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Bailey Martin - spelling master!

Bailey Martin of Merimbula Public School is a spelling master. Story courtesy of Merimbula News Weekly. On Wednesday, November 24, Bailey took part in the State Final of the 2010 Premiers' Spelling Bee. Some 88,000 students from public schools across NSW took part in the event. Out of those 88,000 students, 75 of them made it to the final, including Bailey. He was placed equal 13th in the junior division of the spelling contest. Proud mum, Carla Harris said: "Bailey did an outstanding job and lasted seven tough rounds outlasting 25 other... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Musical Extravaganza

On Tuesday November 23 and Thursday November 25 over 200 students from Merimbula Public School showcased their talents, and the school's Performing Arts Programs, to sell out audiences at the "Performing Arts Extravaganza" held at Merimbula Public School. Over 250 parents, grandparents, carers and community members packed the Jackson Hall each evening to be entertained by the overhead lighting display, sets, costumes, teacher accompaniments and range of student performance groups. More than 30 items were presented on the night. These included... Read more

MPS students star in DET journal

This article appeared in the latest edition of Side by Side the Dept of Education's staff journal On yer bike in the bush By DOUG RECKORD 15 November 2010 Fun on bikes ... Luke Brown (Bournda EEC), and children from Merimbula Public School Photo supplied by DOUG RECKORD Bournda National Park is playing a high-profile role in educating students on the south coast. Recently a group of Year 5 students from Merimbula Public School brought their bikes to Bournda for a day of riding along the national park's roads and tracks. Bournda... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Whooping cough alert

NSW Health is warning parents to be on the alert for whooping cough following an increase in the number of school-aged children diagnosed with the disease over the last few weeks. Whooping cough – also known as pertussis – is a serious respiratory infection that causes a long coughing illness, and can be life-threatening for babies. Older children can bring home whooping cough from school or childcare and the infection can then be passed on to babies in the home. Boosters are important Whooping cough boosters are important for older children... Read more

Jump up for Jaxon!

What a collaborative and caring school community we have! It was fabulous to have everyone's support this week as we held a range of fundraising events for Jaxon in KS. Jaxon has been receiving treatment for leukemia in Melbourne. He was well enough to come home on the weekend and celebrate ‘Jump Up For Jaxon' Day at Magic Mountain. It was a fantastic day and, together with last week's mufti day, raised over $3600 to support Jaxon. Thank you all for your support and thank you to teachers Mr Hughes, Mr Unicomb, Mr Murphy, Mr Bootes, Mr Claxton... Read more

Digital citizenship checklist

Kids today seem to be born knowing how to use technology, but they don't automatically understand responsible online behaviour. It's a new challenge parents face – teaching children how to be good digital citizens; how to use technology safely and responsibly, and how to evaluate, manage and use the information and tools they find online. Here are eight areas of digital citizenship that parents may consider and discuss with their children. Digital etiquette The most common example is using lower case letters in text messages and emails -... Read more

Jackson Cup 2010

Jackson Cup 2010 On September 24 all Years 3 to 6 students participated in the annual Jackson Cup. Students demonstrated their skill and team work when competing in netball and soccer games against other house groups. All students played fairly and showed outstanding skills. Congratulations to Kookaburras House who won the shield in the Junior Netball and Senior Netball Competitions. Congratulations to the Pelicans House who won both the Junior and Senior Soccer Competitions. Best and fairest 'Percy Jackson Smarties Awards' were given to the... Read more

Celebration Disco

The Semester 2 Discos were a great success. K-2 students celebrated from 5.30 - 6.55pm and Years 3-6 students celebrated from 7 - 8.30pm. Each Semester students at Merimbula Public School are invited to the Celebration Disco as a reward for their excellent efforts and positive behaviour at school. The School Representative Council (SRC) help to coordinate the event and serve watermelon, crisps and water during the break. DJ Matt played great music and taught the students how to Macarena, Chicken Dance, Nut Bush and groove to some new tunes!... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

The power of numbers

Girls listen to pop music, use the internet to stay in touch with friends and enjoy playing netball. Boys prefer rap, use the internet to play games and nominate AFL or soccer as their sport of choice. These were some of the findings of a national survey of more than 20,000 students, of which more than a quarter came from NSW. The Australian Bureau of Statistics CensusAtSchool for 2010 was open to students from Years 4 to 12, with the aim to spark students' interest in statistics and to improve their statistical literacy. Striking results... Read more

Premiers Spelling Bee Champs!

Congratulations to Year 4 students Bailey & Pelenise who came 1st and 2nd respectively at the Illawarra and South East Regional Final of the 2010 Premier's Spelling Bee yesterday (Sept 21) at Bodalla Public School. Seventy Six primary students from 20 schools participated all aiming for a spot at the State Final at the ABC Centre in Sydney on November 24.... Read more

Felt Making

On Monday 6th of September Year 3 students made felt. Joanne Houssenloge, from Oaklands Barn came to show us the felting process. The first thing she showed us was how to pull the wool fibres out to make a shape on some bubble wrap. Once we had made several layers we had to wet the wool with soapy water. We put a plastic bag over our hands so the wool wouldn't stick to our hands. Then we rubbed the wool in so the fibres stuck together. We rolled it too to get the water out. We scrunched and squeezed it until it got smaller and smaller and all... Read more

Merimbula are Super 8 Champions!

Last Friday, Merimbula Public School teachers Mrs Janelle Hodsdon and Mr Wes Unicomb took three teams of students to Bega to compete in the Super 8's Cricket Carnival Gala Day. Each team was very successful on the day, with Merimbula Public School being awareded the championship shields in both the junior and senior competitions. The second senior team from Merimbula came equal second on the day. "It was a fantastic day" stated Mr Unicomb "It was great to have such wonderful support from parents and carers. We really are a lucky school".... Read more

MPS AFL Team Makes The Top 8

Last Friday the Merimbula Public School AFL Team travelled to Pambula to play their final game in the NSW Tony Lockett Shield Knockout against Kellyville Ridge Public School. The game was fast and hard. Very few points were scored throughout the game due to the great defence of both sides. In the end Kellyville Ridge managed to further their lead to win the game 18 - 3. While they have not made this year's State Final, which will be played in Gosford next week, the Merimbula Public School team came extremely close. They have now been... Read more

Students Have A Whale Of A Time!

On Monday all of the Year 5 students from Merimbula Public School participated in an excursion with a difference. They boarded the 'True Blue' and headed out to sea in hope to see whales up close. The students and teachers not only saw around 10 whales, they also saw dozens of dolphins, seals and a range of sea birds. "It was a magical experience" said Mr Peter Claxton, Year 5 teacher, "It just makes us realise that we live in such a fabulous place. The experience was invaluable for the students". The classes went out in search for whales to... Read more

Are you smarter than.....?

Merimbula Public School P & C are holding a Triva Night on Saturday 25th September at Club Sapphire Tura Beach to raise funds for classroom resources. The evening will also see the conclusion of our silent auction for class artworks, so have a look and put your bid in now! bids can be submitted in sealed envelopes to the school office during office hours. Why not make up a table of 10 and come along and see if you are smarter than.....? See brochure for all the information. Trivia Night Information (pdf, 85 KB) KVH KS KB 1D 1H 1W 2S 2U... Read more

What a Team!

Last Friday, a talented team of students from Merimbula Public School attended the Regional PSSA Athletics Carnival in Canberra to represent the Far South Coast Zone. The team were very successful on the day with a number of students being selected to represent the region at the State Carnival which will be held at the Sydney Athletic Centre in Homebush on October 20- 21. Rosie, Stephanie, Tahlia and Amber will be representing their school and the Illawarra South East Region in the Senior Girl's Relay Event, where they will be running 100m... Read more

Open Day and Arty Success!

Last Friday Merimbula Public School held their annual Open Day. This year's Open Day was a huge success with the greatest number of people attending the school on any one day ever! Teachers, students, staff and community members have made numerous comments about the fantastic range of activities that took place, about the number of community members in attendance and also about the outstanding organisation that has taken place to organise the day and ensure that it ran smoothly. With so many activities on throughout the day, some visitors... Read more

Coles Junior Landcare Garden

Merimbula Public School was the proud recipent of a Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grant of $1000 recently. Under the watchful eye of our General Assistant Mr Ross Cooper and Learning Support Officer Mr Jerry Bexley students have been planning and building raised garden beds and planting seeds in the garden which will supply the school canteen.... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Yr 6: Global Warming

Check out Year 6's research into "Human Involvement in Global Warming" under the Year 6 tab then 'showcasing Yr 6 work' on the side!... Read more

1H Environmental Science

Mrs Hodsdon and 1H enjoyed linking environmental science and literacy when studying the book 'Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten'. The children planted their own garden of pansies, petunias and geraniums as the Accelerated Literacy book talked about a family who planted a carpet of flowers using these plants.The class focused on the 'Real World Significance' of the story through Environmental Education. Their linked science unit was 'Growing and Changing', therefore the design and make task was to build a garden.... Read more

South Coast AFL Champions!

Merimbula Public School Are South Coast AFL Champions! Once again Merimbula Public school's AFL team have been crowned South Coast Champions as part of the NSW Primary School Sports Association AFL State Knockout Competition. Merimbula's team has a proud tradition of reaching the State Final. They have made it to the top 4 teams in the State for the past 4 years in a row. If they continue to play as they have so far this year, they are certainly on track to do so again. The Merimbula team, which consists of boys and a girl from Years 5 and 6,... Read more

Flash mobs celebrate Education Week

Communities around the state got a glimpse of the performance talent of NSW public school students who sprung into action at a series of flash mobs to celebrate the start of Education Week 2010. About 500 students descended on Sydney's Circular Quay for an energetic performance as part of a flash mob - an event where a group of people are organised to quickly assemble in a public place to do something unexpected and then disperse. Concurrent flash mobs, involving almost 200 other NSW public school students, were held at Miranda and Orange.... Read more

School Athletics Champions 2010

Congratulations to our new school sporting champions for 2010! Junior 1st- Ruby 2nd- Chloe 1st- Victor & Samson 2nd- Will 11ys 1st-Stephanie 2nd- Rosie 1st- Will 2nd- Hayden Senior 1st- Amber 2nd- Tahlia 1st- Jordan 2nd- Harrison These children along with a number of others will be participating in the Zone Athletics Carnival at Bega on Friday, 13th August. Goodluck to everyone competing.... Read more

Website Changes

Over recent weeks the Schools Website Service team have been making some changes to our website. Most you won't see but some you can. New Search Facility A new search box has been added to every page so you will be able to more easily find what you need on our website. The Search box is situated on the top righthand side of the page. Results will appear in a search results page for easy viewing. Print views of pages and calendar Visitors to our website can now print a page and obtain all the links and references they need in one view.... Read more

JulyReturn to top

New Newsletter Timetable

Newsletter distribution will change this term. Now that we are updating our school's web site throughout the week, we will only be distributing a newsletter fortnightly, on even weeks. We will still keep you up to date with activities that will take place in the following fortnight and we will be able to save on printing costs so that we can further support the range of programs offered within the school.... Read more

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Your child's resilience

Next time your child is furrowing their brow and staring off into space, ask them whether they're thinking dolphin or shark thoughts. That's the advice from resilience specialist Andrew Fuller on helping your child to recognise the positive or negative approaches they may be taking on life issues. "Dolphin thinking can help you out and shark thinking can eat you up. It doesn't matter how old your kids are, they can still understand it," Andrew says. "The things that are most important are teaching children what a good life is, how to live life... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Term Dates

Term 2 ends on Friday, 2nd July. Term 3 commences for staff on Monday, 19th July and for students on Tuesday, 20th July.... Read more

Cyber-safety tools

A new cyber-safety website provides parents and teachers with easy-to-understand information about how to create safe online environments for children. The ThinkUKnow website helps parents and teachers to understand new technologies and the safety risks that the online environment can present to children and young people. The website provides interactive training and information on key topics, including the digital channels kids commonly use how to stay in control of your child's cyber activity how to report inappropriate content advice on... Read more

Opera House Performance

After months of rehearsals, on Wednesday June 2nd,10 students from Merimbula Public School represented the school, Sapphire Coast Learning Community and the Illawarra South East Region to showcase how fantastic public education and their school is, when they performed within a 600 piece Recorder Ensemble at the Sydney Opera House. Their performance was part of the 2010 Festival Of Instrumental Music, one of the highlights of the many music programs offered by public schools and the Department Of Education's Arts Unit. The Festival took place... Read more

Recorder Group at Opera House

On Wednesday evening June 2nd, ten of our students will have the rare opportunity to play with the state wide recorder ensemble in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. This opportunity is the culmination of four months intensive practice which has seen the students, (many of whom have never played the recorder); gain the necessary experience to participate in the event. The students will be playing three pieces in the concert with the backing of the NSW State Strings ensemble, a stage band and the concert hall organ. The pieces... Read more

National Reconciliation Week

This week is the 14th anniversary of National Reconciliation Week and the theme is ‘Reconciliation: Let's See It Through'. It is a time to celebrate the rich history and culture of Indigenous Australians. To celebrate, all students at Merimbula Public School will be attending a performance by Indigenous performer Lewis Parter. In the performance this Thursday June 3rd, ‘Murri-Kulcha In Education', Lewis will share some of the stories, dance and culture of his people. The performance will take place in the Jackson Hall. Kindergarten to Year 2... Read more

MayReturn to top

New Newsletter format

Over the past few months the School Evaluation Committee has been looking at ways we can improve our school. One idea that was shared at a recent P&C Meeting was changing the format of our School Newsletter. By changing our newsletter to how it appears today we will be able to save up to two thousand dollars each year on printing costs. This will allow us to put more funding into the great educational programs we offer your children. The new newsletters have been sponsored by the businesses you can see advertised on the back page. They have... Read more

Parent Forum

Graham Parry will be presenting his popular Parent Forum on Thursday, 27th May in the school Hall. Please see attached flyer for more information. Parent Forum Information (pdf, 67 KB)... Read more

BER Update Photos

Don't forget to keep an eye on our albums at the bottom of the page. Our Building the Education Revolution (BER) Album will be updated regularly so you can see the progress on our new classrooms!... Read more

NAPLAN 2010 Bans Lifted

NAPLAN 2010 The Australian Education Union and the NSW Teachers Federation have lifted their moratorium on NAPLAN testing. Staff at Merimbula Public School will administer the tests as normal next week.... Read more

Magic Mountain School Fundraiser

Magic Mountain School Fundraiser Sunday 30th May. Thank you to Magic Mountain for organising a Car Boot Sale to raise money for more interactive whiteboards for our school! It is fabulous to be part of such a supportive community. $10 per car - $20 per market stall. Free admission to customers. Make some cash or pick up a bargain. Email: fun@magicmountain.net.au/FONT> or call Kym on 64952299 to book your space.... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Navigating our Website

School Website For ease of use all permission, information and homework notes sent home are also available on the school website. Notes are available under the 'DOWNLOADS' tab at the top of the page and each Stage has a page down the left hand side along with Sport. Here you will find all the notes for that stage plus homework grids. Children will still need to see their teacher if they need copies of maths, spelling homework etc. Permission notes are also available on the calendar under the date of the activity. Just click on the... Read more

Welcome to Term 2

Welcome back to another exciting term. Staff are once again working hard to improve school programs to ensure that students can improve their learning outcomes in a range of academic, sporting, performing arts and technology initiatives. Good luck to all of the students participating in zone sporting events, AFL Gala Days and assessment tasks over the coming weeks.... Read more

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Amazing Brain Workshop

On Monday March 15, the SRC leaders and some Stage 3 Gifted and Talented Students from Merimbula Public School travelled to Eden Marine High School to take part in a brain research day. The 12 students worked with other talented Sapphire Coast Learning Community (SCLC) students, participating in an "Amazing Brain" workshop with world renowned presenter on brain development John Joseph. The students learnt about: what a brain is made up of, how brains work, what learning style they have and how they can choose a career pathway to suit their... Read more

New Principal Appointed

The Merimbula Public School Community is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Michelle Hulme as Principal. Mrs Hulme has been relieving Principal at Merimbula Public School for the last 18 months and was the successful applicant for the recently advertised position.... Read more

NAIDOC Week Celebrations

Last Friday, students from Merimbula Public School participated in a workshop to create an artwork for this year's NAIDOC week celebrations. The NAIDOC theme for 2010 is ‘Unsung Heroes – bridging the gap by leading their way'. The students brainstormed the meanings behind this theme and spent time familiarising themselves with contemporary Aboriginal artists and their works. The students observed how these contemporary Indigenous artists express themselves in new and different artworks whilst still taking inspiration from traditional... Read more

Picking up your children

PICKING UP YOUR CHILDREN: WALKING LINE: With the building taking place and more traffic being evident in the bus bay on Randolph Street, a walking line began on Monday. Any student walking home and crossing the Randolph Street crossing will now cross the road in a line supervised by a member of staff. These students now line up with the bus lines. They will need to wait for other students to assemble before crossing with the supervising teacher. As a result some students may leave the school a few minutes later. We appreciate your patience in... Read more

School Operating Times

SCHOOL TIMES (REMINDER): 8.30am: Students may arrive / Playground duty begins 9.00am: Morning Bell / Classes begin 11.00am: Recess (Students seated for first 10 minutes approximately) 11.30am: Classes continue 1.30pm: Lunch (Students seated for first 10 minutes approximately) 2.10pm: Afternoon classes 2.55pm: Students assemble at Bus / Bike / Walking Lines Students arriving late or leaving early must be signed in/out at the office by a caregiver.... Read more

Ready, set, read!

Kids who get a head start on this year's Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) could win early bird rewards. The challenge officially runs from 1 April to 1 September, but NSW public school students can log on now and start attacking those reading lists. Each child who completes the required number of books from the PRC booklist receives a certificate signed by the Premier. The aim is that along the way they'll also enjoy discovering quality literature from a wide range of authors. They'll also find out that quality literature doesn't mean boring... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Cool lunch ideas

Keeping your child safe from food poisoning could be as simple as packing a frozen drink in with their lunch each day. Sandwiches packed at breakfast time can sit for up five hours in a school lunchbox before the lunch break, giving bacteria plenty of time to multiply - especially during the warmer months. A recent survey by the NSW Food Authority indicated only 29% of lunches were being stored safely, by using an ice brick or frozen drink which can keep lunchboxes up to 12 degrees cooler. The survey also revealed that while the majority of... Read more

My School website explained

This is a new website launched by the Australian Government on 28 January, 2010. The My School website provides a snapshot of every government and non-government school in Australia. The website offers a short description of each school and its community, the number of students and teachers, student attendance rates, and student results in new national tests in reading, writing and maths for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. These tests took place in 2008 and 2009 and are known as the NAPLAN tests (the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy).... Read more