Merbein P-10 College Newsletter

05 September 2019
Issue Twelve
Dates to Remember
Acting Principal 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


6th - Friday

Yr 4-6 STEM Market Day

9th - Monday

Pupil Free Day - NO SCHOOL for students

11th - Wednesday

Primary Summer Sports

Secondary Inter College Athletic Sports

12th - Thursday

Yr P-1 Activity Day

China Group depart

17th - Tuesday

Inter-college Table Tennis and Basketball

Primary Extraordinary Explorers Gala

18th - Wednesday

Secondary 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

Year 2 Sleepover


8th Friday

Grandparents Day (to be confirmed)


Year 5-6 Lake Cullulleraine Camp

18th - Monday

P-6 Sink or Swim Incursion

18th, 19th & 20th

Whole School Variety Nights


2nd - Monday

Pupil Free Day

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: 13/07/20 - 18/09/20

Term 4: 05/10/20 – 18/12/20

Acting Principal Report
Mr Chris Grimmer

2019 NAPLAN Results

This week the school received individual student reports for those students who completed the NAPLAN testing in May this year.  NAPLAN tests the sort of skills that are essential for every child to have in order to progress through school and life such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy.  It is important to remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, it is about assessing learning progress.  At the classroom level it is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress.

From today individual reports will be sent home in envelopes with Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 students who took part in the tests.  Please contact the school if you have any questions relating to the NAPLAN reporting process or you do not receive a report in the coming days.

Early Notice - Final Student Free Day for 2019

School Council has approved Monday 2nd December as the final Student Free Day for 2019. On this day staff will be working on School Wide Positive Behaviours, Professional Learning Communities, School Review feedback and 2020 planning.  There will be no school for students on this day.

General News

Pupil Free Day Monday 9th September

Reminder that Monday 9th September is a Curriculum Day.  It is a Pupil Free Day, so there will be no school for students on this day.

Canteen Price Change

Please note the change in the canteen potato chips price and size.  The size in now 45g and the price is $2.00.  

School Wide Positive Behaviours SWPB Posters

R. Morgan

Over the past week staff have been placing SWPB posters around the school.  These posters are vital to ensure staff and students know  and use the expected positive behaviours. The posters were developed by staff and students.  They translate the school’s values of Respect, Responsibility and Quality.  There are three sets of posters, one for the Year 7-8 students , one for the Year 4-6 students and one for the Year P-3 students.  Staff will be teaching the expected behaviours in a variety of ways and contexts such as explicit teaching in the classroom, modeling  and role playing in order to build new skills and reinforce expected  behaviours.  Staff will also utilize these expectations by acknowledging and highlighting positive behaviours in classrooms and throughout the school setting. We encourage parents and carers to read and discuss the SWPB posters with their child, expressing to them the importance of these qualities outside the school as well.

A big thank you to student Sophie Cook for designing the SWPB posters.  The Posters have been posted in the Primary and Secondary Sections of this newsletter.


School Magazine Orders

K. Fetherston

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

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 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 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

Book Week Activity Day Report

Last Friday the Primary Section held their Book Week Activity Day.  It began in the Gym with a parade of all the students and staff dressed in book characters.  Well done to the students for their efforts.  Thank you to the families who were able to attend.   The parade was colourful and the students enjoyed a very successful day.

Below are photos of some of the activities from the day.

Congratulations to all the winners from our Book Day parade.

Congratulations also to all the students who won prizes from our Library Challenge.


School Wide Positive Behaviour (SWPB) Posters

The expected behaviours for Year P-3 students.

The expected behaviours for Year 4-6 students.


Year 5-6 Lake Cullulleraine Camp

The Year 5-6 camp dates have been changed to 13th-15th November.  An Expression of Interest form has been sent home to families.  Please check that your child's note has been returned.  A deposit of $50 is required to be paid before the end of this term, 20th September to secure a place on the camp for your child.

'Safer Student Travel’ Presentation Report 

Last week the Year 4-6 students took part in a ‘Safer Student Travel’ presentation by Dr Michael Kennedy.  Showing our students how to confidently keep themselves and others around them safe when traveling to and from school.  As many of our students have younger siblings, it is hopeful that this information will benefit those younger students at Merbein P-10 College as well. The focus was on their responsibility as shared road users to use safety methods on and around the road.


Year 2-3 'Save The Date'

W. Finn

Our Inquiry Unit theme 'Extraordinary Explorers' will finish on the last Tuesday of this term September 17th, with a massive Extraordinary Explorers Gala in our Learning Space.  All families are invited to come along to see what we have learnt about explorers who have made an impact on Australia’s development.  Pop in anytime between  11.30–1.00pm.  An invitation will be sent home with further details.  The students are enjoying working on their presentations.  We hope you can make it.

Year 2 Sleepover

W. Finn

The Year 2 Excursion/Sleepover will be held on 25th October.  Details will be sent home early next term.

Year 2-3 Chaffey Trail Excursion Report

S. Gardiner

As part of their Inquiry Unit, the Year 2-3 students visited a few of the locations on the Chaffey Trail. The students were fascinated with the Rio Vista and the Mildura Homestead as they learned more about the Chaffey Brothers and early settlement in Mildura. They were also able to the view the wonderful art works in the gallery and the sculpture park. Thank you to all of the friendly staff at the Mildura Arts Centre for helping our students expand their knowledge. 


Year P-1 News

J. Atkinson

The Year Prep-1 students have been busy creating their Mildura Show entries.  Students used their imagination to decorate a peg or a jar.  If you are going to the Mildura Show this year make sure you go check out the student art display section where our students' work will be showcased.

Year P-1 News

T. Rivett

As part of the Year P-1 'Healthy Choices' Inquiry Unit the students visited Ritchies Supermarket to look at all the different fruit, vegetables and grains. They were looking at healthy food and healthy choices. The students also ate a rainbow made of healthy food today.


Plastic Lid Collection

W. Finn

Did you know that plastic lids from drink bottles – milk, soft drink, water, etc.  can be recycled to make prosthetic hands?  Jurell in Prep is hoping to receive a prosthetic hand very soon.  He would love to send lots of lids to the company to make more for other children.  Can you please send clean plastic lids to school?  There is a collection box in the office of the Green Learning Centre.  Thanks

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

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


Library News

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

Year 4-6 students have Library on Mondays

Year P-2 students have library on Thursdays

Year 2-3A students have library on Mondays

Year 2-3B students have library on Tuesdays

Year 2-3C students have library on Thursdays

Green Building Awards

Reminder that  students in Years Prep-3 receive awards at a weekly assembly every Friday at 2.50pm.  Families are welcome to attend these assemblies held in the Green Building. 

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.


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

Year 10 Work Experience Update

C. Blackie

We would like to extend our thanks to all the local businesses, institutions, tradespeople and professionals who hosted our Year 10 students for their first week of Work Experience and those who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise this week as well.  We are proud of the positive feedback we have received from employers so far.

'The Beat' Report

C. Blackie

This week our Year 9 band gave two awesome performances at 'The Beat' 2019 schools concert. Thanks to Noah, Milla, Skye, Indi, Byren, Josh and Cooper for representing Merbein P-10 College.


Year 10 - The University of Melbourne Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program

C. Blackie  

Applications are now open for The University of Melbourne's Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program. In recent years, several Merbein P-10 students have been accepted into this program which aims to support students to prepare for tertiary education and offers preferential entry to the University of  Melbourne courses.  Learning Centre Leaders will approach selected students about making an application, however all eligible students are welcome to apply. To find out more about the KLD Young Scholars Program, visit

School Wide Positive Behaviour (SWPB)

The expected behaviours for Year 7-10 students.


Year 8 - Expression of Interest for Alpine

R. Morgan  

Year 8 students who are interested in the Alpine School for Student Leadership in 2020 can collect an Expression of Interest note from Mr Morgan.  The Expression of Interest note will need to be returned by Wednesday 11th September.

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


An Under 8’s Competition is starting up within the Summer Season at the Basketball Stadium, Mildura.

For more information phone  50232241 between 10am and 3pm or send an email to

Held Thursday 19th September from 6-7.30pm, Mildura Grand 7th Street.

Held 15th September from 10-11am for ages 5-16 at Chaffey Park Merbein.  To register visit or for more information phone Aaron Walder 0408315746 or Josh Brice 0448341312.

U14 Girls Cricket Competition

For girls aged 14 and under who are interested in an Under 14 girls competition to commence this season and underpin the already successful womens competition. The format would mirror the current J2 format and be played on Sunday mornings.  Contact your local club or the Sunraysia Cricket Association.

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.



 For more information visit

For U10-U18s.  For more information contact Josh Lee on 0427024610.

Registration online at  Checkout the facebook page Mildura  District Little Athletics Centre.  For more inforamtion contact Steve Eriandson on phone 0427233504.

Australian Poetry Slam Champion

Mildura Rural City Council Libraries are hosting an Australian Poetry Slam heat on Thursday 12th September.  Registration opens at 6.30pm with the competition kicking off from 7pm at the Mildura Library.  Competitors gain the chance to win $100 cash prize and the opportunity to perform at the Victorian final in Melbourne.  Phone the Mildura Library for more information.
To view the Australian Poetry Slam terms and conditions visit

Mildura Bowls Club will be conducting 'Roll Up' for U18 people from 4.30pm – 5.30pm on September 25th, October 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th.






Library Holiday Program


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