IB Corner

As an IB candidate school, Mildura West are on a journey of creating International Mindedness within our school community. We are developing this through our Unit of Inquiries and throughout the school day with picture storybooks, video clips and so on.

What is International Mindedness?

It is a view of the world in which people see themselves connected to the global community and assuming a sense of responsibility towards its members. It is developing an awareness of others, especially being open minded about the diverse cultures and beliefs of people.

Through the Learner Profile attributes, an internationally-minded student, can develop as a competent communicator, willing to share their opinions. Is open-minded and knowledgeable about the world and other cultures. Demonstrates being a caring and principled thinker, among other important things.

Here are some ideas from our students on how they can consider their world:

How the world works Unit of Inquiry –

We could change to using solar energy which is clean instead of using coal. If people don’t change what they do soon, our world will start to die. We are learning about this so we can change things now! Chris (5K) and Angus (5C)

Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry -

I know it is important to tell people if they drop rubbish to pick it up because the animals could eat it. Rubbish pollutes the air and the water which means we can’t swim or breathe. Logging is also bad because the animals need their homes. Tom 4B

Sharing the Planet Unit –

Earlier in the year we learnt about Sharing the Planet and being water wise. I know that we shouldn’t use too much water because we won’t have enough for our future. I now take shorter showers. Tayla 2D

Student Club - Woodwork – Grade 1

We had a lucky grade 1 group begin woodwork last week. Here are their final products. They were safe risk takers using hammers, screw drivers and glue guns. Next week another group of grade 3/4s will begin their projects.
Isabella said, “My Mum would never let me do this at home. I did hit my finger but it was fun!”
Octavia said, “I liked when we got to do the hot gun gluing. I am happy with my work and I have put it on display at home.”

KOORI CULTURE PROGRAM

The Deadly choices program will be running over 8 weeks in Term 4 every Monday afternoon with all Koori students in grade 4, 5 and 6. Nathan Yates from MDAS is the facilitator of this Amazing program; with Annie Villiva (wellbeing officer) and Tim Donaldson (ES) co facilitating. Leadership, Chronic Disease, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Healthy relationships and the importance of health checks and links to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical service are some of the topics covered in this program. The students in the program have loved hearing about their culture, they are sharing things about their Mob, and they have also been practicing a Welcome/Acknowledgment to country with no assistance. We are all very proud of the Koori kids in the program. Annie Villiva (Wellbeing Officer)

eSmart Day - Friday November 1st

Mildura West will be having an eSmart morning to encourage and teach the responsible use of digital technologies. All classes will be promoting the smart, safe and responsible use of digital technology in and outside of school. Each year level will be exploring and learning how to be responsible digital citizens through a series of lessons throughout the morning. Don’t forget to ask your children what they learnt about on November 1st!

Some of our topics include:

  • Digital Footprint
  • Private and Personal Information
  • Media Balance
  • Responsibility When Online
  • Screen Out the Mean (cyber bullying)
  • Be Smart About Sharing Online
  • The Power of Words
  • Self Image and Identity

Ali Cupper’s Visit

Ali Cupper visited us last Friday. She chatted to the children about their “vision” for our school and our community. This visit was to launch her education initiative Destination 22, which is all about asking students what they want for their school and their broader community by the end of her parliamentary term in 2022. I was so very proud of the children, they had insightful ideas and spoke to Ali in a respectful but strong manner.

What do our Parents think of our school?

The Parent Opinion Survey seeks parent opinion on measures of school climate, student engagement and effective teaching practice known to influence student engagement and student outcomes. It is implemented annually, completed online and completely confidential.

A couple of weeks ago we included the Student and Staff Survey results in our Newsletter. We were thrilled as they were outstanding.

This week we’ve included Parents Survey results. You will notice that our results are higher than the State in all areas and also higher than other schools in our Network (Schools in Sunraysia).

 

Australian Maths Competition Assembly

The date for this presentation is now Friday the 15th of November. We are yet to receive our certificates, Parents/Carers of all children who participated in the competition will receive an invitation to attend.

Road Safety

The Civic Compliance Dept of MRCC have made contact with our school to advise us that there are some parking concerns in Gardenia Street. The Mildura Rural City Council have advised that they will be checking for vehicles not complying with the road rules, so please be aware of the local laws, signage and regulations for parking.

Grade 3 students 2020 iPad PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS

Monday 4th November (3.30 - 4.00pm) in the Library

Monday 4th November (5.30 - 6.00pm) in the Library

Wednesday 6th November (3.30 - 4.00pm) in the Library

Wednesday 6th November (5.30 - 6.00pm) in the Library

This is an opportunity to find out about our iPad program that starts in Grade 3. Students are not able to participate in our 2020 iPad program unless their parents/carers have attended an information session or unless they have an older sibling already in the 1 to 1 iPad program. These sessions are vital for both the school and parents, to ensure the successful continuation of our ICT program. An individual note has been sent home with all grade 2 students.

CATS- New reports going up for Term 4

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 – Maths – Number Knowledge (Online Monday)

Gr 1/2- Reading- Written Response (Online – Friday Week 4)

Gr 3/4- UOI- Sharing The Planet reflection (Online – Tomorrow)

Gr 5/6- Maths – Area & Perimeter (Online- Friday Week 4)

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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