Issue 9

Dear Parents/Caregiver

Welcome to the second edition of the term 3 newsletter.

Parent Teacher Interview/ Subject Selection

We are thrilled to report that our recent Parent-Teacher Interviews and Subject Selections Day, held on Tuesday, August 22nd, was a resounding success. Over 600 parents attended the interviews, marking a substantial improvement compared to previous sessions. During the new interview format, most parents expressed their appreciation. They enjoyed the opportunity to hear their children reflect on their learning journey and engage in discussions with teachers on effective strategies to further enhance their academic results.

F1 in Schools competition

Our F1 students, comprising both the DAWN and AERO teams are putting the finishing touches on their presentations and car designs as they prepare for upcoming competitions. The DAWN team is gearing up for the international competition in Singapore, while our AERO team is set to compete in the state competition, to be held at the Wayville Showgrounds during the Adelaide Show week.

On Thursday, August 17, these remarkable students hosted a Stakeholders Presentation Evening, showcasing their work and sharing insights about their journey with sponsors and parents. Channel 9 was in attendance, conducting interviews with the students and their teacher, Mr. Karl Read. The interviewer, Lauren expressed her admiration for the students' achievements.

If you missed the interview, you can watch it on the Nine Now website, in the Hello SA, Season 4 episode 30 or follow the link to watch it;

Career’s Day

On Friday August, 18th we held our “Career’s Day” expo. Ms Angela Stamati organised multiple representatives, from Universities, different Professions, and Trades to spend the day in our school. Students from Year 9 to 12 were given time to visit the different stalls, and to learn more about the different jobs and careers that they were interested in. Feedback from the students reflected a high level of engagement.

Year 12 students

The final few weeks of learning for year 12 students are approaching fast. This is a critical period in their academic journey. To maximize their study time and achieve positive results, students should prioritize effective time management, focus on their work, especially outstanding assignments, and maintain a healthy balance between study and relaxation. For students who have exams, consistent revision, practising past exam papers and seeking help and support from their teachers are strategies which will support them to maximize their results.  It is important for parents to provide emotional support and create a conductive environment for their children. Encouragement, healthy, meals, and breaks will support students to navigate during this stressful time.

Ms Costa


On Thursday evening 17th August the Visual Arts held a SALA ‘Little Looks’ exhibition in the Visual Arts centre gallery space. The theme centred around still life and classes of various year levels participated in observational activities to create works for it. A staff after school workshop was held and participants contributed works. SSOs, wellbeing staff, leaders and teachers from various learning areas were involved in the exhibition. The extended school community booked out a free evening workshop and we had fun playing with a variety of media. Parents, caregivers, grandparents, Primary and High school students completed works for display. The exhibition was a successful evening with many coming to view the exhibition. Thanks to all involved and we plan to do it again due to the positive feedback. 

Mrs Moeller
Arts Coordinator


In term 3 of the year many school bands go to Westminster School to compete against one another. This year we took our Concert Band and the Year 10 Music class to compete against 17 other schools in our division. Many of these bands were from elite private schools and specialist Music centers around Adelaide. 

Shania Newstead, Year 12: 

“The amount of dedication and effort I saw everyone put into this competition was phenomenal and that is what placed us in the silver category of our division; we placed in the top 8. In my five years of being part of the music program here at Modbury, I have never seen a band that was so determined. We all pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones with the three pieces we played; Psycho Prelude, How to Train Your Dragon, and Palladio. I am grateful that I was able to be part of our combined Concert Band this year. 

Mr Budd
Music Teacher

No Staff or Students onsite 8th September

For the month of September at Grill’d Tea Tree Plaza – support the Modbury High School USA Trip Fundraiser!   

When your order online or in-restaurant, 1 burger = 1 vote, so please place your vote tokens in the Modbury High School USA Trip jar.   At the end of the month, the jar with the most tokens gets $300, and the other two each get $100.  

  Please show your support for our MHS basketball teams and help them get to the USA!

9-10 Girls State Wide Knock out Netball

A huge congratulations to our 9-10 Girls Netball Team

It was the first time entering the team in the 9-10 competition. A great effort to make the state finals. Coming up against some stiff competition. They had some really good results in the first two minor round robins. Firstly defeating Paralowie Secondary and Pedare College then travelling to Balaklava in wet outdoor conditions to beat Gladstone High School and Thomas Moore College. The girls demonstrated their strength and sportsmanship in coming together and showing resilience to finish a respectable 8th out of an original 63 teams. Well done girls, a great achievement!

From Back Left: Brooke Hoppo (Coach), Isla Mcgraw, Jordyn Cook, Rachel Burgess, Ayla Wright, Breanne Button, Ella Turner.
Front Left Belle Parish, Jayde Visser, Imogen Janicki, Keilah Haldane.

Ms Hoppo
English & Humanities Teacher 


The Modbury High School Careers Information Day took place for the first time on Friday, August 18th. With a diverse array of invited presenters and the attendance of all our Year 9 to 12 students, along with many of their parents, the Flexi was abuzz with excitement, leading to the day being a resounding success. Parents, students and staff were engaged with representatives from various institutions who offered advice across a wide range of careers. Numerous students expressed gratitude for the event, as it provided clarity regarding their chosen career pathways. We would like to extend a particular note of appreciation to the representatives from the following institutions, who volunteered their time and contributed to the success of the day:

A multitude of representatives commended our students for their exemplary behaviour and inquisitive minds. Our heartfelt gratitude extends to all who attended the event and contributed to the success of the day.

Mrs Stamati
VET\Cross Disciplinary Coordinator

Wear It Purple Day

Recently we celebrated Wear It Purple Day - an opportunity to promote diversity and inclusion. Staff and students were invited to wear a splash of purple to show support for LGBTQIA+ young people. Everyone is welcome and everyone has the right to feel safe, supported and respected in our school community. 

Year 9/10 5 on 5 Day Carnival 

On Wednesday the 23rd August, 2023, Modbury High School entered 4 boys and 1 girls team into the Vista zone 5 on 5 day carnival held at The Lights Recreation Centre. Modbury had two boys teams in division 1, two boys teams in division 2 and the girls team was in a girls division 1 also. 

The day went very well with over 35 students participating in the carnival against various schools across each division from the Northeastern school zone. The Modbury High Boys' Team 1 went through the day undefeated as did the girls team. Team 1 for the boys had a close come from behind victory over Thomas More College in the best matchup of the day, coming from behind 3 with 2 minutes remaining to win by 3, highlighted by some clutch play by Bryce Sanders to take the win which decided 1st place for the day. Team 2 finished in 3rd for Division 1 behind Thomas More College. Teams 3 and 4 which played in Division 2, finished 5th and 6th after a matchup against each other at the end of the day. The girls' team were set early on to finish top after beating Golden Grove’s top team by 3 in the first game of the day and finishing with clear wins over the remainder of the competition. 

Thank you to our scorers from Year 7 and 8 who assisted, and to Mr Matthew Jarrad and Mr Matthew Greenfield who helped coach and manage teams across the day. 

AMC (Pre-Awards) 2023

The morning of August 2nd was filled with anticipation and engagement as 48 of our students took part in the Australian Maths Competition, organized by the renowned Australian Mathematics Trust. This unique competition, known for its intriguing challenges, provided an opportunity for individual exploration in three distinct age divisions: Junior (Yr 7/8), Intermediate (Yr 9/10), and Senior (Yr 11/12). The competition encourages participants to tackle intricate problems and discover the joys (and challenges) of mathematical investigation. 

We eagerly anticipate the upcoming announcement of the recipients of Credit, Distinction, and High Distinction certificates for those who have displayed exceptional mathematical abilities, while we also celebrate the commitment shown by every individual who participated in the Australian Maths Competition. Your involvement speaks to your determination and passion for embracing challenges. 
We extend our gratitude to Mrs. Woolford and Ms. Ramsey for their attentive supervision during the event, ensuring a smooth and focused atmosphere that allowed our students to showcase their mathematical skills. 

AMC 2023 - Seniors

MASA Quiz Night Article

In the evening of Wednesday 9 August, six teams of four students competed in the MASA Student Quiz Night at King's Baptist Grammar School, Wynn Vale. With enthusiasm and camaraderie, our students engaged in mind-bending puzzles, math challenges, and general knowledge questions, while challenging themselves alongside fellow students from Pedare Christian College, Thomas More College, and King’s. 

In the Junior division (Yr 7/8) Vivaan Rajpal, Paige Sharpe, Ella Taylor and Gargee Vyas soared, clinching the coveted Best General Knowledge title, showcasing their well-rounded brilliance. Not to be outdone, the Intermediate division (Yr 9/10) team of Rei Cook, Henry Geue, and Mady Sharma secured the ultimate victory as they were crowned Best Overall, seamlessly blending mathematical prowess with impressive general knowledge. 

Among the Senior division (Yr 11/12), victory was almost within grasp as the team of Oscar Elder Lawrence French, Kaiwen Hei and Jak Kastanos seized the Best General Knowledge award. Falling short of the Best Overall title by a mere 1 mark out of 120, their dedication and knowledge shone brightly. 

We extend heartfelt congratulations to all participants whose embraced the challenges of the evening. Your participation enhances our school's name within the community and is a testament to your unwavering commitment to excellence. Keep up the great work! 
As the cheers of victory still echo, remember to relish your well-deserved prize money. 

Mr McKie
Maths/STEM Coordinator

Year 7/8/9 Statewide Knockout Netball 

On Monday 28th August, the Year 7/8/9 Boys Knockout Netball team competed in the Division 1 State finals at Priceline Arena, the State Netball Centre. 

After winning the title last year, the boys were very keen to repeat their success. Our first matchups of the competition were hosted at Modbury High School against Playford International College and Maitland Lutheran School. The Modbury High School boys team gained leads in both matchups early and cruised to clear wins to advance to the State Finals for 2023. 

At Priceline Arena, Modbury were matched up against Aldinga Payinthi College in the first game of the day with a 14-25 result in favour of Modbury High School. Our second matchup on Finals day was an intense matchup with Sacred Heart Middle School that saw Modbury trail at half time. A second half push saw Modbury High School slowly gain a lead halfway through the second half which gave the team the momentum to finish the game in front 25-21. The next matchup was against Blackwood High School. With Blackwood High School also already qualified for the Finals, Modbury was set to play Blackwood twice in a row. The minor round matchup, and then the Final. Modbury rested key players in the minor round matchup, and trailed at half 12-14. The second half saw Blackwood really turn up the heat and they ran out the game 30-14. 

Heading in to the Final, the boys were excited with the goal of repeating last years’ success within reach. Blackwood came out dominant, and very fast in their defensive positions which forced early Modbury turnovers. Quarter time saw Blackwood leading 11-7. Subs made for Modbury at the quarter time break didn’t pan out as expected on the scoreboard with Blackwood extending their lead to 11 at half time of some key steals and excellent shooting. 

Modbury reset their lineup at half time and began to claw back the lead, winning both the 3rd and 4th quarters with some improved defense, better ball protection to reduce turnovers and had momentum the rest of the game. As the fourth quarter began to tick away, the lead became close, with Modbury bringing the lead back down to 3 with a few minutes left. Modbury looked stronger in the second half, and better rested as the game progressed. However, Modbury were unable to capitalise on several shot opportunities near the end of the game, with Blackwood High School finishing the competition as State Champions and Modbury High School finishing in 2nd place. Modbury High School’s 3rd straight State Grand Finals appearance in the 7-9 Knockout Netball is highly positive, and a great representation of our boy’s netball interest and abilities. 

Well done! 

From Left to Right: Amerson Green, Harry Cox, Kruz Wilson, Josh Louend-Robertson, Seb Borges, Cooper Tomaselli, Chase Grant-Allan, Alex Dinedios, Nick Davie, Brock White and Kade Monteleone 

Mr Jarrad
Teacher | Digital Technologies
Basketball Coach

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