Our Chinese Program at Mildura West!

Hello Parents and Carers,

My name is Lisa Allen and I am very excited to be the LOTE (Language Other Than English)  Co-ordinator for MWPS. As we are working towards accreditation to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, one of the expectations is for students to learn a second language. We are very lucky to be able to offer the students Chinese as our second language at MWPS. Currently, all students at Mildura West from Grades 1-6, participate in a weekly 30 minute lesson of instruction in Chinese (Mandarin). The classroom teacher supports the Chinese tutor during these lessons. To extend this learning, the classroom teacher includes lessons around the culture, beliefs and values of China in later lessons. The aim of learning an additional language is to develop knowledge, understanding and skills so that students are open-minded and it encourages an enhancement of the student’s world perspective. We hope to include whole school activities in the future, such as a Chinese Day. If you have any further questions about our LOTE program please feel free to contact me at: allen.lisa.m@edumail.vic.gov.au or ring the school on 5023 1336.

IB Corner Reflective

IB Corner - Reflective

I think about what I have learned, what I am good at and what I can improve. Building the skills of a reflective learner is something the teachers at MWPS are working on each day. The children set goals, choose options that best suit them to complete work and consider strategies and ideas that assist them to show growth in their learning. To be a reflective learner allows for Student Agency and Voice, it allows each student the ability to know how to get better.

“I set a goal of reading for 30 minutes so I can become a better reader” - Oscar, Grade 5

“I take my time with writing, reread it and add more detail to make my writing interesting.” - Emme, Grade 2

“I am reflective in writing. I have been writing on a sticky note about how I am going in the piece of writing.” - Ruby, Grade 5

“I am a reflective learner during Maths by talking with a partner about what I can do better next time. I listen to the constructive feedback.” - Lana, Grade 3

“I try to not give up on my work and set goals so I can get better.” - Will, Grade 4


Three Way Conferences

Three Way Conferences – PLEASE COME!

Over the last 2 years, we have had incredible participation in our Three Way Conferences. An average of approximately 95% parent participation on each occasion, which is fantastic! Please read the details regarding the Conferences, within this newsletter. We really hope you can take part in this very important meeting. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to chat to your child’s teacher, Luke or Anne.

MWPS Activity Clubs

Students at Mildura west hold Lunch time Activity clubs, Students show wonderful leadership by coming up with the clubs and getting it up and running for students to have fun with at lunch times. Some of our grade 6 students interviewed kids about the clubs. 

Lego Club 

What do you like most about this club?   * Playing with friends - Eliane Prep B     * It’s fun not a competition - Aston 4B

Do you have L ego at home?    * Yes but not a lot - Cohen 3L    * Lots and lots - Mace 1/2P

Dance Club

What is your favourite thing about dance?     * Being active and it's fun!      - Shelby 2L

Do you dance outside of school?     *  Yes I dance in a club called Little Groovers! - Darci 

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 WK 8 (12/06/19): Taco Bowls $4.00 (Lettuce, tomato, Cucumber, Carrot, Salsa) some variations available. Vegetarian option available

Please have all orders into the canteen by 9.00am

Worms at West!

We have a few new school pets….WORMS!! This week our Environmental Leaders were helped by parent Bonnie Martin-Giles (Finn Kozac’s mum from 1/2P) to put together our very own West Worm Farm. Students laid the foundations of pebbles, dirt, cow manure, hessian, shredded paper and water to make a comfy house for the worms inside an old bathtub. As well as the chooks, our worms will share the food scraps from student lunches – reducing our waste going to landfill.

Well done to the Enviro leaders who braved the cold and helped set the worm farm up. A big ‘thank you’ also to Bonnie for organising the materials and chatting to the leaders about the foods the worms can eat.


Regional Cross Country


On Tuesday, I went to St. Arnaud for the Regional Cross Country. My mum and dad drove me down and it was very cold there. It was a tough race and there were lots of runners. We had to run through the bush on rocky tracks. I had lots of fun. Written by Deegan Cox

On Tuesday I went to St. Arnaud for the Regional Cross Country Championships. It was freezing cold and we ran on a very rough track. I came 26thWritten by Kayla Higgins

Canteen 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 WK 6 (29/05/19): Chicken Pasta Bake (Creamy tomato sauce, chicken and vegetables) – Vegetarian option available Perfect for the cold weather predicted next week!! Please have all orders into the canteen by 9.00am 

CATs on Compass

YOUR CHILD’S REPORT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOUR CHILD IS LEARNING IN Physical Ed, Science, Art and Digital Technologies??? Across the year our Specialist teachers will be putting up CATs, with the first going up next week!!! This gives you an indication of your child’s work in specialist subjects. So log on, have a look and chat to your child about their work. The CATs for each year level: Prep- Science CAT- Materials and Structures. Yr 1/2- Art – Print Making Yr 3/4- Digital Technologies- Programming Yr 5/6- PE- Soccer 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 www.mildurawestps.vic.jdlf.com.au 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,

Pop June 26th into your dairies – Three Way Conferences.

Pop June 26th into your dairies – Three Way Conferences. Please note that on Wednesday June 26th students will only come to school for their Three Way Conference. As most of you know, this meeting is for the Parent/carer, student and teacher and takes approximately 20 minutes. Apart from this 20 minutes, the children are not required at school. I will include the details for these really important meetings in the June newsletter so you can select a time on Compass. At this stage I just wanted to flag it for those working parents who will need to make arrangements for child care. OSHC will be open but numbers limited, so please contact OSHC to book your child/children in if needed.