Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

At MWPS our children participate in 5 minutes of Mindfulness every day.

We are implementing Mindfulness because when we tune in to our body and our mind through mindfulness, we can improve our learning.

Mindfulness assists mental health and wellbeing and has been successfully implemented in a wide variety of government and non-government schools with positive results in classes of all sizes, backgrounds, locations and ages.

It has also been proven to help students with sleep, wellbeing, managing emotions, concentration and school behaviour including reductions in bullying.

It assists in:

•stress management,

•increased resilience,

•increased creativity,

•better decision making, and

•a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.

Please ask your child all about Mindfulness and maybe they can try it at home.


School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, disciplineand leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum. CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.


The annual CSEF amount per student is:

• $125 for primary school students

• $225 for secondary school students.



Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from www.education.vic.gov.au/csef


For the CSEF application closing dates

and more information about the fund visit


Meet Our New Teachers

My name is Cambell McKenzie and I am a new teacher at Mildura West Primary School, teaching grade 3. I have recently completed my Bachelor of Education at the La Trobe Mildura campus. I am very excited to finally be where I have dreamed of being for a very long time, in a school environment changing the lives of students and providing them with life long skills. I am very down to earth, friendly and humorous so I am always happy for a chat around the school. I love spending time with friends and family, meeting new people, testing my skills and playing various sports within the community such as tennis.




Hi everyone! My name is Mrs Trudy Sakkas. I am super excited to be teaching at Mildura West Primary School this year in a fabulous Grade 1 class, and with wonderful teaching colleagues and support staff. In my family I have my husband George (who attended MWPS as a child), my sons Johno (15), Connor (13), and Alex (4), and daughter Alana (9) who is also starting in Grade 3 this year at Mildura West. In my spare time I love cooking, reading, playing tennis and DIY projects at home. I am really looking forward to meeting new students and their families over the coming weeks. 2017 is going to be a great year!




Hi, my name is Tracy Pope and I am teaching Grade 5 this year. I have previously taught at St. Paul's Primary School in Mildura and at Yulara School, which is a primary school located at Ayers Rock Resort in the Northern Territory. Literacy is my passion and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone at Mildura West. Out of school, I am married with two teenage daughters. I love to spend time with my family, walk the dogs, swim and play netball.  If you see me around, please say hi and stop for chat!


School Council Members Wanted

School Council Elections will take place in March.

At Mildura West Primary School, the School Council plays an important role in

supporting the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for

students. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging

experience. It’s a great way to get involved and have a real say in what your school is

doing for its students.

This year we are looking for 4 new members.

Interested parents, carers and community members can enquire at the school office. We welcome all people willing to get involved to make our school, a great school

Home Routine

Although we are all busy people, please try to put a routine in place whereby children know they must do their homework. Reading from real books is important for children to develop a love of books. They should be reading at home every day. It’s also important for parents/carers to read TO their children. Having a range of books at home and regular visits to the library also encourages this. 

Pokémon Cards

Please understand that we cannot supervise the trading of Pokémon cards.

Talk with your children about which cards they can swap and which ones they

cannot swap. If your child brings the cards to school, it is the child’s

responsibility to take care of them. If they are really special to the child then they should probably stay at home.

Open Door Policy

Remember we operate an open door policy. Please pop in to visit your child’s classroom and say hello to the teacher. We love it when our parents/carers spend time in our classrooms. Book an appointment with your child’s class teacher if you have questions or concerns that are of a private nature. A date for parent/teacher meetings to get to know your child will be announced next week.

We want the very best for your child. Please continue to work with us so your child can grow in confidence, with a love of learning, and a determination to be the best person they can be.

We will do everything we can to help your child to do their best.  Let us know if we can support you in any way.

As you know one of our school values is Respect.  We endeavour to ensure that all children show respect for everything (friends, adults, property) and we constantly remind learners of the values that underpin our every action. This week we have been focussing on reminding children to greet others and use their name. Please help us reinforce this curtesy.

Forensic Science/Junior Neighbourhood Watch Program

Our students Year 6 have developed advertisements to highlight community safety while Year 5 students produced movies highlighting issues in our community. The advertisements and movies were designed to be proactive so that crimes are not committed.

During the next few weeks various ads or movies will be showcased on: Eye Watch Mildura Police Service area: https://www.facebook.com/eyewatchmildurapsa



This is a short crime prevention video created by Mildura West Primary School students. It's very interesting to see what's in the minds of children. A great job and well worth a look.

This is the first in a short series of video clips created by the students at Mildura West Primary School as part of the Junior Neighbourhood Watch Program.

This video features Vanessa, Akeisha, Chloe, Cameron and Chrys with a powerful message not to hurt your family and friends with the decisions you make.

Grade 6 Graduation

On Thursday the 8th of December our Year 6 students had their graduation at the Mercy theatre. They each presented a speech and did a fantastic job. Afterward we had a wonderful beach themed party and had lots of fun. Each student should be very proud of their efforts.

These are the award winners for Excellence for 2016.


DUX –         Akeisha Umuroa-Watkins

Reading –   Josie Brigante

Writing –    Phoenix Hargrave

Maths –       Sam Pratt

Science –    Toby Edlington

Primary School Achievement- Chloe Tonkin

Sustainability –    Georgia Baldock

Student Voice –  Aimee Geyer

Art – Dekira Whitchurch-Jensen

PE –   Morna Naquto

School Sport Victoria Award - Cameron Kiel

SRC Pool & Sprinkler Day

Our SRC Pool Day & Sprinkler Day yesterday was a great success. Although the weather was a little cool, our children laughed and played all day. Such a lovely “feel” around the school.

The grade 3-6 children enjoyed their morning at the SRC Day at the Irymple pool.  One of the Life Savers commented to me on how astonishing it was to have so many children in the pool and all behaving so well!