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

Communication – Never more important than now!

Despite the pandemic it is so important that we communicate with each other to support our children and their education. Please continue to communicate with the school via: Phone, email, Seesaw, Compass If a face-to face meeting is needed, it must meet the physical distancing requirements of 1.5m between adults. “Whole school communication” will continue to be via Compass & this Newsletter. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

CAT Reporting process update

Mildura West PS use ongoing online reporting through Compass as we
believe this is the most effective way to communicate with you, the academic progress of your child. Unfortunately, this process was disrupted during the ‘Remote Learning’ period but will now be reactivated with new CATs being posted. (See below)
Prep
- Maths - Numbers to 20 and beyond - Teacher Comment - Friday - Week 9
- Reading - Thinking about Reading - Student checklist and Teacher Comment - Week 10
Gr 1/2
- Maths - Addition placemat - Teacher comment - Friday Week 10
- Writing - Information report - Teacher comment - Friday Week 11
Gr 3/4
- Writing - Persuasive letter- Friday Week 10 - Comment
Gr 5/6
- Maths - Area and Perimeter - Teacher Comment - Friday week 10
Art
- 3/4 Unit - Friday Week 9 - Colour exploration
- Preps - Friday Week 11 - Pattern/Printmaking
PE
- Grade 1/2 Unit – FMS Kicking Checklist – By the end of Term 2
DT
- Grades 3/4L, 4T & 4L – Programming Project - Week 11
Music
- Grade 1/2 Music - Keeping the beat - Term 3, Week 2

SRC – PJ Day

Our SRC have organised a little celebration for the first day we are all back together.
Everyone is requested to wear their PJs. The kids thought PJs were “symbolic” at this time, as they’ve been living in them !!!
Please read the attached information and thank you to our wonderful student leaders – it’s a GREAT IDEA!

A BIG Welcome back to all students on Tuesday!!!

On Tuesday we have everyone back at school. This is simply the BEST news!!
We will have some sense of normality, albeit with a few little changes.
This does mean many more people dropping students off and picking students up from school.
In line with the Education Department guidelines, all parents/carers must follow the COVID-19 ‘Return to School Plan’
It is very important that these guidelines are followed. We have had several complaints from parents/staff about the lack of social distancing demonstrated by some parents.
I feel absolutely dreadful asking parents to move along quickly and preferably NOT come onto the school grounds. But these are the Education Department guidelines and this plan is to ensure we provide the safest possible environment during this time. I ask that we work together to make the most of this situation.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
1. School still starts for all children at the same time, 9.00
2. Parents/carers drop children off between 8.30 - 9.00
3. Students in Grade Prep, 1 & 2 finish school at 3.00.
  • Their siblings will finish school at 3.00 too.
  • Parents/carers must pick these children up at this time to minimise numbers of people on the school ground
4. The remaining students in Grade 3,4,5,6 will finish school at 3.15pm
5. Parents/carers are to observe physical distancing measures by not congregating in areas inside or around the school (including the school car park, seating areas etc.)
6. Parents/carers of Grade Prep, One and Two children may need to bring their child to the classroom if he/she is anxious. However, they must limit the time spent in the school and preferable not enter the classrooms.
7. Parents/carers of Grade Three, Four, Five and Six are discouraged from entering the school grounds unless absolutely necessary.

Return to On-Site Schooling

Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 12 May, some students will be returning to school from Tuesday 26 May.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for Victorian school students and teachers to return to on-site schooling in a two-staged approach:

  • Stage 1 – from Tuesday 26 May

Early years students (Prep to Grade 2) and senior secondary students (Year 11 and 12) undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), and all specialist school students will return to on-site schooling. All staff will attend on-site.

 

  • Stage 2 - from Tuesday 9 June

Grade 3 to Year 10 students will return to on-site schooling, subject to health advice.

The Department’s latest advice on can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

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