40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge

Every day children are forced to flee from their homes  in search of food & safety. Over the next 2 days, 23 G6 students will be taking part in the 40 Hour Backpack Challenge. Each person who takes part in this challenge has to commit to living out of their backpacks for 40 hours to raise funds for refugees. They will be sleeping over at school this evening, with only the essentials, basic food and water to get them through the 40 hours.

“We would like to ask you for your help in raising some much needed money. Donations of any amount can be made to the front office, we would like to thank you all for your support”

Jorja Donohue & Jai Magno (School captains)

Lake Ranfurly 4/5K

The 4/5K Litter Busters Team were very active last week making Lake Ranfurly cleaner. We found some very unusual litter and items that had been dumped. The students could not believe that people would not be more responsible disposing of their rubbish. Thank you 4/5K!

MWPS Student Leaders - 40 Hour Famine

Every day children are forced to flee from their homes in search of food & safety. To understand what this is like a group of our Yr 6 students are participating in the 40 Hour Famine Backpack challenge. Each person who takes part in the challenge commits to living out of their backpack for 40 hours to raise funds for refugees and displaced children.

“We would like to ask you for your help in raising some much needed money. Donations of any amount can be made to the front office until Thursday 23rd November, we would like to thank you all for your support”

 Jorja Donohue & Jai Magno (School captains)

Voices of the Children – Special Forever

Last Thursday evening Imogen Morgan represented our school At the opening of the Mildura Arts Centre Exhibition: Voices of the Children Special Forever. It was an honour for Imogen’s writing about Middens to be selected by the organisers of the Exhibition. Thank you Imogen. We have manyStudents that have their work displayed. It is a free Exhibition and will be open until the middle of December. The exhibition is well worth a visit Maddie and Janeti’s art work is on display.

Shade Sail Grant Success

We received notification last week that the school’s application for funding under the Department of Health & Human Services Shade Grants Program was successful. The school will receive $27,500 to go towards shade projects on the playground and friendship zone as well as replacing old sails. The shade project for the playground will start next week, hence the area being roped off for preparation works.

Grade 3 & 4 Chaffey Trail PBL

This week Grade Three and Four students were lucky enough to have a visit from Mr Bob Walton, a retired teacher and local historian. Mr Walton spoke to students and answered their questions about Mildura’s history and the Chaffy Brothers. As part of their Chaffey Trail PBL Unit, students went on an excursion to Rio Vista house last week and this week they got to hear all about how The Chaffey Brother’s helped build Mildura into what it is today. Mr Walton even mentioned that he was ex-Westie, having been to Mildura West Primary School himself, from prep-grade six. We were very proud of the students eagerness to learn and their respect towards their guest. We would like to thank Bob Walton for visiting us this week and sharing his vast knowledge off all things history.

Marcus talking on ABC Radio

Take a listen to Marcus speaking to Nicole Chvastek on ABC Victoria's Statewide Drive Program about his achievement in the Australian School Maths Competition.



Regional Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards: Congratulations Mildura West!

Last week our school had the pleasure of hosting the Regional Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards. This year there are many Environmental Projects entered from Mildura and these were acknowledged by Gary Mogford: KVB Project Manager. The most important of course is our school’s entry in the Active School’s Category for our Community Partnership Project with MRCC!! The five classes in the 5/6 team have all taken action through their Student Action Teams at the various venues: Rio Vista Park, Johnson’s Bend, Lake Ranfurly and the Etiwanda Wetlands. The Mildura Ski Club also invited 5OH to re-vegetate a section near the carpark. We are now a finalist in the State Tidy Towns Awards to be held in Horsham 25th November. Thank you to everyone involved.

2018 Preps – First Day of School

On Wednesday wehad our new Preps come to their first transition session. The children were fantastic – lots of excited faces, big smiles and not too many tears at all. It was great to see so many siblings and also lots of new families. Our numbers have kept climbing too and we now have 65 Preps for next year. We will have 3 more transition sessions so the children will feel happy & comfortable starting school next year.

Maths Extension – Australian Maths Comp Results

Last Friday at assembly we celebrated the achievements of our Maths Extension group who competed in the Australian Maths Comp. 60 students sat the competition and out of that half of the group achieved a result of a credit or distinction, putting them in the top 50% nationally. A fantastic effort that the school is very proud of. Thanks to Mr Barry Johnson, who volunteers his time to help run the extension program.

Our top performers at each year level were:

Grade 3
Jace Brooks – Distinction award – Top 12 %
Georgie Cook - Distinction award – Top 16%
Aryan Rothwell - Distinction award – Top 18%
Grade 4
Ryleigh McDonald – Credit award – Top 29%
Prince Koyiremeye - Credit award – Top 31%
Noah Taylor - Credit award –Top 37%
Grade 5
Marcus Butcher – Best in School Award & Distinction Award – Top 12 %
Thomas Pratt – Credit award – Top 23%
Ethan Stead – Credit award Top 25 %
Grade 6
Hamayun Nasirie - Credit award – Top 27%
Harmony Brougham - Credit award – Top 39%
Sophie Telfer - Credit award – Top 39%