Urrbrae Agricultural High School is the only comprehensive special interest agricultural secondary school in South Australia. It is recognised as a centre of excellence in student learning with a focus on agriculture, technology and the environment. Established as an Agricultural High School in 1932, it has continued to educate South Australian secondary students in an agriculturally focussed curriculum to the present day. It is also recognised as a focus school in environmental education, landcare and technology. These subjects are integrated across the school curriculum. Alongside these specialist subjects, Urrbrae students study the normal range of secondary school subjects except languages other than English, or can choose from the specialised certificate courses at senior school level.

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An Important Message from the School Council

Independent review of public school and preschool Governance in South Australia

The School Council has been approached by the Department for Education and Child Development to take part in an Independent review of public school and preschool Governance in South Australia.

As many of the consultation questions involve parents’ perception of their school council I invite you to visit the website and download the discussion paper from http://www.edlawreform.sa.gov.au/pages/default/47426/

You can either send feedback to the school’s admin email address dl.0798.admin@schools.sa.edu.au with “Response to Review” in the subject area and your feedback will be included in our Council response or you can download the feedback form and make your own submission.

The consultation process closes on the 1st August.

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It has been not only a busy but hectic term this year and both students and staff have found the educational program creeping away at an ever increasing pace.  Paramount in our thinking and actions are two major contexts.

 1) The length of the remaining year for our Stage 2 SACE students.  After the mid-semester break there will be 11 - 12 weeks of school time remaining.  In Stage 2 courses there is still a considerable amount of new work to cover, as well as revision.

2) The Royal Adelaide Agricultural and Horticultural Show Society’s annual show will be running from the 5th - 14th September this year.  It is also the Show’s 175th Anniversary.  Urrbrae students have already been involved in the anniversary celebrations this year to date.  Our level of activity with the Show will involve our entire Year 8 cohort, a further 100+ Year 9 – 12 students in attendance at the show, and other individual entries.  Logistical planning and preparation is well underway and will evolve into a huge effort.

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Important Dates

4th July   End of Term 2
5th July   Barn Market
21st July   Term 3 commences
...   Stage 2 Trial Exams begin

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Pupil Free Days 2014

Term 3   Wednesday 13th August



We are currently doing work on the Memorial Grove on the Eastern side of the school oval.

History of the Memorial Grove:
Not long after the school was opened in 1932 a large number of students were involved in World War II. 18 of these lost their lives in various countries and in 1946 a grove of Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica) trees was planted near the school on 26 July as a memorial to those students who died. This grove now forms the western edge of the school oval.
2 students who fought in the Vietnam war also lost their lives and they are commemorated in the grove with Lone Pine trees (Pinus alleppo).
This year 2014 we are commemorating those Urrbrae students who made the ultimate sacrifice for their  country. 10 of the trees are being replaced  in a tree planting ceremony to coincide closely with Anzac Day

As part of the project, existing plaques to commemorate members who served in both the Royal Australian Air Force in World War 11 and Vietnam are being restored.  We are seeking the relatives of the following:  Graham A Grant  (RAAF), David Underwood (RAAF), Geoffrey Burgan (RAAF), Robert G Wesley-Smith (RAAF), David W Petch (RAAF), Keith W Gratton (AMF), Leonard Whibley (RAAF), Peter M Piggot (AMF) and Peter F Newman(AMF).

If you have any information please contact David Kempe, S&E Teacher, at the school on 8372 6955 or email:


*** Parking at Urrbrae ***

When dropping off and collecting students, parents are asked to use the car park adjacent to Student Services on Fullarton Road, as this car park is likely to be less congested than the main southern car park between Block A and the farm.  The Student Services car park is easily accessed from Fullarton Road via gates A and B. 

Parents and students are reminded that there is no parking for Urrbrae available at the Waite Campus on Fullarton Road, even for dropping off and collecting students.  At this time of the year, many of the large trees under which cars have recently parked are highly stressed.  Several have dropped limbs without warning following the January hot weather; please do not place yourself, your child or your vehicle at risk by parking in this area.

Cassie Dickeson

Assistant Principal Student Wellbeing



On Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 May, students in Years 9 took part in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy, or NAPLAN, as it is commonly known. Skills that were tested included: reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. These tests were done here at school and are considered just another part of the curriculum.

It is important for you and your child to know that NAPLAN is not a pass/fail test. It simply looks at what level students are achieving in literacy and numeracy against National Standards and compared with student peers throughout Australia.

Later in the year we will send parents an individual student NAPLAN report that you can use to view and monitor how your child is progressing.

The NAPLAN 2014: Information for parents brochure is now available at the National Assessment Program (NAP) website.

If you have any concerns, please contact the school.

1:1 Computer Access

Urrbrae Agricultural High School has a strong focus on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that fosters a climate of inquiry and enables successful global citizens in the 21st century. ICT is a significant feature in the school’s strategic plan and the school has invested heavily to support this vision.

In 2013 Urrbrae built upon this foundation with the introduction of the 1 to 1 Computer Access policy. This policy has 3 modes of providing laptops to students:

1. The Recommended Laptop Bundle

The Recommended Laptop Bundle for 2014 is the Acer Aspire V5 Ultrabook.
The bundle can be bought outright or there are finance options available via the dedicated portal at http://uahs.ippartners.com.au. Use the green “Sign Up” button at the top right hand corner of the screen to create an account.

2. Bringing Your Own Device

3. Using the School Supplied Laptops


Student Services

Positive Parenting Seminars available through the Effective Living Centre in 2014

Christian Pastoral Support Worker (PDF File)


SAPOL Road Safety
Proposed changes to the graduated licensing scheme

Open letter to parents from the Premier - 26/11/2013

A letter from the Premier & the Minister for Education and Child Development - 04/07/2013



Let us know if you have feedback or a complaint, or if you want to give us a compliment.

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The Australian Government introduced a new, upfront cash payment in June 2012, to help families with the costs of sending their kids to school. Families can use the bonus to pay for school expenses such as uniforms, books, school excursions, stationery and other things like music lessons and sports registration fees.

The Schoolkids Bonus replaces the Education Tax Refund that was previously claimed through the tax system. This means that families don’t have to keep receipts and wait months to claim money back at tax time.

From 2013, eligible families will be paid the bonus at the start of Term 1 and 3 – in January and July each year.

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Fridge Calendar - 2014


School Context Statement

Annual Report - 2012

Principal's Report to AGM - 2012

Chairperson's Report to AGM - 2012


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