Bendigo Regional Athletics

Kael, Kate, Maddison, Gabby, Xavier, Lili, Harry, Harmony and Ashlyn had a very successful day at the Regional Athletic Championships in Bendigo on Monday. Xavier (Discus), Kate (100m) and Harry (Shot Put) came 2nd in their events and qualified for the State Championships in two weeks time to compete in Melbourne. Xavier also came 3rd in Shot Put. All students who attended put in their best efforts and deserve to be very proud for reaching such a high level of competition. 

 

A big thank you to Elyse Carter for her help with transporting students to and from Bendigo. 

Prep 1/2 Book Launch

Yesterday the Prep/1/2 children officially became authors! The gym was alive with excitement as the children shared their precious books with their families, friends and student helpers. For many weeks now, Prep/1/2 students have been studying different authors, with a particular focus on the structure of a story (narrative). Being able to identify the beginning (characters, setting), middle (problem, sequence of events) and an ending (solution to the problem) enabled the children to create their own amazing stories. We thought they did a wonderful job!

Grade 5/6 PBL History Launch

Yesterday the students in the 4/5/6 unit had a great session of kids teaching kids based on our history topic. The students have been researching an important Australian historical figure and the impact they have had on our lives. Biographies have been written and published on websites and all students got to present their findings in small groups. Everybody had a great time being a teacher for a moment in time!

Grade 3/4 PBL Launch

Nudge a Neighbour, Change a Behaviour!

Today, families were invited to come and see West’s best filmmakers and hopefully change some behaviours! This term, Grade 3/4 students have been working on a PBL (Project Based Learning) Unit titled “Natural Resources: Nudge a Neighbour, Change a Behaviour!” Students have been learning about sustainability, natural resources and their environment, as well as what makes a good team. Students have been working in teams to create videos that encourage others to change their behaviours, to create a better world. We are so proud of all the hard work the students have put into learning and making their persuasive and entertaining videos! 

Dancing at Assembly

Don’t forget the students will be dancing at assembly tomorrow morning, showcasing their moves that Mrs Libby Kennedy has taught them. We thank her for her work at MWPS over the last couple of weeks. The kids have loved it!

New Playground Equipment

The new playground arrived on two trucks on Tuesday afternoon!  The busy task of now installing each part of the playground will continue until at least Friday. There has been plenty of interest shown by the students at the diggers, concrete trucks and progress of the build. We look forward to the grand opening next week. Stay tuned!!

NAIDOC Week

It’s been an amazing week of celebrating NAIDOC Week at West – a time where we celebrate the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our children have taken part in many cultural activities during the week, and we thank the following people for running these educational events:

·           Corey Payne and Elisha Mangal  - Rock Paintings

·           Christina & Kristy Brims & Jane Barnes – damper making

·           Billie Brims – traditional dance

·           Colleen Johnson – story telling

·           Willie Hannah – aboriginal artefacts

·           Clontarf Academy – sporting games

·           MDAS – BBQ lunch

We will hold a Special Assembly on Friday morning in the gym. All parents/carers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

As part of our celebrations, we will have a FREE BBQ lunch on Friday.  Students will need to bring their snack for recess, as usual, and the canteen will have the usual snacks and drinks for sale, but there will be NO LUNCH ORDERS on Friday.

 

DISTRICT MINI OLYMPICS

The District Mini Olympics were held on Tuesday 29th August.  A team of 36 students competed against all of the schools in the District and did Mildura West PS very proud, both on and off the track. 
 Many students finished in the top 2 of their events and will now be invited to compete in Bendigo in the Regional Athletics Carnival.  More information will be sent home soon! 
 A very special acknowledgement to XAVIER KAUFUSI who smashed the District discus record by more than 2m!! 
 See below for those who received a placing (ribbon) in their events:
 
80m Hurdles      
2nd Max Morgan
2nd Maddison Goldsworthy
3rd  Darci Eastmond 
 
High Jump
2nd Jordan Ward 
 
Long Jump
1st   Lili McHugh
2nd Harmony Brougham 
 
Triple Jump
3rd  Laci McHugh
3rd Summer Roberts 
 
1500m
1st Kael Purdue
2nd Gabriela Marrone 
 
800m
2nd Kael Purdue 
 
100m
2nd Kate Crouch 
 
Shot Put
1st Xavier Kaufusi
nd Ashlyn Garraway
2nd Harry Beavis
3rd Francies Naquto 
 
Discus
1st  Xavier Kaufusi (NEW DISTRICT RECORD!!)
3rd  Lachlan Meaney 
 
Relay Teams
2nd 11 years Girls:   Kate Crouch, Harmony Brougham, Imogen Morgan, Gabriela Marrone 
3rd  11  years Boys:   Heath Riley, Daniel Robertson, Taz Riordan, Jack Jessup 
3rd  9/10  years Girls:   Ryleigh McDonald, Summer Roberts, Maddison Goldsworthy, Kayla Higgins 
 
A big thank you to Lisa Saunders, David Hall & Donna Kane for their support and hard work and also to the many parents who came to cheer.  It made for a wonderful day

 

STUDENT ACTION TEAMS

It has been wonderful to see students use their initiative and create activities for each other at  Lunch times. Here is a picture  of the ‘Language Club’ where  students have been teaching  others about their own languages  such as Maori, Tongan and  Chinese.  

ABORIGINAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

This week Corey Payne and Elisha Mangal have been working in the school painting our Totem poles for our Indigenous garden. We can’t wait to see the finished product. They will also be working with all the students in Art next week. The students will be painting stones that will be laid at the base of the totem poles. 

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