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 an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program accredited 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.
 

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT COVID GUIDELINES

To keep our school safe, we have some important operational guidelines.

This includes:

  1. QR codes and record keeping

The use of Service Victoria QR codes for electronic record keeping is mandatory in all schools to enable the effective contact tracing of any COVID-19 cases. This requirement will continue into Term 3 until further notice. QR code check ins are required to be used by:

  • all visitors on school site (including contractors, external Department staff and building and maintenance staff)
  • all parents who enter school buildings when on school site

QR code check ins are not required to be used by parents who come onto school grounds for drop off or pick up, if parents do not enter buildings.

It is highly recommended that parents do not come on to the school ground for this period.

  1. Drop Off & Picking Up your children
  • The Education Department Guidelines state that if you are dropping off or picking up your children please ensure social distancing is in place. Do not congregate at school gates.
  1. Social Distancing
  • Social distancing to be implemented at all times.
  1. School Assemblies
  • Unfortunately, cannot be held.
  1. Interschool Sport cannot be held.
  • This is now possible due to change in restrictions, today
  1. School Camps
  • Can go ahead if in Victoria
  1. Breakfast Club
  • Can go ahead
  1. OHSC
  • Operating as normal
  1. Students must stay home if they are unwell
  1. Athletics
  • At this stage our Athletics carnival has been postponed until Monday, August 16th.
  • We will let you know details once we are closer to the date around if/how we can accommodate crowds.
  1. Face masks:
  • All parents, all visitors MUST wear face masks.
  • Students are not required to wear face masks when at school.

Thank you for your continued support during this time. As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries.

Homework

MWPS Homework policy can be found in our MWPS Documentation on our webpage.

Homework gives children a chance to:

  • work through the things they have learnt at school
  • strengthen their long-term understanding of the topic or activity.

Homework helps your child to develop study skills that they will use for the rest of their life.

It’s also a chance for you to get involved and help in your child’s learning.

I acknowledge and respect, that some parents do not philosophically agree with their children completing any Homework. That remains a choice for them. At West, we ensure all Homework requirements are kept to a sensible amount because we also believe children should play and enjoy themselves after school too. Consequently, our Policy is based around relevant, essential tasks, such as Reading.

Please talk to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about this Homework Policy. Or give me a call if you have any concerns.

Grade 6 Unit of Inquiry "The Dig Expo"

Our Grade 6 students became Archeologists this term. Their Unit Of Inquiry, 'Where we are in Place and Time' saw them dig up the past to discover how it helps us understand the present and informs the future. Today their hard work and effort paid off with a "DIG EXPO" showcasing their research around the artifacts they had uncovered. Take a look at the link below -

Pete the Sheep

Yesterday the Prep and Grade 1 students went to the Mildura Arts Centre to watch the performance of “Pete the Sheep’. Everyone was excited to go to the theatre and enjoyed the singing and dancing in the show. Only four actors performed, so the kids were amazed at how much they did with the changes of characters, voices and hats and how quickly they changed their setting. The big idea of ‘it is okay to be different’ and how to ‘think outside the box’ has been discussed with the children.

Cubby Town

Cubby Town at West
We are just about ready to start building our Cubbies. Thank you so much to all those families who have donated items. The Student Leaders met and decided on the following CUBBY TOWN AGREEMENT
  • Have bucket loads of fun
  • Share materials
  • Stay positive
  • Be careful and safe
  • Be inclusive
  • Help each other and use team work
  • Share the space
  • Let your imagination take over
  • Repect others and their cubbies
The children will be building Cubbies from timber, plastic, hessian, tarps, sticks and lots of odds & ends. If you do not want your child to take part in this activity, please contact your child’s teacher. The bike shed has been temporarily located to our Environment area – just while we build our cubbies. The Bike Shed looks like Bunnings at present – storing all of our materials for the cubbies.

Grade 1/2 Unit of Inquiry

Grade 1 and 2 are learning about how “Most food goes through several stages of production before it gets to homes”. We have approached our learning by developing our research skills. We have learnt part of researching is learning from guest speakers and asking questions. Lucky us living in Sunraysia and our parents have a lot of expertise! This week our guest speakers have been Bart van Olphen (Ida’s dad) from Chalmers wine taught us all about growing grapes. Bart taught Zara Frazzica that he makes different coloured wines with the different coloured skins. We have also had Tessa Lock (Elizabeth and Xavier’s mum) teach us about brewing drinks using Kefir. From Tessa, Robert Lazar learnt that “there can be good bacteria”.

Prep 2021 Parent Information Sessions!

Prep 2021 Parent Information Sessions!
As you know, starting school is a big event for our children………and often for the parents too.
This year’s Preps have settled in and are now learning lots.
We would love it if our Prep parents could come to school to find out how they can help their children and also learn how we teach.
We will be having two evening sessions:
Session 1 – Parents will learn how we teach Reading, Writing and Maths
When: Thursday 20th May, 6.00 – 7.15pm (Parents only session)
Session 2 – A fun night of learning for our Parents and their Prep children. The focus is all about how you can help at home.
When: Thursday 27th May, 5.30 – 7.00pm
More details will be sent home to Prep parents this week, via SeeSaw

Are you logged into Seesaw?

Seesaw is a really important tool we use regularly at West. If you do not have this app please contact our school office and find out how you can obtain it. This digital app-based platform allows students, teachers, and parents/carers to communicate and share classroom activities. It’s a quick and easy way for teachers and students to capture, and share, what's happening in the classroom and a great way for you and your child’s teacher to communicate. Teachers and students use Seesaw several times each week – it would be super if everyone had access to this tool.

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