School Council Members Wanted

School Council Elections will take place in March.

At Mildura West Primary School, the School Council plays an important role in

supporting the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for

students. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging

experience. It’s a great way to get involved and have a real say in what your school is

doing for its students.

This year we are looking for 4 new members.

Interested parents, carers and community members can enquire at the school office. We welcome all people willing to get involved to make our school, a great school

Home Routine

Although we are all busy people, please try to put a routine in place whereby children know they must do their homework. Reading from real books is important for children to develop a love of books. They should be reading at home every day. It’s also important for parents/carers to read TO their children. Having a range of books at home and regular visits to the library also encourages this. 

Pokémon Cards

Please understand that we cannot supervise the trading of Pokémon cards.

Talk with your children about which cards they can swap and which ones they

cannot swap. If your child brings the cards to school, it is the child’s

responsibility to take care of them. If they are really special to the child then they should probably stay at home.

Open Door Policy

Remember we operate an open door policy. Please pop in to visit your child’s classroom and say hello to the teacher. We love it when our parents/carers spend time in our classrooms. Book an appointment with your child’s class teacher if you have questions or concerns that are of a private nature. A date for parent/teacher meetings to get to know your child will be announced next week.

We want the very best for your child. Please continue to work with us so your child can grow in confidence, with a love of learning, and a determination to be the best person they can be.

We will do everything we can to help your child to do their best.  Let us know if we can support you in any way.

As you know one of our school values is Respect.  We endeavour to ensure that all children show respect for everything (friends, adults, property) and we constantly remind learners of the values that underpin our every action. This week we have been focussing on reminding children to greet others and use their name. Please help us reinforce this curtesy.

Forensic Science/Junior Neighbourhood Watch Program

Our students Year 6 have developed advertisements to highlight community safety while Year 5 students produced movies highlighting issues in our community. The advertisements and movies were designed to be proactive so that crimes are not committed.

During the next few weeks various ads or movies will be showcased on: Eye Watch Mildura Police Service area: https://www.facebook.com/eyewatchmildurapsa

 

Joe Clarke writes: KIDS CRIME PREVENTION VIDEO

This is a short crime prevention video created by Mildura West Primary School students. It's very interesting to see what's in the minds of children. A great job and well worth a look.

This is the first in a short series of video clips created by the students at Mildura West Primary School as part of the Junior Neighbourhood Watch Program.

This video features Vanessa, Akeisha, Chloe, Cameron and Chrys with a powerful message not to hurt your family and friends with the decisions you make.

Grade 6 Graduation

On Thursday the 8th of December our Year 6 students had their graduation at the Mercy theatre. They each presented a speech and did a fantastic job. Afterward we had a wonderful beach themed party and had lots of fun. Each student should be very proud of their efforts.

These are the award winners for Excellence for 2016.

 

DUX –         Akeisha Umuroa-Watkins

Reading –   Josie Brigante

Writing –    Phoenix Hargrave

Maths –       Sam Pratt

Science –    Toby Edlington

Primary School Achievement- Chloe Tonkin

Sustainability –    Georgia Baldock

Student Voice –  Aimee Geyer

Art – Dekira Whitchurch-Jensen

PE –   Morna Naquto

School Sport Victoria Award - Cameron Kiel

SRC Pool & Sprinkler Day

Our SRC Pool Day & Sprinkler Day yesterday was a great success. Although the weather was a little cool, our children laughed and played all day. Such a lovely “feel” around the school.

The grade 3-6 children enjoyed their morning at the SRC Day at the Irymple pool.  One of the Life Savers commented to me on how astonishing it was to have so many children in the pool and all behaving so well!

Crime Investigation in Science

All our students in grade 5 and 6 have been working with Joe Clarke a local police officer learning about Crime Investigation and prevention. They all produced a short movie on crime and a few have been chosen to have these movies placed on the on the Police Eye watch site. Follow the link below to check them out.

https://www.facebook.com/eyewatchmildurapsa

 

 

 

PBL

It’s been wonderful to see many of our parents at school this week.

PBL always has a BIG celebration at the conclusion, when students share their learning with you!!

We are very proud of our students and their learning in PBL.

 

PBL is implemented across the whole school.  It is an integrated approach to learning.

It involves students :

·        Learning about their World

·        Learning to work with others

·        Having some choice in the learning

·        Learning how to be a good learner

·        Researching to find answers to any questions they have

·        Answering some driving PBL questions

·        Asking their own questions and searching for the answers

·        Using technology to help them learn

If you have any questions about PBL please ask your child’s class teacher or better still, ask your child. Also, take a look in the gallery of photos of the day.

NAIDOC Day

We will be having a special assembly to start the day, then the children will participate in activities such as Storytelling, Game playing, Painting, Music and Dance.

There will be a free sausage sizzle provided for students’ lunch.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The day is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Thank you to our wonderful Koorie Education Support Officer, Cleonie Quayle, who has organised the day. 

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