Merbein P-10 College Newsletter

28 November 2019
Issue Twenty-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

Dates to Remember


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

Primary Art Show

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

There is no Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) on the last day of school

2020 Term Dates

Term 1: 29/01/20 - 27/03/20

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


Congratulations to Cain Berryman who recently took out an award for Building & Construction for VET wood trades at Mildura Senior College. Cain is in year 10 at Merbein P-10 College but is completing a year 11 VET subject, which means he successfully took out the award over the many other year 10, 11 & 12 students who were completing the same subject. Cain was also nominated for student of the year, which is a real credit to him. Many of our students have the opportunity to explore different pathways through TAFE, VET courses and so on and it’s terrific to see students such as Cain excelling in his area of interest.



Students are currently working towards completing tasks as we near the end of the year and our Year 10 students are beginning to work through their exams. It is extremely important that our Year 10's continue to provide strong role models for all other students and that they work hard to leave a positive legacy when they complete their time at Merbein P-10 College.

Just a reminder that we have a number of important dates in December, including our Merbein P-10 Awards night at Club Da Vinci on Monday 16th December.


Asthma - Thunderstorm Alert 

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.


Monday 2nd December is our last Pupil Free Day.  Staff will be involved in professional learning and planning for 2020. 

There will be no school for students on this day.


The Department of Education and Training administers a number of scholarships each year for students who are studying in Victoria. Almost $2,000,000 is available in the General Scholarships Program this year. The student scholarships are designed to reduce disadvantage by providing financial support for education.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in Victorian schools and be Australian citizens or permanent residents. Some of the scholarships are available to Victorian government school students while others are available to students across all sectors.

Visit Student Scholarships for more information.

Available scholarships

Select the years below for available scholarships and specific eligibility requirements:

For further information on how to apply and eligibility requirements, visit Student Scholarships or contact the Student Scholarships Coordinator on (03) 7022 0099 or at

General News

Pupil Free Day

This Monday 2nd of December is a Pupil Free Day.

Students are not required at school on this day.

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. We will not be taking anymore orders after Wednesday It will include both Primary and Secondary content.


14 boxes of books, both fiction and non-fiction are destined for the Melee Maat School, 10kms from Port Vila, Vanuatu.  These reference books are no longer part of the Victorian School Curriculum and room in our school library needs to be made for more current books.  These books though will be extremely useful at this English speaking school still struggling from the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in 2015.  They have a new Library nearly completed but virtually no books. The Melee Maat School has 580 students in grades Prep to Year 8.  Mr Costello recently visited the school with a donation of student requirements.

Thanks to Ms Scott in the Library and Ms Hunyadi in the Office for identifying appropriate resources for the school and its students.  Thanks also to Adam Bellinger and Lachie Meaney for assisting with the packaging of the 14 boxes.

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).



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

Grade 6 Graduation Dinner

Monday 9th of December the Grade 6 students are invited to the Pizza Cafe for their Graduation Dinner.  Students can be dropped off at 6pm and picked up at 7.30pm.  Invitations will go home with students this week.  

Book Launch


Variety Night Photos


Merbein Community Carols

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

 P-3 studentsds in the Junior choir and are practising at lunchtimes with Mrs Atkinson.  The 4-6 Choir practises with Mrs Sauer.  Students need to have attended practices to be participating.  All students have been invited to be part of the practise.   These are the times.  Please meet to the left of the stage where Mrs Atkinson and Ms Sauer will be waiting at 7.20.  Our performance is at 7.35pm.  Students need to be dressed in Xmas clothes.  A note will come home with the students shortly.

Primary Art Show


Primary Guitar Lessons

Expressions of Interest for Primary Guitar lessons at  Merbein P-10 in 2020 are invited for new and current students.

To register your interest for Individual or Group Guitar Lessons call or text Iwan Soebardi directly on 04189 19220 with your email address. Or email  .

Alternatively you can collect an EOI form from the Primary office in the Green building.

Thank you.


Iwan Soebardi

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.

Please note that there is no Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) on the last day of term.



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.  


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

Variety Night Photos


Year 10 Transition – Upcoming Key Dates

The final step in our Transition Partnership with Mildura Senior College is coming up soon:

  • Tuesday 10th  – Thursday 12th 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.

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 6th 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 29th 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 22nd November

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

- Payment for tickets is due by Friday 29th  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.


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