Tag Archives: Mudgee Schools

Hargraves Public School calling for enrolments

A small school with a big heart, Hargraves Public School is looking for more pupils to join its caring school community.

The school, with classes from kindergarten to Year 6, is located in the tranquil village of Hargraves, just 35 kilometres south west of Mudgee. It prides itself on providing quality education in a safe and nurturing learning environment.

Being a small school, Hargraves offers a lot of benefits that can only be found in small school. There’s a teacher for every 7 pupils, allowing each student to get the individual attention and care they need.

Personalised attention can be given to each child and there is stage-based learning for English and Mathematics as well as individual learning programs.

Despite being small, the school offers well-resourced classrooms with up-to-date technology including iPads and varied sporting, academic, performing and creative arts opportunities.

There is also a transition to school program, a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden School and a group of experienced staff committed to excellence for their students.

Hargraves is a small school that certainly lives by its motto of being “the school with a heart of gold”.

If you’re considering schools for your child, or if you’re thinking about a tree change to the Mudgee region, visit Hargraves School to find out about the benefits of your child being taught in a small school.

Visit Hargraves Public School online for more information, or call 02 6373 8524.


Image via http://www.hargraves-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/

Mudgee High School celebrates 100 years

Mudgee High School has played a major role in the lives of many Mudgee families and still continues to do so today, 100 years after it was first built in 1916.

A centenary milestone deserves to be celebrated and the school has two days of events planned from Friday, October 14 to Saturday, October 15.

On the Friday the school will be holding a number of activities for current students and parents, and on the Saturday the rest of the community is invited to join in on the celebrations too.

From 10am to 2pm on Saturday all will be welcome to celebrate 100 years of public education and meet the students and staff who have attended Mudgee High School over the year and reminisce about old times.

There will be a range of things to see and do, including tours, interviews, memorabilia on display, cadets parading and a BBQ lunch.

On Saturday night there will be a special cocktail dinner Robert Oatley Vineyards from 7pm.

All are welcome to the dinner, however it is an 18+ event. Tickets are $60 per person and include a cocktail style menu (catering by Rachael McCarthy) and return transport via Ogden’s Coaches.

Tickets can be purchased from trybooking.com. Simply search for Mudgee High School Centenary 2016.

The high school is also putting together a keepsake Centenary Magazine that can be purchased when buying tickets for the dinner or directly from the Mudgee High School for $25.00.

Further information about Mudgee High School’s Centenary can be found via the Facebook group, Mudgee High School Centenary 2016, or via www.mudgee-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/centenary-celebrations.

Market Day at Mudgee Public School

The Mudgee Public School P & C will be holding a market day at the school’s playground on Saturday 30 April and everyone in the Mudgee community is invited to head along.

The markets will feature a variety of stalls with all sorts or items for sale including arts and crafts, home wares, food, clothing, woodworking, plants, baby items and more.

There will also be face painting and a jumping castle on the day for the kids to enjoy.

The market day will run from 9am to 2pm and will be held on the grassed area of the Mudgee Public School playground, on the Douro St side of the school.

It’s sure to make for a fantastic day out where you will get the opportunity to meet other people in the community and find some great local products for sale.

By heading along you will also be helping to support our local community providers and the Mudgee Public School P & C, so we encourage everyone to head along.

The P & C team are still looking for stallholders that have products they would like to sell. If you would like to get involved, you can find further details on the event’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1680968052180141/. Stallholders need to apply by April 10.

For those who are after any further details about the Mudgee Public School P&C Market Day, contact Sheryn Slavin by calling 0427998639 or emailing auntyshez@hotmail.com.

Back to school time in Mudgee

Students all over the Mudgee region are heading back to school this week in what is no doubt an exciting time for the whole family, although we know it can also be a very stressful time too.

Starting the school year can be daunting for families, particularly when kids are just starting out in primary school or high school, as it means the start of a new routine and a lot of questions about what is expected of the new students.

If you find yourself in that stressed-out group of parents and would like some advice for sending your child to school, then it might be helpful to check out a website called ‘School A to Z’ which offers practical tips for parents with school aged kids.

The website offers information on things like uniforms, school lunches, sun safety, school term dates and curriculums. There is also a checklist for getting students ready for going back to school and study and homework tips.

We definitely think that the website is a great resource for parents and worth a read if you have any school-related questions.

If you require any extra assistance you can also call the Back-to-School Hotline on 1300 738 338, which operates between 8:30am and 4:30pm weekdays until Friday, February 13.

Mudgee parents may also like to check out the Back to School tips that we have posted about on the I Love Mudgee blog previously, including: Back To School Tips For Mudgee Families; and Back To School Tips – Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?

Choosing a School in Mudgee

School busWill you be moving to Mudgee before the new school year starts?  Or are your little ones finishing kinder this year?  Either way, we know you’re probably madly looking into local Mudgee schools, in search of the one that feels like the right fit for your family.

While some people don’t think choosing a primary school is a big decision, simply picking the one closest to home, there are some things you may like to consider before you make up your mind.

With different children excelling in different areas, it’s important as a parent to weigh up the options available and consider which school has the programs, curriculum and philosophies that best fit in with the values and needs of your family.  You can also check out schools’ academic performances in the 2012 NAPLAN, as well as various information and statistics about each school by clicking onto the MySchool website.  Simply search for one of our fantastic local Mudgee schools.  They are:

Mudgee Public School was established in 1855 and has since provided continuous education to the children in Mudgee and its surrounding districts. The Heritage listed main building has been preserved over the years and in 2010 the school was expanded to cater for the growing number of students and 21 century schooling.

Cudgegong Valley Public School was established in 1984 on the Southern edge of Mudgee but is now quite central to South Mudgee housing estates.

Mudgee High School sits adjacent to Mudgee Public School and Victoria Park sporting field. The buildings and facilities provide an outstanding learning environment. The school is at the forefront of modern technology with full networking to every classroom and staffroom which enables easy access to the Internet. The senior curriculum provides access to a wide range of UAI and non UAI courses as well as VET and TAFE. The junior curriculum includes vertically integrated courses across elective subjects. In all students have a choice of over fifty elective options in every year 8-12.

St Matthew’s Catholic School, Mudgee is a Kindergarten to Year 10 Catholic school within the Bathurst Diocese. Adjacent to the CBD, St Matthews is in close proximity to our Parish Church – St Mary’s, Mudgee Swimming Pool and various sports grounds.

Catholic Education in Mudgee has existed since 1861. The original St Matthews School was built in 1912 with substantial addition made over the year including the most recent which were blessed and opened on Friday 30th March, 2012. The latest additions included a Performing arts centre, Gymnasium with change rooms and showers, Building and Construction room, Metals and Engineering room (Trade Training Centre), Visual Arts room, Food Technology/Hospitality room, Technology room (Textiles and Graphics), An additional 2 Computer Labs, Communications room for server and data, Resource Centre with adjacent Seminar rooms and a Multi Media room plus 7 General Learning Areas.

Mudgee TAFE is an extensive of TAFE Western Connect, the Mudgee College offers a range of certificate level courses in access and general education, aged care, agriculture, business, computing, engineering trades, hospitality and viticulture.

Mudgee College operates out of two sites. The main campus is located on Cassilis Road (A) and runs courses in aged care (nursing), children’s services, carpentry and joinery, fitting and machining and welding, and a range of primary industries and natural resources offerings, including agriculture, animal care, horticulture, viticulture and wool classing. The Court Street Annexe (B) offers courses in business services, ceramics, hospitality, information technology, management and outreach and a range of courses in access and general education, including English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) and numeracy and literacy.

Our team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate have heard amazing stories about all of our local Mudgee schools, so we’re sure you’ll be impressed.  Please feel free to share your positive experiences with our local Mudgee schools and teachers below.

Where to Vote this Saturday in Mudgee

Aussie votersWhether we’re feeling ready and decided, or are still investigating various policies, this Saturday we’ll all be heading off to the polls to place our vote in the ballot box.  To make life easier for all Mudgee residents in the electorate of Parkes, our team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate thought we’d share a few polling venues around our offices that you can head to this Saturday to complete your ballot paper and enjoy the awaiting sausage sizzle.

In Mudgee:

Mudgee Police and Community Youth Club, Market St, MUDGEE NSW 2850
Mudgee High School Mudgee High School, Cnr Horatio And Douro St, MUDGEE NSW 2850
Mudgee South Cudgegong Valley Public School, Madeira Rd, MUDGEE NSW 2850
Special Hospital Team 3 Mudgee Hospital, Lewis St, MUDGEE NSW 2850
In Gulgong:
Gulgong Gulgong Memorial Hall, Herbert St, GULGONG NSW 2852

In Kandos:

Kandos Kandos High School, Fleming St, KANDOS NSW 2848


Please let us know if your child’s school will be involved this Saturday by giving them a shout out in the comments below.

Walk Safely to School Day

walk to schoolTomorrow is the nationally celebrated ‘Walk Safely to School Day’ that sees Primary School aged children across the country walk or commute safely to school.  Naturally we don’t encourage young children to walk alone, but rather see Walk Safely to School Day as an opportunity to educate Mudgee children about road safety, and the health benefits of walking and staying active.

If you don’t live within an easy walk of your school, the day can also be a great time to leave the car in the garage and help to reduce traffic congestion by teaching your child to use public transport safely.  If you do need to drive, try parking 10 minutes from school and walking the rest of the way.  This will give your child the opportunity to practice walking with you, holding your hand at all crossings, and waiting for traffic lights and school crossing whistles before crossing roads.

According to their website, the aims of Walk Safely to School Day are:

  • To encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.
  • To promote the health benefits of walking and help create regular walking habits at an early age.
  • To ensure that children up to 10 years old hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.
  • To help children develop the vital road-crossing skills they will need as they become mature pedestrians.
  • To reduce the car dependency habits that are being created at an early age and which will be difficult to change as children become adults.
  • To promote the use of Public Transport.
  • To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles.
  • To reduce the level of traffic congestion.

Our Professionals Mudgee Real Estate team would like to encourage all Mudgee parents to make the most of the day, and encourage others to join in the walk.  Let the walk be enjoyable as well as educational.  If you know several parents who usually drive, why not meet up at the same point and allow the children to walk to school together?


Back To School Tips For Mudgee Families

back to schoolWith many Mudgee families about to embark on term 1, our team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate thought we’d share a few more ‘back to school’ tips.  If you missed our last blog about re-setting your child’s body clock for school, please go back and read it now.  Ensuring our children are well rested is the first step to making sure they are able to concentrate, play and learn effectively while at school.

We thought we’d put together a few more ‘tried and tested’ tips to help out Mudgee parents, especially those who may have children starting school for the first time in 2013.

  • Make lunches the night before: If your child is a picky eater, it may help to let them be involved in the lunch-making process.  Often a vegemite and cheese sandwich can be far more tempting if they’ve spread the vegemite and squished the cheese in themselves.  Making it the night before will also give you more time in the morning to get on with other important tasks, such as chasing your child around the house with a hair brush or hunting for the elusive matching pair of school socks.
  • Pack school bags the night before: Fairly self-explanatory, but most parents can attest to the occasional arrival at school without a lunchbox, school hat, or signed excursion notice.  Remembering the bag itself before 9am is gold-star-worthy in our book, so it’s always a good idea to prepare the night before.
  • Set alarm clocks: Why is it that children wake up at 6am in the holidays, and then could sleep until noon when they’re back at school?  It’s a good idea to get your children into the habit of setting their own alarm, once they’re able to, and praising them when they refrain from hitting the snooze button.
  • Turn off the television: It’s just an idea, but we’ve heard many stories of parents who encourage their children to play games, read stories, write stories, complete puzzles and run around outside rather than sitting in front of the television, and their children seem to respond well in the classroom.  It may not work for everybody, but involving your children in active play can help them to better prepare for a day of learning.
  • Clear a quiet, distraction-free place for homework: Depending on the age of your child, this may need to be a quiet place (such as in their own bedroom), or somewhere that enables the child to receive supervision and help from an adult (such as the kitchen or family room).
  • Freeze a few easy dinners:  If it’ll help you stay sane in the first weeks of school, why not?  Whipping up a couple of meals on the weekend that can be frozen and dished up during the week will give you more time to help with homework, be involved in play-dates (which can help children fit in socially), and generally ease the tension at home.

If you have any other tips you’d like to share with other Mudgee parents to make the school transition easier, please share them here.


Back To School Tips – Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?

Back To School 2With the first day of school just around the corner, our team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate thought we’d help out Mudgee parents with a few tried and tested ‘back to school tips’, beginning with re-setting your child’s body clock.

Getting back into the swing of earlier wake-up times can be hard for kids, not to mention parents.  To better ease your family’s transition to a “school night” sleep schedule, it’s not a bad idea to roll back your child’s bedtime the week before term 1 begins.

If your child is aged 5 to 12 they’ll typically need 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night, while older children will generally require at least 9 hours of sleep.

Some signs that your children are not getting enough shut-eye are:

  • They’re irritable, restless, or have a short attention span.
  • They don’t have as much energy as usual, or run out of steam faster.
  • They’re more impatient, anxious, or defensive than usual.

To help your children get sufficient sleep it’s recommended that a bedtime routine is established and maintained for consistency.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends:

  • Limiting caffeine consumption in the afternoon and evening.
  • Avoiding serving big dinners close to bedtime.
  • Setting a regular bedtime and enforcing it.
  • Creating a calming night routine. Video games and TV shows are too stimulating before bed. Instead, why not share a favourite story with your child or encourage your child to read on their own?

Does your child have a successful bedtime routine?  Is there a favourite toy or book your child won’t sleep without?  Please share any of your own ‘back to school’ parenting tips with us here. 


Looking For Schools In Mudgee?

When moving to a new area, one of the biggest considerations for many families is the schooling on offer in the area.  Our team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate have spoken with several families considering moving to our Mudgee area with school aged children, and with the school year beginning shortly, many are becoming anxious about finding the right school for their youngster.

With different children excelling in different areas, it’s important, as a parent, to weigh up the options available and consider which school has the programs, curriculum and philosophies that best fit in with the values and needs of your family.

Luckily for Mudgee locals, there are plenty of schools in Mudgee to choose from that can help meet your child’s educational needs.  To help parents who are trying to find schools in Mudgee, schools found within our area include:

Cudgegong Valley Public School

Mudgee High School

Mudgee Public School

St Matthew’s Catholic School

Based on what we have heard from local residents, all of the schools in Mudgee are outstanding and have wonderful teachers, so your choice may depend on the school’s proximity to your house, or the specific educational needs your child might require.

For parents looking for more information about Mudgee schools, you can either search for their individual websites, or visit www.myschool.edu.au where you can view facts and statistics about schools in Australia, including their annual NAPLAN performances.

If you’d like to share any positive stories or experiences with any of our local Mudgee schools, please share them here.