A brilliant effort by our MPPS community for taking part in Crazy Hair Day. Our students were almost unrecognisable with their crazy hair creations. Together we raised over $140 for Cystic Fibrosis.
Congratulations also to our Special Lunch Day raffle winners!
A big thank you to Rose our Canteen Manager for preparing lots of delicious lunches for our students and staff today, and for providing the raffle prizes.
We have been busy as always at YMCA Mernda Park OSHC! Children have been engaged in a wonderful program that has been tailored to meet the needs and interests of the those that attend. Our most recent request is for African animals, so you may have noticed that our dinosaur has gone back to the dinosaur era to make way for an African Savana!
Slime and goo have been a great hit at OSHC, the children loved squishing it and pulling it and laughed when it was rolled up and made funny noises. Our leaf insects have grown huge and are now producing eggs which everyone is excited about, but did you know it can take up to a year for leaf inect eggs to hatch? Last week we found a painted pebble in the Community Hub and this led to us painting our own. The idea of the painted pebble is that you hide it in the garden for other children to find, take a picture of the rock and post it on VICROCKS on Facebook and then rehide the rock again. Have a good look next time you are in a local park, you may find some rocks!
Bookings are now open for what is going to be our BEST EVER holiday program! We have reformatted our program to maximise the fun so children have an awesome holiday program experience! We are going to have bubble soccer, an amazing race, roller skating, mega headquarters day and on the last day the YMCA Carnival which will have rock climbing, animals and reptiles, giant maze, mini golf, face painting a disco and a BBQ lunch is provided! The Carnival day should not be missed!
The Leader Local Grants Application Judging Panel have selected finalists for a grant to assist in funding a community project. We are very pleased to inform our community that our project, "Inventing Girls", which is about operating a lunchtime girls' coding club has been selected as a finalist for a grant. This means that our project is eligible for the Voting Stage which begins at 9am on Monday May 28 2018 and finishes at 5pm Friday June 8 2018.
So please vote for MPPS under Whittlesea Leader and spread the word to your family and friends and get lots of people voting for our idea! You can vote up to ten times for us once you register. The idea with the most votes in each masthead wins a $1,000 grant to assist in funding their community project.
Vote now at http://www.leaderlocalgrants.com.au
We are already over half way through term 2 and so many exciting things have happened at MPPS. Our Yan Yean LC football and netball teams have been trying hard every Friday learning new skills and developing the resilience to keep persisting and to have fun. Students in grades 3 and 5 worked hard on their NAPLAN assessments as they do on all learning tasks and assessments. All students across the school enjoyed our Responsible Pet Ownership incursion and the arrival of MPPS Maggie our therapy dog has been very popular. Science has been a feature of this term with all students participating in the Simon Creek local excursions and Carome and Simon LC students enjoying their day at Science Works. We have also had focus on healthy eating at MPPS with our Food Talks incursion and our Healthy Food incursion that was enjoyed by Simon and Plenty LC students. Our Mothers’ Day afternoon tea and our Education Week Open Morning were also fantastic highlights and it was lovely to have so many families enjoying our school on these days. The feedback from parents and other family members was very positive and much appreciated by all the staff.
Please remember that our yard is supervised from 8.30am until 8.45am and after school from 3.15pm until 3.30pm and during all break times. For the safety of our students, students should not be in the yard without a parent/guardian outside of these times. To also ensure the safety of our students it is also important to remind all families that the staff carpark is not available for student drop off or pick up. It’s fantastic that we can work in partnership to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all of our beautiful MPPS students, families and staff.
Next week is National Reconciliation Week and during this week, Reconciliation Australia invites all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. This year’s campaign highlights some of the lesser known aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, histories, cultures and achievements, to prompt Australians to ask themselves: what are some of the things I don’t know about our shared history? Our students will be exploring questions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories and using the following informative website and other sources of information to help us. https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/
Have a happy and safe weekend.
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation's volunteers.
Thank you to all our amazing MPPS parents, grandparents and family members who volunteer at our school. Your help is very much appreciated by our staff and students.
Sunday 20th to Saturday 26th May is Education Week - 'Celebrating the Arts'.
During the week our students will be taking part in a variety of activities in their Learning Communities to celebrate this occasion.
Wednesday 23rd May - Simon LC & Carome LC Science Works Excursion
Thursday 24th May - Our MPPS Families are invited to visit our Learning Communities during an Open Morning on Thursday 24th May from 10am. During this time students will be showcasing their creative writing pieces, followed by a special performance from our Plenty LC students and MPPS singing group during recess where families will be offered light refreshments.
Mernda Park PS would like to thank our local businesses and wonderful MPPS community for their generous support in 2018.
Select a business to be directed to their website.
Harmony Day was a great success at MPPS. Children participated in learning activities that promoted showing kindness and respect to everyone. Thank you to the school community for your support, we appreciated the creativity involved in wearing a splash of orange! We endeavour to demonstrate harmony everyday at MPPS. Happy Harmony Day!
YMCA Mernda Park Primary OSHC are looking for expressions of interest from families who are interested in a School Holiday Program at Mernda Park PS starting in the winter school holidays.
We would appreciate if parents could take the time to complete a short survey.
Donna Zablocki - OSCH Coordinator
Students, staff and even some MPPS families got into the spirit of Book week by dressing up as their favourite book character.
We are excited to announce a Robogals Science Challenge Workshop this Sunday 13th August from 10am-2pm at the University of Melbourne (see details below).
The Robogals Science Challenge is a national competition aimed at promoting engineering awareness and female participation in STEM.
During the workshop, participants will complete and film two Minor Challenges (short STEM experiment) and one Major Challenge (longer STEM experiment), which will qualify the participants into this year's competition.
The workshop is free to attend and is for girls between the ages of 5-15. Boys can attend too however will be paired in groups with girls.
To register, please sign up at: tinyurl.com/y86cxvhl
Our School tunic is now available to purchase at PSW. The tunic can be worn with our long sleeve polo and navy tights. www.psw.com.au/retail/default.aspx
Great nude food ideas! Well done Plenty LC Preps!