More new classrooms, preschool places and teachers in $17.3 billion education budget
NSW Budget 2018 features historic firsts for education, including record funding to expand the number of new and upgraded schools, unprecedented investment to air condition more classrooms and universal pre-school for three year olds. Above: Artist impression of the new Alexandria Park Community School. Credit: Design | TKD Architects, Visualisation | Narrative. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Education Minister Rob Stokes and Early Childhood Minister Sarah Mitchell outlined a range of new initiatives funded by the $17.3 billion education... Read more
Gamechanger Challenge finalists announced
The 16 teams selected to compete in the inaugural Game Changer Challenge in Education Week have been announced. Superfast scooters to transport students between classes, time travel excursions to key moments in history, sustainable schools that are self-sufficient in power, water and food and real-time brain scans to track student learning and wellbeing. These are just some of the futuristic visions that helped propel 16 NSW school teams into the finals of the Game Changer Challenge which will be held in Sydney during Education Week from... Read more
Education Week will be a game changer
Excursions to the moon, teleporting between classes, face recognition roll call or a school without bell times or walls – the school of the future is only limited by your imagination. That is the message from the organisers of an exciting new challenge being launched today in the lead up to Education Week 2018. The inaugural Game Changer Challenge will showcase the theme of this year's Education Week, Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world, which highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities... Read more
EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced
This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULMFWr7_OzU... Read more
2018 Resource Allocation Model funding
In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more
NDIS continues its roll out across NSW
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more
Zone Athletics Carnival Success!
A great day in Bega was had by all! Congratulations to the Merimbula Public School Zone Athletics Team on their efforts at last Friday's PSSA Our Junior Boy's Relay Team came 3rd in the final, and 2nd in their heat! Well done to Liam, Logan, Luka and Harry! Our Senior Girls came 3rd, Junior Girls came 2nd and Senior Boys came 4th in their relay heats. The following students achieved amazing results, and received ribbons on the day: Indyana Raeck - 3rd in the Junior Girl 200m Sprint; Kellie Pickup - 2nd in the Junior Girl High Jump; Addison... Read more
NAPLAN Online School readiness test
NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more
Tennis Stars Again!
We have brought home the trophy again! For the third year in a row, Merimbula Public School are the South Coast Tennis champions in the Victor J. Kelly State Tennis Knockout Tournament. Last term, our school tennis team defeated Milton Public School. The games saw experienced competitors, and 2016 State Champions, Maka Ofati and Hollie Staight joining forces with school team first timers Luka Cowles and Mackenzie Morse. Our students then travelled to Batemans Bay last term, to compete against Cambewarra Public School in the 5th round of the... Read more
Education Week 2017
Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more
School Uniform News
With the winter months approaching, we would like to remind you of the range of winter uniforms available at our onsite uniform shop. Last year a new 'Drill Pant' was introduced, following consultation with the P&C. These pants are a sturdy work-wear material in navy blue. They are an alternative to the fleece-lined microfibre pants that are available. Shorts and skorts may still be worn in the winter months by choice. Tracksuit pants and other long pants or tights purchased elsewhere cannot be worn. Uniform Prices: Drill Pants $30 Microfibre... Read more
Introducing Healthy School Canteens
The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more
Our shared responsibility
Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more
Stop Work Meeting
As you are probably aware the NSW Teachers Federation has called for teachers to stop work from 8.45am on Thursday morning (December 8), for approximately one hour. Merimbula Public School will be operational and will provide supervision for the duration of the stop work meeting. Should teacher supervision be reduced, classes will be combined for activities and Learning Support Officers will assist in the rooms as per usual. The school canteen will still operate on this day. As per usual, lunch orders are required to be given to the canteen... Read more
Jindabyne Excursion Gets 5 Stars!
Last Week's Stage 3 Excursion Was A Success! Last Tuesday Stage 3 students and their teachers departed northward via coach to the Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre, something they had been anxious to do all year. Upon arrival, luggage was unloaded and the children settled in to cabins, their home for the following days. A camp day consisted of a number of exciting activities, led by an instructor, which included archery, canoeing and a challenging ropes course which tested everybody's mental and physical strength. In their spare time,... Read more
2017 Resource Allocation Model funding
In October 2016, all NSW public schools will receive a 2017 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2017 funding by visiting the Department's website. Watch a short animation about the important role of the RAM... Read more
New Newsletter Out Today!
Welcome to Term 4! We have had a wonderful start to the term, welcoming some new enrolments and supporting our 2017 Kindergarten children and families to have a smooth start. It has been so wonderful to see over 50 smiling little faces ready to start their primary school learning journey at our wonderful school. Following recent planning days and analysing parent, student and staff survey data that was collected last term (this will be shared in our Annual School Report), we have decided to re-introduce our Newsletter, in a new format. We will... Read more
2017 Kindergarten News!
Welcome to our Kindy Class of 2017! We have had an amazing start to our 2017 Kindergarten Orientation Program! Thank you to all of the parents/caregivers who have attended enrolment interviews and school tours. Enrolment acceptance letters are being sent home this week. Please contact us on (02)64941266 if you attended an interview but have not received a letter by the end of the week, or if you have changed address. We currently have 49 students enrolled to attend Kindy at our school in 2017! This is fantastic! We look forward to further... Read more
Grandparent's Day Celebrations - Reminder:
Grandparent's Day is celebrated in Australia on Sunday September 11 this year. Our school is holding a special Grandparent's Day Celebration on Monday September 12. Grandparents are invited up to the library. There is no need to sign in at the office as there will be a visitors sign in at the Library. Here is the order of events: 9:00: Grandparents arrive at MPS. 9-9:45: K-2 Grandparents go to the library with their grandkids for activities. 3-6 Grandparents go to the classrooms of their grandkids. 9:45-10:30: Morning tea provided by the... Read more
Uniform Shop News!
Our Daylight Clothing Uniform Store has a 20% OFF SALE coming up! The school uniform shop, located at the oval side of the Jackson Hall, will be having a 20% off sale from Monday September 12 to Thursday September 22, 2016. This will be a great time to get the replacement items you need or get your child's 2017 Kindy uniform! In other uniform shop news, our last day of trading for 2016 will be Friday, December 16. Uniform Shop opening times over the Christmas Break will be: TUESDAY January 24: 9am - 2pm; WEDNESDAY January 25: 9am - 2pm; FRIDAY... Read more