Engaged Learning

There’s some really EXCITING LEARNING happening at West!

·         The Grade 1/2  children are learning all about Mini Beasts

·         The Grade 3-6 Children are learning all about the Olympics

But the really important aspect of these projects is that the students are “learning about learning”.

They’re exploring:

·         How they learn best.

·         What good learners do.

·         How to work effectively in a team.

·         How to set goals and manage their own learning

This is so exciting, please ask your child all about it!!


Being resilient means being able to bounce back into shape like a rubber ball after something goes wrong,
or being able to keep going when life is tough. Being resilient means always being tougher than life is!
Three sources of resiliency
 People around me I trust and who love me no matter what
 People who set limits for me so I know when to stop before there is danger or trouble
 People who show me how to do things right by the way they do things
 People who want me to learn to do things on my own
 People who help me when I am sick, in danger or need to learn
 A person people can like and love
 Glad to do nice things for others and show my concern
 Respectful of myself and others
 Willing to be responsible for what I do
 Sure things will be all right
 Talk to others about things that frighten or bother me
 Find ways to solve problems I face
 Control myself when I feel like doing something not right or dangerous
 Figure out when it is a good time to talk to someone or to take action
 Find someone to help me when I need it

Grandparents’/Special Friends’ Day

Last Thursday, the Prep children invited their grandparents and special friends to join us for a morning of learning and fun at school. We had a rainbow theme, where the students and their special person dressed in their favourite colour of the rainbow.
The Prep students did a performance of Skidamarink and then they shared some morning tea together.
Check out some of the photos from the day in our gallery.

6OL Re-vegetation Student Action Team

Last Thursday 6OL represented out school at Lake Ranfurly by re-vegetating with native seeds.
Many different seeds indigenous to the area were dispersed in their right habitat. Some of the native seeds included: Dillon bush, Old Man Saltbush, Black Box, Berry Saltbush and Moonah. We were able to re-vegetate areas that were bare, trampled due to off road driving or erosion. Thank you 6OL and Nardia Baker, Sustainability Officer from MRCC.

Sporting Achievement

My name is Iliseva Sovau. I am in 6C and I am this year’s girl Yellow House Captain at Mildura West. A couple of weeks ago Mrs Robinson and Mrs Saunders picked three girls from Mildura West PS, including myself, to
try out for netball representing Sunraysia. I got picked with two close friends from other schools, Martisse and Avalon, to travel down to Melbourne to try out for School Sports Victoria team. On Tuesday we went to Melbourne. There were two different tryouts for the whole state, Country and City. I participated in the Country try outs with 45 other girls for six hours. There were only 14 girls chosen and I was one of those 14 girls. So next Wednesday there's going to be another tryout 14 girls from Country and 14 girls from City. From the group they will select the Victorian team. It was an awesome experience and I enjoyed it. Special thanks to my Parents and Mrs Saunders for supporting me :) Thanks Illy Sovau
My name is Toby Edlington, I play hockey for the Waratahs Hockey club in U13s and U15s teams. I am in 6OL and I am this year’s boy Yellow House Captain at Mildura West. I have recently been to Melbourne to represent Sunraysia in the boys U13s team at the Junior Country Carnival. We played five games over two days against teams from all over Victoria. Over the weekend, a Hockey Victoria coach watched me play, I have been now been selected to the North West Lightning Team and I will play in the G J Gardner Junior State Championships in Melbourne in June.


Grip Student Leadership Conference.

On Tuesday, some of our student leaders were lucky enough to attend the Grip Student Leadership Conference. The conference was held in the ballroom of The Grand Hotel and about 28 Primary Schools participated.
There were several workshops focussing on student leadership.
The first workshop presented the view that everyone has the opportunity to lead in different situations and therefore everyone is on the journey of growing as a leader. Using the analogy of a growing tree, the session ensured students that they are equipped to grow as a leader by establishing core values, combining with other leaders, contributing to others and continually learning.
The second workshop centred on Bullying, using the process of spotting out, speaking out and stamping out bullying.
And the third workshop reminded students that leadership is not about themselves, nor those in their closest circle. The session made student leaders aware that all people are important and that they have the opportunity to positively influence younger students, their peers, teachers and the wider community.
Our students had lots of fun, meeting other students and developing as young leaders. They represented our school with Pride.
This is what our School Captains had to say:
“I thought the Students Leadership day was awesome. I got a lot out of it. For example, we learnt about bullying and how to stop it. We also did some fun activities” – Sam
“What I like about the Student Leadership day was how schools came together and had lots of fun and learnt so much at the same time. We also came up with a lot of ideas and improvements for the school.” - Josie


Have you touched base with your child’s teacher lately?

The weeks are flying by and our children continue to work hard and learn lots! If you have any questions about your child’s learning or you just want to touch base with his/her class teacher, please communicate with your child’s teacher. You might email, phone or drop in and make a time to catch up.  Please make sure you look at your child’s Learning Goals on Compass. If you do not know how to do this please contact the office. 

2017 Enrolments

If you have a child coming to school, or you know someone who does, next year please let us know as soon as possible so that we can be well planned. 

Sustainability Ambassadors

Last Thursday the Sustainability Ambassadors visited the Mildura Eco Village, a sustainable living site. We visited the 9 star Education Centre using heating and cooling based on a bed of rocks and the Solar Distillation Demonstration site. The Community Garden had so many vegetables and the retrofitted Eco House was very interesting.  This team is hoping we can use some of the ideas to create our own Environmental Centre. The Eco Village is well worth a visit!

Recreation Management Student Action Team 6C 2016

Thank you 6C. Last Thursday after a busy morning at Cross Country, 6C represented our school installing bollards and seats at Lake Ranfurly. The bollards will restrict cars from travelling to the Lake making unauthorised tracks and causing damage to native plants and wildlife. The seats were installed near the Bird Hide for people to enjoy watching the birds that frequent our area. Thank you to Integrated Recyclers for donating the construction costs and to our own school community for donating the milk bottles to make the seats. Once again thank you to our mentor Nardia Baker from MRCC and her staff for supporting our community based programs.  It is well worth a visit to Lake Ranfurly!