Our Visions, Our Values, Our School.

MWPS Vision

MWPS provides an engaging environment where children are challenged and motivated to become the best they can be.
 
Mildura West Primary School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
 
IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.
 
Mission Statement from IB - The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
 

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

MWPS Values

Resilience • Respect • Excellence • Pride

Our School

Mildura West Primary School is a vibrant and happy place to be. It offers an excellent range of educational opportunities, programs, facilities and resources. The school has approximately 390 students from a diverse range of backgrounds and nations. This diversity is one of the characteristics that make it a great school. Children learn best when parents/carers, teachers and students are partners in the education process. An ‘Open Door’ policy and regular communication ensure this happens. Parents trust that we take very good care of their children. The children at West are always placed first. All decisions are made with the student in the centre. Our School Values, Resilience, Respect, Excellence and Pride, are truly ‘alive’ and evident in all that we do.
 

MWPS Being Healthy Together

Healthy lunches and snacks are very important for active, growing children. Eating healthy food helps children concentrate and learn better in the classroom. It also provides children with the necessary energy to get through a busy school day. Please refer to the handout in this week’s newsletter for some tips on healthy snacks and lunches you could put in your child’s lunchbox.

SCHOOL PHOTOS

Academy Photography will be at school on Friday 28th February for School Photos. Please make sure that students are at school nice and early as the photographer will begin at 9am. All students are required to wear full School Uniform.

Each child has an individually named photo envelope to take home.

  • If your child did not receive an envelope, please collect a blank order form from the school office.
  • Family Photo order forms are also available from the school office.
  • All students need to return their envelope whether they order photos or not.
  • The office will collect orders up until 8.30am Friday 28/2/20.

There are 2 ways to pay for photos

  • Pay online at www.academyphoto.com.au using the individual code that appears on your order form (students will still need to bring the order to school)
  • Send cash or cheque, along with your order in the supplied envelope.  You must have correct money, as the photographer will not have change.

The school cannot accept EFTPOS or BPay in this case, as the money goes to the photographer on the day.

Parent/Teacher/Student Meetings

PLEASE jump on COMPASS and book a time to come to school and tell the teacher all about your child. If you have trouble with COMPASS please contact the school office and we will sort it out. I do hope everyone can come. If the times do not suit you, please contact the teacher to negotiate an alternative.

 

Have you booked a time to meet your child’s teacher?     

  • Wednesday 19th February (Prep meetings only)
  • Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th February (Grades 1-6)

You know your child best. Please come and tell us about him/her

 

Assessment and Reporting

Mildura West Primary School’s Assessment and Reporting is ONLINE. We are using a program called Compass, to communicate with Parents and Carers about each child’s learning progress.

Why are we doing this?

Assessment and Reporting is more effective if it is ongoing throughout the entire year. We know that education is best when you, your child and the school work together. Online Reporting offers an opportunity for parents to become more involved in the learning process.

What is Compass?

  • A Student Online Assessment and Reporting system
  • A Parent Portal that will allow you to view and comment on your child’s assessment tasks
  • A place for teachers to provide feedback
  • Ongoing reporting on your child’s learning

 

You will have access to a number of assessment tasks that your child will complete throughout the year. Teachers will provide feedback to the students.

Each assessment task is called a CAT (Common Assessment Task).

 

Parents will still receive a report on their child’s learning at half and end of year mark.

This will be a summary of achievement, not a detailed account.

 

Assessment Tasks

  • Students will complete regular assessment tasks (CATs), across a range of subject areas.
  • These tasks (CATs) are designed to assess student abilities against the Victorian Curriculum at the expected grade level.
  • These tasks (CATs) will provide you with valuable information about your child’s progress
  • The tasks are samples of your child’s work and will give you an example of how your child has performed against criteria.

 

How will the Assessment Grading work?

  • Students will be assessed on their academic performance as At Risk, Below Standard, At Standard and Above Standard.
  • Students will be assessed on their work habits as Excellent, Very Good, Good, Acceptable and Needs Attention.

 

* If you have any concerns about this process, please see your child’s teacher.

Grade 5/6 Team Building

Last Thursday the Grade 5/6’s went to Jaycee Park and we did lots of team building activities. We all had a lot of fun getting to know each other especially mixing up the grade 5’s and 6’s. Some of the things we focused on were being Principled, improving our Communication skills and being a Risk-Taker, by trying new things. The teachers, ES and students all joined in and had fun together. Overall it was an awesome day! By Molly and Musashi

Building A Classroom Community

Over the last 2-3 weeks our children have been forming many new friendships and building a positive Classroom Community. As they learn, they work in pairs and small teams, gaining necessary life skills Part of the “Team Building” has been lots of fun!!The Grade 5 & 6 students went to Jaycee Park and engaged in lots of collaborative, challenging tasks. The Grade 3 & 4 students had a Water Fun morning on the school oval. It’s wonderful to see so much fun and laughter.

Hats & Water Bottles please

Please ensure your child has a broad brimmed hat, clearly labelled. As you know, we have several weeks of hot weather ahead and we need to protect our children’s skin. Any child who does not have a hat is requested to play under the shade sails at the front of the school.

Children are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school. Please remember, it can only
contain water.

Grade 3 iPads

Students in Grade 3 will be receiving their iPad on Monday. If your child is bringing their own (BYOD) iPad, please send it with them every day starting next Monday.

Students leasing an iPad will need to attend a short information session outlining the iPad lease conditions. Students will be able to take home their iPads after the first payment is made and parents or carers have attended an information session and completed the lease forms.

iPad information sessions:
Wednesday 5th Feb 3:30 and 5:30pm
Thursday 6th Feb 3:30 and 5:30pm
Monday 10th Feb 3:30 and 5:30pm
It is not necessary to confirm your attendance.

 

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