School Council – Thank you so very much!

On Tuesday we farewelled our School Council president, Kiran McDonald and 2 long standing members, Tracy Craig and Kate Pratt.

  • Kiran has been our school council President for 6 years
  • Kate has served on School Council for 6 years.
  • Tracy served for 5 years.
  • This is a huge commitment to our school.

Parents/Carers are all busy – most of us lead hectic lives butthese 3 women have found the time in their lives to serve the Mildura West School Community for a very long period of time.  An effective and pro-active school council is a key factor in having a successful school. And I know these members have contributed enormously. They have brought valuable life skills and knowledge to the role, and these have helped to develop the broad direction and vision for the school, maintain and build on the school’s facilities, making our school a fantastic place for all of our children to learn and grow. We thank them for their time and dedication to our school. We have many new members, we will pop some photos of them in our newsletter next term.


Our continuing Members:

New nominated Members

  • Jacquelin Iredale (Treasurer)
  • Jason Torney  ( Vice President)
  • Rohan Robertson (President)
  • Bonnie Martin-Giles
  • Greg Sandow
  • Christina Frazzica
  • Tia Farley
  • Sitarih Rowdon
  • Dave Woodford
  • Kristine Hederics


IB Corner

This week, the focus for the IB corner is the Learner Profile Attribute, Caring. The attributes of the Learner Profile describe the qualities that an internationally-minded person displays and are developed through and by every aspect of the IB Primary Years Programme. We show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. We have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

On a personal level, the students might ask themselves:

I can be caring if…

  • I treat others with respect and kindness
  • I help others.
  • I want to make others happy.
  • I am sensitive to other people’s needs.
  • I consider other people’s feelings.
  • I care for the environment by… (ask how they think they could do this).

Bigger picture, the students are learning to understand that…

  • They value the importance of self-care and empathy for others.
  • They make choices that have a positive impact on others in their community.
  • They show empathy for the needs of others, even if they have never met them or shared their experience.
  • They might make meaningful choices and inspire others to take action.

Teacher observing each other to improve their craft.

This week, our teachers have learnt a great deal from observing each other teach. We do this regularly because it is an excellent way for teachers to learn from each other and improve the way they teach. All of our teachers watch various lessons very closely, taking detailed notes. They also interview the students in the lesson and collect work samples. After the lesson, the team engages in a robust conversation about the teaching and learning. Each teacher who observed then provides specific feedback to the teacher. It is a very rigorous process and we love it because we learn so much!


NAPLAN testing will be conducted online in 2019 for Mildura West.

  • There’s a nation-wide practice test on the 28th March to test the system. On that morning, all our Gr 3 to 5 students will sit the practice test.
  • All Gr 3 & 5 students also received a parent information flyer on the NAPLAN testing, please familiarise yourself with this.
  • You can help your child by having a look at the Public demonstration site- this site allows you to experience what the test will be like.
  • Any questions please see your classroom teacher or Luke Jeffers

Girls Cricket

Yesterday we went to the Aerodrome Ovals to play in the Sunraysia Cricket Finals. In our first game we played Nichols Point and we just lost by 9 runs. In the second game we played really well against the Lake and we had a win by 19 runs. In our last game we won a really close game against Sacred Heart. Overall we came second, making us the second best girls cricket team in Sunraysia. We took lots of wickets and hit lots of fours. Ashlyn even hit a six. Jordan amused everyone when she was wicketkeeper. Despite the hot day, we had lots of fun.

Thank you Mr Hall for taking us.

By Ruby, Ashlyn, Zoe, Ryleigh and Jordan.

New School Podcast!

Below is the first student episode of our school podcast.

Click the read more button to find out the dtails!


Whacky Wednesday Canteen Specials

Each Wednesday the canteen will have a special item on the Menu. Keep your eyes on the newsletter each week for the special.

Whacky Wednesday Deal (20/03/19): Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wrap $4.00

Please have all orders into the canteen by 9.00am

Another CAT Report is up!!! Jump Online to see your child’s report

There are more CAT (Common Assessment Task) reports up from your child’s teacher.

You can view teacher feedback and even leave a comment. We know that student’s outcomes improve when parent engagement is high. So log on, have a look and chat to your child about their work.

The CATs for each year level:

Prep- Currently one maths CAT up, Writing – Week 9

Yr 1/2- Maths- Place Value (Online- Friday)

Yr 3/4- Maths- Number & Place Value (Online- Friday)

Yr 5/6- Maths- Place Value (Online now)

To log on, enter your parent code (The first three letters of your last name and a four digit code- ie. ABC0011)

You can log in at  or via the mobile apps available in the Android and iTunes stores – search for Compass School Manager.

Compass Support

If you need help, please call! A password reset is easy! If you would like further assistance please make a time to meet with Darrel Branson or Luke Jeffers. We will also have a Compass Support desk at each Friday assembly from now, so pop on over and say hi to Janine. We are here to help!

Harmony Day

When: Friday 22nd March 11.30 – 1.30


Why: It’s Diversity Week. We want to celebrate the diversity at Mildura West, the School Community and our nation. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for Everyone

Please Wear: Something Orange- Socks/T-shirt/Ribbons/shorts/ arm bands/hats

Please Bring: It would be wonderful if all Students could bring an item to talk about that represents there culture; Money /Stamps/photo/music/flag- Just “something” that relates to their culture. These items will be discussed in class

Yr 6 Leadership day

Last Friday, the Grade 6 student leaders went to Psyche Pumps. We learnt how to become a better leader at Mildura West. We did a lot of team building and leadership activities to build up our confidence. Thank you so much Mr Cav. and Sam for taking us. We had a great time. - Ruby, Ashlee and Sophie

We learnt that we need to have trust in each other as a team and help to encourage one another. We also learnt to work as a team. We worked with people we don’t usually work with and it’s important being able to work with everyone. - Ryleigh, Solopani and Sara

We think the highlights of the day was going to Psyche Pumps and working together in teams and becoming better leaders. Another highlight was the ‘Follow the Leader’ activity, where you had to trust your partner to guide you around. Communication was so important. - Noah, Logan, Beau, Prince and Rohallah

Our highlights of the day were the Human Calculator. We had to step on numbers from 1-30, in order and in the fastest time. Another highlight was the Follow the Leader activity, where we had to trust each other. Someone was wearing pitch-black painted goggles and the one person had to guide the other. - Damian and Austin

The best part of the day at Psyche Pumps was being able to communicate and have everyone’s ideas included. Also, not having one person being a boss. It was great being able to have the opportunity to learn how to work well with other people and being a responsible leader and representative of our school. - Jordan, Skyla and Maddison G.

One of the best things we did was the black goggles because you needed to trust your teammate and your partner needs to give you instructions to go through the course. - Kayd, Izaak and Nate

The best part of the day was that everyone participated in the activities and worked well together. We learnt that teamwork is everything. We also learnt how to trust each other and how to communicate when needed. - Janeti, Gabe, Jacob and Jonah

Check out the photos in our photo gallery.