Social Networking

Communication in today’s world includes Social Networking. This form of communication can be positive, but can also carry risks, especially for children. There are many ways to assist your child to be safe on social networking sites:

At school we teach the children a great deal about digital citizenship because we want our students to be safe, happy and ethical online; just as we do in the offline world.

But students don’t always have the life experience or brain development to navigate technology safely and effectively. So, like many other areas of life, they need guidance from trusted adults, including teachers and family members

I’ve included some very useful resources for parents/carers. I do hope you find them valuable.

House Cross Country

Last Friday was the annual Mildura West House Cross Country event. All students competed for their house across the day earning points for their team and students who came 1st, 2nd or 3rd received a ribbon. At the completion of the day students assembled in the gym where Red (Darling) House was announced the winner. Despite the warm weather students displayed wonderful resilience all day and their behaviour was outstanding. A big thank you to all the wonderful parent volunteers who assisted on the day, without your support the day definitely wouldn’t have ran as smoothly.

      Red: 196 Points               Green: 184               Yellow: 167               Blue: 159

ANZAC Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday, we conducted a School Community ANZAC Ceremony. This opportunity allowed students to learn about the procedures and significance of the ceremony. We had our school leaders give a commemorative address, Grade 4P sing and a Special guest, John Barnes talk about what ANZAC Day means to him. The students showed great respect and I hope they try to exhibit the ANZAC spirit in their lives. I attended the DAWN service with our School Leaders, it was a moving experience. Thank you to the parents who rose very early to bring the school leaders to the ceremony. A BIG thankyou to our Office Manager, Elaine Brown for making the beautiful wreath. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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”.

IB 3 day workshop

Click the link to take a look at a brief clip of a small segment of a very full and important 3 days of learning /sites/default/files/IB%20Day%201.mp4

Our Teachers' busy 3 day Professional Development on IB. What a dedicated team of educators, always striving to improve their knowledge on new educational concepts.

WHY? What will the teachers be doing?
MWPS Teachers will be learning all about the International Baccalaureate.
We are very excited to be spending 3 days (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday) learning all about the
International Baccalaureate and how best to implement it in our school and improve the education we
offer your children.
The 2 presenters are from International Baccalaureate schools in Malaysia and China. We are very
fortunate to have such experienced, passionate leaders in education facilitate our 3 days . They have
been teaching in IB schools for many years.
Why are we becoming an IB school?
We truly think IB will enhance your child’s education.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people
who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
An IB education encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong
learners.
The IB focuses on developing the kind of student who, in the struggle to establish a personal set of
values and a code of ethics, will be laying the foundation upon which international-mindedness will
develop and flourish.

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.

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