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Presentation Day Pride
Presentation Day Pride Presentation Day was another spectacular event at Merimbula Public School in 2013. Following a classy opening by the school's Recorder Ensemble, an Acknowledgement of Country led by students T'Leah Ahmat and Mackenzee Russell, Student Representative Council Leaders Madison Rixe and Ewan Jones introduced a range of special guests, the Principal and teachers to present awards. Awards were presented to students who demonstrated high academic growth or achievement in literacy, numeracy, other academic areas or who... Read more
Books to ignite summer reading
The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more
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The new curriculum and your child
How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more
Benefits of team sports
Benefits of team sports If you want your child to grow up to be a confident and well-adjusted adult, then team sports may be the answer. Playing a team sport provides kids with important lessons in personal values. Kids learn that things don't always go their way and that they need to respect their peers as well as referees and sports officials. These experiences can influence them throughout their lives, such as when it comes to working for a boss, or respecting the police or other authority figures. When your kids take part in team sports... Read more
UPDATE ON YEAR 6 ARRIVAL TIME
POSTED 2.55 P.M: ETA for our campers is 5.00-5.30 p.m. We will only update if this changes dramatically.... Read more
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A better way of funding our schools
The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more
Is your child gifted?
The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more
SeptemberReturn to top
Mini Fete Postponed till Friday
Unfortunately due to the inclement weather today's Stage 3 Mini Fete has been postponed until this Friday, 20th September. The Jackson Cup has been moved to Term 4 to a date to be advised. We look forward to seeing you at the Mini Fete.... Read more
Recorder Ensemble Rocks the Opera House!
The Merimbula Public School Recorder Ensemble represented their school and community on Wednesday August 28, performing in an evening concert at the Sydney Opera House for the Festival of Instrumental Music. Nine students from the school performed: Year 6 students Nell, Annabel and Makenzee ; Year 5 students Paris and Lily; and Liliana , Charlotte, Arabella and Lousie from Year 4. "They have been practicing the repertoire for the concert at lunchtime, 4 days a week since early Term 1" shared Teacher and Recorder Tutor Mr Claxton. "They played... Read more
Learning in the outdoor classroom
It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more
AugustReturn to top
AFL Team Play Hard at Finley
Just over a week ago our AFL team left school for their quarter final match against Finley Public School, out at Finley in the Riverina. At this time of year it's a long drive and as the Troy's minibus rolled out for the journey via Canberra, the team were fired up and ready for the challenge ahead. 11 and a half hours later we pulled into our accommodation in Tocumwal, slightly less fired up but still ready for the next day. We woke early to frozen puddles and a beautiful clear day, had breakfast and hopped back on the bus for the short trip... Read more
Camp Quality Puppets Perform
The faces of Merimbula Public School students lit up today as Alice and Nat from Camp Quality entertained them with a puppet show. Puppets Kylie and Dean stole the show with their wonderful story. It was a story of how Kylie shared the experience of cancer with a friend called Dean, helping Dean to understand what cancer was about so that he could become a more supportive friend. The performance was another way of raising awareness about cancer and educating the school's children about the affect that comments and questions other children... Read more
Flash Mob Hit Merimbula's Streets!
Merimbula Public School's Dance Group took to the streets of Merimbula today, making the sunny Saturday morning even more spectacular! Following their recent outstanding performance at the Sapphire Coast Learning Community Performing Arts Festival, dance teacher Ms Hensman and Principal Mrs Hulme decided that one more performance was needed - a performance to top all performances! The dance group gathered at school early to dress and rehearse, ready to take to the streets and entertain the public. They were also on a mission to entertain the... Read more
Spelling Bee app
A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more
CWA Donation Boosts Our School Library!
Last week the Pambula Merimbula branch of the Country Women's Association (CWA) visited local schools with a generous gift for their libraries. Our school was one of the lucky schools they visited! CWA President Mrs Leech and Treasurer Mrs Jenkins arrived at the school with a $300 cheque for us to purchase library resources with. Our Librarian, Mrs Green, was extremely excited and grateful to receive the generous donation, as were the Library Monitors who were excited to be presented the cheque with her. The CWA generously donates to... Read more
School Soccer Sees Students Shine
Last Wednesday morning saw the Berrambool Sports Complex come alive with Merimbula Public School's Boys Soccer Team playing Broulee Public School in the Primary School Sports Association Soccer Knockout. The game started out hard and fast for both teams. Our school scored in the 21st minute of the first half, after outstanding team play resulted in Caleb being able to break through Broulee's defence and cross to Harry. Harry's swift play and anticipation allowed him to slot the ball into the goal net. The game continued with determined play... Read more
Merimbula Public School Athletes Shine Again!
The weather was perfect for the recent Far South Coast Primary School Sports Association's (PSSA) Zone Athletics Carnival on August 2. So was the performance of over 30 Merimbula Public School students who travelled to the carnival. The students excelled in many events. Ella came 3rd in the Junior Girls Shot Put. Stoney came 3rd in the 8 Year Old Girls 100m Sprint event and Will came 1st in the 100m Boys event, with Amellia coming 3rd in the 10 Year Old Girls 100m event. The 11 Year Old boys from Merimbula managed a trifecta, with Jake coming... Read more
On Monday July 22 the Merimbula Public School AFL team took on Albion Park Public School in Round 16 of the Tony Lockett Shield. The weather was perfect at Berrambool Oval and our team were confident and ready to play. They played on a full-size field for the first time in the competition, as it was the Regional Final. Four 15-minute quarters were played. Our school started out extremely strong, having a lot of shots at goal. The Albion Park Public School team were stuck in our half for most of the first quarter. In the second quarter our side... Read more
School Of Excellence!
Merimbula Public School has been recognised for excellence once again. Last Friday the Department of Education and Communities' Annual Awards Ceremony was held for the Illawarra South East Region, at Kiama High School. Once again Merimbula Public School was greatly represented, with four staff members receiving awards. These four awards add to 12 other regional and state awards the school has received in the last 4 years. Mrs Freedman was awarded for her "Excellent Contribution Beyond the Classroom by a Teacher". Ms Freedman coordinates the... Read more
Education Week Celebrations!
Education Week was a huge event at Merimbula Public School this year. An Open Day was held on Tuesday, July 30. Students showcased the school's range of creative and performing arts programs as parents and guests watched them complete visual arts activities and participate in drama and music lessons in their classrooms. An Education Week Assembly was also held on Open Day as another way of showcasing student talent and staff dedication. The School Choir, Boy's Vocal Group, Girl's Vocal Group, Hip Hop Dance Group, Band and Recorder Ensemble... Read more
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Our website goes mobile
It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more
Our apologies…..the results for the Athletics Carnival Field events, which were to be included in this week's newsletter, missed the printer's deadline. They will now appear in next week's newsletter, ready for the Week 4 assembly on August 5... Read more
Education Week Info (pdf 260 KB) Next Week is Education Week! Please help us celebrate Education Week at our Open Day and Helper's Afternoon Tea next Tuesday.... Read more
PLASST Note (pdf 452 KB) Personalised Learning and Support Tool (PLASST) 2013 Trial: During the next few weeks our school, along with other public schools in the area, will be participating in the trial of a new tool (PLASST) being developed by the Department of Education and Communities for teachers to identify the learning and support needs of their students. This trial is focussed on the development of a sound and reliable online tool that, when finalised, can be used by teachers in collaboration with parents and carers to identify the... Read more
Developing organisational skills
Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more
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The Merimbula Public School Boys' Soccer Team triumphed on Friday when they played Berridale in Round 3 of the Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA) Knockout. At half time they were in the lead 7-0. By full time the Merimbula boys had won 14-nil! The goals were shared around with 8 players scoring them, including: Lucas, Tavita, Harry, Caleb, Jak, Jedd, Dylan and Angus. "The team displayed a solid defence, teamwork and a highly effective mid-field. An accurate attack found the goal on 4 occasions" shared Merimbula Public School teacher and... Read more
K-2 Athletics Carnival Postponed
Unfortunately due to the wet weather the Kinder/St 1 Athletics Carnival that was to be held on Wednesday has been postponed to a date to be advised in Term 3.... Read more
Family Fest Program of Events
Family Fest Program (pdf 126 KB) Just a reminder that MPS is proud to be working with "Our Merimbula" to bring you Family Fest - The Ultimate School Holiday Experience! The official Family Fest booklet - available now from our office and the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre for only $10. Each booklet includes $850 worth of savings!... Read more
Helping your child with their homework
How do you get your kids to keep on top of their homework? This School A to Z video features teachers talking about how parents can help kids take responsibility for their homework and avoid Thursday night meltdowns. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more
On Facebook? So are we!
Merimbula Public School is now on Facebook. "Like" us to keep in touch with what is happening at MPS https://www.facebook.com/MerimbulaPublicSchool... Read more
AFL Action Once Again!
Well done to our school AFL team! Today they were successful in winning the Far South Coast AFL Carnival in Bermagui. Despite the wet weather the team played extremely well, having big wins against Pambula Public School and Bega Valley Public School. They went on to play Bermagui in a closer game but still came out as champions! Congratulations to Kiarna for kicking 3 goals and to everyone else for playing extremely well! Our next game (Round 16) will be at Berrambool Oval against Albion Park, winner of the Illawarra and Southern Highlands... Read more
Orientation Program for 2014 Kindergarten Students
Are you thinking of sending your child to our friendly, welcoming school? If so, look out for an Expression Of Interest at your preschool / day care centre this month! You can come and visit us on July 30 and be part of our Education Week Open Day. Classrooms will be open from 12.30pm, at 1pm there will be an assembly showcasing our talented performing arts students, at 2pm there will be a friend's and helper's afternoon tea, followed by a Jump Rope for Heart demonstration. Our Kindergarten Orientation Program for 2014 students commences on... Read more
Boys Soccer Success!
Congratulations to the Boys' Soccer Team who defeated Tathra at Berrambool oval on June 13. They won the match 3 - 1. Their next game will be played at Berrambool Oval on Friday, June 21 (next week!). The game will take place between 11.30am and 12.30pm, followed by a barbecue. Our team will then take their Berridale opposition an a fishing excursion to show off our beautiful Sapphire Coast! Come along and watch our game! Parents/caregivers, please return your child's permission note ASAP.... Read more
Another Merimbula Public School Sporting Star on the Rise!
Last Monday Cam, a Year 5 student, travelled to Sydney to represent the Far South Coast at the NSW Primary School Sports Association (PSSA) 11 Years Rugby League Championships. Cam played centre during the June 4-6 tournament at Hoxton Park, helping his team to win 2 of their 5 matches. Cam and the Far South Coast Team made it through to the Semi-Finals, winning their match against North Sydney. Cam played extremely well, enjoyed the experience and looks forward to trying out for the side again next year.... Read more
Merimbula School Boys to AFL Superstars!
The last week of May was a big week for four Merimbula Public School boys when they represented the South Coast at the AFL State Carnival. The boys travelled to Barooga on May 28 to join their team mates from schools as far away as Wollongong to play in the three day carnival between May 29 and May 31. Thirteen regions and groups of students were represented at the State Carnival: Riverina, Mackillop, Catholic Independent Schools, Sydney East, South Coast, Sydney West, North Coast, Sydney South West, Sydney North, Barrier, Polding, Western... Read more
Getting ready for school camp
School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more
Cyberbullying – what the experts say
Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more
Zone Cross Country
Congratulations to our fantastic Cross Country Team who all brought us very close to retaining the Zone Carnival shield on Friday afternoon. A superb effort from a dedicated team who spent many early mornings running on Main Beach for practise. Each student represented our school proudly by following the school values, such as displaying Care by looking after one another and by being Responsible by following safety instructions. Congratulations to the students going through to the Regional Carnival in Nowra: Bailey (3H), Logan (3H), Marlee... Read more
Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more
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Stay on top of homework
Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more
Becoming a good speller
Spelling is an important skill but one that can be a problem for many children. However, there are some simple strategies you can use to help your child develop confidence in their spelling ability. What you can do to help your child with spelling: Explain to your child that some words can be sounded out, but not all English words can be spelt correctly by ‘sounding out', eg the words ‘you' and ‘said'. Talk to your child about how you spell, and what you do when you don't know how to spell a word. Encourage your child to write at home on... Read more
Last week Merimbula Public School held a "Pink Breakfast" to raise money for the Cancer Council. Community members, families and friends attended the successful fundraiser, joining students to raise over $1500. Thank you to Goodall's Butchery, Tura Beach and In The Mix Bakery, the Boardwalk Ice Creamery and Woolworths for kindly supporting this event.... Read more
MarchReturn to top
School zone safety
A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more
Term 2 Lunchtime and Break Arrangement Changes
As mentioned in this week's newsletter, the school will be trialling some alternative lunch / break arrangements in Term 2. Changes come as a result of staff and parent suggestions / feedback regarding research into healthy eating and learning practices and have been supported unanimously by the P&C who attended our March meeting. Please read the attached letter for all the details. 14/03/2013 Term 2 Lunch & Break Times (pdf 378 KB)... Read more
Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more
Targeted Early Numeracy Parent Information Night
Wednesday March 6 (during K-2 disco) 5pm – 6.25pm 5H classroom (room closest to office) The TEN program provides support for K-2 teachers to assist children in the development of addition and subtraction numeracy skills. It specifically helps teachers to identify and support children who may be at risk in numeracy. K-2 teachers at Merimbula PS were formally trained in the program in the second half of 2012 and the program continues to be successfully implemented in all K-2 classes this year. Due to the success of the program, the school is... Read more
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Zone Swimming Success!
Last Friday (February 22) over 30 Merimbula Public School students travelled to Candelo Pool to take part in the Far South Coast Primary School Sports Association (PSSA) Zone Carnival. All students did extremely well, with many students achieving personal best times on the day. The school's Senior Boys Relay Team came second overall on the day and will now be travelling to Dapto for the Illawarra South East Region Carnival on Tuesday, March 5. The team consists of: George Schweitzer, Angus Tarpey, Charlie McGuire and Joel Dunkin. The Senior... Read more
Kindergarten Families Welcomed To Merimbula Public School!
Recently at Merimbula Public School, parents, caregivers and teachers met to discuss kindergarten programs, activities and the positive start to the 2013 school year. During this information session, students participated in a range of games and fun activities. The evening was a huge success with families and staff celebrating the quality start with a friendly BBQ. "Our 58 kindergarten students are a great group of children" shared Principal Michelle Hulme. "They have had a great start to the year, being engaged and ready to learn. Our... Read more
Canberra Raiders Come To School!
After playing in the NRL All Stars vs Indigenous All Stars match recently, Jack Wighton visited Merimbula Public School! With him were his Canberra Raiders team-mates Mitch Cronin and Sami Sauiluma, NRL Development Officer Daniel York and Canberra Raiders Community Relations Manager Jake Roarty. While at Merimbula Public School they showed a DVD titled "Tackle Bullying", which explained to students what bullying is, that bullying is unacceptable and what some anti-bullying strategies are. The players shared stories about how bullying has... Read more
School Spray Jacket Orders
We are currently taking orders for the school spray jackets for delivery toward the end of Term 2. Please fill in the attached order form and return to the office with the money as soon as possible. Jacket Order Form (pdf 382 KB)... Read more
Great start videos
A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more
Tea Towel Fundraiser
This year the school is running the popular group tea towel project to help raise funds for reading resources. The unique souvenir tea towels contain pictures drawn by all the students and staff of each Stage (therefore there will be a Kindergarten tea towel, a Years 1 and 2 towel, a Years 3 and 4 towel and a Years 5 and 6 towel so that your child's design is large enough to be seen!). The pictures will be arranged into the Stage's commemorative design and will be screen printed in blue onto high quality white tea towels. We chose this project... Read more
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School Leader Induction Ceremony
Congratulations to all students who were voted as School Leaders, House Captains / Vice Captains, Technology Monitors, Library Monitors, Flag Monitors, Bus Monitors and Class Student Representative Council (SRC) Representatives. Your continued dedication to demonstrating the school values of 'Care', 'Respect', 'Responsibility' and 'Fairness' has been recognised by your peers, resulting in you being chosen to represent them at meetings and when coordinating special activities and events. The school is very proud of you! The presentation... Read more
Student Requirements for 2013
Welcome to 2013 at Merimbula Public School! As in previous years exercise books, activity booklets and on-line educational site subscriptions are paid for by the school. We all know how children love to have their own pencil cases and belongings though, therefore the school has put together some lists to help you support your child in getting ready for the 2013 school year. You will find these lists in your child's 'stage' section under 'DOWNLOADS' (They were also sent home with last year's Semester 2 reports). All students should have a... Read more
Merimbula Public School would like to welcome new families and students to the area. Enrolments for 2013 will be taken from 8.30am on Tuesday, January 29 in the Administration Office (entry located on Randolph Street). To book a school tour and an interview with the Principal, Mrs Michelle Hulme, please contact the office on (02)64951266 from 8.15am on Tuesday.... Read more
Welcome Back To School!
School staff have been getting classrooms and facilities ready for 2013 over the past few weeks! Staff are very excited to welcome children, parents and caregivers back and meet new families starting at the school. Staff will be on duty from 8.30am on Wednesday, January 30 to welcome students back. Stage 3 (Year 5 and 6) students are to place their bags in the Canteen Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA), Stage 2 (Year 3 and 4) students should place their bags upstairs along the library wall and Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) students should place... Read more