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.
 

CAT Reporting process update

Mildura West PS use ongoing online reporting through Compass as we
believe this is the most effective way to communicate with you, the academic progress of your child. Unfortunately, this process was disrupted during the ‘Remote Learning’ period but will now be reactivated with new CATs being posted. (See below)
Prep
  • Maths - Numbers to 20 and beyond - Teacher Comment - Friday - Week 9
  • Reading - Thinking about Reading - Student checklist and Teacher Comment - Week 10
Gr 1/2
  • Maths - Addition placemat - Teacher comment - Friday Week 10
  • Writing - Information report - Teacher comment - Friday Week 11
Gr 3/4
  • Writing - Persuasive letter- Friday Week 10 - Comment
Gr 5/6
  • Maths - Area and Perimeter - Teacher Comment - Friday week 10
Art
  • 3/4 Unit - Friday Week 9 - Colour exploration
  • Preps - Friday Week 11 - Pattern/Printmaking
PE
  • Grade 1/2 Unit – FMS Kicking Checklist – By the end of Term 2
DT
  • Grades 3/4L, 4T & 4L – Programming Project - Week 11
Music
  • Grade 1/2 Music - Keeping the beat - Term 3, Week 2

SRC – PJ Day

Our SRC have organised a little celebration for the first day we are all back together.
Everyone is requested to wear their PJs. The kids thought PJs were “symbolic” at this time, as they’ve been living in them !!!
Please read the attached information and thank you to our wonderful student leaders – it’s a GREAT IDEA!

A BIG Welcome back to all students on Tuesday!!!

On Tuesday we have everyone back at school. This is simply the BEST news!!
We will have some sense of normality, albeit with a few little changes.
This does mean many more people dropping students off and picking students up from school.
In line with the Education Department guidelines, all parents/carers must follow the COVID-19 ‘Return to School Plan’
It is very important that these guidelines are followed. We have had several complaints from parents/staff about the lack of social distancing demonstrated by some parents.
I feel absolutely dreadful asking parents to move along quickly and preferably NOT come onto the school grounds. But these are the Education Department guidelines and this plan is to ensure we provide the safest possible environment during this time. I ask that we work together to make the most of this situation.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
1. School still starts for all children at the same time, 9.00
2. Parents/carers drop children off between 8.30 - 9.00
3. Students in Grade Prep, 1 & 2 finish school at 3.00.
  • Their siblings will finish school at 3.00 too.
  • Parents/carers must pick these children up at this time to minimise numbers of people on the school ground
4. The remaining students in Grade 3,4,5,6 will finish school at 3.15pm
5. Parents/carers are to observe physical distancing measures by not congregating in areas inside or around the school (including the school car park, seating areas etc.)
6. Parents/carers of Grade Prep, One and Two children may need to bring their child to the classroom if he/she is anxious. However, they must limit the time spent in the school and preferable not enter the classrooms.
7. Parents/carers of Grade Three, Four, Five and Six are discouraged from entering the school grounds unless absolutely necessary.

Return to On-Site Schooling

Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 12 May, some students will be returning to school from Tuesday 26 May.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for Victorian school students and teachers to return to on-site schooling in a two-staged approach:

  • Stage 1 – from Tuesday 26 May

Early years students (Prep to Grade 2) and senior secondary students (Year 11 and 12) undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), and all specialist school students will return to on-site schooling. All staff will attend on-site.

 

  • Stage 2 - from Tuesday 9 June

Grade 3 to Year 10 students will return to on-site schooling, subject to health advice.

The Department’s latest advice on can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Curriculum Day Learning

Last Friday, the teachers spent the day reflecting, reading, talking and challenging each other, to improve the Teaching and Learning at West.

Prior to the Curriculum day, I interviewed many students about a variety of strategies teachers use when delivering a lesson. The interviews were all recorded and shown at the Curriculum Day. Teachers listened to the children and took their advice very seriously. That same week, teachers also spent time in all classrooms throughout the school, interviewing students and gathering data about the student’s understanding.
We know that “Great Teachers are firstly, Great Learners”, and Friday’s curriculum day, provided yet another opportunity for teachers to learn and bring further clarity to our teaching.

Advice regarding the Coronavirus

Advice regarding the Coronavirus

The Education Department has advised Principals to provide the information included in this newsletter. As you can see, it is relating to travel advice.
The Commonwealth Government has updated travel restrictions this week.
The extension to existing travel restrictions now applies to visitors from Republic of Korea, Iran and mainland China. Visitors who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, or their dependants, will not be allowed entry into Australia.
The Commonwealth Government has also advised that visitors from Italy will also be subject to enhanced health screening and temperature testing arrangements.
Some of our students and families may be affected by the travel advice, and I’d encourage you to support each other.
Everyone can protect against infections by practising good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Here are some tips that we all can follow:
1. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow.
2. Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
3. Wash your hands regularly using soap and water, including after using the toilet, and before eating.
Please refer to the Department’s coronavirus web page for the latest advice and information.

Mildura West Podcast – ‘Way Out West’ - Episode 12

Mildura West Grade 6 students have published their first podcast for 2020. We hope you have a listen and subscribe to all our episodes. You can find us on iTunes, Spotify or Google podcasts – just search for “Mildura West”!

Or you can find us here too:

Anchor.fm: http://anchor.fm/mildurawest-podcast

Our Environmentally Friendly Canteen

As well as our new menu, we have also changed our packaging. Everything that now comes out of the canteen is either recyclable or completely compostable on site.

We are building a composting area near our chicken yard and all our lunch order packaging will be placed in this area.
We are heading towards lowering our carbon footprint and we have the initiative of our Wonderful West Kids to thank. They asked and we have made it happen.
Our bio packaging includes the following:
• Paper straws
• Bamboo cutlery
• Paper bags including all order bags, hot dog
bags, sandwich bags and nuggets.
• Our pasta, rice, snack pack and corn chips
containers are all made from sugar cane

 
 

 

MWPS Being Healthy Together

To celebrate Ride to School Day on Friday 13th March we will have our first Walking Bus for the year. Everyone is welcome: walkers, bikes, trikes, scooters and even prams. The bus will leave from the car park at Mansell Reserve at 8:25am. We will travel along Ontario Avenue, then turn into Ninth Street and make our way to school. Mr Hall will be accompanying the walking school bus. Any parents/carers or siblings wanting to walk with us are most welcome. 

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