Merbein P-10 College Newsletter

27 June 2019
Issue Four
Dates to Remember
Acting Principal's Report 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


28th - Friday

Last Day of Term 2 - Early Dismissal Time 2.30pm

Pri - PJ Day - wear your Pyjamas to school - gold coin donation

Sec - Casual Dress Day - gold coin donation

OSHC early finishing time of 5pm


15th - Monday

First Day of Term 3

22nd - Monday

Primary Athletics Day

30th - Tuesday

-Dental Van Visit

- Yr 5-6 students GTAC travelling science program

31st - Wednesday

Dental Van Visit

31st July - 2nd August

Yr 3-4 Ballarat Camp


1st - Thursday

-Dental Van Visit

-Yr 5-6 Ecolinc travelling science program

2nd - Friday

Yr 3-4 Ballarat Camp returns

5th - 9th Monday - Friday

Yr 4-6 Swimming Program

6th - Tuesday

Secondary Athletics Sports

12th - 16th Monday - Friday

-Year 10 Snow Trip

-China Visit

12th - Monday

Yr P-6 Family Maths Night 6-7

12th - 16th Monday - Friday

Yr P-1 Swimming Program

19th-23rd Monday - Friday

Yr 2-3 Swimming Program

26th - Monday

6 weekly student reports distributed

30th - Friday

Primary Book Week Day: Reading is My Secret Power


5th - Thursday

Yr 2 Sleepover

9th - Monday

Pupil Free Day - NO SCHOOL for students

12th - Thursday

Yr P-1 Activity Day

18th - Wednesday

Sec Parent/Teacher Interviews

20th - Friday

Last day of Term 3

Earlier dismissal time of 2.30pm


11th – 15th

Year 5-6 Lake Cullulleraine Camp

18th, 19th & 20th

Whole School Variety Nights

2019 Term Dates

Term 3: 15/07/19 - 20/09/19

Term 4: 07/10/19 – 20/12/19

Acting Principal's Report
Mr Chris Grimmer

End Of Term

Tomorrow, Friday 28th June is the last day of Term 2.  Students will be dismissed at the earlier time of 2.30pm.  The school buses will also run at the earlier time of 2.30pm and OSHC will  finish at the earlier time of 5pm.  Thank you to students, staff and community for making this such a successful term.  I wish all our staff, students and families a very safe and happy break.  School will resume for Term 3 on Monday, 15th July.


Buslink Sunraysia

On the last day of this school term, tomorrow Friday 28th June 2019, the Victorian afternoon School Bus runs will commence one hour earlier than a regular school day.  

  • The NSW bus will depart at the normal time of 3.00pm.

NB: All public service routes will continue to run at their normal times as per the current timetable.

Any student that would normally catch connecting buses will be required to make their own arrangements.

Works During the Holidays

Shade Sails - The poles for our two shade sails will be put in during the holiday break and the sails will be fitted very early in Term 3.

New Carpet and Vinyl - Also during the term break we will be fitting some new carpet in the foyer and conference room and new vinyl in the Cafeteria.

Conference Room - The conference room will be re-painted and blinds will be installed early in Term 3 which will help to create a warm, welcoming feel as you enter our main building.   

General News

Earn & Learn

The school has entered the Woolworths Earn and Learn Offer again this year.  If you, your friends or family shop at Woolworths, please collect the vouchers for our school and either send them to school or pop them into the Merbein P-10 box at both stores.  


Student of the Month Awards

Congratulations to the following students who were presented with Student of the Month Awards for June at our Whole School Assembly today.


Hayley McGillivray


Lara Page


Miley Mackay


Luisa Loanakadavu


Chase Brook


Zac Moore


Milla Lee


Ashlee Kelly


Imogen Wisneske


Xavier Price


Paris Newson


Natasha Moore


Lillee Driscoll


Megan Kelly


Kye Lawrence-Hall


Jackson Penny


Joshua Atkinson


Indiana Hansen


Lily Faulkhead


Harmony Brougham


Ava Smith


Neria Irumva


Dylan Boseley


Sam Pratt


Josie Brigante


Nikea Champion


Emma Sleader


Luke McCormack


Sean Fawdry


Margaret McDonald


Aidan Middleton


Bayden Clarke


Kade Zrna

Last Day of Term 2

R. Morgan

For the last day of term tomorrow,  the Student Representative Council (SRC) have organised a Casual Dress Day for the Secondary students and a Pyjama Day for the Primary students as a fundraiser to purchase equipment for students to use during recess and lunch times.  Students are asked to make a gold coin donation. The SRC will also be running a sausage sizzle for secondary students - $2 per sausage and $2 for a soft drink.

Second Full-Page Ad in the Sunraysia Daily

C. Blackie

Our second full-page ad was in Saturday's Sunraysia Daily.  This time we wanted to thank the community groups, businesses and institutions that support our students to succeed and to highlight the contribution our students make to the success of our community.


Bus Pass Replacement

Buslink have informed the school that if a student requires a replacement bus pass, they will be required to pay $10.00 either to the school or to the Buslink office. The new pass will not be printed out and issued to the student until the payment has been received. Please remind students to take care of their bus passes to avoid this additional cost.

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 & Merbein Development Association are 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; Merbein P10 College parents, the Board & Staff of the Merbein & District Community Bank, Merbein Development Association, Merbein Lions Club, and Merbein Uniting Church.  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 in the morning.  A text message will be automatically sent to your phone after this time if your child is not at school and the school has not been notified.  The school can be notified of absences by phone or by sending an email to the following email address:

Primary News

Lost Property

There are lots of school windcheaters piling up in our lost property box. Parents are welcome to come in and take home windcheaters that are unnamed.  Please check that your child’s school jumpers and hats are clearly named.

Year 2-3 'Futuristic Art' Report

R. Holy
Over the past few weeks the Year 2-3 students have been creating "Futuristic Art”.
To create their art piece they were required to answer questions about their future, then using crayon and water colour paint they created a futuristic looking piece of Art.  
These posters will now be sent to 'Hands up' Mallee, for their community project.

There are still some students who need permission notes signed.  If you are yet to do this, please sign the note that has come home with your child and return to school tomorrow as this is the last day.

Pet Education Visit Report

W. Finn

Our Year Prep-1 students had a great time meeting Lucy and learning about pet safety this week.


Featured in the Sunraysia Daily

C. Piscitelli

A huge congratulations to Kira Teasdale who competed in the Mildura Eisteddfod and her photo was featured in the Sunraysia Daily. We have some awesome talent at Merbein P-10!


Year 4-6 Eisteddfod Dance Report

C. Piscitelli

A big congratulations to our Year 4-6 dance groups who performed last week in the Eisteddfod. Your teachers and peers are all very proud of the way you represented our school, both groups receiving an honorable mention. 


Year 2-3 Reading Reward Report

B. Hall

Students enjoyed a movie reward for their amazing reading this term.  They watched  'The Grinch'.


Prep and Year 1 Art

J. Atkinson
A 'creative and colourful' finish to Term 2.
Students in Prep to Year 1 used their imagination, cutting and pasting skills to create beautiful rainbow fish.


Year 3-4 Camp Medical Form

H. Collihole

Students attending the Year 3-4 Camp were given 'Page 2' of the Medical Permission form to take home today for parents to complete.  It was inadvertently left out of the original medical forms sent home this week.  Please complete all the Camp documents as soon as possible and return them to Heather at the Primary Reception.

Congratulations Ayva

R. Holy

Finalists from the 'Be Kind-Lend a Hand' poster competition, including our Merbein P-10 student, Ayva Kelly were invited to Government House in Sydney on 21st June to celebrate their artworks and announce the winner of the poster competition.

Unfortunately Ayva's poster was not awarded 1st place, but we are very proud and honoured that one of our students has achieved such a high standard of work and was nationally recognised.


Pyjama Day

K. Grimmer

Reminder that tomorrow is Pyjama Day for the primary students.  Students are encouraged to wear pyjamas to school and make a gold coin donation which will go towards new sports equipment.  The Junior Students' Representative Council (SRC) have organised a couple of special events which will be lots of fun and will raise funds as well.  Events are:

*Students are able to dress up their teddies and will be eligible to take out the best dressed teddy competition.  Students may enter as many teddies as they like for an entry fee of fifty cents. 

*The SRC will also be running a guess the number of Gummi Bears in the jar competition during recess.  Each guess will cost twenty cents and students are able to enter multiple times.  *Students will also have fun with a buddy decorating their own teddy bear biscuit.

Please encourage your child/children to join in the fun activities that have been planned.


Year P-6 Art Donations

J. Atkinson

If you have any of the following items, the Year P-6 Art department would love them.

*Small boxes

*Cardboard rolls - glad wrap, foil and paper towel rolls (no toilet rolls)

*Material scraps/ribbon/lace 

*Any type of lids

*Shoe boxes

*Shoes - canvas sand shoes, court shoes, leather or vinyl  lace ups or boots 

*Old DVDs and CDs

Items can be left in the boxes or containers near Heather's desk in the Green Building Office.


Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

Reminder that OSHC will be finishing at the earlier time of 5pm tomorrow, Friday 28th June, the last day of term.  Cheryll Hodge is our school’s OSHC coordinator and can be contacted on 0428 258035 if you have any queries.

Year P-1 Reading Reward Report

M. Brown

The students who earned reading rewards had a choice of three activities.

*Scratch on the iPads

*Peacock craft

*Plasticine moulding 

They had lots of fun creating and making!


Primary Uniform Jacket

By J. Hunyadi

Primary students will be  able to purchase a polar fleece lined Jacket with a water repellent microfibre outer shell.  It has elastic cuffs and an internal zip pocket.  It is available in size 4 – 16 and will have the school logo embroidered on it. Cost will be $40.00 per jacket.  An order has been placed and should be here within two weeks.


Green Building Weekly Assemblies

Please note there will be no Green Building Assembly tomorrow.  Congratulations to last Friday's Award winners!


Head Lice

H. Collihole

A reminder to parents to please check their child’s hair over the holidays as we still have a head lice problem. 

We need parents to be vigilant and to do the right thing by ongoing treatment if head lice/eggs are detected.

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-3 students have library on Thursdays

Year 2 students have library on Mondays

Year 3 students have library on Tuesdays

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.


Secondary News

Freeza Art Competition

D. Watson

The Freeza Art Competition entry is open for 2019.  Any students who are aspiring artists and would like the chance to win $100 can enter.  The conditions of entry are on the back of the application form available from the school front office. The closing date is the 29th July 2019.  Successful works will be displayed in an Exhibition at the Mildura Visitors Centre, next to the Waves. 

2019 Sunraysia Youth Committee

C. Blackie

Congratulations to our 2019 Student Representative Council (SRC) Executive Member Bree and also former students Jack and Riley for stepping up and taking on this important role representing youth in Sunraysia!  In the following photo meet the 2019 Youth Committee who are currently working hard on volunteering opportunities for young people and planning for this years Youth Expo. 
Matt Golding, Eliza Bessell, Bree Antonie,Georgia Leutner, Elissa Neyland, Jack Smith, Sana Hashimi, Rivers Watson & Riley Robertson, with Sana HashimiElissa NeylandLa Trobe UniversityRed Cliffs Secondary CollegeMildura Senior College and Merbein P-10 College.


Semester Two Electives

H. Rayson

Year 8-10 students have an opportunity to change their electives if they are not what what they expected.  Changes can be made from now until the end of  Week 1 in Term 3.  After this, allocations are final and changes will not be made except in special circumstances.


In the Sunraysia Daily

R. Holy

Our amazing Year 8 dance group performed at the Mildura Eisteddfod and were featured in the Sunraysia Daily 


Doctors in Secondary Schools

Remember our doctor’s room is open every Tuesday from 10am–3pm for secondary students.  Student appointments can be made through staff at the school or by calling the Merbein Family Practice on 03 5025 2511 or students can simply drop into the rooms at recess or lunch on Tuesdays. This is a great service, not just when students are sick but for things like prescriptions, asthma and anaphylaxis plans, catch-up immunisations, mental health and any other issues facing secondary students.  Students will need to give their Medicare Card details to the GP clinic.  An easy way to do this is for the student to take a photo of the card on their phone.  Parents do not need to attend appointments with students but are very welcome to come along if the students wish.

Community News

Merbein Bush Playgroup

Held at the Merbein Common on Tuesdays from 9.30-11am.  Provides parents and children the opportunity to run, jump, explore and learn in a natural bush setting no matter the weather.  Call Claire and Ofa for more information 0437077689.  Transport is available.


Robot Song

The Mildura Arts Center presents 'Robot Song', an entertaining family show on 3rd July at 5.30pm for kids aged 8+ and adults.  Phone 50188330.

Sunraysia Gang Show

Sunraysia Gang Show is a variety show put on by 60 Scouts and Guides from around Sunraysia. This year the Gang are performing seven shows in their 43rd annual production ‘One Day I Wish’ from 5th-13th July 2019.  Tickets can be purchased online at, at the Mildura Arts Centre or Mildura Visitor Information & Booking Centre, or by calling the Ticket Box Office on (03) 5018 8330.

Gateway Health - Victorian Free Positive Parenting Telephone Service

This is a FREE telephone based parenting education program is for parents, grandparents caring for their grandchildren and carers of children aged 2 to 12 years, living in Victoria.  Our aim is to increase access for all families including fathers, grandparents, kinship carers and rural families.  Participants will be provided with a workbook or online modules and will be supported by weekly 30 minute phone calls from a trained Parent Educator over a 6 to 10 week period.  Appointments are available daytime and evenings.  This service is funded by The Department of Health and Human Services. For more information phone 1800 880 660 or email or visit


First Stroke Swim School

One free lesson, come and try on 12th or 13th July.  Term 3 commences on 15th July and runs for ten weeks.  Thirty minute lessons, ages 6 months onward in a heated pool.  For more information contact Ben – 0407 457 445, Pauline – 0438 019 551 or Reception -0439 430 826.

Children are Stinky

A unique show is coming to Robinvale over the school holidays and tickets are only $5.

'Children are Stinky'  is high brow toilet humour for kids.


Wednesday, 10 July 2019 at 1.00pm


Robinvale Community Arts Centre


Suitable for ages 3 years to 12 years and families


All tickets $5.00

Tickets can be booked via -

School Holiday Program 

To participate you must be aged between 12 - 16 years old and live or attend a school within the Mildura Rural City Council municipality.  Complete and submit a School Holiday Enrollment Form.

For more information contact Rachel Brook
on phone 
03 5018 8280 or mobile 0438 021 126 or email

Programs run from 9-2pm each day.  Snacks and lunch provided.

Monday 1 July – Join The Navy For A Day

Cost: FREE

Tuesday 2 July - Laserforce                        

Cost: $15

Wednesday 3 July - Come & Try Sports Day  

Cost: FREE

Thursday 4 July - Movies & Pizza    

Cost: $15

Friday 5 July - Fishing Day 

Cost: FREE

Monday 8 July - Self Defence  

Cost: $15

Tuesday 9 July - Dance Workshop    

Cost: FREE

Wednesday 10 July - Inflatable World                  

Cost: $15

Thursday 11 July – Lawn & Ten Pin Bowling  

Cost: FREE

Friday 12 July - Art Day - Mosaics 

Cost: FREE




Library School Holiday Program


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