Merbein P-10 College Newsletter

14 November 2019
Issue Twenty
Dates to Remember
Acting Principal Mr Chris Grimmer
General News
Primary News
Secondary News
Community News
Merbein P10 College
(03) 5025 2501
188-206 Commercial Street
Merbein, Victoria, 3505

Dates to Remember


14th - Thursday

Year 2-3 Cold Write

13th - 15th Year 5-6 Lake Cullulleraine Camp

18th - Monday

P-6 Sink or Swim Incursion

Variety Night rehearsal

18th - 21st

Senior College  Head Start Days for students studying a Year 12 subject in 2020

19th & 20th

Whole School Variety Nights

25th - Monday

Senior College Enrolment Evening 3.30-6.30pm

27th - Wednesday

Prep Practice 9.00-11.30am

28th - Thursday

Primary Art Show


2nd - Monday

Pupil Free Day

4th - Wednesday

Prep Practice 9.00am-1.30pm

6th - Friday

Year 10 Graduation

Year 10 Last Day

Merbein Community Carols

9th - Monday

Year 6 Graduation Dinner


Year 9 Camp

10th - Tuesday

Prep Practice 9.00am-3.12pm

Year 7 Orientation Day

10th - 12th

Senior College Orientation Days

11th - Wednesday

Year 7 Orientation Day

13th - Friday

Primary Graduation Ceremony


16th - Monday

Awards Night

17th - Tuesday

Student reports distributed

18th -  Wednesday

Primary Class Parties

Secondary Activity Day

19th - Thursday

Primary Pool Party

Secondary Activity Day

20th - Friday

Last day of Term 4

2020 Term Dates

Term 1: 29/01/20 - 29/03/20

Teachers start back on 28/01/20

Term 2: 14/04/20 - 26/06/20 

Term 3: 13/07/20 - 18/09/20

Term 4: 05/10/20 – 18/12/20

Acting Principal
Mr Chris Grimmer


We are currently in the peak season for Thunderstorm Asthma, and with the large number of dust storms we are also experiencing, it is timely to re-visit your Asthma Plans.  If your child has Asthma please ensure the school has an up-to-date Asthma Management Plan and that they bring their reliever medication to school with them.  Please contact your doctor if you need to update your child’s plan.



Each year our school receives money from this trust. Over the past year, we have received just over $100,000.

Your school Council has used this money for items such as Netbook computers, resurfacing of the basketball court and adding extra funds to the school building projects. Trust money adds to funding we get from both the State and Federal Governments, and our parent payments.

Every Victorian school in Sunraysia, and therefore every student benefits from the money raised by this trust. How much each school receives is based on how many students attend that school.

How brilliant is that!


Our trust is now 102 years old and it is the most unique, community education trust in Australia.
Mildura Schools Lands is a trust that owns 183 parcels of land spread throughout Mildura city and the original irrigation area. Each land title is leased for fifty years. Leases can be bought and sold, and developed by the lessee, with approval from council. Commercial rental from each lease raises the money for schools. The Chaffey brothers first allocated these lands and it was then legislated for in 1916. In January 2011 it became a part of the Education act.

A representative beneficiaries’ committee works to protect and improve the trust.
This committee works with the trust’s manager (Sandhurst Trustees), community and the Department of Education and Training to ensure that the trust is secure for the benefit of all Sunraysia primary and secondary students. If you would like further information, please feel free to speak to me.


As you may be aware, the Victorian government has announced a new mobile phone policy that will require students to switch their phones off and securely store them away during the school day if they choose to bring them to school.

The policy is designed to support teaching and learning in an environment that is free from unnecessary distractions, disruptions and student inattention caused by the urge to check their phones. At recess and lunch times, students will be better-placed to communicate with each other face to face and/or be involved in activities rather than being focused on a device or on social media.

Details about the Merbein P-10 2020 Phone Policy will be available in the coming weeks.


General News

Variety Night Tickets

Tickets are selling fast so to make sure you don't miss out purchase your tickets now from the Mildura Arts Centre or the Mildura Visitor Information Centre.  

If you don't purchase your tickets prior to the evening and buy them at the performance you will not be able to choose a seat, you will have to sit where ever.  So to get the seat you want make sure to purchase your tickets now.

Merbein P-10 College Whole School Variety Night Performance

Held 7pm at the Mildura Arts Centre on 19th & 20th November.  Tickets available at the Mildura Arts Centre or Mildura Visitor Information Centre.

School Magazine Orders

K. Fetherston

The Annual School Magazine must be pre-ordered.  Please pay the $15 per copy at the school front office to secure your copy.  It will include both Primary and Secondary content.


Uniform Shop

School uniforms can be purchased from the school’s main office between the hours of 8.45am and 4pm during the school week.  If these hours are inconvenient for you, please ring the school to make an alternate arrangement.

School Bank Account

BSB - 063 714

Bank Acc Number – 10060535

Account Name - Merbein P-10 College Official Account

Weekly Newsletter Emailed

The school distributes a weekly school newsletter every Thursday to families via email.  With our new inewsletter you can now receive the weekly newsletter on your mobile phone if you have the school COMPASS App installed on your phone.  Please give us feedback on our new Newsletter system and let us know what you think.  If you have not received the newsletter by email, please notify the school to either of the following email addresses: or, with the subject Newsletter Email, so this can be rectified.

Students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 who would like to take home a printed copy of the newsletter each week, can collect one from the main office every Thursday at 3.15pm.

Breakfast Club

The Merbein & District Community Bank is financially supporting the Breakfast Program.  Foodbank Victoria also supports the breakfast program with donations of food.  The following organisations provide volunteers to assist with the program;  the Board & Staff of the Merbein & District Community Bank, Merbein Development Association, Merbein Lions Club, and Merbein Uniting Church.  Merbein P-10 College parents are welcome and encouraged to volunteer.  The Breakfast Program is held in the school cafeteria.  All students are welcome to come along between 8.00am and 8.45am each morning if they would like a FREE tasty breakfast to kick-start their days learning.

If you have time to volunteer for this community service from 8-8.45am on school days, please contact the school, we would love to hear from you.  Please note that volunteers will need a Working with Children’s Check.


Student Absences

If your child is away from school, please notify the school before 10am. The preferred method to notify of absences is via the compass portal or by phone or sending an email to the following email address:

An automated text message will be sent to your phone if your child is not at school and the school has not been notified.  

Primary News

Prep/One Book Launch

Prep/One Book Launch is on Friday 29th November from 9.30am to 11.00am in the Green Learning Centre. 

Come and see the fantastic books the students have published.

Celebrations Festival

Thank you to everyone who came to the 2/3 Learning Centre  so the students could share their learning as part of the Celebrations Festival. There was much excitement and enthusiastic final preparations, with many creative and informative presentations. It is wonderful being a part of a school community that supports all students to reward their hard work. Our students are the winners and we are so proud of them.

Merbein Community Carols

All students in Prep to grade 6 are invited to sing at the Merbein Community Carols on Friday December 6th.  More details are to follow.

School Wide Positive Behaviour (SWPB) Posters

The expected behaviours for Year P-3 students.




The expected behaviours for Year 4-6 students.


Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

 Cheryll Hodge is our school’s OSHC coordinator and can be contacted on 0428 258035 if you have any queries.


Library News

Please ensure your child returns their books each week and brings a waterproof Library Bag for their Library books on the following days.

Year 4-6 students have Library on Mondays

Year P-2 students have library on Thursdays

Year 2-3A students have library on Mondays

Year 2-3B students have library on Tuesdays

Year 2-3C students have library on Thursdays

Green Building Awards

Reminder that  students in Years P-3 receive awards at a weekly assembly every Friday at 2.50pm.  Families are welcome to attend these assemblies held in the Green Building.  Congratulations to last week's award winners.  

As there was no Friday awards due to all school assembly there are no photos.


Merbein Community Bank School Student Banking Program

If you wish your child to participate in this program, please send your child’s bankbook along to the Green Building Office every Thursday morning. The Bank will collect and process your child’s banking and then drop the bank book back to school before the end of the school day.


No Hat No Play

During Term 4, all primary students are required to wear a hat out in the yard at recess and lunch times.  The school policy is 'No Hat No Play'.  If you need to purchase a hat for your child you can do so at the school's main office.

Secondary News

2020 House Captains

Last week House Captain nominees completed a selection process with our current House Captains. We are pleased to announce that the following students were successful in securing a House Captain position for 2020. 

  • Elisabeth Mazzini    Captain
  • Jessica Poon     Captain
  • Skye French       Vice Captain
  • Alex Kelly      Vice Captain


  • Ella Berryman Captain
  • Bailey Edgar    Captain
  • Taj Stevens         Vice captain.
  • Teagan Finch  Vice Captain


  • Cameron Kiel    Captain
  • Illy Sovau    Captain
  • Sam Pratt   Vice Captain
  • Jesse Crisp      Vice Captain

Year 10 Transition – Upcoming Key Dates

The final steps in our Transition Partnership with Mildura Senior College are coming up soon:

  • 18-21 November: Head Start Days for students studying a Year 12 subject in 2020. Head Start timetables will be available late this week
  • Monday 25 November: Enrolment Evening at MSC from 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Allow at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour to complete this process. Enrolment Evening is the next opportunity for students to make changes to their course selections
  • Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 December: Orientation. All students must attend the full three days of Orientation to ensure they are fully prepared for the start of Year 11 in January 2020.

Please contact Chris Blackie if you have any questions or concerns about the Transition Partnership.

Mildura Senior College Head Start

Students who will be studying a Year 12 subject in 2020 are required to attend Head Start program at MSC. The Head Start program will run from Monday 18 – Thursday 21 November. Students have been provided with their timetables and a campus map this week.

Students are only required to attend their timetabled sessions. The program will be an opportunity for students to start their year 12 course in their chosen subject. Students will also be given homework to complete over the holiday break in preparation for year 12. Where possible students are encouraged to attend all 3 sessions.

It is expected that students will come to classes at Merbein P-10 before and/or after their Head Start classes. There will be no exemptions or extensions given for tasks in students’ Merbein classes as a result of attending Head Start.

Please note that:

  • Students should take something to write with and something to write on
  • Students do not need to have bought textbooks
  • Students can wear casual clothes at both MSC and Merbein P-10 on their Head Start days.

If you can only manage to attend some of your Head Start sessions, students should aim to attend the first session and/or the longest of the three sessions.

2020 Year 10 Polo Shirts and Rugby Tops

The design for our 2020 Year 10 Polo Shirts has been finalised following a vote. The 2020 shirt is a custom design developed by our students, which will stand out clearly from our standard uniform options. This week, students have been fitted for polo shirts, and should have a letter with their current size indicated. Our suppliers Reform Clothing are currently setting up our order portal and a link will be sent to students and families as soon as orders are open.

Orders must close on Friday 6 December to ensure shirts are ready to wear from the start of the 2020 school year.

Students and families are reminded that orders for our 2020 Year 10 Rugby Tops close on Friday 29 November. Orders can be placed at

Year 10 Graduation Information

C. Blackie

It is nearly time to celebrate the achievements of our Year 10 Class of 2019 and the end of their time at Merbein P-10 College at our Graduation Ceremony. This year’s event will be held at Club Da Vinci on  Friday 6th December from 6.00pm to approximately 10.00pm.  Below are the key details for this year’s event:

- Tickets are $35.00 per person

- All attendees - including students - must purchase a ticket

- Tickets are available for purchase now from the school's main office. 

 - In addition to their own ticket, each student is allocated 2 guest tickets to allow parents or carers to attend

- In the case of blended or step families, allowances can be made for all parents to attend. Please contact the College office to discuss

- If a student is not able to have two parents present and wishes to invite a family member other than a parent or carer to use the other ticket, they can complete an application form available from the Year 8-10 Learning Centre Office

- Tickets include finger food

- This is an alcohol-free event. Soft drinks will be available on the night at bar prices

- Bookings must be finalised by Friday 23 November

- Bookings can be made by phone or in person at the College office

- Payment for tickets is due by Friday 30 November

- The Graduation Ceremony is a semi-formal event

- Students attend Graduation as individuals and are not required to have a ‘partner’ for the evening

- If students are unsure about their eligibility to attend, they should see Mr. Blackie as soon as possible. A reminder of the minimum standards students must meet to receive an invitation to the Graduation is included below.  We look forward to welcoming students and families to this great event. If you have any questions or concerns please email Chris Blackie at : . 

Student Minimum Standards Required to attend the Graduation.

• Students must achieve a Satisfactory result in at least 12 of their 16 subjects. 

• Students must complete two weeks’ Work Experience.

• Students must complete all Assessment Tasks to a satisfactory standard. 

• Students must complete at least 80% of homework sheets in Mathematics. 

• Students must actively participate in at least 80% of practical sessions in Health & Physical Education. 

• Students must consistently submit work on time 

• Minimum attendance of 85% (recorded per session not per day).  Attendance data is available on Compass Attendance. 

• Consistently high standard of behaviour  required. 

• Consistent, year-round wearing of College Uniform.

Information for Year 9 Parents and Carers

C. Blackie
A meeting was held recently with the Year 9 students to go over some of the opportunities and responsibilities students can expect next year in Year 10. 
The most important information discussed was the standards that students are required to meet to be able to attend our Graduation events. Students will receive many reminders about these standards, but now is a good opportunity to think about whether they are currently meeting those standards and what they may need to do to improve.
Next year our Graduation will change to a new format, as the size of our year level groups from 2020 onward makes the current format unworkable.  It is likely that we will split the current single evening into two separate events, a shorter Graduation Ceremony for students and parents and a Graduation Dinner for students only.  For those of you who have had children attend Mildura Senior College, this format would be similar to the MSC Graduation and the Year 12 Dinner.  We will consult with staff and students before settling on the Graduation format but we wanted to flag now that this will be changing.
One very important thing that we still need to discuss with Year 9 is the Leadership Roles for 2020. Shortly we will open nominations for our SRC Executive. Five positions will be available:

  • SRC President
  • SRC Vice President
  • SRC Secretary
  • SRC Executive Member (2)

The Student Leadership elections will be held as full preferential voting with no staff input into the result. This ensures that the students elected have the support of their peers.  We strongly encourage students to nominate for these important roles, which have a growing and valued place in the life of our school.  
If you have any questions or concerns about the topic, please notify the school.  We look forward to a successful end to Year 9 and a great start to Year 10 in 2020. 

School Wide Positive Behaviour (SWPB)

The expected behaviours for Year 7-10 students.


Community News





Merbein Bush Playgroup



This year the walk will be opened by Fadak AlfayadhFadak is a Melbourne-based community lawyer who works with people who are unable to afford legal representation including women experiencing family violence.  She is a writer and advocate, who has spoken across the country and internationally on topics including gender equality, refugees and asylum seekers, migrants and immigration, diversity, identity and belonging.  You can find out more about Fadak at  






For more information phone Ben or Pauline on 0407457445 or 0439430826.


Ride is from Adelaide to Melbourne via Mildura/Gol Gol – 12 riders raising funds and awareness of Ovarian Cancer. All funds are directed in finding an  early detection of Ovarian Cancer and all funds go to Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

Local sportspersons and interested sporting following are invited to three opportunities to meet with riders and engage.

  1. Twelve riders will trek from Berri to Mildura on Sunday (180kms) arriving Bobby and Me, Hugh King Drive, Mildura estimated between 4-5pm Sunday 17 November
  2.  Dinner at Pizza Café Sunday night 7pm $25pp includes guest speakers Clint Stanaway and Thomas Sorensen. Please book by phone: 50 275080
  3. Monday morning breakfast at James King Park, Gol Gol. A cooked breakfast is provided by Buronga Gol Gol and District Lions club  (cost $12) everyone welcome. You are not obliged to have breakfast. Courtney Wakefield has accepted an invitation to attend.


Please don’t hesitate to make contact me should you have further questions.

As part of the ride, a documentary is being produced over the 10 days of riding and visiting towns and communities. If a sporting team would like to attend – wear your colours!

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