NAPLAN testing will be conducted online in 2019 for Mildura West.

  • There’s a nation-wide practice test on the 28th March to test the system. On that morning, all our Gr 3 to 5 students will sit the practice test.
  • All Gr 3 & 5 students also received a parent information flyer on the NAPLAN testing, please familiarise yourself with this.
  • You can help your child by having a look at the Public demonstration site- this site allows you to experience what the test will be like.
  • Any questions please see your classroom teacher or Luke Jeffers

Girls Cricket

Yesterday we went to the Aerodrome Ovals to play in the Sunraysia Cricket Finals. In our first game we played Nichols Point and we just lost by 9 runs. In the second game we played really well against the Lake and we had a win by 19 runs. In our last game we won a really close game against Sacred Heart. Overall we came second, making us the second best girls cricket team in Sunraysia. We took lots of wickets and hit lots of fours. Ashlyn even hit a six. Jordan amused everyone when she was wicketkeeper. Despite the hot day, we had lots of fun.

Thank you Mr Hall for taking us.

By Ruby, Ashlyn, Zoe, Ryleigh and Jordan.

New School Podcast!

Below is the first student episode of our school podcast.

Click the read more button to find out the dtails!


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 (20/03/19): Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wrap $4.00

Please have all orders into the canteen by 9.00am

Another CAT Report is up!!! Jump Online to see your child’s report

There are more CAT (Common Assessment Task) reports up from your child’s teacher.

You can view teacher feedback and even leave a comment. We know that student’s outcomes improve when parent engagement is high. So log on, have a look and chat to your child about their work.

The CATs for each year level:

Prep- Currently one maths CAT up, Writing – Week 9

Yr 1/2- Maths- Place Value (Online- Friday)

Yr 3/4- Maths- Number & Place Value (Online- Friday)

Yr 5/6- Maths- Place Value (Online now)

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  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, so pop on over and say hi to Janine. We are here to help!

Harmony Day

When: Friday 22nd March 11.30 – 1.30


Why: It’s Diversity Week. We want to celebrate the diversity at Mildura West, the School Community and our nation. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for Everyone

Please Wear: Something Orange- Socks/T-shirt/Ribbons/shorts/ arm bands/hats

Please Bring: It would be wonderful if all Students could bring an item to talk about that represents there culture; Money /Stamps/photo/music/flag- Just “something” that relates to their culture. These items will be discussed in class

Yr 6 Leadership day

Last Friday, the Grade 6 student leaders went to Psyche Pumps. We learnt how to become a better leader at Mildura West. We did a lot of team building and leadership activities to build up our confidence. Thank you so much Mr Cav. and Sam for taking us. We had a great time. - Ruby, Ashlee and Sophie

We learnt that we need to have trust in each other as a team and help to encourage one another. We also learnt to work as a team. We worked with people we don’t usually work with and it’s important being able to work with everyone. - Ryleigh, Solopani and Sara

We think the highlights of the day was going to Psyche Pumps and working together in teams and becoming better leaders. Another highlight was the ‘Follow the Leader’ activity, where you had to trust your partner to guide you around. Communication was so important. - Noah, Logan, Beau, Prince and Rohallah

Our highlights of the day were the Human Calculator. We had to step on numbers from 1-30, in order and in the fastest time. Another highlight was the Follow the Leader activity, where we had to trust each other. Someone was wearing pitch-black painted goggles and the one person had to guide the other. - Damian and Austin

The best part of the day at Psyche Pumps was being able to communicate and have everyone’s ideas included. Also, not having one person being a boss. It was great being able to have the opportunity to learn how to work well with other people and being a responsible leader and representative of our school. - Jordan, Skyla and Maddison G.

One of the best things we did was the black goggles because you needed to trust your teammate and your partner needs to give you instructions to go through the course. - Kayd, Izaak and Nate

The best part of the day was that everyone participated in the activities and worked well together. We learnt that teamwork is everything. We also learnt how to trust each other and how to communicate when needed. - Janeti, Gabe, Jacob and Jonah

Check out the photos in our photo gallery.

IB Corner - What is Conceptual Learning?

At our last Curriculum Day, the teachers were involved in lots of learning around the PYP programme, in particular how to teach for conceptual understanding. A concept-driven curriculum means the learner constructs meaning though critical thinking and the transfer of prior knowledge and understanding. When the students learn this way, they can also make links across the subjects. In the Primary Years Programme (International Baccalaureate), a balance is sought between acquisition of knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking responsible action. This means that, through our programme of inquiry, students at Mildura West learn not just facts and information (knowledge), but they also learn how to do things (skills), how to understand and organise knowledge (concepts) and how to put their learning into action (action). Our learners are able to reflect on their learning and identify how their learning is supporting them to develop the attributes of the Learner Profile.

A few practical examples of the difference can be seen below.

Topic Based Learning Concept Based Learning
  • The First Fleet consisted of 11 ships and arrived in Botany Bay in January, 1788
  • Historical events, such as the arrival of the First Fleet in Australia, can be viewed from different perspectives.
  • The Australian Federal Government is separated into three branches: The Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature.
  • The Australian Federal Government is a system and it is made up of different, interconnected parts
  • There are five major food groups and we need to eat different amounts of each to eat a balanced diet.
  • We can use evidence to inform our choices about a balanced diet.


Cultural Diversity Week Harmony Day - FRIDAY 22nd MARCH

On Friday 22nd of March, the students of Mildura West Primary school will be celebrating Harmony Day as a part of Cultural Diversity Week.

We would like all students to wear an item that is orange i.e. socks/ribbons/t-shirt/shorts/arm bands as this is the colour to symbolise that we all belong. 

If there is any students who wish to dress up in their traditional cultural costumes please contact Belinda or Annie.

Why orange?

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect our cultural diversity Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world. Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live. An integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation.

Facts and figures

•nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was

•we identify with over 300 ancestries

•since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia

•85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia

•apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi

•more than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.

These facts are taken from ABS 2016 Census Data. Check out the Australian Bureau of Statistics website

Student Clubs

Student Clubs have started at West, and many students are busy planning for activities which interest them. The Grade Three and Four Games Club was a great success on Tuesday with many students turning up to play board games together. Well done to the organisers. Stay tuned for more clubs beginning next week.