Curriculum Days

CURRICULUM DAYS THIS TERM. Our journey towards becoming an accredited IB school is getting closer! This is such an exciting time for Mildura West PS. To expand our teachers’ knowledge and to see some IB schools in action, we will be having 2 curriculum days this term. The days are Thursday 29th & Friday 30th of August. Students will not come to school on these days. The reason we are taking 2 days is because we are going to Melbourne to visit other PYP (International Baccalaureate) schools and to complete some Professional Development. We are very excited about this. Teachers of IB schools regularly visit other IB schools but as you know, there are no other IB Government schools in Mildura. Teachers will be visiting 5 PYP schools whilst in Melbourne, as well as working with an IB Consultant.AC

Our Visions, Our Values, Our School.

MWPS Vision

MWPS provides an engaging environment where children are challenged and motivated to become the best they can be.
 
Mildura West Primary School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
 
IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.
 
Mission Statement from IB - The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
 

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

MWPS Values

Resilience • Respect • Excellence • Pride

Our School

Mildura West Primary School is a vibrant and happy place to be. It offers an excellent range of educational opportunities, programs, facilities and resources. The school has approximately 390 students from a diverse range of backgrounds and nations. This diversity is one of the characteristics that make it a great school. Children learn best when parents/carers, teachers and students are partners in the education process. An ‘Open Door’ policy and regular communication ensure this happens. Parents trust that we take very good care of their children. The children at West are always placed first. All decisions are made with the student in the centre. Our School Values, Resilience, Respect, Excellence and Pride, are truly ‘alive’ and evident in all that we do.
 

Safe and Happy Holidays

The staff at Mildura West Primary School would like to wish all our families a safe and happy Christmas. We look forward to seeing you all in 2020.

Your Child’s School Report

Next Wednesday your child will bring home his/her end of year report.

As you know, our teachers write reports regularly, throughout the year. These are in the form of a CAT (Common Assessment Task) which is online.

Every child who has been at West for the entire year should have received about 15 – 20 of these small reports. Because our system of student reporting is ongoing, and includes many small reports throughout the year, we do not write a large report midyear or at the end of the year.

Consequently your child’s report will include:

  • An indication where he/she is in accordance with the Victorian Curriculum (indicated by a black dot)
  • An indication on his/her Work Habits
  • The child’s written reflection
  • Areas for improvement
  • A curriculum overview from the Specialist teachers.
  • A hard copy of previous CATs

Christmas Raffle

Our Christmas Hamper Raffle is on again!

Each class has a donation box set up in their classroom – please donate one item per student to put into the class hamper. Non-perishable items (Christmas decorations, Christmas themed table wear, toys, beauty products are all terrific hamper items.) Each child will also have one raffle book to sell. Tickets are $1 each and you are welcome to sell both sides of the tickets if you like! Please return raffle books and hamper donations by Friday, December 13th. The winners will be drawn on Wednesday 18th December, at our morning concert. More raffle books are available at the front office if you wish to sell more!

Mini Concert

MWPS Mini Concert Next Wednesday our concert is on and it’s going to be great!! The weather is predicted to be extreme (45c) so it’s lucky we are having our celebration before we all melt later in the day.
Here’s a rundown of the morning.

7.30am – Breakfast available on the oval. A yummy menu will be provided by our School Council, the Lions Club & our Canteen.
o Bacon and egg roll - $4
o Sausage in bread - $2
o Fruit cup - $1.50
o Cup of Juice – Free
o Coffee – $4 small, $4.50 Medium, $5 Large

About 7.50am performance will begin on the oval.

  • Children need to be with their class teacher at 7.50am ready to perform.
  • People can come earlier for a quick breaky, or eat after the entire performance has concluded. 
  • If possible, we would appreciate if everyone in the audience please sit and watch the entire performance, rather than walk around purchasing food in-between items.
  • The Grade Prep, One and Two children will be singing and playing musical instruments for their items.
  • The Grade Three, Four, Five & Six children will be dancing. 

8.50am Performance will conclude

  • People may purchase breaky after the performance too if they like.

What to bring.

  • We ask that parents & carers bring a rug to sit on or a chair.
  • Those with rugs will sit at the front & those with chairs will be asked to sit behind them. This will ensure everyone can see their children perform. We will place some Bunting on the oval, to indicate where the chairs can be placed, thanks for your co-operation with this. Costumes
  • Please read the costume list.
  • It’s a “no fuss” concert but it would be super if children could wear the colours listed below. No need to purchase plain T Shirts – those with prints or motifs are fine.
  • Children can stay in the coloured T- shirt for the entire day if they like.

Sleep helps us Learn

Children aged six to 13 need 9-11 hours of sleep. At the same time, there is an increasing demand on their time from school (e.g., homework), sports and other extracurricular and social activities. In addition, school-aged children become more interested in TV, computers, the media and Internet as well as caffeine products – all of which can lead to difficulty falling asleep, nightmares and disruptions to their sleep. In particular, watching TV close to bedtime has been associated with bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety around sleep and sleeping fewer hours.

Sleep problems and disorders are prevalent at this age. Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings and behavioural problems that impact on their ability to learn in school.

Sleep Tips for School-aged Children

  • Teach school-aged children about healthy sleep habits.
  • Continue to emphasize need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.
  • Make child's bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet.
  • Keep TV and computers out of the bedroom.
  • Avoid caffeine.

Australian Maths Competition Presentation

Our students in the Maths Club will be awarded their certificates tomorrow at our assembly. Parents/Carers of all children who participated in the competition should have received an invitation. Please join us in celebrating the children’s achievements.

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