Building works

You may have noticed Cypress Ave looking a little more greener and the front of the school a little bare. This is because we have relocated the grass in preparation for our new building to commence. Soon there will be a temporary fence erected in the front/east side of the school. There will be two new classrooms built as stage 1 of the 1.8 million we received last year. Stage 2 includes the refurbishment of the Grade 5/6 rooms.

Independent member, Ali Cupper, takes Mildura West Primary School to Parliament.

Independent member, Ali Cupper, takes Mildura West Primary School to Parliament.

  • Please see transcript included

This week, Ali Cupper asked the Education Minister when Mildura West P.S. would receive the funding to carry out the Master Plan (which includes several new buildings) that was created in 2009. I’ve included the transcript of Question Time in Parliament this week, which shows Ali Cupper asking when Mildura West will receive more funds. You may like to read this transcript, or you can watch the session on Ali Cupper’s face book page.

Teacher’s Names

I’m sure your child has told you that many of our teachers, including myself, have asked students to refer to them by their first name, rather than their surname. Some teachers have decided to keep their surname. This is fine and is their personal choice.

Many teachers, in many schools, across the State, are referred to by their first name. While in Melbourne visiting schools last week, we observed students referring to their teachers by their first name, and it was certainly respectful. This change is something that we’ve been discussing for some time now.

Our children respect our teachers, just as we respect our children. We do not believe that RESPECT comes from calling us by our surnames.

The definition of respect is:

“a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements”.

Some children are finding it a little “funny” at the moment, but it will only take a little while before it becomes “normal” and part of the way things work at West.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns.

Walking Bus

On Friday 13th September we will have our third 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 (Please note the change of route). 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 wanting to walk with us are most welcome.  

CATS- New reports going up

CATS- New reports going up 
Below are the next lot of CATS going live. Log on, chat to your child about their learning and don’t be afraid to leave a comment. You can leave a message of support for your child, ask the teacher a question or give us your feedback. 
Prep - Writing – Description (Online Friday)
Gr 1/2 - Writing- Narrative (Online – Monday Week 9)
Gr 3/4 - Reading (Online – Monday Week 9)
Gr 5/6 - Writing (Online- Friday) 
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! 

iPad Lease Payments

Second instalment for iPad Lease Payments NOW DUE 
Reminder for all Grades 3 to 5 students, the second payment in 2019 for leased iPads is now due! Can parents/carers please make payment at the front office ASAP. 

NAPLAN Student Reports Years 3 & 5

Individual student reports on the NAPLAN tests are available for collection from  your child’s classroom teacher today. Please pop in to the classroom to collect.  These reports give you information on how your child went on the tests of Reading, Narrative Writing, Language Conventions, Spelling and Numeracy. These reports give you a snapshot of how your child performed on the day and their level of achievement against national averages. Please speak to your classroom teacher if you have any further questions or would like to discuss their result.  

School Council

Our School Council are a very important part of our school. We have a vibrant team who are very keen to ensure our school continues to be a Great one!!! 
School councils have three main responsibilities:
• finance: overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation
• strategic planning: participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
• policy development and review: developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan. 
 Other key functions of school councils include:
• raising funds for school related purposes
• maintaining school grounds and facilities
• entering into contracts • reporting annually to the school community and the Department
• creating interest in the school in the wider community
• representing and taking the views of the community into account
• regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds
• operating a children’s service at the school. 

Mildura West Podcast - Ep 8

Mildura West Podcast – ‘Way Out West’ - Episode 8 Mildura West student leaders and house captains have published another podcast about our school. We hope you have a listen and subscribe to all our episodes. In this episode there are lots of interviews with students, a teacher and we discuss the IB attribute of “caring”! You can find us on iTunes, Spotify or Google podcasts – just  search for “Mildura  West”! Or you can find us here too: 

Melbourne School visit

Our visit to schools in Melbourne last Thursday & Friday, was absolutely fantastic. On Thursday morning, we broke into small groups and visited 5 different primary schools. That afternoon, an International Baccalaureate consultant spoke with us about many  aspects of IB. We spent Friday morning at Kingsville PS which was also a great experience. They’ve been an IB school now for about 10 years. We spoke with the Principal, the Assistant Principal, teachers and children. Our teachers were blown away by the independence of the students and their ability to explain their learning. It was also reassuring that many of our practices here at West are “spot on”.  Kingsville P.S. have been working closely with our school, supporting us on our IB journey. As you know, Mildura is a long way from anywhere and it’s important we keep connected to the rest of Victoria. Visitations like this broaden our minds and this impacts your child’s education.  Please do not hesitate to give me a call if you have any questions about this amazing experience.