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Mildura West Podcast – ‘Way Out West’ - Episode 13

Our first episode for term 3! 

 We Interview Karen Becker, our new grade 1 teacher. We also talk to our school leaders and ask some students what they thought about online learning during term 2. 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: Anchor.fm: http://anchor.fm/mildurawest-podcast

Scrunchables

Recently, we have been using a Scrunchable Plastics tub at lunch and recess! It’s looking very full. Students can put scrunchable plastics (plastic packaging that crinkles up) inside the tub instead of the bin to be recycled. Each week, the tub is emptied into the Recycle bins at Woolworths and/or Coles.

Friendship Zone /RREP

Welcome back Westies, we hope you had an amazing break! We have been looking forward to seeing our Prep, Ones and Twos in the friendship zone. Our friendship zone is all about making friends and having fun at lunch time, we love it! We have noticed a lot of acts of kindness this week and it has been super to see. We have been thinking hard for new ideas and activities that we can do and have finally been able to start using them this term! We have activities such as skipping, chalk drawing, puppets, mindfulness colouring, dress ups and more. It has been great to see everyone’s happy faces back at school. By Viktorya & Brooke

Student Agency

Welcome to our IB corner, this week I want to explain Student Agency. Have you heard of it, maybe your child has used the words? Read below to help you understand more and the importance of it for students in order to develop into life-long learners.

What is Student Agency?

Effective schools build a culture where students and teachers work together. In essence, Student Agency refers to the level of independence a student has in the classroom. Student Agency and Voice are intrinsically connected. Agency gives the students power to direct their learning and take responsibility for it. Voice allows the student to be heard as an active learner this encourages engagement, participation, leadership and learning.

Voice

 -  students question, guide and direct learning

 - students propose and initiate action

 - students participate in decision making

Choice

  -  students co-construct learning goals

  - students make informed choices

  - students take risks and take responsibility for their learning

Ownership

 - teachers offer choice and help develop personalised learning goals

 - students reflect on own learning goals

 - students ideas are supported throughout planning and taking action

Pick Up times – Gentle reminder

As you know, our students in Grade Prep, One & Two finish school at 3.00. Their siblings finish at this time too. There is no need to come onto the school grounds. Please arrange to meet your child at one of the school gates

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