Curriculum Days

CURRICULUM DAYS THIS TERM. Our journey towards becoming an accredited IB school is getting closer! This is such an exciting time for Mildura West PS. To expand our teachers’ knowledge and to see some IB schools in action, we will be having 2 curriculum days this term. The days are Thursday 29th & Friday 30th of August. Students will not come to school on these days. The reason we are taking 2 days is because we are going to Melbourne to visit other PYP (International Baccalaureate) schools and to complete some Professional Development. We are very excited about this. Teachers of IB schools regularly visit other IB schools but as you know, there are no other IB Government schools in Mildura. Teachers will be visiting 5 PYP schools whilst in Melbourne, as well as working with an IB Consultant.AC

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 Baccaaureate 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.
 

Mini Olympics

Mini Olympics

On Tuesday 5th of September a group of students in grades three to six competed in the Sunraysia District Mini-Olympics. West students got some ribbons in long jump, 800 metres, 1500 metres, triple jump, shotput and discus. Unfortunately, we didn’t win any relays, but we tried hard. Everyone tried their hardest and everyone was proud of each other. We would like to thank Mr Hall and Mrs Saunders for taking us and supporting us throughout the day.

By Maddison Goldsworthy

Mildura West placegetters were as follows:

Leni Pohahau – 1st 11 yrs Discus

Ryleigh Macdonald – 1st 12 yrs Long Jump

Izzak Sandow – 2nd 11 yrs Triple Jump

Isabella McTeare – 2nd 10 yrs Shot Put

Deegan Cox – 2nd 10 Yrs Triple Jump

Kayla Higgins – 2nd 11 yrs 1500 metres

Max Morgan – 2nd 11 yrs Discus and 3rd 11yrs 800 metres

Corbin Copeman – 3rd 10 yrs Discus

Jordan Ward – 3rd 12yrs High Jump

Harry Beavis – 3rd 12 yrs Triple Jump

Jorja Massey, Charlize Byrne, Kayla Hayes and Isla French – 3rd 10 yrs girls relay

IB Corner

As an IB candidate school, Mildura West’s teachers and students focus on what it means to be a community of learners. The IB Learner Profile help us with this. Our students and staff use a common language to describe and identify behaviours of successful learners, we strive to be Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced, and Reflective.

Open –Minded

I know we are different so I listen to and appreciate other people (cultures, personal history, values, traditions, points of view). I grow from new ideas and experiences .I listen to other people. I respect their ideas and thoughts.

 

I am open-minded if I….

…listen to other people and what they have to say

…try to understand those around me.

…know that people are different.

…am happy for others to voice their opinions, even if they’re different to my own.

Rubbish Free – Parent Tip

We are working hard to educate our students to take care of our environment and to limit waste. However, I do not want families to feel pressured or stressed about “Rubbish Free”. It’s not compulsory, it’s just encouraged. So please do not worry if you are unable to do “rubbish free” every day.

Building works

You may have noticed Cypress Ave looking a little more greener and the front of the school a little bare. This is because we have relocated the grass in preparation for our new building to commence. Soon there will be a temporary fence erected in the front/east side of the school. There will be two new classrooms built as stage 1 of the 1.8 million we received last year. Stage 2 includes the refurbishment of the Grade 5/6 rooms.

Independent member, Ali Cupper, takes Mildura West Primary School to Parliament.

Independent member, Ali Cupper, takes Mildura West Primary School to Parliament.

  • Please see transcript included

This week, Ali Cupper asked the Education Minister when Mildura West P.S. would receive the funding to carry out the Master Plan (which includes several new buildings) that was created in 2009. I’ve included the transcript of Question Time in Parliament this week, which shows Ali Cupper asking when Mildura West will receive more funds. You may like to read this transcript, or you can watch the session on Ali Cupper’s face book page. https://www.facebook.com/AliCupperIndependent/videos/1208105139373858/

Teacher’s Names

I’m sure your child has told you that many of our teachers, including myself, have asked students to refer to them by their first name, rather than their surname. Some teachers have decided to keep their surname. This is fine and is their personal choice.

Many teachers, in many schools, across the State, are referred to by their first name. While in Melbourne visiting schools last week, we observed students referring to their teachers by their first name, and it was certainly respectful. This change is something that we’ve been discussing for some time now.

Our children respect our teachers, just as we respect our children. We do not believe that RESPECT comes from calling us by our surnames.

The definition of respect is:

“a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements”.

Some children are finding it a little “funny” at the moment, but it will only take a little while before it becomes “normal” and part of the way things work at West.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns.

Walking Bus

On Friday 13th September we will have our third 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 (Please note the change of route). 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 wanting to walk with us are most welcome.  
 

CATS- New reports going up

CATS- New reports going up 
Below are the next lot of CATS going live. Log on, chat to your child about their learning and don’t be afraid to leave a comment. You can leave a message of support for your child, ask the teacher a question or give us your feedback. 
 
Prep - Writing – Description (Online Friday)
Gr 1/2 - Writing- Narrative (Online – Monday Week 9)
Gr 3/4 - Reading (Online – Monday Week 9)
Gr 5/6 - Writing (Online- Friday) 
 
Compass Support If you need help please call! A password reset is easy! If you would like further assistance please make a time to meet with Darrel Branson or Luke Jeffers. We will also have a Compass Support desk at each Friday assembly from now, so pop on over and say hi to Janine. We are here to help! 

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