Healthy Schools Achievement Program

Our school Council, leadership and staff have made a shared commitment to create a school environment that promotes a healthy eating and healthy lifestyle culture. We are working together to support this whole school approach and we want you as parents/carers to celebrate our successes along the way.

We have partnered with Sunraysia Community Health Services who are working with us to achieve the many steps in becoming accredited in the Healthy Schools Achievement Program. The aim of the program is to improve the health and wellbeing of students, staff and the wider community. This partnership will assist us to move through the process and connect the achievement areas to what we are already doing and what we need to do to promote healthy eating and lifestyle. The school’s canteen and curriculum programs will be complementary throughout with a whole school approach to nutrition.
We recognise that the canteen has an important role in the provision of food to our students. Renae in our canteen has been very busy updating her menu and ensuring her recipes fit into the program’s dietary guidelines. To create her recipes Renae only chooses products that are fresh and nutritious. She has also been creative with the presentation and preparation of the entire menu selection. We can now celebrate that our canteen menu only contains foods in the Everyday (Green) and Select Carefully (Amber) categories.
Look out for more updates in the newsletter.

Regional Athletics Championships

On Monday 14th October Max, Ryleigh, Izaak, Deegan, Fololeni, Bella and Kayla represented Mildura West at the Loddon Mallee Regional Athletics Championships in Bendigo. They all did themselves and the school proud and gave it their best shot.

The results for the day were as follows:

- Ryleigh MacDonald - 3rd in 12/13 girl’s long jump

- Izaak Sandow - 4th in 11 boy’s triple jump.
- Max Morgan - 4th in 11 boy’s discus.
- Deegan Cox - 4th in 9/10 boys triple jump.
- Bella McTeare - 6th in 9/10 girls shot put.
- Kayla Higgins - 6th in 11 girls 1500 metres.
- Fololeni Pohahau - Threw a personal best in 11 girl’s discus.
A big thank you to all the parents/carers who transported the kids to the event.
Well done Westies.

Mildura West Podcast ‘Way Out West’ - Episode 9

Mildura West Podcast ‘Way Out West’ - Episode 9

Mildura West house captains have published another podcast about our school. We hope you have a listen and subscribe to all our episodes. You can find us on iTunes, Spotify or Google podcasts – just search for “Mildura West”!

Or you can find us here too: Anchor.fm: http://anchor.fm/mildurawest-podcast

Sharing the Planet

In the Prep Unit of Inquiry, they have been learning about ‘Sharing the Planet’. They have been talking about native animals and the impact of humans on them. Today we had a visit from Sarah at Enviro EDU. We saw and learnt lots about animals such as snakes, turtles and goannas. Sarah taught us about where they lived and how to look after them. We even got to hold a python. It was very exciting!

Regional Softball Finals

On Wednesday, the girls interschool softball team went to the Aerodrome Ovals to compete against Merbein and Nichols Point in the Regional finals. In our first game, we played Merbein and were unsure of the correct score, however we know that Merbein won. In our second game, we versed Nichols Point and the score was 15-8 our way.

The highlights of the day was in the first game when Carly caught someone out on 3rd base and also when Maddy caught someone out. After an amazing day, we unfortunately didn’t qualify for Swan Hill. A big thanks to Mrs Wakefield and Lindi for coaching the girls.

By Maddy and Carly.

AUSTRALIAN MATHS COMPETITION RESULTS ARE IN!!!

Our students have done an outstanding job in the 2019 Aust Maths Comp. We are thrilled to announce that the 59 students who sat the competition achieved:

-4 Distinction Awards (Adam Monger Gr 3, Mansur Tas Gr 4, Aryan Rothwell Gr 5, Declan Baldock Gr 5)

-28 Credit Awards

-23 Proficiency Awards
-4 Participation Awards

We will celebrate the students achievements at the Week 4 Assembly- Friday the 1st of November.
A big thanks to Barry Johnson who volunteers his time to come in and work with our students, we are so lucky to have him as a part of our school community.

Walk to School 2019

To celebrate Walk to School month on Friday 18th October we will have our fourth Walking Bus for the year. Everyone is welcome: walkers, bikes, trikes, scooters and even prams. The bus will leave from the car park at Mansell Reserve at 8:25am. We will travel along Ontario Avenue, then turn into Ninth Street and make our way to school. Mr Hall will be accompanying the walking school bus.
Any parents/siblings wanting to walk with us are most welcome.

2020 Enrolments

Orientation sessions for our 2020 prep students will be starting soon, if you know of a family with a child starting prep next year that is yet to enrol, please ask them to come into the front office to collect an information pack.

Two little things to take care of our children

As our weather warms up, our children should be wearing their hats to protect them. Our Sun Smart Policy states that children who do not have a hat will need to play under the shade sails at the font of the school.
Please clearly label your child’s hat – they seem to have a way of escaping their owners and hiding in odd places around the school! It’s also a good idea to send a water bottle with your child each day.
Please remember to only place water in this container though – no sugary drinks. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on the bottle.

Your Child’s Learning

Please chat to your child about their learning. When children talk about their learning, their understanding deepens. Ask them what their Goals are – they set them regularly. This is an important life skill, one the children are becoming very familiar with. Communicating regularly with your child’s teacher is also very important. If there is anything what so ever you are concerned about, please contact the teacher or myself. When we work side by side, we really make a very big difference to your child’s education.

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