies, overcoming adversity, and the importance of role models. We were honoured to have Ms. Olivia Savvas MP lead some of these insightful discussions. Additionally, students took part in diverse team-building exercises both indoors and outdoors, including sandcastle building, beach games, a sunrise beach walk, a scavenger hunt, an amazing race, and a fun-filled games night. 

We extend our gratitude to the dedicated teachers at Modbury High who made this retreat possible. Their efforts in organising and facilitating the activities, coupled with their exemplary role modelling, set a high standard for our students. Special appreciation goes to Mr. Krznaric, Ms. Moeller, Mr. Dundon, Ms. Palmer, Mr. Goult, Mr. Bartlett, Mrs. Woolford, Ms. Brown, and Ms. Costa for their support. 

The retreat also provided a valuable opportunity for students to take a break from their digital devices, demonstrate leadership skills, and forge stronger bonds with both their peers and teachers. We believe these experiences will significantly contribute to the success of our Year 12 cohort this year. 

Finally, we would like to recognise the exceptional leadership and dedication of the student retreat committee. Their unwavering commitment, creativity, and hard work transformed their vision into reality, leaving a lasting legacy for Modbury High. Special mention goes to Caitlin Fraser and Owen Wythe for their tireless efforts and outstanding leadership, both during and outside of school hours. Their dedication, along with the invaluable support of Hana Wong, Kaiwen He, Will Bui, Anton Kastanos, Reatile Hlatshwayo, and Riley Barton, played a crucial role in the successful organisation of the retreat. 


After a five-year COVID enforced hiatus, 29 excited Modbury High School students were once again allowed to return to the West Coast of the US for a basketball and cultural experience of a lifetime.

Students got to experience many different things including visiting Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach in Los Angeles, 2 days in Disneyland, a tour of the Nike World Headquarters, an NBA game, playing in the snow at Mt Hood (Oregon), a tour of Seattle visiting iconic attractions including the Space Needle, Pike Place Markets (where Seth Clavell got to catch a fish thrown to him!), and a tour of the Seattle Seahawks NFL stadium.

The trip though, is based around American high school basketball experiences. Our teams played in games that often involved announcers, mascots, bands, cheerleaders and large crowds. Games typically started with national anthems and the exchanging of gifts between players and coaches.

The Senior Varsity boys team, for the first time ever, played the strongest team in every school they played and ended up winning six games of their 10. Senior Varsity girls won eight and lost two. The Junior Varsity boys which were the second team, won seven games and lost three and the Junior Varsity 2 boys (third team), made up of Year 9’s and 10’s, won six games and lost two. A very impressive 27 – 11 record overall.

These games were a terrific experience for our students, playing to different rules, against different people in some very impressive school gymnasiums and with an atmosphere like we see on TV and in movies.

The Senior boys provided many highlights, with some very close, exciting and loud games. They had one double overtime win, a single overtime win, a one-point loss, an overtime loss and a three-point loss amongst their 10 games. The girls beat the best Senior team of a school of 1500 students (more than twice the size of Modbury) by 50 points and our girls were mainly year 9’s and 10’s.

Team MVPs:
Varsity Boys – Bryce Sanders
Varsity Girls – Jade Pelton and Lauren Edwards
Junior Varsity Boys – Jaiden Lehman
Junior Varsity 2 Boys – Daniel Wagener

Our students did a wonderful job of representing themselves, Modbury, and in fact, Australia. The American schools loved hosting and playing us, with many providing meals for us all after games to share with their teams and are very keen for us to return.

The next trip is planned for late November/December 2025. In Term 3 this year, students will have the opportunity to register their interest to be involved in the next trip.

Student reflection:
Even reflecting on it now, I can't believe it happened. The things we saw and experienced were possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and will stick with me for the rest of my life. It was so good to connect with the American students and learn about the similarities and differences. Lastly, so many friendships and memories were made.
By Jade Pelton

Ms Jess Moeller
Arts Coordinator

Youth in Emergencies Development Program

At Australian Red Cross we’re very excited to be launching the Youth in Emergencies Development Program.

As you may recall from our communication last year, Australian Red Cross leading this project, funded under the Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Program funded by the Australian Government and the South Australian Government, and in partnership with the Country Fire Service SA, the Commissioner for Children and Young People and The Duke of Edinburgh International Award, embarked on a co-design journey to create the Youth in Emergencies Development Program (YEDP).

We had a great time facilitating co-design workshops with young people across South Australia, and with their valuable input we’ve built a program tailored to the wants and needs of young people.

Designed by young people for young people, this program offers a unique opportunity to learn about the natural hazards we face due to our changing climate, and how to take steps to limit their exposure to them.  More information about the content can be found here.

The program will teach young people how to prepare for emergencies, become leaders across the communities they’re part of, and about the varied ways diverse communities are impacted by emergencies and disasters.  We’ll also make opportunities for them to have a say in decisions that impact them.

While learning all this, the participants will be working towards The Duke of Edinburgh International Bronze Award, worth 10 SACE points.

This is a program designed for young people to:

The YEDP is open to all students enrolled in years 9-12 living in South Australia, and we’re offering generous financial support so that everyone can apply.

Year 12 Orientation day

January 30th marked another memorable Orientation Day for the newest cohort of Year 12 students, filled with a range of activities setting students up for a strong start to the year. 

The day kicked off in the Flexis with a warm welcome and an overview of Year 12 expectations by Ms. O’Brien-Dent and Mrs. Woolford. This session set the tone for the year, emphasising both the challenges and the exciting opportunities ahead. 

One of the highlights of the morning was the 'Mix and Mesh' M&M game, a fun activity that encouraged students to interact and get to know each other better. This was coupled with a classroom decorating session, where students took photos and created posters to make a welcoming and personalised learning environment. 

Morning tea provided a fantastic opportunity for the Year 12 students to engage with class of 2022 and 23 old scholars. Our past students then formed a panel and shared their experiences and insights, offering valuable advice and perspectives on life during and after Year 12. Following this, the Study Skills presentation included vital information on study planning, a crucial aspect of achieving success in Year 12.  

The afternoon saw a Home Group VS Home Group newspaper fashion design competition, not only sparking creativity but also strengthening the bonds between students. We then headed to the gym for the annual tunnel ball competition, fostering team spirit and friendly competition.  

Students left the day with a sense of excitement and the knowledge and skills to make the most of their final year.  

Please click the link below to download a pdf version of our Parent Guide for 2024.

Dear Parents / Caregivers

As we approach the end of another remarkable year, it's time to reflect on the incredible journey we've had together. The 2023 academic year has been filled with academic achievements, cross-curricular successes, and many enriching experiences for our students.

Academic Excellence

I extend my heartfelt appreciation to our dedicated staff, hardworking students, and supportive parents for their unwavering commitment to education. Together, we have achieved remarkable milestones in academic pursuits, setting a high standard for excellence that will resonate for years to come.


Term 4 has been particularly productive, showcasing the spirit of collaboration and the diversity of talents within our school community. Currently 30 of our students are representing us in an international basketball tournament in America, fostering cultural exchange and sportsmanship on a global scale.

Week 9 Program

The last week of term was nothing short of extraordinary, with students actively participating in a range of enriching short courses designed by our dedicated teachers. These courses, including excursions to the museum, city scavenger hunts, visits to Cleland Wildlife Park, game-making, Christmas card creation, arts and crafts, Christmas cookie baking, a whole day of trivia, mini-Olympics, swimming, and a whole day of stem provided our students with new and exciting learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom setting. To end the week and celebrate the last day of the year we had a disco in the gym.

Our students embraced these experiences with enthusiasm, gaining valuable skills and forming lasting memories. It is heartening to witness the passion for learning that our students demonstrate, and I am immensely proud of their accomplishments.

Thank You

As we finish the year, I extend my deepest gratitude to our exceptional staff for their dedication, our students for their hard work and enthusiasm, and our parents for their continued support. Your collective efforts have made this year a success, and we look forward to building on this momentum in the coming years.

As we enter the holidays, I wish each and every one of you a joyous and relaxing holiday season. May this time be filled with laughter, love, and the warmth of shared moments with family and friends. I look forward to seeing all of you in the new year, ready to embark on another year of learning, growth, and success.

Thank you for being an integral part of the Modbury High School community.


Joanne Costa

Ms Costa

Japan Study Tour 

In the Term 3 holidays, our dedicated teachers Ms Amanda Kampes and Mr Ryan Ricci, along with 16 students from years 8 to 12, embarked on a captivating journey north to Japan – the land of the rising sun! They explored the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo, the historic allure of Osaka, the country hospitality of Asakuchi, the poignant history of Hiroshima, the cultural richness of Nara and the timeless beauty of Kyoto. 

From navigating the bustling streets of Tokyo to exploring serene temples in Kyoto, we learned about the profound history and rich traditions of Japan, deepening our appreciation for this remarkable nation. 

We’re grateful for the meticulous planning and dedication put into this trip by Amanda Kampes, who ensured that every moment was educational and an unforgettable experience. Through these extraordinary journeys we can broaden our students’ horizons, and we eagerly anticipate more overseas adventures in the future. 

Japan has left an incredible mark on these students and we look forward to offering this to experience to others in future years. 

Ms Amanda Kampes
Coordinator of Languages and International Education

Miniature Float Design

Earlier this year, some of the Year 7-10 Art classes participated in creating a float design for National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant miniature float competition. 

Congratulations to the following students who have received honorary mentions from National Pharmacies for their designs placing in the top 10 and top 40 selections from over 700 entries!  

Top 10: 

Top 40: 


Year 8 and 9 Japanese classes finished off their year of studies by making and eating onigiri (rice balls). Students experienced this simple yet filling dish in week 8. Consisting of rice, sushi vinegar and seaweed, students realised that you don’t need many ingredients to make a fulfilling meal. Many students said that they were going to try making these at home over the summer break! 

Kampes Sensei 

Ms Amanda Kampes
Coordinator of Languages and International Education

Year 7 – 11 Prize Giving Assembly 

We recognised and celebrated approximately 160 students from Years 7 – 11 on Thursday 30th November for their contributions and achievements throughout 2023. We were very fortunate to be joined on the day by guest presenters and Award sponsors, parents and family members of the prize winners along with the staff and students from our school. 

The newly elected student leaders for 2024 – Lawrence French, Kaiwen He, Kahlan Mashford and Anton Kastanos, confidently and certainly very capably led the proceedings. 

Our school band, conducted by Mr Gareth Budd, led the music entertainment for the assembly sharing pieces they had played at this year's ABODA Bands Festival, while accompanying the choir for the National Anthem.

Payton Richardson provided us all with his very insightful perspective on his first year at Modbury High School as a year seven student. Owen Wythe and Caitlin Fraser then both spoke on behalf of the year eleven students, providing highlights of the year and some words of wisdom to the year ten students as they move into the senior school next year.  

Students were recognised this year for their contributions to their home group and student life program, the school and community programs, those who have shown academic improvement over the year, and of course outstanding academic achievement both in specific learning areas and consistently across the board in all subjects, achievement in the AMT Mathematics Competition and participation in the F1 in Schools program State Finals, Nationals and World Finals recently in Singapore. 

 We would like to thank the following sponsors of some of the awards presented: 

Our guests and award winners were provided a beautiful and very tasty morning tea, prepared and served by our Home Economics staff and students. 

Congratulations to all our students for 2023! 

Home Group Teacher Award Recipients 

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11Special Options Class
701: Samuel Harris801: Lily Davey 912: Alexander Jones 1010: Kiera Evans1117: Will BuiJohn Fraser
702: Grace Dykstra 802: Alyssa Dyett 913: Josh Lay1011: Rachel Burgess 1118: Ravneet Kaur Linkin Tuohy
703: Jack Luijckx 803: Riley Hutchinson 9A1: Brooklyn Harris1015: Jaxon Harris 1119: Abbey Clarke 
704: Hudson Mentha 804: Sanvi Sanvi 9A5: Hannah Merrett 
1016: Raven Walters 1120: Jade Pelton 
705: Skye Parrish 
805: Riley Heffernan 9A6: Izzy Dube10H1: Het Shah 1121: Ryley Copeland 
707: Jasmeet Sammi 814: Lachlan Connolly 10H2: Reagile Hlatshwayo 

School Community Service Award Recipients

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Fergus Bell 
Felix Brotherton-Collins 
Liam Horn 
Jacob Kakko 
Joshua Merrett 
Elliot Crabb 
Ava Huettenrauch 
Vivaan Rajpal  
Paige Sharpe 
Ella Taylor 
Melissa Benton 
Jess Freebairn 
Rylen Hay 
Ethan King 
Lucia Lewis 
Zanele Mangava 
Thomas Mills 
Emily Piacquadio 
Kash Saxena 
Lohit Singh 
Leila Suche 
Elliot Webster-Brown 
Tom Whistler
Regan Carter 
Rei Cook 
Keira Copeland 
Molly Cox 
Jed De Koning 
Marco Ebrahimi 
Emily Habgood 
Angus Haren 
Lauren Jolly 
Isla McGraw 
Xavier Paulson 
Noah Piutti 
Harvey Spencer 
Sanjam Bhujbal 
Caitlin Fraser 
Lawrence French 
Carlos Gray Claveria 
Kaiwen He 
Kahlan Mashford 
Hana Wong 
Owen Wythe 
Luke Zawada 

Finem Respice Award Recipients 

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Maddison Hall Grace GrindleJason JohnsonLia Kais  Andrea Sualog 

Meritorious Award Recipients 

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Armaan Babwani 
Fergus Bell 
Jack Clyma 
Chelsea Green 
Samantha Heward 
Sienna Hutchinson 
Brea Jijo 
Sibella Kastanos 
Benika Kaundal 
Payton Richardson 
Rachel Wagener 
Eileen Zhang 
Liam Bairstow 
Hayley Byrne 
Tyler Gaskin-Osborne 
Liam Hanlin 
Ava Huettenrauch 
Brendan Keast 
Roshani Rajkumar 
Vivaan Rajpal 
Paige Sharpe 
Demi Snider 
Kaitlyn Sollis 
Jules Sualog 
Gargee Vyas 
Evan Zawada 
Isha Bane 
Isabelle Cox 
Alex Dinedios 
Jess Freebairn 
Lily Grant-Allan 
Amerson Green 
Erika Griffiths 
Charli Hodson 
Ariel Lim 
Angelica Lizaso 
Hannah Lock 
Peter McMillan 
Saarakshya Sharma 
Aki Sicoy 
Leila Suche 
Scarlett Taylor 
Emily Totani 
Elliot Webster-Brown 
Tom Whistler 
Charlotte Bland 
Breanne Button 
Rei Cook 
Siba Ghamrawi 
Cameron Green 
Soheil Haidari 
Keilah Haldane 
Elise Harmer 
Luke Haskard 
Amber Hayward 
Imogen Janicki 
Christopher Kastanos 
Jade Kolman 
Danika Low 
Mia Ly 
Holly Manoel 
Isla McGraw 
Imogen McNamara 
Mika Osborne 
Belle Parrish 
Rania Saitov 
Bryce Sanders 
Caitlyn Scott  
Madhav Sharma 
Liezel Wong 
Emily Zhang 
Jasmin Andrews 
Madison Benton 
Jack Counihan-Abbott 
Sarah Crozier 
Asha Duldig 
Oscar Elder 
Kaiwen He 
Anton Kastanos 
Kahlan Mashford 
Lesedi Morupisi 
Jazsmin Smith 
Hana Wong 
Owen Wythe 

All-Rounder Award Recipients 

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Fergus Bell Vivaan Rajpal Jess Freebairn Molly Cox   Kahlan Mashford

Dux for 2023 

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Armaan Babwani Demi Snider Aki Sicoy Christopher Kastanos
Liezel Wong 
Jasmin Andrews 
Hana Wong 

Junior Sports Award Recipients

Kade Monteleone Maddison Carter Sydney Pocock 

ADF Award Recipients 

Year 10 Future Innovators Award Angus Haren 
Year 10 Long Tan Leadership & Teamwork Xavier Paulson 

Year 11 Award Recipients 

Award NameStudent NameAward NameStudent Name
ZONTA Award Caitlin Fraser Languages Owen Wythe 
IDEA (Iannucci Design and Excellence Award)Quinn Duncan 
Anton Kastanos 
Music Award Jack Counihan-Abbott

Lesedi Morupisi 
Cross Disciplinary Hana Wong Technologies Mason Green 
EnglishHana Wong Future Physicists Award 
Oscar Elder 
HASS Lawrence French 

Mrs Woolford
Assistant Principal of Year 11 & 12

ACRUX Racing is Modbury High School's F1 in Schools National Final team

ACRUX Racing is Modbury High School's F1 in Schools National Final team. Apart of the competition is raising money through fundraisers and sponsorship and designing and manufacturing a car. 

Do you keep losing your jewellery? ACRUX Racing are selling Jewellery Holders that are the perfect gift for Christmas or for yourself! 

Order them now using this link:

School Student Broadband Initiative

The Australian Government has established the School Student Broadband Initiative (SSBI) to provide free home internet for one year for up to 30,000 unconnected families with school age students, creating an opportunity for students to access fast and reliable broadband internet at home. Research shows that children who can access online learning as part of their education are more likely to be engaged in classroom activities and have better educational experiences and opportunities.

nbn is leading implementation of this initiative and to date has been working closely with nominating organisations such as education authorities, national charities and community organisations who identify and nominate students and families who could benefit from the SSBI.

Access to the Australian Government SSBI is now easier for families, with the launch of the new National Referral Centre (NRC).

To be eligible, a family must have a child living at home that is enrolled in an Australian school, have no active broadband service over the nbn network, and live in a premises where they can access a standard nbn service. Families must not have had an active nbn connection during the previous 14 days.

Families can contact the NRC directly to check their eligibility and be supported to access the one year of free home broadband, rather than relying on being identified by a nominating organisation.

Help spread the word

The SSBI program is primarily intended as an affordability measure to help those with school-aged children who may be experiencing financial hardship. If you know someone who may be eligible for the SSBI, please help us to spread the word and share these three simple steps:

  1. Contact the National Referral Centre on 1800 954 610 (Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm AEDT), or by visiting the website: Call back and webchat functions are also available via the website.
  2. Eligibility check – the National Referral Centre team will assess the family’s eligibility by checking their residential address and asking some questions to determine if the family meets the Government’s eligibility criteria.
  3. If eligible, a voucher will be issued to be redeemed at any of the participating SSBI retail service providers. The National Referral Centre will also be available to assist with contacting an SSBI service provider of choice or providing follow-up support.

You can find more information about the NRC on Anglicare Victoria’s website available here: Student Internet Program - Anglicare Victoria

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Term 4 has been exceptionally busy, with several major events unfolding over the past five weeks. These include the Year 12 Breakfast, Year 12 Valedictory Assembly, Year 12 Exams, Remembrance Day, and the Year 7 Entrepreneurship Market Day.

Year 12 Breakfast

 The annual Year 12 breakfast occurred on Monday, October 30. Students arrived adorned in their modified uniforms, symbolizing the culmination of their high school journey. Ms. Woolford, Year 12 Assistant Principal, and teachers served a delightful pancake and bacon breakfast. Following this, students engaged in the Colour Run, creating a memorable experience for both teachers and students on the last day of school.

Year 12 Valedictory

The Valedictory Assembly, an outstanding annual event, was emceed by Ms. O'Brien-Dent and Ms. Woolford, along with the school captains. Many students were recognized for their exceptional achievements, receiving awards sponsored by the Modbury High School community. A proud moment for parents and students was the presentation of their High School graduation certificates. Attendees were treated to a delicious morning tea prepared by the Year 11 Home Economics class.

Thank you to Ms Woolford and Ms O'Brien- Dent for leading the planning and organising of this event.

Year 12 Graduation Evening

In addition to the Valedictory Assembly, Year 12 students, in collaboration with Ms. O'Brien-Dent, organized an informal Graduation Evening, a new initiative proposed by the students. The ceremony included students proudly walking into the gym wearing their graduation hats. Homegroup teachers presented the students to their parents and teachers. At the count of three by Ms. O'Brien-Dent, the students threw their hats into the air, symbolizing their graduation from High School. Following the formalities, parents, students, and teachers enjoyed a picnic dinner, with students relishing the evening with their classmates.

Congratulations to the organising committee and Ms O’Brien- Dent for this wonderful new initiative.

Fare well to the Year 12 Students

After 5 years of High school, it is time to say goodbye to our year 12 students. It has been a pleasure watching them grow into such wonderful young people.  On behalf of Modbury High School community, we wish them a bright future filled with everything they aspire and wish for, we wish them a happy life filled with good health and wonderful new experiences.

Remembrance Day

Modbury High School held the Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 10, supported by the Catafalque party. Mr. McKie expertly emceed the event, with guest speaker Squadron Leader Dr Dennis Medlow addressing students. Mrs. McKie played the harp, singing The Greenfields of France”.  Modbury High School Concert Band, conducted by Mr. Budd and accompanied by Mr. McKie and his bagpipes presented Sailing” by Gavin Sutherland and arranged by M. Armstrong.

 Ms. Olivia Savas, along with School captains and I laid wreaths.

Year 7 Entrepreneurship Market Day:

On Friday, November 17, Year 7 students demonstrated their understanding of entrepreneurship by showcasing their small businesses during Market Day. The year 7 building buzzed with activity as students set up their stalls. Parents visited the stalls, supporting students by purchasing the items for sale. Ms. Stamati and her team of teachers were highly impressed by the students and the support they received from their parents.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in these events.

Ms Costa

Year 12 Breakfast and COlour Run

Year 12 Breakfast and Colour Run Celebration

On Monday, October 30th, our Year 12 students marked the end of their formal lessons with the much-anticipated 'Year 12 Breakfast' tradition. The day began with a breakfast where students enjoyed pancakes prepared by their teachers. Following this, the celebration continued with a slip and slide and colour run. Students showcased their creative flair by re-styling their uniforms, adding to the festivities! Both students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. As always, we extend our thanks to Terriann for capturing the spirit and excitement of the day through her incredible photography!

Ms O'Brien-Dent
Year 11/12 Leader


On Tuesday, October 31st, we farewelled our Year 12 students, celebrating their individual achievements over the past five years. This significant occasion recognised not only academic and sporting excellence but also the dedication of students to citizenship and community service. We expressed our gratitude to the students for their valuable contributions to our school community. A highlight of the event was the speech from our 2023 Valedictorian, Muradil Mardan, who reflected on the year's journey and expressed thanks to those who supported the Class of 2023's path to graduation. The ceremony was followed by a morning tea where students, along with their parents, carers, families, and staff celebrated this milestone together. Congratulations to all our graduates – we are proud of your accomplishments and wish you every success in your future endeavours!

Major Awards

Most Outstanding Student - John Tilley Memorial Award

Jak Kastanos

Sponsored by Rotary Club of Modbury Golden Grove

ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award

Murdil Mardan

Sponsored by the Australian Defence Force

ADF Future Innovators Award

Ewan Enthoven

Sponsored by the Australian Defence Force

Best All-Rounder Award

Lauren Edwards

Sponsored by EduNet and Hon Michelle Lensink MLC

Vox Populi (Student Voice) Award

Jak Kastanos

Sponsored by Metropolitan Canteens SA

Principal’s Award

Lydia Wighton

Sponsored by Ms Joanne Costa

Year 12 Manager’s Award

Alex Walsh

Sponsored by EduNet

Jay Strudwick Ethos Award

Lydia Wighton

Sponsored by Kozco Energy Group

Newland Electorate Awards

Yalarasey Sooriyakumar

Sponsored by Olivia Savvas, Newland Electorate

Extra-curricular awards

Darryl Baylis Senior Sports Awards

Male – Ben Millar

Female – Lauren Edwards

Sponsored by Belgravia Sports Apparel

Bent Spoke Pedal Prix Award

Ewan Enthoven

Sponsored by Fast Cats Racing

Morialta Citizenship Award

Ewan Enthoven

Sponsored by Hon John Gardner MP, Minister for Education

Makin Humanitarian Award

Dakota Stephenson

Sponsored by Mr Tony Zappia MP

Modbury High School Music Award

Shania Newstead

Sponsored by Frances Bedford


Nyx Little

Brianna Mesecke

Jeran Tiong

Rachel Davies

Sponsored by Kozco Energy Group

subject awards

Tamyrn Walker                   Workplace Practices

Vocational Education & Training

Nyx Little                             Visual Arts—Art


Jeriel Lim                             English as an Additional Language or Dialect

Lydia Wighton                    Japanese (Continuers)

English Literary Studies

Research Project

Daniel Wood                       General Mathematics

Rachel Davies                     Physical Education

Travis Brewer                     Modified SACE

Karah Gilbey                       English

Isabella Hoppo                  Essential English

Jak Kastanos                 Specialist Mathematics


Oscar Elder                         Mathematical Methods

Angelina Hansen                Research Project

Essential Maths

Society and Culture

Jeran Tiong                        Chemistry

Brianna Mesecke              Biology

David Shinkfield                Material Solutions - Wood

Matthew Maletto               Modern History

Sienna Garstka                  Food and Hospitality

Kahlan Mashford              Integrated Learning (Sport)

Commitment to learning Awards

Theo Kelesis                      Music Performance

Tahlia Wilkinson                Visual Arts - Art

Jak Kastanos                     Research Project


Owen Defty                         English

Michael Hollobone            Essential English

Digital Photography

Jeriel Lim                     English as an Additional Language

Maddie Chronopoulos      English Literary Studies  

Lydia Wighton                    Japanese Continuers


Vicki Rowe                          Society and Culture

Essential Maths

Muradil Mardan                 History

Kahlan Mashford               Integrated Learning (Sport)

Dimitri Leonardis               Physical Education

Dakota Stephenson           Food and Hospitality

Tara Barrett                         General Mathematics

Nyx Little                              Mathematical Methods

Jeran Tiong                         Specialist Mathematics

Yalarasey Sooriyakumar  Physics

Angelina Hansen                Psychology

Jack Fabbian                      Material Products -Metal

Joshua Sparks                   Material Products- Wood

Ms O'Brien-Dent
Year 11/12 Leader

Year 12 Graduation Celebration

On Thursday 16th November, our Year 12 students experienced the first-ever Modbury High School Graduation celebration, thanks to the incredible efforts of our graduation committee. This group of dedicated students excelled in organising this memorable event, showcasing their skills and determination. They handled everything from fundraising for graduation caps to coordinating event logistics, including liaising with caterers, preparing refreshments, and arranging decorations. A fantastic effort from all!

We also extend our gratitude to Ms. Costa, whose support and faith in the students and staff involved in organising the event were invaluable. Her encouragement of new initiatives and events is a testament to her leadership and commitment to our school community.

The event was also a success thanks to the attendance and help from so many staff members, parents, caregivers and families, whom without your support, the night wouldn’t have gone ahead – a very big thank you to you all!

Our team of eight Year 11 student helpers also received glowing feedback for their leadership, teamwork, and positive attitudes. Their contributions were highly appreciated by parents, caterers, and staff alike. These students have shown they are ready to be future leaders at our school and we are excited to see what they do in Year 12!

A special shout-out goes to Lew and the team at Adelaide Woodfired Pizzas, who served 250 delicious pizzas, ensuring that everyone was well-fed throughout the night.

This event was not just a celebration of our graduating students but also a reflection of the incredible community spirit and teamwork at Modbury High School. Congratulations to all involved for making it a night to remember!

Ms O'Brien-Dent
Year 11/12 Leader

2024 Captains and Vice Captains

Congratulations to the newly elected Captains and Vice Captains.

Captain – Lawrence French and Kaiwen He
Vice – Anton Kastanos and Kahlan Mashford

We look forward in working with you next year.

Ms Costa

Music Night

During week four of this term our MHS Music students gathered to be part of the MHS end of year Music Night. The evening was a showcase of class bands, school bands, and small ensembles. The night was a great success thanks to the help of our instrumental teachers and some MHS staff. There were several debut performances at the event including the MHS rock band, Sax quartet, Woodwind ensemble, and Flute ensemble. We look forward to hearing more from them in the new year. The evening culminated in an impressive massed-band performance that included all the Music students from Years 9-12. Thank you to everyone involved for their support of the MHS Music department. 

Playford Bands 25th anniversary 

The MHS gym was filled with the sounds of music while the Playford City Bands Group celebrated their 25th anniversary as an organisation. The not-for-profit organisation has provided an outlet for local musicians and regularly entertains at council events, concerts, and pageant marches. We would like to acknowledge the MHS students that took the time to attend and join in with the Playford City Concert Band, directed by Mr. Budd. It is great to have such close connections with Music-based organisations and provide an opportunity for MHS graduates to continue a lifelong passion for playing music in bands. 

Rei Cook 

MHS Music is very proud of Rei Cook (year 10) winner of a 2023 ASME (Australian Society for Music Education) Young Composers award. Rei had impressively arranged existing music for an expanded orchestra, among his other entries, and was recognised as the winner of the large ensemble arrangement section. Rei is currently working on a piece for the MHS Concert Band and has likely already started on the entries for next year’ competition. Excellent work, Rei! 

Materials and services poll notification for 2024

The Modbury High School Governing Council recently recommended that parents/caregivers vote in favour of the legally recoverable Materials & Services fee to a ‘prescribed sum’, which is the core Materials and Services charge of $695 for year levels 7-12, plus any subject charge for those subjects chosen by the student for 2024.

The poll was successful with votes 25-12 in favour.

Modbury High School takes pride in our ability to offer a rich variety of curriculum options and we aim to continue to do so. We consider the income from these charges to be critical in the ongoing delivery of quality curriculum for students.

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This year, a group of students and our wonderful Counsellor, Geri, will be going to the Salvation Army to help sort toys donated from various places in the community as part of the Christmas Appeal.

If you would like to donate, you can bring items to either the Front Office or to Student Services. Please donate by 8th December.

Dear Parent/ Caregivers

The last few weeks of term 3 have been extremely busy, with numerous events taking place. Each of these events provides opportunities for our students to enhance their learning and improve their life skills.

Formula 1 (F1) in Schools

A highlight for this term is the trip to Singapore for the Dawn F1 team, which consisting of three of our formula 1 in schools’ students: Kahlan Mashford, Mason Green and Olivia May along with their teacher, Mr Karl Read. They travelled to Singapore to represent our school in the world Championships. It was a privilege to accompany the students and witness their amazing work.  Overall, the students ranked 25th out of 68 teams which qualified for the championships. They had the 11th fastest car and were in the top three for the sustainability of their enterprise.  This a great achievement of which can all be very proud of.

Congratulations are also in order to the Blaze Racing Team, consisting of Ewan Enthoven, Ryan King, Hayden Mesecke and Bowie Morgan, who competed in the State championships and came second overall.  This a fantastic achievement for the students.  

A big thank you to Mr. Karl Read, our F1 teacher, who has supported the students not only during their lessons but put countless hours after school and on weekends to prepare them for the competitions. Also, a very big thank you to Steve and Kate Read, who have volunteered their time and also put a huge amount of time in supporting the students.

Pedal Prix

Once again, our Pedal Prix students competed in the 24-hour race at Murray Bridge.  Congratulations to the all-girls senior group who came second overall and the boys’ junior team who finished third overall.

Thank you to all the parents who supported the students by visiting them at Murray Bridge and cheering them on. Thank you to Fast Cats Racing for their continuous support of our students and Pedal Prix.  Thank you also to Mr Wayne Ferguson, Ms Lyn Gibbins and Mr Ron Gibbins for their planning and organising of the event.

Year 9 Debating

On Monday 25 September, over 30 Year 9 students participated in whole day Debating Tournament.  The event was part of the Debating Unit of work which all English students participated in term 3. Each teacher nominated their top debaters for the event and students were allocated to teams and competed against each other.

Member of Newland, Olivia Savvas opened the event. She spoke of her love for debating and her experience as debater while at school.

Congratulations to Ms Kristina Palmer for this great new initiative and a very big thank you to her for the planning and  organising the event.

Street Smart High

Year 11s and 12s attended “Street Smart High” in Week 10 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. This program is aimed at