ABORIGINAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

This week Corey Payne and Elisha Mangal have been working in the school painting our Totem poles for our Indigenous garden. We can’t wait to see the finished product. They will also be working with all the students in Art next week. The students will be painting stones that will be laid at the base of the totem poles. 

NAIDOC Week Celebrations

Next week Mildura West PS will be celebrating NAIDOC week. We have many visitors coming to the school to work with the children, educating them through dance, cooking, art, storytelling and games. The purpose of the NAIDOC week is to help our students understand the culture and history of Australia’s first people. The assembly next week will feature a performance by the students, a didgeridoo performance and the opening of our Indigenous garden area. 

NAPLAN Student Reports

Individual student reports on the NAPLAN tests will be sent home today for students in Grade 3 & 5. These reports give you information on how your child went on the tests of Reading, Persuasive Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy. They are a snapshot of how your child performed on the day and their level of achievement against national averages. Please speak to your classroom teacher if you have any further questions or would like to discuss their result. 

Reading at home

Is your child reading regularly at home? Did you know that if they do read at home they will have an educational advantage?

Reading with your child can be a very special time – Please support your child’s education and pick up a book!

The benefits of reading regularly for information and most importantly pleasure are well documented. I strongly encourage families to set aside a regular time when the children can read and later share their thoughts and ideas with siblings and or adults in the house.

·  Reading has always been an important skill. In our modern world, it is more important than ever.

·  Children learn about the importance of reading as they watch family members use reading and writing for everyday purposes.

·  Reading with your child at home will help your child in all learning areas of school.

·  Children see you reading and writing in everyday life – reading for pleasure, sharing a story with your child, using a recipe, making a shopping list, writing a birthday card or reading street signs. This teaches them that reading and writing are useful skills in today’s world.

·  Books may be borrowed from your school library or your local library.

·  Read aloud to children. It helps them to learn the language of books and will encourage them to enjoy books and reading.

·  Talk about books, read together and make reading an enjoyable, shared activity.

·  Make sure there is a wide range of reading material for your child at home, both fiction and non-fiction.

·  It is important to read to your child in your home language if your first language is not English. Experience shows that using your home language will help your child to learn to read in English.

·  Try not to let television intrude on reading time. Make a special time for reading with your child, away from interruption.

·  Listen to your child every day, even for a short time.

·  Give books as treats and presents.

Parent Opinion Survey

Many parents/carers were randomly selected to complete a survey.

A letter was sent home last week with the details.

A gentle reminder phone call will be made next week just in case you have forgotten to complete the survey.

Rubbish Free

Last Term we had an average of 82 people rubbish free every day. Congratulations to Haidee Turner –Talent, the winner of the $5:00 canteen voucher for being rubbish free every day.

For Term 2 our winning rubbish free class had an average of 12 people rubbish free on Wednesdays.  Congratulations Prep/1B!

Athletics Day

Tomorrow is our Athletics day. This is always a super day. We would love to see as many parents/carers as possible supporting and cheering on our students.

If you are able to volunteer your time to help with the Athletics day BBQ please see Renae in the canteen.

Thank you to the Higgins Family for the generous donation of Oranges for our students to enjoy tomorrow!! 

Book Fair

WOW - it's that time again. Our annual book fair is coming. Starting next Monday, 31st July until Wednesday, 9th August. Books can be purchased before school from 8.30am - 9am and again after school from 3.15 - 4pm. A scholastic book fair is

great for the school, all books / items purchased earn the school points that we can use to buy books for our Children's Learning Centre. It's a WIN/WIN you get to buy great books for your child and we get to add some awesome new titles to our school book collection.

SRC News by Kate Crouch and Harmony Brougham

Last Term the SRC had an Animal Activity Day to raise money for SARG (Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group). Our aim was to save one dog and we have!

The money we have raised will benefit the dog in so many ways; by getting it vaccinated, de-sexed, wormed, microchipped and also for the dog to have a medical check up.

If anything is found wrong with the dog it will help pay the vet fees and for special medication that might be needed. 

We hope the dog will be named Westy!

At the Assembly last Friday it was a pleasure to donate a cheque for $440.00 to Caroline Dufty for SARG from all of us at Mildura West. 

Walkathon

Congratulations to everyone who raised money at our recent Walkathon.

We raised a total of $4,311 to go towards our new playground equipment. 

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