Prep PBL

Last Friday, the Preps celebrated their PBL ‘Ways we express ourselves through The Arts.’ They enjoyed dancing and singing at the Assembly. The song, ‘I can sing a Rainbow,’ was also performed using sign language. This demonstrated the Learner Profile of ‘Communicator’ that we have been learning about. After the performance, parents and carers came back to the rooms to view a display of Art the students had been working on. It was great to see so many parents enjoying their children’s learning!

Preps Visit the Art Centre

As part of their PBL study ‘How to Express Yourself,’ the Preps attended the performance of George’s Marvellous Medicine,’ by Roald Dahl at the Arts Centre. The children were very excited about going on the bus and visiting the theatre. The performance was awesome and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. There was lots of sound and light effects and squeals of excitement.

State Trials

Interview with Charlie Cook

Where did you train when you tried out?

Trinity Grammar in Bulleen, which is part of Melbourne.

How long did the training session last for?

The training session lasted 4 hours.

What did you do at the training session?

We played 3 matches and did lots of drills.

What did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed the challenge and experience of training with the best primary school footballers in Victoria.

Did you make the team?

Unfortunately I didn’t make it, but it was lots of fun trying out. 

Friendship Zone

Friendship Zone – Our Term 2 RREP leaders are doing a wonderful job in the friendship zone, children can go to this area during lunch and will find many great activities being run by these leaders. The friendship zone is a place that every child can go to when they need a break from the playground, want to make new friends, or simply to dress up, play games and have fun.

Sunrysia Division Cross Country

On Tuesday, 27 students represented Mildura West at the Interschool Cross Country. All the students did an amazing job and were great representatives of our school. 5 students finished in the top 10 qualifying for the next stage of competition in St Arnaud. Mohammad Ehsani came 2nd, Ali Ehsani came 3rd, Summer Roberts came 4th, Kayla Higgins came 5th and Kael Purdue came 6th. Congratulations to the 12/13 year old boys who were the champion team in their age group. The boys got a ribbon and received a plaque to bring back and proudly display at school,  Awesome effort by all that competed.

NAPLAN Grade 3 & 5

The NAPLAN tests will be conducted next week for students in Years Three and Five. Students will sit tests on Language Conventions (Tuesday 15th May), Writing (Tuesday 15th May), Reading (Wednesday 16th May) and Numeracy (Thursday 17th May). The children should remember they can only do their best and that is all anyone can ask. You can help your child by ensuring they have had a good night’s sleep, breakfast and time to play in the morning. For further information, please see the flyer sent home with all students in Years Three and Five.

Homework

By now your child has brought home an outline of this term’s Homework Expectations. We have included these expectations in case you haven’t accessed this information.

We are really encouraging our students to take responsibility for their Homework & we hope that parents/carers do so too.

To encourage this we have been offering some exciting Homework incentives.

This term we will be having the inflatable castles on the oval during the last week of school. Children who have met the Homework Expectations will be able to take part in the activities.

If you have any questions about this please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or myself.

Prep
Read for 35 nights every term and return a signed diary to the classroom teacher.
Grades 1/2
Grade 1/2s are expected to read for 35 nights and complete 7 weeks of maths homework.
Grade 3/4
Read for at least 28 nights and record in homework book, complete maths homework each week & hand in homework folder each Friday
Grade 5/6
Read each night and complete a reading record, maths homework to be completed and handed in each Friday, complete any unfinished PBL or writing tasks

Should your child be on Social Media?

Social media readiness

Is my child old enough to use social media?

Both the physical age of your child and their level of maturity and resilience can impact their ability to handle social media, but as a rule, each social networking site and app has its own criteria for minimum age requirements. Some services cater for more adult audiences (i.e. dating sites).

Why is 13 the minimum recommended age?

Most sites require users to be at least 13 years of age before they can register, although some sites, such as Club Penguin, are created especially for children under 13. Generally, the 13-year age requirement is not necessarily because the site is unsafe for children to use but to comply with a US law – the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), which prevents collection and storage of personal information from children under 13 years of age.

How do I know if my child ready to use social media?

We suggest considering these questions to determine your child’s readiness for social media.

Is your child able to withstand taunts from others?

If you think your child will become very upset if they have a negative experience online, then you may need you to guide them through the use of social platforms. If you give them permission to establish a social media account, then look through their profiles and public feeds together, talk about how some people behave differently online and teach them how to filter abusive comments, block and report people.

Does your child understand what’s safe to put online?

If you're concerned that they may post personal information that allows people to identify and locate them—even after you have talked through the dangers—then they may need your help to use social networking sites. Talk about the risks of 'checking in', posting sexy or flirty pictures, meeting online friends in person, making offensive comments, and what is not acceptable.

Does your child understand the importance of protecting their personal information?

Explaining to a child why privacy is important can be difficult. We suggest explaining what personal information is and that it can also include their mobile number, pictures, workplace name and shifts, sporting club and game schedule, holiday dates, credit card details and banking information.

Source: https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent/staying-safe/social-networking/social-media-readiness

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