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Grade 1/2 Unit of Inquiry

In the 1/2 Unit students have been learning about “How We Organise Ourselves” in the Unit of Inquiry. Students have been finding out how food is produced and have enjoyed learning about the changes food goes through before it gets to homes.

In 1/2 C and P we have been growing our own mushrooms in our classroom. On Tuesday morning Tahlia and Charlee checked them and saw how big they had grown! Students learnt that mushrooms are a type of fungus and they don’t like sunlight. To help them grow, Tahlia and Charlee decided to read the mushrooms a story!

Grade 5 Unit of Inquiry

As part of our Unit of Inquiry into “ People’s lives may change as a result of migration”, the students in Yr 5 walked down to the Mildura Arts Centre last Thursday. As you are aware students have been learning about the many and varied reasons why people have come to Australia. To further deepen their understanding, we looked at an exhibition titled “Making Home: Mildura Migration Stories”. This work traces the flow and movement of people, things and ideas, which migrants have bought to Mildura. From this, we hope that each individual gained a better insight, into what it is like for someone to have to leave their homeland and create a new life in another country.

“On Thursday all the Yr 5’s went to the ArtCentre. My favourite bit was going in the Art Room. It had all the migrant stories. We got to look at the art work about their life. We had a great day” – Max 5K

“On Thursday the Grade 5’s went to the Arts Centre. We split into 3 groups, 1 went to Rio Vista House and the second group went to the gallery and saw heaps of migration photos. The last group read stories about different people from around the world.” – Layla 5K

“Last Thursday we went to the Art Centre and looked at peoples migration stories. I liked looking at all the different places people had migrated from.” – Will 5K

 

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.

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