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Anaphylaxis information

The safety and wellbeing of your child is of paramount importance to us, including where your child is diagnosed at risk of a severe allergic reaction.. It is important that parents notify the school if their child has an allergy. Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response. As with other serious health conditions, schools put in place strategies to support students at risk of anaphylaxis at school or while they are engaged in school related... Read more


The final of the Merimbula's Got Talent Quest will be held in the Jackson Hall on Monday 17th of December between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. Staff, students and parents look forward to this year's finalists showcasing their talents. Good luck to all those participating but most of all have lots of fun.... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Body image and girls

Body image is the number one personal concern for young people aged 12 to 24, with research showing they feel under more pressure than ever to look a certain way. Butterfly Foundation's education manager, Danni Rowlands, goes into schools every week to talk to students about body image. In a revealing podcast, she explains to Rachel Friend what she finds when she talks to girls and young women, what's healthy behaviour and what parents should be concerned about. Listen to the podcast on the School A to Z website.... Read more

Yr 6 Arrival Time - posted 3.15pm

Expected time of arrival for Yr 6 is now 5.45 p.m - 6.00 p.m. Further updates will be provided should this time change.... Read more

Preparing for high school

What is the best way to prepare kids for high school and make the move less daunting for them – and you, their parents and caregivers? Sometimes parents think that when their child goes to high school they need to take a step back but teachers involved in the transition say it is more about a change of focus. Here are some tips: In Year 5 start thinking about which high school your child should attend. Help them become more responsible by encouraging independence and responsibility. Get into a homework and study routine. Put their school... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Problems with our Downloads page.

We have been experiencing some problems over the last couple of weeks with uploading attachments to our website. This has affected our Newsletter and Downloads pages. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to have the problems fixed shortly.... Read more

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Developing resilience in your child

Growing up can be tough. Things don't always go to plan. So how can you help your child to develop resilience? Research shows children with good resilience perform better at school and are less likely to take part in risky behaviour, particularly as they enter the teenage years. The education department's principal psychologist, Ron Balderston, describes resilience as a shock absorber for the potholes of life. "Resilient children know how to cope and have developed skills that enable them to flex so they can manage life's blows when they... Read more


MPS AFL Team Fly high in Paul Kelly Cup State Finals

Last Wednesday a bunch of Stage 3 boys went up to Sydney to play in the Paul Kelly Cup State Finals. It took us about 7 hours to get to Sydney. When we got there we went to the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) for a tour of the Sydney Swans facilities and the ground. We saw the Swans premiership trophies, the changing rooms, the Coaches' offices, the gym and we got to walk up the Paul Kelly Race and out onto the ground. After the tour we had to drive across the city out to Parklea where our lodge was. We had pizza for dinner and were sent to bed... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Premier's Spelling Bee goes mobile

Looking for a great way to help your child practise their spelling? To coincide with the launch of the wordlist for the 2012 Premier's Spelling Bee, a companion app is now available for download. The app features almost 3,000 words and sentences used in the spelling bee initiative, which is aimed at primary school-aged children. The free Premier's Spelling Bee app has junior and senior primary categories with levels of spelling words that increase in difficulty. The game, which features Australian accents, randomly selects words from the... Read more


School photos will be taken on Wednesday 5th September. All children have been given an individual photo envelope today (22/8/12) to take home for orders. If parents wish their children to have family portraits taken, Family Photo envelopes are available from the office.... Read more


Award Winning School!

On Friday, August 3, Merimbula Public School was recognised for its quality teaching and learning programs and for having talented and dedicated staff at the Illawarra South East Region's 7th Excellence in Education Awards, held at Jerrabomberra Public School. The Excellence in Education Awards are a key feature of the region's Education Week events. They acknowledge and promote the many outstanding contributions and achievements made by staff, students, parents, community members and schools to public education in our region. These awards... Read more


The PSSA Zone Athletics carnival has been postponed due to the grounds being quite wet, but more critically due to the strong wind which would have made it too dangerous under all the trees and uncomfortably cold for all concerned. The carnival will now be held on Friday, 17th August. The carnival will need to start on time, so please ensure that Teachers on duty and athletes who are in the first age races and field events are there well before 9:00am so there is enough time for duty teacher briefings and athlete warm-ups. If the carnival... Read more

Is my child ready to start school?

Starting school is such a big step. How do I know if my child is ready? The parent website School A to Z has spoken to a range of teachers about how to make the right decision for your child. Here are some of the key points and questions to ask: Children may enrol in Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five years of age on or before 31 July in that year. All children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday. Are they physically ready? Are they socially and emotionally ready? Kids don't need to read or write... Read more

JulyReturn to top
Merimbula Public School, PBS Award Winners

PBS Program is a success at Merimbula Public School, as Witnessed By Sydney Weekender

A group of excited students from Merimbula Public School visited Merimbula Beach Caravan Park on Friday, 22nd June. They were taken on a Rock Pool Walk and Dinosaur Bone Hunt by activity coordinators Chloe and Carly. The visit was organised by the school as a ‘Positive Behaviour For Success (PBS) Celebration', for those students who had achieved two ‘Value' certificates this year for consistently demonstrating the school's values. The Positive Behaviour for Success program incorporates the school's four values: Respect, Responsibility,... Read more

New Maths Monkey’s Quest game available

School A to Z has just released an exciting, new maths game app, taking kid-friendly learning to the next level. Maths Monkey's Quest was created by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and designed for kids from Year 3 to Year 8. This new release engages children (and adults) with addition, subtraction, ratios and percentages, as they unlock new levels and strengthen their mathematical skills. At each level the Maths Monkey enters a new world of mathematical challenges, starting at the Jungle level (aimed at Years 3 and 4 students)... Read more

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Books to get kids reading again and again

There's nothing like a series to inspire the bookworm in your child. Just think of the way kids reacted to the Harry Potter novels. Establishing a good relationship with the first book in a series means children can generally be confident they will feel the same way about the rest of the series. The books in a series often become easier to read as time goes on. Once your child is familiar with the first book's characters, the landscape, style and the author's voice, they can simply sit back and enjoy all the subsequent tales. Another benefit... Read more

Melia's award winning painting

Melia's Artwork shines in State Wide Reconcilliation Project

Local student shines in state wide Reconcilliation project (Art competition) Merimbula Public Schoo lstudents have participated in a reconciliation themed project timed for launch during Reconciliation Week 2012. The project, run by the NSW Reconciliation Council, encourages students to creatively express their ideas about reconciliation. An exhibition launch of thirty-six winning pieces was attended by hundreds in Sydney on Friday night to herald in National Reconciliation Week (27 May- 3 June). MerimbulaPublic Schoo lyear 6 student, Melia... Read more

Managing your child's weight

Your family is the best influence for showing your child how to manage their weight. That's the advice of the childhood obesity experts for keeping a child's weight down. Dr Shirley Alexander, specialist in child obesity at The Children's Hospital Westmead, says: "Try and get the whole family to develop healthier lifestyle habits and through that, hopefully get some weight-loss in the children." The most recent official figures suggest as many as one in four school-aged children fits into the category of being mildly overweight to obese. A... Read more

MayReturn to top

Facts about tutors

Private tutoring to give kids a helping hand in their schooling is a growing business. However, it's also an area where parents can be vulnerable to bogus offers and misleading advertising. If you're considering using a tutor, you need to know how to get the best service for you and your child. It's important to know that the job of a school is to ensure your child's educational needs are met in line with the curriculum. Teachers in NSW public schools are university educated and use effective teaching and learning techniques. If you have... Read more


Soccer Representative Success

Merimbula Public School students Anna and Anna travelled to Nowra last week to try out for the South Coast Area Primary School Sports Association's Girls Soccer Team. Their skills and efforts were noticed by the selectors, resulting in them being chosen to represent the region at the PSSA Football (Soccer) Titles in Sydney between June 5 and 7. Merimbula Public School staff and students are very proud of the girls and wish them luck at the carnival.... Read more

Parent-teacher interview tips

Parent-teacher interviews are great opportunities to meet your child's teachers and shouldn't be missed. Here are some tips from Harrington Street Public School principal Wayne Koboroff about how to get the best out of your time with the teacher. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Because interviews usually only run 10 – 15 minutes it's good to have a reminder of the points you wanted to raise. Common questions may include: How is my child fitting in with other children?... Read more

Teachers' Stop Work Meeting Friday, 18th May 2012

As you are porbably aware, the NSW Teachers Federation has called for a Stop Work meeting to take place this Friday, 18th May 2012 (9:00 - 11:00 am). Therefore, as a result of this, at this stage Merimbula Public School WILL HAVE MINIMAL SUPERVISION until 11:00am.... Read more


Zone Cross Country Champs!

In the lead up to the Zone Cross Country Carnival, the Merimbula Public School Cross Country team began training to increase their strength and endurance for the big day. The dedicated and committed team had some early morning training sessions on Main Beach with Miss Hensman, a Year 5 teacher and Sports Coordinator at the school. The students also pushed themselves to train in their own time. The Merimbula team travelled to the Zone Cross Country Carnival at Wolumla on Friday, May 11thand were rewarded for their tremendous training efforts.... Read more


Swimming Superstar!

Mie, a Year 6 student at Merimbula Public School, made her school and the Illawarra South East Region very proud on April 5 when she won a silver medal at the Primary School Sports Association's State Swimming Carnival at the Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in Sydney. Mie came second overall in the 50 meter Freestyle event for 13 year old students. This follows her outstanding success at the school, zone and regional carnivals held throughout the Term 1. "We are all so proud of her" said Mie's mother Hanne who moved to Merimbula with her... Read more

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Schedule Change to Rugby League Knockout Vs Eden Public

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to prolems with the host teams availability, Round 1 of the PSSA Rugby League Knockout has now been scheduled for Wednesday, 2nd May 2012, at the Pambula Sporting Complex. The game will commence at Approximately 9:45am. The Knockout game will be played prior to the Gala Day matches against other schools, which have been organised for the same day. Children will no longer need to arrange their own transport to and from the game as a bus has been organised to transport all students to and from the Gala Day.... Read more

Homework help newsletter

You can now easily subscribe to updates from the award-winning website for parents, School A to Z. Each term you'll receive newsletters with the latest information to help you manage your child's homework and study, health, development and technology use. School A to Z has been created by parents at the education department to answer the common questions and challenges we all face as we support our kids growing up. This month's newsletter includes: a series of videos to help you when bullying becomes an issue for your child tips for getting... Read more

MarchReturn to top

MP3 players and hearing loss

An MP3 player, such as an iPod, is an essential item for many kids but listening to them for long periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss. And the experts say the volume doesn't have to be ear-splitting to cause damage. The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Conversation is generally 60dB. Traffic noise can be around 80dB. Louder noises, such as a plane taking off, a motorcycle or firecrackers can range from 120dB to 140dB. Listening to music at levels above 80 decibels is going to damage hearing. The... Read more

Taking a stand against bullying

A new website and mobile app have been launched to help parents and students address bullying. The Bullying, No Way! website includes interactive applications, including a choose- your-own-adventure game for students to learn how to deal with bullying, and videos for parents and students. The site also includes information on: helping your child if they are being bullied identifying the signs that your child might be bullying others getting help and support. The website and the Take a Stand Together mobile app were launched to coincide with... Read more

Reading with confidence

You may have already heard of ‘Pause, Prompt, Praise' or the ‘Three Ps' as the strategy is sometimes called. These three catchy words describe a simple technique that, used well, will help your child practise their reading and develop their reading confidence. The principle of pausing, then prompting and then praising is handy to remember any time your child is reading aloud to you. Teachers and trained tutors often use a more structured version, but the following tips can help you to try out the Three Ps when reading with your child at home.... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Merimbula Swimmers To Represent Zone at Regional Carnival

The Zone Swimming Carnival was held at Candelo Swimming Pool on Friday, February 17. Merimbula Public School students did very well at the event, with 13 students making it through to the Regional Carnival at Dapto. Some of the school's outstanding results were achieved by the following students: Riley who came 2nd in the 100m Open Freestyle and 2nd in the 12 years Butterfly event; Will who came 2nd in the 12 years Breaststroke; Charlie who came 2nd in the 11 years Breaststroke; Mackenzie who came 1st in the 11 years Butterfly; Mie who was 1st... Read more


Kindergarten Welcome a big hit at Merimbula Public School!

With 65 Kindergarten students enrolling at Merimbula Public School in 2012, the second largest intake in 10 years, the 2012 'Welcome To Kindergarten Afternoon' was one of the biggest yet. Despite it raining during the afternoon, the new students, their parents and caregivers enjoyed celebrating a successful start to the year. The afternoon, which took place on Thursday February 16, started with parents getting to know the teachers and school programs even better. They met in the kindergarten classrooms to listen to teachers talk about the... Read more

Education Tax Refund 2012

Don't forget to keep all your receipts from back-to-school expenses so that you can take advantage of the Education Tax Refund. The refund gives eligible parents and caregivers a 50 per cent refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses, including school uniforms. For the 2011-2012 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $818 for each of your primary school children – that is a refund of up to $409. Secondary school student You can claim a maximum of $1,636... Read more


Excellence In Leadership Promoted and Celebrated at Merimbula Public School

On Monday February 6, new student leaders at Merimbula Public School were inducted into their positions during a formal Leadership Induction Ceremony within the school hall. After stating the school pledge they were awarded their representative badges and were congratulated on demonstrating exceptional leadership skills, resulting in their peers voting for them to be their student representatives. Merimbula Public School students experience democratic processes and develop effective leadership skills, citizenship and problem solving... Read more

Morgan & Amelia

Merimbula Public School Students Get Published!

Two of Merimbula Public School's Year 6 students have been recognised for their exceptional writing skills after having entered an arts festival late last year. Their works are now published in ‘Wakakirri's Biggest Book of Short Stories'. The Wakakirri Festival they entered their works in is a National Story Festival that challenges young Australians to create and share stories through song, dance, writing, film and visual art. Established in 1992, Wakakirri is Australia's largest arts challenge for schools, involving over 20,000 students in... Read more

Merimbula PS Recognised!

Merimbula Public School has once again been recognised as supporting students by delivering a range of exceptional reading and learning support programs. Students, staff and lessons have been filmed to help create Departmental Resources on how to teach students who have dislexia or reading difficulties. Online Training Resource DevelopmentTwo weeks ago a film crew from the State Disabilities Unit attended the school to film Stage 2 and 3 lessons, our Learning Support Lab students take part in Fast ForWord, our extension reading programs for... Read more

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Back-to-school support

A suite of resources, including the School A to Z website and the annual back-to-school hotline, is available to help parents prepare for the new school year. School A to Z website The School A to Z website provides you with practical help to get involved and support your children's learning and includes a webcast on the theme of ‘Getting off to a great start at school'. The School A to Z webcast answers commonly asked questions that range from how to motivate children for learning, to tips on how to manage technology use at home, bullying,... Read more