Principal's Welcome

Newmerella Primary School is a small country school which was opened in 1889. It is located five kilometres west of Orbost and nearly 400 kilometres east of Melbourne.
The school offers progressive programs in a stimulating learning environment catering for individual needs to enable all children to achieve and celebrate success.
Of particular mention are the school’s extensive camps, excursions, incursions, sports, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum, music, arts, environmental programs, RRRR (Rights, resiliency and respectful relationships), SWPBS (Schoolwide positive behaviour support), AUSLAN (LOTE-languages other than English) and our cooking and purpose-built industrial kitchen facilities.
Our school is at the forefront and a leader in its technology resources and include interactive screens in all classrooms and up to date iPads for all students, as well as netbook computers in the senior class.
At Newmerella, we have modern and attractive classrooms, a hall, art-room, an oval, three adventure playgrounds, supergrass covered basketball and volleyball courts, native vegetation, chook pen, guinea pig enclosure, industrial classroom kitchen and vegetable gardens.
Our school’s motto and purpose is to provide “Pathways to Success”, to inspire children to achieve to their full potential and make a positive contribution to the local and global community through:
- Respectful relationships between students, staff, parents and the wider community
- A performance and development culture, focused on effort and continuous improvement
- An inclusive, safe, caring, stimulating and happy learning environment that fosters high standards of achievement and behaviour for students to be curious, independent, collaborative, persistent, adaptive and resilient life-long learners.
- A challenging and engaging curriculum appropriate to the needs and interests of all students
- Highly effective and purposeful teaching and learning that explicitly caters for all individual needs and thinking
- A commitment by all in our school community to our school values of Caring, Honesty, Excellence and Learning
Our school is an active member of the Snowy River Educational Community and works closely together with other schools to improve teaching and learning and optimize academic, arts, social and sport opportunities.
We also look to the Department of Education's Network to arrange a wide range of academic, social and sporting opportunities for students whilst also providing professional learning opportunities for staff.

Parent participation in school activities and programs is widely encouraged. Parental assistance in the classroom with reading and social activities is always very much welcomed.
Newmerella Primary School is committed to maximising its opportunities for all students with staff professional learning playing a vital role in achieving this and we look forward to continuing to provide an education of excellence for many years to come.

Welcome to our school.

Sarah Walker
Acting principal