About moriacps

School Vision We are a UNITED learning community and we are committed to attaining EXCEPTIONAL levels of achievement. We are RESPONSIBLE for our own learning and behaviour and we are RESPECTFUL of ourselves and other people. Our mission is to nurture a learning community that is UNITED in its endeavours to be EXCEPTIONAL, RESPONSIBLE and RESPECTFUL. Moriac Primary School is committed to educational innovation and excellence. We challenge all students and staff to strive for personal excellence, providing the curriculum, instruction, assessment, support and time needed to meet high academic standards. We encourage each other to think creatively and independently and develop leadership skills. All aspects of our school are focused towards personal and organisational success through the accommodation of individual learning styles, so that all have the opportunity and the passion to travel the path of life-long learning.

Suzanne Prendergast – Bastow UP: Principal Preparation Program

Suzanne Prendergast – Bastow UP: Principal Preparation Program

This year I am undertaking the Department of Education, Bastow Institute of School Leadership Unlocking Potential: Principal Preparation Program.

After applying for this course last year I sat an interview and was successful in being accepted into this program.

The program consists of a number of elements –

  • Professional reading requirements and reading logs based on these readings;
  • A 20 day Principal Internship at another school.
  • Seven workshop days in Melbourne as well as two, two day residential programs;
  • A two day Open-to-Learning Learning professional development session;
  • Learning reflections;
  • A 6, 000 word leadership project AND

Next week I will begin the start of my 20 day Principal Internship. I will be spending the next two weeks at Mandama Primary School learning from, and working with Marina Keegan, the Principal at Mandama PS. I will then be spending another two weeks in term 3.

During my time at Mandama Primary School Amanda Gallucio (currently Mon, Tues and every second Weds) will be working full time in the 3/4 classroom so there will not be any disruption for the students.


Collaborative Action Research Project at Moriac Primary School

As previously mentioned in the Newsletter Moriac Primary School applied, and were accepted into, a Department of Education funded Team Teaching Action Research Project led by Deakin University. We were one of ten fortunate schools to be accepted of the 80 schools that applied.

Attached (below) you will find a document containing further information on the project.

Please contact us if you have any questions.



FREE upcoming Parent Forum from City of Greater Geelong – School Readiness

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We would like to share with you a FREE upcoming Parent Forum that is coming to Geelong –

That Next Big Step – Discussing kindergarten and school readiness

Join us for an informative session focused on preparing preschool age child for the transition to kindergarten or prep and a lifetime love of learning.

The presenter, Sally Ward from Early Life Foundations is a preschool teacher with extensive experience in the early childhood field.

The forum will cover the following topics:

  • The critical role parents play in kindergarten and school readiness
  • Making intentional choices about a school or academic program for your child
  • The process of choosing the best fit kinder or school for your child and family

When: Thursday 16th June

Where: City Hall, 57 Little Malop Street, Geelong

Time: 6.30pm – 8pm

Register: fsadmin@geelongcity.vic.gov.au or Phone: 5272 4741.

RSVP’s due 10th JUNE!

Term Two Student Attitude and Behaviour Report

Student Attitude and Behaviour Report for Term two is now available on the Parent Portal.

This new report will provide you with a much more comprehensive overview of how your child is going in those areas.

Click your child’s photo, then click Dashboard, then Reporting and then click Term 2, Attitude and Behaviour.

Don’t forget that by the end of June, your child’s academic report will also be published at the same place.

Steve Durkin

NAPLAN testing Year 3 & 5

Just letting all parents know that due to the power outage and the fact the classrooms are quite dark due to the rain, we will not be undertaking NAPLAN this morning (and possibly not today depending on when power returns).  I have been in contact with the NAPLAN administrators and the Department of Education about this, and the times in which we will make up the tests. More information will follow when we have more information.

Suzanne Prendergast

Assistant Principal

Building Resilience Free Information Session

Dear parents,

Many parents have been asking if we will be holding another resilience session this year. We may later in the year HOWEVER there is a session being held by Gary Banks (who spoke at school last year) in Torquay next Tuesday. Please see the information below or the attachment.

There were a lot of parents who attended this session at school and a lot of were not able to make it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND attending this session if you are able, it was a valuable session and provides some great insight and ideas.

Building Resilience Torquay 2016

Building Resilience

For parents of children aged 3 to 6 years

Are you a parent of a child aged 3-6 yrs and would like to learn more about how to build and foster their resilience?

This parent seminar might just be for you!

Topics of discussion:

  • What is resilience?
  • Can we teach resilience? How can parents look for teachable moments throughout the day?
  • How to assist children to develop strategies that will assist them to cope when life doesn’t go their way.
  • How building these skills help in developing resilience in later life

Thursday 12th May


Torquay Children’s Hub, 27 Grossmans Road Torquay 3228.

Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm



For bookings and more information please contact Torquay Children’s Hub.


5261 0549

Quest Skills For Life Parent Information Session

All Grade 5/6 parents are invited to attend the Quest Skills For Life Parent Information Session in the 5/6 room on Tuesday 17th May at 5.30pm. One of the Quest Skills For Life leaders will present all the information you need to help your child enjoy their camp experience and answer any questions you have.

Current Information:
Camp Name: Lighthouse Keepers Quest
Camp Dates: 25th of May – 27th of May
The Lighthouse Keepers Camp program at Cape Otway Lightstation will include all transport to and from School, 1 night’s accommodation in the Lightstation, all food (apart from packed lunch on first day) and equipment, including tents, sleeping mats for 1 night’s camp out, Raft Building activity, Rock Climbing activity, Taste of the Cape Lightstation tours, Aboriginal Cultural activities including basket weaving, abalone shell painting, bushtucker walk and talk, spear throwing all with Cape Otway Lightstation Aboriginal Cultural Guides, 24 hour safety back up and support, 2 Quest Skills for Life facilitators, 1 Quest Skills for Life Operations support.