Latest News Updates

The Grade 3 iPads

What an exciting year with another group of Grade 3s entering our ‘one to one’ iPad program at Mildura West. The Grade 3 iPad program will start rolling out in week 5 of this term (from Monday Feb 26th onwards). Parents wishing to lease a school iPad or have their child ‘Bring Their Own iPad’ will need to attend a compulsory information evening. Parents will receive a note home about the parent iPad sessions next week. In preparation of the program, students will need access to their own iTunes account. A separate note has been sent home with grade 3 students. Please fill this out as soon as possible so we can start with students having access to the appropriate apps.

Students Attending School is Vital

It’s vital that students go to school every day - even in the early years of primary school

Schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6-17 years

It is your responsibility to ensure your child attends school every day. School participation will help your child develop important skills, knowledge and values to further their learning and participation in the community.

Attending school every day also helps your child develop crucial social and emotional skills such as, good communication, resilience and the ability to work in teams.

Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives.

Attendance patterns are established early - a child regularly missing days in kindergarten or in the early years of school will often continue to miss classes in the later years, and receive lower test scores than their classmates.

Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don't fall behind both socially and developmentally. Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 or an equivalent qualification have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age.

Conversely, limited school participation is associated with a greater chance of dropping out of school, disruptive and delinquent behaviour and may lead to a cycle of rebellion against authority. These outcomes have later implications for employment, a range of health risk behaviours (drug and alcohol abuse), homelessness, poverty, welfare dependence, and involvement in the justice system.

Hooked into Hockey

On Tuesday students from Grades 3, 5 and Prep L were lucky enough to participate in hockey clinics ran by Hockey Victoria. The kids learnt the basic skills of hockey and had lots of fun. Hopefully some interest in hockey was sparked and students might take up the sport outside of school. 

AFL Footy Clinic

On Tuesday, the year 5/6 students went to Sarah Oval for the Hawthorn footy clinic. We met 5 Hawthorn stars, including Issac Smith, James Sicily and Will Langford. We did loads of activities run by the Hawthorn players and helped by some Merbein P-10 students, like scratch matches and pony express. We all had loads of fun asking questions about their lives. It was an amazing experience and we had a really fun time.

Class and Unit Newsletters

Classroom and unit newsletters are a great way to keep in touch with what is happening in your child's classroom and with in the whole grade unit they are in. You can find all these newsletters under the Newsletter tab at the top of the webpage. Enjoy.