Latest News Updates

Swimming

Last Friday Tom Pratt and Ruby Hancock represented the school at the Sunraysia Primary Schools Swimming competition. Ruby competed in freestyle and breaststroke, coming 2nd and 5th in her heats. Tom competed in freestyle placing 4th in his heat. A wonderful effort by both students.

IRYMPLE SWIMMING CLUB PRIMARY SCHOOL SWIM MEET

A Sunraysia Primary Schools Swim Meet, is being held at Irymple Swimming Pool on Thursday March 15th. The meet will begin at 5:30pm. Entries are open to all age groups and anyone interested in entering needs to see Mr Hall by Tuesday 13th March. Obviously, entrants need to be very competent swimmers.

All details are on the flyer available from Mr Hall.

Train and Rail Crossings

V-line has announced that all freight services have returned to the Mildura Line. While there are still some work crews and heavy machinery completing final works and crossing upgrades, the train’s lines are back in full use. Please observe signs and signals, and traffic laws, when approaching the Rail Crossings. This includes crossings immediately adjacent to our school on Ninth Street and Tenth Street.

Easter Raffle

Our Easter Raffle is on again, we are asking families to support our fundraising efforts by kindly donating an Easter-themed item to each of your children’s classrooms. A box has been placed in each classroom for these donations.

Each child will be asked to sell raffle tickets to family and friends. Tickets are $1 each and there are 10 tickets in a book. Please return all sold tickets and money to the front office by 9am on Wednesday, March 28th 2018. Winners will be announced in the weekly newsletter.

Thank you so much for your generous support.

Seesaw at West

Tomorrow we will be launching our Seesaw app. Look out for a flyer and a

Special parent login. This will have instructions for you to download the Seesaw

app and login.  

What is Seesaw?

Seesaw is a secure online Journal to record photos, observations and comments, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. This platform allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and communicate the children’s learning in and outside of the classroom.

Why use Seesaw?

We are always looking at ways we can improve our communication with parents. Seesaw will allow us to share more of what your child is doing at school and provide a window into the classroom.

 

3 Day International Baccalaureate Workshop

Our teachers learnt lots this week. We spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday learning how to improve our teaching.

I would like to thank the staff for giving up Sunday to take part in the workshop. Monday and Tuesday were 2 of our annual pupil free days.

The 2 presenters were fantastic and helped us develop a deeper understanding of the IB framework. They challenged us and supported us – I know our students will benefit from this learning.

The workshop that our teachers attended Sunday, Monday & Tuesday was run by Shireen Blakeway and Kerryn Tucker, both from international Baccalaureate schools based in Malaysia and China. Ms Blakeway said she was thrilled to be in Australia and to share her experience and knowledge with fellow educators. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to go to a government school, engage in IB and to work with a group of very enthusiastic teachers, who will really embrace change for the benefit of their students,” she said.

Ms Tucker has more than a decade of experience and has worked in five different IB schools, including as the current head of a primary school based in China. Ms Tucker said she had witnessed the change in students at IB schools. “You do see a difference (in the students) with the way they communicate with other people,” she said.

They are responsible for their learning and are much more engaged. “They want to make changes in the world”.

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