School-Based Apprenticeships

Hi All, Its Becki Palfreyman here. I am in year 12 and late last year I started a school based apprenticeship in Hairdressing.

What does this mean? I am working as a paid apprentice Hairdresser part time while completing my SACE. My apprenticeship will help me gain credits towards my SACE. I work on Fridays and go to trade school on Tuesdays and my school work/subjects fit around my school based apprenticeship. I am completing SACE my way that will benefit my future beyond school.

It is important to talk with your family and others about potential careers & to start researching the ones that may interest you. I started doing this early because I saw the importance of planning for my career to place me in the strongest position to achieve my career goals.

Why do this? Putting the time & effort into starting this process now will pay off down the track. Because I have done this I have created an amazing opportunity for myself.

I am getting a head start towards my career and doing something I am passionate about and this makes me happy. “Do what you love & love what you do”. “School based apprenticeships are awesome”.

For more info you can contact me or speak to Sam Ricci, Urrbrae’s Apprenticeship Broker located in the Skills Centre.



Sam Ricci Ph. 0439 812 742


Kids Teaching Kids

Last week, on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th, students from years 8-11 from the River Murray Focus Group ran workshops at the Urrbrae Wetlands for Kids Teaching Kids. Mitcham, Highgate, Trinity Gardens and Colonel Light Gardens primary schools attended the two days, with over 300 students from years 2 to 5 participating in the workshops. 20 students from Glen Osmond Primary presented 4 workshops as well; bees, energy efficient housing, birds and recycling.

The primary students were accompanied around the wetlands by one of the Urrbrae mentors-  Sophia Hamblen, Tenelle Simons, Maddie Jones, Ali Scott, Mary Jones, Brady Carlso-Stewart or Kiahna Herbert.

Click here to read more: Kids Teaching Kids

~ Rosie Newman & Lauren Heddle

Black Dog Institute

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Black dog Institute aims to enable mentally healthier lives through innovations in science, medicine, education, public policy and knowledge translation. It is a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by poor mental health and is the world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

With representatives across the country, their primary focus is developing and publicising the knowledge needed to understand, prevent and treat the significant mental health challenges facing the world. All of their work is based on scientific and clinical evidence. They aim to significantly reduce the incidence of mental illness and suicide, remove the stigma and empower all people to live the most mental healthy life possible.

Their unique approach incorporates clinical services with research, their health professional training and community education programs. They combine expertise in clinical management with innovative research to develop new, and more effective, strategies for people living with mental illness. The Black Dog Institute also place emphasis on teaching people to recognise the symptom of poor mental health in themselves and others, as well as providing them with the right psychological tools to hold the black dog at bay.

For more information, please visit You can also visit the Black Dog Institute website at:

– Grace Pillow, Cassie Croxton and YuYi Dix-Manley (submitted as part of a Year 11 HPE assignment).

Year 9 Food Sustainability Challenge

By 2050, there will be approximately 9.7 billion people in the world and from Tuesday to Friday of Week 2, all Year 9 students at Urrbrae studied the problem of sustainably feeding the future generations. There are roughly 24.3 million people in Australia, so think how many 9.7 billion is!

At the start of the course, all us Year 9s and our teachers were treated to two presentations by Sarah-Lena Reinhold and Annabel Jones from PIRSA about sustainable fishing and the conservation of the ocean before visiting the Waite campus to learn about the research being done there, and touring the school farm to look at sustainability initiatives there.

Students then considered solutions to the global food security problem and created a presentation or website about their chosen method of dealing with food sustainability in the future. At the end of the four day course, students presented to our classes. The presentations were put onto a school website, so everyone in the school can look at them. Please visit:

I think all of us Year 9s brought home the knowledge of what sustainability really is, and how we can improve the world; just start with our own little patch because every little helps.

We might think that one person can’t make a difference, but if enough “one person”s make the change, then we might just be on our way to a better future.

– K. Beaubois & F. Coventry

Operation Christmas Child



You may think it’s too early to be thinking about Christmas, but I want you to start now.

Most of us here are lucky enough to receive what we ask for at Christmas time, but there are many children around the world that have never received a gift before! They may not even know what Christmas is. So this year, I’d like to challenge you all to bring a smile to someone else, by giving them a small and simple gift. And there is an organisation to help you do just that!

The organisation is called Samaritans Purse, and they run the program Operation Christmas Child. Every year, they collect shoe box donations and take them to countries that have very little. Over the duration of Term 3, as a school, we will be collecting gifts to pack shoe boxes to send overseas to these young people. It is such a small thing that we can do, but it can bring so much joy and happiness into the lives of people who otherwise wouldn’t know what Christmas is.

To be able to take part, all you need to do is bring a donation to school and add it to the collection box in Student Services.

If you’re unsure of what you could done, think about:

  • Something to love- small teddy/soft toy or doll
  • Something to wear- pair of socks, t-shirt sunnies, hair clips/headband or jewellery
  • Something for school- pens, pencils, texters, paper pad, stickers or erasers
  • Something to play with- small balls, marbles, toy car or slinky
  • Something for hygiene- bar of soap, tooth brush, hair brush or comb

It doesn’t need to be an expensive gift, just one or two dollars is all you need to spend!

Let’s see how many shoe boxes the school can fill!

– Lauren Hill