PBL Celebrations

It’s PBL Celebration time for our Grade 1,2,3,4 students this Friday.

Please come and see the wonderful learning. PBL (Project Based Learning) engages and inspires learners with hands-on, real-life learning.

It is not enough to educate students in a set of isolated subject areas. Of equal importance, is the need to acquire skills in context, and to explore content that is relevant to students and transcends the boundaries of the traditional subjects.

“To be truly educated, a student must also make connections across the disciplines, discover ways to integrate the separate subjects, and ultimately relate what they learn to life”

(Boyer 1995: 82).

We know our students learn better when they are truly excited about their learning. So we work hard to ensure our students enjoy their learning.

Gr 1/2 PBL “Where We Are In Place And Time”

On Tuesday all Grade One and Two students went to Red Cliffs as part of their learning for the 'Where We Are In Place And Time' PBL Unit. Students learnt how the landscape has changed over time and how places and homes have changed as well. Thanks to Bob and Helen Walton, Mrs Cook and all the staff who attended. We also thank the students for their excellent behaviour.

Staying safe online

Safety for children and young people on the Internet is quite possibly the biggest issue facing Australia’s youth. Parents are more concerned than ever about how they can actively protect their child in the online environment.

Technology is opening new opportunities for everyone, promoting creativity and effective learning. It is no secret that children and young people are using the Internet more than ever and from an increasingly earlier age. With approximately 60 percent of Australian children and young people using mobile devices to get online, the Internet is more accessible than ever before. This ease of access creates valid concerns for many parents.

To use technology effectively requires an awareness of both the benefits and the risks. This in turn, has created a world which can be both fun and exciting as well as providing potential dangers and harm. It is important that parents/carers and young people are aware of these risks and of the steps they can take to minimise them.

MAGNETISM WITH 4B

In the latest PBL (Project Based Learning) this term, the 3/4 unit has been inquiring into Forces and how they affect the behaviour of objects. On Wednesday, 4B learnt about magnetism with Miss Allen. They were able to experiment with magnets and test which objects are magnetic. It was lots of fun!! The children are learning a lot about Science inquiry skills, how to question, conduct experiments and reflect on the findings.

Uniforms

Thanks so much to all those parents/carers who daily make a huge effort to ensure their children are in our school uniform. Our uniform is an important part of our school and we wear it with pride. If you need support to purchase a school uniform, please contact the school office for information. Please ensure you have popped your child’s name on all items. We have lots of lost clothing in the Lost Property Box, come for a search if your child has lost his/her sweater.

WE WANT OUR PARENTS TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK!

The 2018 Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training.

Up to 90 of our parents have been randomly selected to participate (this is a computer generated process). If you have been selected, you will have received an email, as well as a letter home, with details on how to respond.  

Please take the time to complete the survey at the link below:

https://www.orima.com.au/parent

The survey can be completed on any device connected to the internet.  It only takes 10-15 mins to complete and can be accessed at any time. 

Please complete this before the 24th August 2018. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Greek, Turkish, Somali and Punjabi. The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September. PLEASE find the time to complete the survey, we really value your opinion. Please contact Anne Robinson if you have any questions or concerns about this survey.

PLEASE take the time to complete this survey - it is completely confidential

If you need access to a computer to complete the survey, please call into the front office and we are happy to assist you get set up on ours.

WHAT TIME CAN OUR CHILDREN COME TO SCHOOL?

Lately we have had some children coming to school too early. Our classrooms are opened at 8.30. Teachers arrive at school much earlier, but they are preparing for the day. This is really a safety issue too as we do not have teachers on duty early in the morning. Parent/carers who do have to send their children to school early in the morning will need to book them into OSHC.

PLEASE DO NOT DROP YOUR CHILDREN OFF BEFORE 8.30

Curriculum Day - Student Free

Curriculum Day - 10th August

Students are not required to attend school on Friday 10th August. The teachers are having a day of IB Professional Learning.

Our OSCH program will run for the full day, you will need to book in early as there a limited spots available. Please contact our “Out of School Hour’s Care Program” on 50211809 to secure a spot for your child. 

2019 Prep Information Session & School Tour

2019 Prep Information Session & School Tour

On Wednesday, August 1st, we will be conducting another Prep Information session for new families who missed the other sessions last term. This information session and school tour, is for parent/carers who are interested in enrolling their child in Preps next year and have not attended any information sessions previously.

When: Wednesday August 1st 2018

Time: 9.00 – 10.30am

Venue: Library

Who: Any parents/carers interested in sending their prep child to Mildura West Primary School in 2019

* There will be a Crèche available for preschool children

Healthy Eating

Healthy eating has a long-lasting and positive impact on your child’s growth, development, health and wellbeing, and you play an important role in ensuring your child eats well and stays active.

The foods that your child eats at school are a large part of their daily nutrient intake and influence their energy, concentration levels and ability to learn. They also help influence your child’s future eating habits and growth patterns.

 Healthy school lunch/snack ideas include:

•sandwiches or pita bread with cheese, lean meat or salad

•cheese slices, crackers with spread and fresh fruit

•washed and cut-up raw vegetables or fresh fruits

•frozen water or milk, particularly in hot weather.

 

Involve your children in healthy choices

Involving children in planning and preparing their own lunchboxes gives them the opportunity to learn about healthy eating, and also gives them a chance to make autonomous decisions about what they will be eating during the day.

Some tips to help get your kids involved include:

 •Talk to your children about what they would like to have in their lunchbox. Discuss healthier food and drink choices and decide what will be in the lunchbox together.

•Write a shopping list together. Take your children shopping with you and let them choose foods and drinks from the shopping list.

•Encourage your children to help prepare their lunchboxes. Older children may be able to prepare most of their lunch themselves, and younger children can help with making sandwiches or cutting up soft fruit. It is a good idea to prepare lunchboxes the evening before to allow children to participate.

Highly processed, sugary, fatty and salty foods should only make up a very small part of your child’s 

 

NOTE: We ask that parents do not bring “Fast Food” to school for their child’s lunch

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