Merbein P-10 College Newsletter

08 August 2019
Issue Eight
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


12th - 16th Monday - Friday

-Year 10 Snow Trip

-China Visit

-Yr P-1 Swimming Program

12th - Monday

P-6 Family Maths Night 6-7pm

16th Friday

Primary 'Cold Write'

18th - Sunday

Parent Opinion Survey closes

19th-23rd Monday - Friday

Yr 2-3 Swimming Program

21st  - Wednesday

Prep Practice 9-11am

26th - Monday

6 weekly student reports distributed

28th - Wednesday

-Prep Practice 9.00-11.30am

-Primary First Aid

29th - Thursday

Primary First Aid

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

11th - Wednesday

Primary Summer Sports

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


7th - Monday

First Day of Term 4

25th - Friday

Primary Grandparents Day (to be confirmed)


11th – 15th

Year 5-6 Lake Cullulleraine Camp

18th, 19th & 20th

Whole School Variety Nights


4th - Wednesday

Prep Practice 9.00am-1.30pm

10th - Tuesday

Prep Practice 9.00am-3.12pm

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: 13/07/19 - 18/09/19

Term 4: 05/10/19 – 18/12/19

Acting Principal's Report
Mr Chris Grimmer

Camps Success

I would like to sincerely thank our staff who have done a wonderful job of engaging students in some terrific activities whilst on camp last week. Mrs Hayley Willison & Mr Ash Hill spent several days in Echuca last week on the Equine Camp, which was a fantastic experience for our students, while the Year 3-4 students spent three days in Ballarat on their camp. Ms Jaymie-Lee Lyell, Ms Megan Downes, Mrs Sue Gardiner, Mr Jarrod Searle and Mrs Wendy Finn accompanied our students to Ballarat.  They did a great job of caring for the group and ensuring they had wonderful memories of their Ballarat experience. There are so many extra- curricular activities happening across the College, all of which take time and effort to organise, but most importantly are extremely beneficial for our students.

Chinese Visitors

This Saturday our special guests from Dali No 1 Middle School in China will be arriving for their visit to Merbein P-10 College.  As in previous years, our visiting students will be hosted by local families who will provide accommodation and will welcome our visiting students warmly. Our students and staff are keenly awaiting their visit to our school and are looking forward to further strengthening the friendship that has been developed between Dali and Merbein. Our host students have been preparing for the visit by undertaking a study of Chinese history and culture.  Six  of our Year 10 students and Mr Scott Johnson will then have the opportunity to visit Dali No 1 School in September this year, which will be a fantastic experience for the group.

General News

Parent Opinion Survey Reminder

The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.
Approximately 30 per cent of parents have been invited to participate in this year’s survey. Invited parents have received a link to the survey via email or in the post if we do not have an email address for you. All responses to the survey are completely anonymous. If you have lost your invitation with the link to the survey please contact the school office.

 The closing deadline for the survey has been extended to Sunday 18th August at 11:59PM. 



School Bank Account

BSB - 063 714

Bank Acc Number – 10060535

Account Name - Merbein P-10 College Official Account

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.

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

Avocado Leadership Conference Report

C. Piscitelli

Earlier in the year a small group of our Year 6 students attended the 'GRIP Leadership Conference'. They came back armed with knowledge and over the past few weeks have been busy preparing their very own ‘Avocado Leadership Conference’ to present to the Year 4-6 Learning Centre. The two hour conference was professional, engaging and educational. Our leaders did a wonderful job of passing on their new skills in a fun way. Their teachers are very proud (and still recovering from their surprise ‘teacher dance off')!! 

Maths Family Fun Evening  Families Exploring Maths Together In Fun Ways

D. Lord

All primary students and their families are invited to a Family Fun Maths Evening on Monday 12th August from 6-7pm.  It will be held in the Year 4-6 end of the Orange Learning Centre Building.

The aim of the session is to demonstrate that Maths is fun and discover ways to support the development of Maths concepts at home.

An information note, with a return slip (for an indication of numbers attending) will be sent home soon.

Year P-1 Swimming Program

H. Collihole

A reminder to parents that the Prep - 1 students will start their swimming program on Monday, 12th August, so don’t forget their swimming gear.  Some families have yet to pay the $20 for the bus (this charge applies to all participating students) or $50 if the Excursion Levy hasn’t been paid.

Please contact the school if you’re confused regarding payment.

Year 2-3 Swimming Program

W. Finn

Year 2-3 Swimming Program begins Monday 19th August.  Please ensure that your child's Permission Note is returned as soon as possible (with the $20 for the bus or $50 if you haven't paid the excursion levy) so that teachers can organise groups for the week.

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

S. Gardiner

Next Thursday, 15th August 'Stig Live @ The Library' will be presenting a one hour session to students in Year 2 to Year 7 from 11.30am.  Stig is the audio book narrator for the Storey Treehouse series.  We are looking forward to listening to this dynamic presenter.

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

First Aid in Schools Program

K. Grimmer

St John Ambulance Victoria will visit our school on 26th and 27th August to deliver their free First Aid in Schools Program to our students. The program has taken an innovative approach to ensure all First Aid lessons are a fun and interactive experience for students of all learning capabilities. Trained St John presenters lead students from Year Prep to 6 through tailored sessions on the importance of First Aid and what to do in the event of a medical emergency. Our junior students learn how to identify when there is an emergency, keeping themselves safe, and how to call for an ambulance. Senior students learn about delivering Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the things they can do to assist in an emergency.

Year 3-4 Camp Report

W. Finn

A huge thank you to the staff who accompanied the campers. It gave our students an amazing opportunity to experience life away from home at a fantastic camp site - Log Cabin Camp, Creswick.  Students had a wonderful time and enjoyed a fun and educational day at Sovereign Hill.  Our students were great ambassadors for our college.  We came home safe and happy and very tired!!

Green Building Awards

Assembly will be held in the Green Building tomorrow at 2.50pm.  Families are welcome to attend.

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.


Head Lice

H. Collihole

There has been several cases of head lice in the Prep-3 and the 4-6 buildings over the last couple of weeks.  Please check your child’s hair regularly.

Primary Uniform Jacket

J. Hunyadi

Primary students are 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 has the school logo embroidered on it. Cost is $40.00 per jacket.  

Secondary News

Secondary Athletics Sports Day Report

It was a perfect sunny day at the Mildura Aero Ovals for our Secondary Athletics Sports on Tuesday.  Congratulations to the winning Sports House 'Yelta' and our Age Group Champions. Special thanks to our Secondary House Leaders who did an awesome job managing the final major event in their roles.

Age group champions/runners up are as follows:


1st Place

2nd Place

13 Girls

Kate Crouch

Francies Naquto

13 Boys

Marcus Smith

Murtadha Al-Rubaye & Brayden Foster

14 Girls

Skye French

Charli Hocking & Morna Naquto

14 Boys

Dominic Fasolino

Seth Colling

15 Girls

Illy Sovau

Jessica Poon

15 Boys

Charlie Bambrick-Cameron

Bradley Wakefield

17 Girls

Emma Hudson

Olivia Bowden & Sarah Chapman

17 Boys

Keenan Wade

Aalen Davis


Mildura Senior College (MSC) Discovery Day Report

C. Blackie

Our Year 10 students did our school proud at last week's MSC Discovery Day.  With an enormous amount of information to take in, our students were attentive, polite and most importantly they respected the right of all their peers to make the most of the day no matter what their own interests were.  We would like to thank MSC staff and student volunteers for helping to make the day a valuable experience for all our students.

Forensics in School Program Report

J. Williams

Forensics in School Program visited our Year 7 Extension Science group last week.  Students enjoyed solving crimes using their forensic skills.

Year 10 Mildura Senior College (MSC) Course Selections

C. Blackie

Please check that your child's MSC Course Selections have been returned.  They are due back tomorrow Friday 9th August.  These selections help to start discussions about decisions. Students will have many opportunities to change selections if necessary.

Year 10 Course Selection - VET Subjects

C. Blackie  

Mildura Senior College (MSC) VET Coordinator Linda Snoxall visited our school and talked with students today.  If students have any questions about VET courses they are encouraged to speak to or email Mr Blackie, Mrs Rayson or Mrs McClure as soon as possible.  Please note that there will be other opportunities to meet with Linda, this was an extra visit arranged prior to Snow Camp.

Year 10 Snow Camp Week

 C. Blackie 

Year 10 students who are not going on Snow Camp are expected to attend school as normal next week.  Core and elective classes will continue as normal.  If students do not attend classes, it will count against their attendance rate for Graduation unless a Medical Certificate is provided.  Students who are going on the Snow Camp may be required to complete catch-up work in their own time.  If this catch-up work is not completed, it will affect students chances of achieving a 'Satisfactory' result in their subjects.

Equine Camp Report

H. Willison

Fifteen students from the Year 9-10 Equine Studies ventured to Billabong Ranch in Echuca last Tuesday. The students were given a first-hand opportunity to lead, groom, saddle up and ride horses. Other activities that the students enjoyed were paddle boats, bungee trampolining, archery, camel rides, commando course, night walk, trivia course, animal nursery and an outing to the local Echuca trots meeting.

The food was plentiful and extremely good, along with the wonderful campfire.

The students gained valuable knowledge of being around horses and had a wonderful time. A huge thank you to Mr Ashley Hill for driving the bus and assisting on the camp.

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

"The Long View" explores a range of mature themes resonating with today's teens. On a seemingly ordinary day, an explosive fight occurs at a high school when Travis, a bully, confronts his ex-girlfriend, Holly, and her new boyfriend, Nate. Though the actual encounter lasts only a moment, the effects of the incident linger in the memories and lives of all who witnessed it. Through a series of short scenes and monologues, this performance explores the repercussions, both short term and long, of a single event in a young person’s life. 
Come and support Red Cliffs Players debuting Director Emily Leon, along with her youth cast in an engaging and powerful play.

The cast includes a number of new faces to the Red Cliffs Players family, along with some familiar faces. The cast of 14 youth, of varying ages, have been rehearsing for the last few months and are ready to display their talent. The Youth Production has been generously supported by the Telstra Foundation and has not only allowed the youth to be on stage; but has also seen them turn their hands to back stage roles and activities.

Performance dates are August 9, 10 and 11 at Cardross Hall.

If you wish to purchase tickets without a credit card, please visit Green Goddess Flowers at 156 Tenth Street, Mildura.


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.

The Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph 2019 Amatuer Bakers

Mildura City Heart is again preparing for The Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph and this year we will be celebrating the event’s 22nd year, with a day of celebrations, competition and family-friendly activities to be held from 9am, officially opening at 10am on Saturday 17th August 2019, in Mildura’s Langtree Mall.

You are invited to participate, by baking your best vanilla slice for judging on Friday 16th August, 2019, with winners announced at The Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph on Saturday 17th August, 2019.

Please find attached everything you need to know for this years event including some example recipes.  Follow the link below to enter.








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