NAIDOC Week

It’s been an amazing week of celebrating NAIDOC Week at West – a time where we celebrate the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our children have taken part in many cultural activities during the week, and we thank the following people for running these educational events:

·           Corey Payne and Elisha Mangal  - Rock Paintings

·           Christina & Kristy Brims & Jane Barnes – damper making

·           Billie Brims – traditional dance

·           Colleen Johnson – story telling

·           Willie Hannah – aboriginal artefacts

·           Clontarf Academy – sporting games

·           MDAS – BBQ lunch

We will hold a Special Assembly on Friday morning in the gym. All parents/carers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

As part of our celebrations, we will have a FREE BBQ lunch on Friday.  Students will need to bring their snack for recess, as usual, and the canteen will have the usual snacks and drinks for sale, but there will be NO LUNCH ORDERS on Friday.

 

DISTRICT MINI OLYMPICS

The District Mini Olympics were held on Tuesday 29th August.  A team of 36 students competed against all of the schools in the District and did Mildura West PS very proud, both on and off the track. 
 Many students finished in the top 2 of their events and will now be invited to compete in Bendigo in the Regional Athletics Carnival.  More information will be sent home soon! 
 A very special acknowledgement to XAVIER KAUFUSI who smashed the District discus record by more than 2m!! 
 See below for those who received a placing (ribbon) in their events:
 
80m Hurdles      
2nd Max Morgan
2nd Maddison Goldsworthy
3rd  Darci Eastmond 
 
High Jump
2nd Jordan Ward 
 
Long Jump
1st   Lili McHugh
2nd Harmony Brougham 
 
Triple Jump
3rd  Laci McHugh
3rd Summer Roberts 
 
1500m
1st Kael Purdue
2nd Gabriela Marrone 
 
800m
2nd Kael Purdue 
 
100m
2nd Kate Crouch 
 
Shot Put
1st Xavier Kaufusi
nd Ashlyn Garraway
2nd Harry Beavis
3rd Francies Naquto 
 
Discus
1st  Xavier Kaufusi (NEW DISTRICT RECORD!!)
3rd  Lachlan Meaney 
 
Relay Teams
2nd 11 years Girls:   Kate Crouch, Harmony Brougham, Imogen Morgan, Gabriela Marrone 
3rd  11  years Boys:   Heath Riley, Daniel Robertson, Taz Riordan, Jack Jessup 
3rd  9/10  years Girls:   Ryleigh McDonald, Summer Roberts, Maddison Goldsworthy, Kayla Higgins 
 
A big thank you to Lisa Saunders, David Hall & Donna Kane for their support and hard work and also to the many parents who came to cheer.  It made for a wonderful day

 

STUDENT ACTION TEAMS

It has been wonderful to see students use their initiative and create activities for each other at  Lunch times. Here is a picture  of the ‘Language Club’ where  students have been teaching  others about their own languages  such as Maori, Tongan and  Chinese.  

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!! 

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