Merbein P-10 College Newsletter

06 February 2020
Issue Two
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
AU

Dates to Remember

February

7th - Friday

Notice of election and call for School Council Nominations

17th - Monday

Closing date for School Council Nominations

26th - Wednesday

Student Photo Day

27th - Thursday

Prep Photos and any Catch-up Photos ; 9-10.30am only.

28th - Friday

Sec Swimming Carnival to be held at the Wentworth Pool.  (Note the change of date)

March

2nd - Monday

Secondary MSSA

9th - Monday

Labor Day Public Holiday - No School

10th - 13th

Year 7 Camp

16th - 20th

Year 8 Camp

20th - Friday

Student 6 weekly reports distributed

Pri Stomp Evening Presentation

25th Wednesday

Sec Parent/Teacher Interviews

Primary Meet and Greet

2020 Term Dates

Term 1: 29/01/20 - 27/03/20

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

Fortnightly Newsletter Trial

Following this week’s newsletter we will be trialing a fortnightly production of the main newsletter. The fortnightly newsletter will contain all the reports, photos, events etc (as it always has) but then the following week we will be just producing an A4 single page, a 'Reminders & Events Page' for families. This will contain the upcoming event dates and any reminders that need to go out for the week. It won’t have reports & photos included, with the idea that you can put it on the fridge if you normally print it off, or just quickly scan through the key reminders on your device.

We will also continue to put a lot of information & photos out on Facebook, Compass and via email so that families will still have ample information about school events. We will seek feedback from our school community early in Term 2 as to whether this is an effective way of maintaining great communication between school and home.

China Exchange

Last year marked the final year of our ten year student exchange with our Chinese schools. Unfortunately, due to increasing costs and a limited number of students across the four local schools interested in attending future trips we have made the difficult decision not to renew the exchange agreement. Last year we investigated the possibility of running trips every second year for Year 9 and 10 students but unfortunately, whilst we had a number of students interested, there were only one or two other students interested in attending from across all three of our partner schools. Whilst we are not ruling out the possibility of organizing an alternative experience in the future, at this time there will not be a trip to China offered for our current Year 10 students

Important Reminder-Kiss & Go Zone

With our growing student numbers comes an increase in traffic during pick up and drop off times, so it is even more important that families observe the signs at our Kiss and Go zone at the front of the school. Please ensure you don’t leave your vehicle in these areas as the traffic becomes congested and it is extremely frustrating for others if they are unable to pause in these areas to drop their children off. Thanks for your co-operation with this issue.

Merbein P-10 College Council Elections - 2020

In accordance with DET guidelines, an election of members for the 2020 School Council will be conducted during February and March. 

The new 2020 Council will be formed from an election process and will be based on a membership size of 15, with a configuration of 8 parents, 5 staff (including the principal) and 2 co-opted community members.  

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.  

All Victorian government schools with a Year 7 cohort and above, now have a mandated, elected Student Member Category on their School Council. Each school’s Constituting Order is increased by two positions to allow for two student members to be elected to council.

The School Council election process for all four categories (Parent, DET Employee, Student and Community member) must be completed by 31 March 2020.

2020 Merbein P-10 College Council Election Process

Due to the scheduled expiry of their terms of office, several members of Council will be retiring in accordance with DET guidelines and the Council Constituting Order. Consequently, the following vacancies are being declared:                              

  • 2 Parent category vacancies
  • 2 DET category vacancies
  • 2 Student vacancies

Up to two Co-opted Community positions will be filled by the newly formed council following the conclusion of elections.

I sincerely thank the members of the 2019 School Council for volunteering their time, expertise and energy to enable Merbein P-10 College to continue to grow as a successful community school. I was made to feel extremely welcome throughout my time on council and I’m looking forward to continuing the work again in 2020.

I would also like to specifically thank the following retiring Councillors for their valuable contribution to the ongoing development of Merbein P-10 College over the past year:

Steve Liddicoat and Scott Barnes (Parent Category)

Sandra Luitjes and Chris Blackie (DET Category)                

Xander Rothwell and Bree Antonie (Student Category)

Graeme Worthington (Co-opted Community member)

I also would like to thank and acknowledge the support and leadership provided by both Steve Liddicoat and Scott Barnes in their roles as School Council President and Vice President throughout 2019.

If either or both categories (Parent or DET) have more nominations than positions then a ballot will be conducted.  All parents or guardians of students enrolled at the school are eligible to vote for parent members, and staff vote for staff members.

Parents who are DET employees may stand for election in the Parent category, but only up to a maximum of two. This is to ensure that the majority of the college council is created through a combination of parent and community members and not DET employees.

Nominations for a position on the Merbein P-10 College Council will open on Friday February 7th and close on Monday February 17th, 2020 at 4pm.

The school council will continue to play a vital role in achieving the best-possible outcomes for our young people, ensuring that our school continues to build effective connections with the local community.  I therefore encourage parents and staff to consider nominating for a position on the Merbein P-10 College Council and to support us in the important work that lies ahead. 

Enclosed in this newsletter is an information sheet that provides information about the role and membership of School Council. 

Parent nomination forms will be available at the school office for any parent considering nominating.  If you would like a nomination form to be emailed directly to you, please contact the General Office. 

Nomination Forms can also be downloaded from the school web page.

As mentioned above, if there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will be called and candidates will be invited to prepare a statement of no more than 150 words.  More details about the recommended content of statements will be provided for candidates if this occurs.

 

 

Merbein P-10 College

2020 School Council Election Process Timetable

EVENT

DATE

  1. Notice of election and call for nominations

Friday 7 February 2020

  1. Closing date for nominations

Monday 17 February 2020

  1. Date by which the list of candidates and nominators will be posted

Wednesday 19 February 2020

  1. Date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed

On or before Mon
24 February 2020

  1. Close of ballot – 4.00 pm

Tuesday 3 March 2020

  1. Vote count and Declaration of ballot – 4.30pm

Tuesday 3 March 2020

  1. Special council meeting to co-opt Community members  (the principal will preside)

Wednesday 11 March 2020 

  1. First council meeting to elect office bearers
    (the principal will preside)

Wednesday 18 March, 2020

 

School Council Elections 2020 - Information for Parents

What is a School Council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a School Council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the School Council?

There are four possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent category. More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community member category. Its members are appointed by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.
  • A mandated elected Student member category. This membership category is required for all schools with a Year 7 and above cohort.

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. Half the members must retire each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Why is Parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

Do I need special experience to be on School Council?

Each member brings their own valuable life skills and knowledge to the role. Councillors may need to develop skills and acquire knowledge in areas that are unfamiliar to them. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.

How can you become involved?

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might seriously consider standing for election as a member of the school council or encourage another person to stand for election.

What do you need to do to stand for election?

The principal will issue a notice and call for nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March.

If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.

DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the school council where their child is enrolled

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the notice of election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.

If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.

Remember

Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do.

Consider standing for election to council this year.

Be sure to vote in the elections.

Contact the principal for further information.

General News

School Photos

R. Morgan

The school photo day  will be held on  Wednesday 26th February, while Thursday 27th February is for  preps and any  catch-up photos. Personalized photo envelopes were handed out to Primary students today. Envelopes for secondary students will be handed out tomorrow.   Families wanting a family photo need to collect a Family Envelope from the Main Office or Green Building office.

There are 2 payment options:

  1. Online using the access key located on the envelope
  2. Cash payment that requires exact money as no change can be given.

If a student loses their envelope, they will need to collect a spare envelope from the main office and an access key will be provided.

If you have any queries regarding the school photos please contact Rob Morgan at school 50252501.

Uniform

R. Morgan

It is important for families to ensure their child is in FULL school uniform each day.  A uniform dress code reinforces pride in each students’ appearance and instills recognition of themselves as an important part of the Merbein P-10 school community. This helps develop pride in representing their school.  If your child needs to come to school out of uniform, please provide a note explaining why and when your child will be in full uniform.

Every day counts-School Attendance

R. Morgan

Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education.

Students learn new things at school every day – missing school puts them behind.

Why it’s important

We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

Students develop good habits by going to school every day – habits that are necessary to succeed after school, whether in the workplace or in further study.

Missing school can have a big impact on students academically and socially. It can affect their test results and, just as importantly, it can affect their relationships with other students, and lead to social isolation.

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.

Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading, falling behind in subject topics and assessment tasks.

Getting in early

It’s never too late to improve attendance. Even in the middle years, when school can seem the most challenging for students and when attendance rates can be at their lowest,  going to school more often can make a big difference. Every day counts- even in the early years of primary school.

Schools are there to help – if you’re having attendance issues with your child, speak to your school about ways to address those issues.

In Victoria school is compulsory for children and young people aged 6 – 17 years

Student Absences

The main reasons for absence are:

Sickness – There are always times when students need to miss school, such as when they’re ill. It’s vital that they’re only away on the days they are genuinely sick, and setting good sleep patterns, eating well and exercising regularly can make a big difference.

Family holidays - It's vital that holidays are planned during school holidays where possible, and not during the term. If you are planning to go on holiday during term time, make sure that you talk to your school in advance, and work with them to develop an absence learning plan.

“Day off” – Think twice before letting your teenager have a “day off” as they could fall behind their classmates – every day counts.

Truancy – This is when students choose not to go to school without their parent’s permission or skip out of school during the day. There can be many reasons for truancy; the best way to address this is for schools and parents to work together.

While all absences can effect academic performance, DET’s statistics show that unexcused absences are a much stronger indicator of lower reading and maths achievement.

School refusal - School refusing children experience significant emotional distress not only when going to school but also at the thought of going to school; they may be absent from school for weeks or even months at a time. School refusal differs from truancy as children generally stay home with the knowledge of the parents and despite their best efforts to encourage their child to go to school. 

Being away from school for 1 day a fortnight equals missing 1.5 years over 13 years of school.

If your child is away

If for any reason your child must miss school, there are things you can do with the  school to ensure they don’t fall behind:

  • Inform the school via your  child’s Form/Home teacher or Learning Centre Leader
  • Find out what work your child needs to do to keep up.

Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your home room teacher or Learning Centre Leader as early as possible.

Openly communicating with the school about all absences is a good way to prevent attendance issues being escalated to a School Attendance Officer.  A School Attendance Officer is a Department of Education and Training Regional Director who has authority to follow up attendance issues. Chronic or ongoing attendance issues that are escalated can lead to an Infringement Notice being issued to parent/s.

If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let the Learning Centre leader or Mr Morgan know so we can work together to get your child to school every day.

Top attendance tips for parents

  • Merbein P-10 College wants to work in partnership with parents – act early if you have any concerns by contacting the school and asking for advice and support
  • Remember that every day counts
  • There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes and their social connectedness
  • Talk positively about school and the importance of attending every day
  • Avoid making routine medical and dental appointments during the school day or planning family holidays during the term
  • Seek help from the school if you are concerned about your child’s attendance and wellbeing. We want to work in partnership with parents to support student attendance and wellbeing.

Coronavirus Outbreak Update

The Victorian Department of Education and Training has issued updated advice for families of school-aged children regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak. If you or your children have traveled to China over the holidays, please follow the link below from the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services.  DHHS.VIC.GOV.AU

www.dhhs.vic.gov.au

BYOD Portal

The school provides access to netbooks and desktop computers for all students. Students in Years 4-10 also have the option of bringing their own digital device for use at school. Our technicians will set up the device so it can be used both at school and at home. BYOD offers significant advantages for students.  They can be customised for each individual student and will operate at fast speeds. They can also be used at home for personal use.  Many families may already have a device at home that can be readily set up for use. If you decide to get a new device for your child, they can be purchased from any of the normal suppliers.   The school has also set up a parent portal with JB Hi-Fi, which gives families easy access to purchase a device that is preferred for school use.  The link for the portal is www.jbeducation.com.au/byod Please contact the office for the school code. This is optional for families to use and devices may be purchased from any company.

Water Bottles and Hats

Term 1 in Sunraysia is always hot!  Primary students must wear a broad-brimmed hat when out in the yard and during outdoor sport and PE classes. Secondary students are strongly encouraged to do the same. Please make sure hats are clearly labelled with students' names. We recommend that all students take a water bottle to class every day. This keeps them hydrated, helps them focus and reduces interruptions to learning. Many of our bubble taps are refrigerated, so bottles can be refilled with icy cold water during the day!

Family Payments 2020
 

The Primary Family Payment Schedule for 2020 has been inserted above.   Payment can either be made at the school’s main office or you can arrange for the payment to be made in instalments.  Payment can also be made electronically, details are on the form.

The Parent Payments Policy and copies of all Family Payments schedules are also available on the school website.

The Secondary Family Payment Schedule for 2020 was sent home with students at the end of last year.  Please ask at the main office for more information.

Conveyance Allowance Program

The Conveyance Allowance Program offers families in rural and regional Victoria help with the cost of transporting their children to their nearest appropriate school or campus. Students must be attending the nearest school appropriate to their year level and reside at least 4.8km from the school by the shortest practicable route to be eligible.

Eligible students can receive a conveyance allowance based on:

  • the least expensive public transport fares and/or
  • a distance based allowance when travel is by private car or private bus.

Parents applying for the allowance must complete an application form and return it to school. We will then process applications using the Student Conveyance Allowance System (SCAS).

 

2020 Year 7 CSEF Uniform Pack

Students who have commenced Year 7 in 2020 and are recipients of the CSEF payment, automatically qualify to receive a Uniform Pack through State Schools’ Relief.

An order form can be collected from the main office.  To find out more about CSEF or to apply for assistance go to www.education.vic.gov.au/csef

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:   Giddings.beth.l@edumail.vic.gov.au or

merbein.p10@edumail.vic.gov.au, 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.

 

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

To be eligible for this funding, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending the school must

be the holder of a Veterans Affairs Gold Card or be an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holder, OR

be a temporary foster parent and submit an application to the school before the end of February 2020.

If your child was enrolled at this school last year and you were a successful applicant for the funding last year, you will not need to apply for the funding again this year.

Ask at the school office for an application form, or to enquire about more information.

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:  Collihole.heather.h@edumail.vic.gov.au

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

Year 2-3 Hockey Clinic

R. Holy

Over the next four weeks Year 2-3 students will be participating in Hockey Clinics during their specialist time on a Monday. Families are asked to ensure students have appropriate footwear and bring a drink bottle and hat on these days.

Keep an eye on Facebook and the newsletter for photos over the next few weeks.

Congratulations Jarrad

C. Blackie

We’d like to congratulate our Education Support staff member Jarrod Searle (currently working in the Year 4-6 Unit) on his nomination for Mildura Rural City Council’s Australia Day Award for Young Citizen of the Year. Jarrod’s work provides support and encouragement to our primary students, and he continues that work in volunteer roles with many local youth organisations and events. We’re proud to have someone with Jarrod’s dedication to the community as part of our team.

Year 2-3 News

W. Finn

Student Representative Council (SRC) - The Year 3 students will be writing their SRC speeches at school today.  They will take them home today to practise so they can present them at school tomorrow for voting.

Year 4-6 News

C. Piscitelli

The Year 4-6 Unit will be holding their Student Representative Council (SRC) nominations and speeches tomorrow, Friday 7th February. They will be held in the Year 4-6 Learning Centre (the Orange Building) from 9:10-10am.  Parents are welcome to attend to support their child as they present their speech.

Weekly P-3 Assembly

The first weekly Friday Assembly will be held tomorrow, Friday 7th February at 2.45pm.  Weekly Class Awards will be distributed at this assembly which will be held in the Jungle end of the Green Building. Families are welcome to attend.

Before School

Families please be aware that students who arrive at school before 8.40am can go to the Breakfast Club, held in the Canteen. Alternatively, they may sit on the seats at the back of the Green Building or stand with their parents near the door until 8.40am.  Students are not to play out the front of the Green Building until 8.40am when the front playground is supervised and the doors of the Green Building are opened.

Art Smocks

All primary students are required to bring along an art smock or old shirt to protect their school uniform when participating in their Art Program.

Naming Articles

Please remember it is very important to name all your children’s property clearly, especially hats and jumpers, bags, drink bottles and lunch containers.

Severe Food Allergies

There are students at the school with severe food allergies.  Please remind your child that their food is not to be shared.

Prep Rest Days

Reminder that during the month of February, the Prep students will have every Wednesday off to rest and for testing. 

Guitar Lessons

Iwan Soebardi is asking for Expression of Interest in Guitar lessons for new and current primary students in 2020.

To register your interest for Individual or Group Guitar Lessons call or text Iwan Soebardi directly on 0418 919 220 with your email address. Or email iwansoebardi@gmail.com .

Alternatively you can collect an Expression of Interest form from the Primary office in the Green building.

Drum Lessons in 2020

Luke McCarthy is asking for Expressions of Interest for Drum Lessons in 2020.  He is contactable for further information on  0417 897 906 or lukemccarthy@lukemccarthy.id.au

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 in a waterproof Library Bag .

Year 4-6 students have library on Tuesdays.

Blue Book Library Bags

Reminder that all students will need a suitable waterproof bag to put their library and reading books in to take home.  Blue book/library bags are for sale at the school uniform shop.  Students are to return their diaries, books and bags every day after reading their book at home.

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 1, 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

Mathematics News

Duane Ebbels - Mathematics Coordinator

Many mathematics teachers have relayed concerns to me that some students do not have a calculator.  A calculator is required for all students from Year 7-10.  Students will not be able to complete all the necessary coursework without one.  Calculators are available at the school main office for $20.

Year 10 Polo Shirts - Second Order

C. Blackie

Production has started on our second and final batch of Year 10 polo shirts. This order is expected to arrive early in Term 2.

Arena Jackets

New orders in almost every size have arrived.  If you have been waiting to purchase a school uniform jacket the cost is $80.

Valentine's Day Fundraiser

J. Williams

The Student Representative Council (SRC) are selling chocolates, roses, balloons and cookies to raise funds for new school sport equipment. Students are encouraged to bring along some cash before 14th February to purchase  something from the SRC at school for their friends, or that special someone or someones.

Year 9-10: WEP student exchange information session

C. Blackie 

Representatives from World Education Program, which offers short and longer-term student exchanges, will be visiting Merbein P-10 on Thursday 13 February. This session is open to students in Year 9 and 10 and will be held at 1.30pm. Please see the attached flyer for further information.

 

Year 7 Halls Gap Adventure Camp

R. Carmes

The Year 7 Halls Gap Adventure Camp 2020 is approaching and preparations are being finalized. As part of the Year 7 program, all students will have the opportunity to attend a four day adventure camp to Halls Gap which will be held from 10th-13th March. On this camp students will learn new skills, engage in challenging activities and develop teamwork competency and a level of independence, all in a safe and nurturing environment.

The campers will be departing at 7am sharp on Tuesday, 10th March.  We would ask that everyone be at the bus shelter area with their equipment by 6:30 am.

The total cost for the camp is $510.  It is preferred that full camp payment is made prior to the camp, however families can pay $300 before 3rd March and the remaining payment needs to be made by the end of Term 2.  Please contact the school if you would like to make other arrangements.

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply for Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF). Eligible secondary students can allocate the $225 grant payment to their camp costs. Please see the office staff to apply.

For any enquiries, please contact Renee Carmes during school hours on 50252501.

Doctors in Secondary Schools Program Re-Opening!

Our Doctors in Schools program will re-open on Wednesday 19th February. The program is available for all secondary students to access free (bulk-billed) confidential health care at school. This is a fantastic service which students can access for any of their health care needs including asthma/anaphylaxis plans, immunisations, mental health care and any other medical concerns no matter how big or small.

The rooms will be open every Wednesday during the school term from 9am – 1pm. Students can make appointments by contacting Yvonne in the general office or they can ask a teacher or wellbeing staff member to make the appointment for them – the only details required to make an appointment will be the student’s name and date of birth.

Parents are welcome to attend appointments with students if the student

 

Homework

All students benefit from extending their learning at home, supported by parents and carers. Setting up a quiet, comfortable space for reading and homework helps make the most of this time. For more ideas on how to support students with their learning at home, this is a great resource… https://www.education.vic.gov.au/…/lear…/Pages/homework.aspx

Compass App

Compass allows students to access their timetables, daily news and learning tasks. The Compass app is available in the Apple and Android app stores. Current students use their regular school username and password to log in. New students will be issued with log in details next week. If you have lost your parent log in details, please email merbein.p10@edumail.vic.gov.au and our IT staff will assist as soon as possible. Compass log in details for new parents will be mailed home in the first weeks of school.

Instrumental Music Lessons

J. Hudson

The optional Instrumental Music lessons will begin in the first few weeks of Term 1. Instrumental Music teachers are currently creating groups from the returned Expression of Interest forms and those students already in the program from 2019.
If you were enrolled in lessons in 2019 you will automatically be re enrolled  into a group for 2020 however, if you no longer wish to continue lessons please have your parent/guardian contact the office to let us know. 
Students can still collect an Expression of Interest form from the school's main office at any time during the year although spaces are limited so we can not always ensure you a position straight away.   If you have any questions please see Mr Hudson.

School Wide Positive Behaviour (SWPB)

 

Community News

Hookin2Hockey 2020

Would you like to be a part of our very successful Hookin2Hockey program?

Last year, we had over 140 local children come and try hockey, many for the very first time.

This is an eight-week skill development program, will be run at the Sunraysia Hockey Turf, Eleventh St, Mildura, and costs $89 per child. This fee includes a terrific pack which includes a stick, ball, shinguards, hockey backpack and playing singlet. 

The 2020 program will be starting soon. Free Come and Try sessions are on Saturday 15th February 9 am and Wednesday 19th February 6 pm.

For more information please contact Jess Melsen sunraysiahockey.junior@gmail.com

Sunraysia Hockey Association

www.sunraysiahockey.com 

 

MRCC Youth Survey

The MRCC Youth Survey for young people aged 12 to 25 years is now open.    

The Youth Survey aims to collect the thoughts, ideas and priorities for young people in our community, this information will be used by Council to inform the Youth Engagement strategy for the next 4 years.  The Survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/68TV25B and will close on Tuesday 18 February.

The MRCC Youth Services facebook link https://www.facebook.com/youthservicesmildura/

Props Theatre

If your child is aged 5-16 and interested in Drama, check out this exciting group.  Held every Monday during the school term in eight street Mildura.  Ages 5-8 from 4-5pm and ages 9-16 from 5-6pm.  For more information visit www.propstheatre.com.au or contact Jarrad Searle : email searle.jarrad.d@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

Junior Umpires Information Night

If you’re aged 10 to 18 and want a way to keep fit and earn money over winter. Head on down to the junior umpires information night, Tuesday 11th Feb.

 

Auskick

Do you have a Student in Year Prep to 2 who is interested in AFL. Contact Merbein Football club on the number above.

Merbein Bush Playgroup

 

 

 

 

NDIS Information Session – Mallee

What is the session about?

If you find yourself saying “I have my NDIS plan; what are the next steps?”, then this session could be for you! We have developed an information session for people with disability and their families or carers, called “Getting the Most Out of Your NDIS Plan”. The information and resources you will receive at the session have been designed to assist you to gain maximum benefit when putting your plan into action.

During a two and a half hour session, you will gain knowledge about key NDIS concepts, be given many useful suggestions and tips, and feel more empowered and confident in how to implement your NDIS plan. We use accessible venues and materials, and we provide a break and refreshments.

When and where is the session being held?

When: Thursday 27 February 2020 from 10:00am to 12:30pm.

Where: Quest Mildura, 115-119 Madden Avenue, Mildura VIC 3500

Who is running the session?

The session is designed and delivered by staff with a disability from the Disability Loop team at AFDO (Australian Federation of disability Organisations). AFDO and its member organisations are run by and for people with lived experience of disability. Disability Loop is a program that aims to make information about the NDIS easier to find, understand, and use.

There are lots of NDIS sessions, how is ours different? 

As people with lived experience of disability ourselves, we are better able to focus on the needs of people with disability. The workshop was written using plain language, which makes complicated concepts easier to understand. We aim to make the workshops a safe space where people can share their questions and concerns without worrying about any judgement. All workshops are held in wheelchair accessible venues, near public transport where possible, and are free for people with disability and their families! We are also providing a wide range of accessibility supports for attendees with disability, free of charge, to make it easier to participate. This includes Auslan interpreters or captioning if requested.

You will receive a detailed information pack to take home.

Bookings are essential for catering and accessibility purposes. Please register by 20 February 2020. For more information and to register, visit:

www.disabilityloop.eventbrite.com or Call: (03) 9662 3324

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