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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

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

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

Healthy School Canteens

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

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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

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

Opportunity Class Placement for 2017

Opportunity classes cater for highly achieving academically gifted students who may otherwise be without classmates at their own academic and social level. These schools help gifted and talented students to learn by grouping them with other gifted and talented students, teaching them in specialised ways and providing educational materials at the appropriate level. Applications for opportunity class placement are considered mainly on the basis of the Opportunity Class Placement Test results and school assessment scores. The Opportunity Class... Read more

A new school year

Welcome back to school for 2016. As we start the year we have high expectations of our students and staff and a commitment to deliver the excellent public education that parents, carers and the community rightly demand. This year we will work towards achieving new priorities announced by the Premier to raise the percentage of students in the top two bands in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). I am proud of our achievements in public education and each year our schools provide our communities with much to... Read more

Applications for student travel 2016

From 2 November 2015, a new online SSTS application process is being introduced for schools within the Opal network, coinciding with the introduction of the School Opal card. Schools outside the Opal network should continue to process the existing blue SSTS application forms and send them to the appropriate transport operators. Most parents, guardians and students won't need to apply for a school travel pass for 2016 if they have already been given a school student travel pass for the current year. These will be automatically sent to the... Read more

2016 school funding allocations

All NSW public schools are currently being advised of their 2016 Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding. RAM distributes funding based on individual needs of students and schools, and gives schools greater flexibility to make financial decisions. The way schools use their RAM funding will vary based on local needs. Some support will be for the entire school, and some will be for particular groups of students or individual students. There is an overview document about the RAM available on the Department of Education website. If you would like... Read more

Grandfriends' Day

Grandfriends day Wednesday 20 May Grandfriends' day is next week. This year we will be showcasing the students' academic talents and achievements. All classrooms will be open from 9.45am to 10.15am. Grandfriends are then invited to enjoy a lovely morning tea outside the hall from 10.15 – 11.00. Grandfriends will be entertained by the senior choir, 2J, 2S, and the junior choir in the hall. Our wonderful librarian, Mrs Neill will also set up a book donation area under the COLA for parents and grandparents to buy a book and donate it to the... Read more

Expression of interest for placement in Year 7 at a NSW Government school in 2016.

Expression of interest forms were sent home with our year 6 students last week. The Expression of Interest must be returned on or before Friday 20 March to Mrs McCredie. Please see Mrs McCredie or Ms Hanson if you have any concerns regarding this process.... Read more

Come and find out about our local High Schools!

Come and find out more information about some of our local high schools! On Monday 16 February at 6pm, we invite our parents to an information session about high school. Principals from Mackellar Girls and Balgowlah Boys will visit the school to give a brief presentation and answer questions about life at high school. I encourage any parent wanting to know more about what to expect when their children go to high school to attend. This year, for convenience, the session will be held prior to the stage 3 Meet the Teacher session at 6pm in our... Read more

Meet the Teacher Sessions

Meet the Teacher We warmly welcome you to our Meet the Teacher sessions held on the following days and times per year/ stage group: Grade/ Stage When Time Where Kindergarten Tuesday 10 February 5:30pm Hall and then classrooms Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) and 4/5H (Miss Piper's class) Monday 16 February 6:30pm Hall and then classrooms Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) Tuesday 17 February 5:30pm Hall and then classrooms Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) Tuesday 17 February 6:30pm Hall and then classrooms 4/5H Meet... Read more

Welcome back to MVPS for 2015!

Our 2015 Year 1- 6 students return on Wednesday 28 January 2015. We look forward to seeing everyone next week as excited as we are for a fabulous school year ahead! What will happen on the first few days? Students will remain in their 2014 classes for the beginning of the 2015 school year in what we call a "Holding Pattern". In most cases they will continue with their 2014 class and teacher until enrolmen t numbers are finalised. New enrolments should meet at the office on Wednesday morning and students will be taken to their "Holding... Read more

Enrolment Enquiries

Our office will be open on Wednesday 7 January and Tuesday 20 January from 10am until 12pm for any enrolment enquiries or new enrolment applications. You can also contact us on the school email manlyvill-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au should you have any questions in the meantime.... Read more

Banish sunburn

Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at www.cancercouncil.com.au/sunsmart. A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more

How to get your child reading this summer!

Children who thrive in school tend to have one thing in common – they enjoy reading. It doesn't really matter what your child chooses to read, the important thing for primary-school kids is to encourage them to develop the habit of reading a little each day. With summer school holidays just around the corner, now is a good time to stock up on books from your local library that might interest your child. Series books are a great place to start. Reluctant readers and children who struggle with comprehension can find series books easier to enjoy,... Read more

What parents should know about Instagram

It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more

Welcome to our 2015 Kindergarten students

We welcome our 2015 Kindergarten students to the first of their 'taste of big school' beginner sessions this week. We are very much looking forward to meeting them! Our 2015 Kindergarten students will have the opportunity to attend two sessions from one of the groups listed below. Beginner Group 1: Monday 13 October AND Monday 27 October- from 9:30am until 11am. OR Beginner Group 2: Thursday 16 October AND Thursday 30 October- from 9:30am until 11am. In these sessions, children take part in a number of activities guided by our current... Read more

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