Return to On-Site Schooling

Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 12 May, some students will be returning to school from Tuesday 26 May.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for Victorian school students and teachers to return to on-site schooling in a two-staged approach:

  • Stage 1 – from Tuesday 26 May

Early years students (Prep to Grade 2) and senior secondary students (Year 11 and 12) undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), and all specialist school students will return to on-site schooling. All staff will attend on-site.


  • Stage 2 - from Tuesday 9 June

Grade 3 to Year 10 students will return to on-site schooling, subject to health advice.

The Department’s latest advice on can be found at

Curriculum Day Learning

Last Friday, the teachers spent the day reflecting, reading, talking and challenging each other, to improve the Teaching and Learning at West.

Prior to the Curriculum day, I interviewed many students about a variety of strategies teachers use when delivering a lesson. The interviews were all recorded and shown at the Curriculum Day. Teachers listened to the children and took their advice very seriously. That same week, teachers also spent time in all classrooms throughout the school, interviewing students and gathering data about the student’s understanding.
We know that “Great Teachers are firstly, Great Learners”, and Friday’s curriculum day, provided yet another opportunity for teachers to learn and bring further clarity to our teaching.

Advice regarding the Coronavirus

Advice regarding the Coronavirus

The Education Department has advised Principals to provide the information included in this newsletter. As you can see, it is relating to travel advice.
The Commonwealth Government has updated travel restrictions this week.
The extension to existing travel restrictions now applies to visitors from Republic of Korea, Iran and mainland China. Visitors who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, or their dependants, will not be allowed entry into Australia.
The Commonwealth Government has also advised that visitors from Italy will also be subject to enhanced health screening and temperature testing arrangements.
Some of our students and families may be affected by the travel advice, and I’d encourage you to support each other.
Everyone can protect against infections by practising good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Here are some tips that we all can follow:
1. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow.
2. Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
3. Wash your hands regularly using soap and water, including after using the toilet, and before eating.
Please refer to the Department’s coronavirus web page for the latest advice and information.

Mildura West Podcast – ‘Way Out West’ - Episode 12

Mildura West Grade 6 students have published their first podcast for 2020. 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:

Our Environmentally Friendly Canteen

As well as our new menu, we have also changed our packaging. Everything that now comes out of the canteen is either recyclable or completely compostable on site.

We are building a composting area near our chicken yard and all our lunch order packaging will be placed in this area.
We are heading towards lowering our carbon footprint and we have the initiative of our Wonderful West Kids to thank. They asked and we have made it happen.
Our bio packaging includes the following:
• Paper straws
• Bamboo cutlery
• Paper bags including all order bags, hot dog
bags, sandwich bags and nuggets.
• Our pasta, rice, snack pack and corn chips
containers are all made from sugar cane



MWPS Being Healthy Together

To celebrate Ride to School Day on Friday 13th March we will have our first 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/carers or siblings wanting to walk with us are most welcome. 

CAT (Common Assessment Task)

The first reports are going up- Jump Online… details below The first CAT (Common Assessment Task) report is going up tomorrow. You can view teacher feedback and even leave a comment. We know that student outcomes improve when parent engagement is high. So test your log on, ready to view the CATs. The first round of CATs will be:

  • Prep- Maths- Numbers to 10. (Ungraded)
  • Yr 1/2- Learner Profile
  • Yr 3/4- Reading
  • Yr 5/6- Writing- Letter Writing

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 are here to help! 

School Times

School Times – Important, please take note. All schools have agreed times that parents and students must abide by. 8.30am – Children cannot be at school before 8.30. Classrooms are open at this time. 3.15pm – Children MUST be picked up at this time. Lately we’ve had many children left at the office for a long period after this time. This is unacceptable – teachers are in meetings and office staff are unable to take care of children left waiting for long periods of time. Parents/Carers, PLEASE respect this times.

Prep Information Evening

Come and discover how to help your child learn

  • Where: Library
  • Time: 6.30 – 7.30pm
  • When: Thursday 19th March 
  • Please note: there will be a Crèche available

Physical Activity and Movement Policy

Physical Activity and Movement Policy :- please take a look at our new Physical Activity and Movement Policy.