PUPIL FREE DAYS – MONDAY & TUESDAY MARCH 5TH & 6TH

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.

We will be providing information all about IB throughout the year.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

We need your current phone numbers please

It is an Education Department requirement that we have all current details for every parent/carer. It is essential that your current phone number be provided to the front office. This is really, really IMPORTANT because we want to take good care of your children. If a child is upset or injured, we must be able to contact their parent/carer.

The Grade 3 iPads

What an exciting year with another group of Grade 3s entering our ‘one to one’ iPad program at Mildura West. The Grade 3 iPad program will start rolling out in week 5 of this term (from Monday Feb 26th onwards). Parents wishing to lease a school iPad or have their child ‘Bring Their Own iPad’ will need to attend a compulsory information evening. Parents will receive a note home about the parent iPad sessions next week. In preparation of the program, students will need access to their own iTunes account. A separate note has been sent home with grade 3 students. Please fill this out as soon as possible so we can start with students having access to the appropriate apps.

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.

Hooked into Hockey

On Tuesday students from Grades 3, 5 and Prep L were lucky enough to participate in hockey clinics ran by Hockey Victoria. The kids learnt the basic skills of hockey and had lots of fun. Hopefully some interest in hockey was sparked and students might take up the sport outside of school. 

AFL Footy Clinic

On Tuesday, the year 5/6 students went to Sarah Oval for the Hawthorn footy clinic. We met 5 Hawthorn stars, including Issac Smith, James Sicily and Will Langford. We did loads of activities run by the Hawthorn players and helped by some Merbein P-10 students, like scratch matches and pony express. We all had loads of fun asking questions about their lives. It was an amazing experience and we had a really fun time.

Class and Unit Newsletters

Classroom and unit newsletters are a great way to keep in touch with what is happening in your child's classroom and with in the whole grade unit they are in. You can find all these newsletters under the Newsletter tab at the top of the webpage. Enjoy.

School Photos

Academy Photography will be at school on Tuesday, 27th February for School Photos.

Please make sure that students are at school nice and early as the photographer will begin at 9am.

All students are required to wear full School Uniform.

Each child has an individually named photo envelope to take home.

  • If your child did not receive an envelope, please collect a blank order form from the school office.
  • Family Photo order forms are also available from the school office.
  • All students need to return their envelope

whether they order photos or not.

  • The office will collect orders up until 8.30am Tuesday 27/2/16.

There are 2 ways to pay for photos

  • Pay online at www.academyphoto.com.au using the individual code that appears on your order form (students will still need to bring the order to school)
  • Send cash or cheque, along with your order in the supplied envelope.  You must have correct money, as the photographer will not have change.

The school cannot accept EFTPOS or BPay in this case, as the money goes to the photographer on the day.

Back to School - tips and reminders

School Times

Classrooms are open at 8.30am

All students should be at school by 8.45am.

Lessons begin at 9.00am.

Recess  11.00 – 11.30am

Lunch    1.30 – 2.15pm

End of the day 3.15pm

Students who arrive late, or leave early, are required to have a parent/carer check them in/out at the school office.

Attendance

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. School helps children and young people to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community. School helps them to make the most of life opportunities.

You are legally required to ensure your child attends school every day.

If your child misses school you must give an explanation for their absence.

If your child’s absence is unexplained, you will receive a SMS text message at the end of the day, prompting you to provide a reason for the absence.

You are encouraged to avoid planning holidays or making routine medical appointments during school time and where possible, you should inform the school in advance of upcoming absences.

Uniform

It is important to ensure your child is in school uniform each day. A uniform dress code reinforces in students a pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community, and  assists in developing pride in representing their school

Our Uniform consists of:

  • navy blue polo T-shirt with a pale blue logo and trim
  • navy blue shorts, pants or skirt
  • blue checked dress or a Navy skirt (for girls)
  • wide brimmed hat
  • enclosed shoes suitable for walking and play

Our uniform items can be purchased from Lowes in the Mildura Central Plaza in 15th Street. If you are having financial difficulty with this, please contact our Wellbeing officers. 

 

MWPS is a SunSmart School

It is compulsory for students to wear a broad brimmed hat, which provides protection to the face, neck and ears. Students wear hats for all outdoor activities and play in Summer, Autumn and Spring.

 

International Baccalaureate

We are a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years and we are pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

 IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes.

 The IB organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Teachers will be taking part in 3 days of professional learning with IB consultants on March 4,5,6th. (March 5th & 6th are pupil free days.)

Medication

Should a student require medication at school, the parent/carer must provide written consent to the office staff.

  • No medication is to be administered without parent/carer consent. (Medication Approval Form)
  • All medications should be supplied by the parent/carer in their original packaging.
  • All medication should be clearly labelled with the student’s name, dosage and frequency. 

If you have any medical concerns for your child please advise school office and your child’s classroom teacher.

Canteen

Our canteen provides a wide range of healthy foods, including fresh sandwiches, fruit, hot food, drinks and snacks.

  • Lunches and snacks can be ordered from the canteen before school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • A full menu is available from the office, canteen or on our website.
  • Keep an eye out for weekly specials in the newsletter.
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Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)

Our Out of School Hours Care program provides Before School, After School and Vacation Care.  The program includes a wide range of activities including art and craft, construction, sport, outdoor games, and electronic games.  They also ensure children have nutritious food. For enquiries about pricing and enrolments, please contact Jody Butterworth on 5021 1809.

Meet the Parents/Carers day/evening

On Feb 21st we will be having short Parent/Teacher meetings. The meeting is for you to tell the teacher about your child, because your know your child best. Your child’s education will be enhanced when there is a positive partnership between you and your child’s teachers, so please come along.

More details regarding this process will be sent home Monday.

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