Elite Athlete Visit - Peter Bol

Last Friday we were lucky enough to have 800m runner Peter Bol visit the school and talk to the Grade 3-6 students. Peter is a Sudanese refugee who came to Australia when he was 6 years old.

He began running in his mid-teens when he was asked to “fill in” at an athletics meeting. A decade later he ran for Australia in the 800m at the Rio Olympics.

Peter also recently graduated with a Degree in Construction Management. His presentation key message was “resilience and perseverance”. It was great to hear from such a driven person who told us that the goal setting and resilience work we do at school is what has made him successful in his life.  The students had lots of questions and were very engaged with what Peter spoke about. 

Uniform Thank You

A very big Thank You to all our parents/carers who are trying hard to ensure their children are in school uniform. I know that sometimes it can be difficult. However, wearing school uniform is an important expectation of our school as it is one way we show Pride in our school.

We have included the MWPS Uniform Policy. Please refer to the policy if you have any questions, or contact the school.

If you are having difficulty purchasing a uniform, please contact one of our Wellbeing Officers. We may be able to offer some support.

As the days become colder it is important that children wear a navy school sweater.

Many students have lost items of their uniform, so please make sure you label each item clearly with their name.

ANZAC Ceremony

On Monday we conducted a School Community ANZAC Ceremony. This opportunity allowed students to learn about the procedures and significance of the ceremony. We had our school leaders give 

a commemorative address, Grade 4AT sing and a Special guest, retired

Special Forces Engineer Tyson Matheson talk about what ANZAC Day means to him. The students showed great respect and I hope they try to exhibit the ANZAC spirit in their lives.

Our 2 school captains, Jorja Donohue and Jai Magno, did a wonderful job representing our school at the Mildura ANZAC ceremony at Henderson Park on Tuesday. It was very moving to see so many young people displaying such empathy and understanding.

Thanks to Elaine Brown (our Office Manager) for making the beautiful wreath.

Grade 1/2 Swimming

Just a reminder that Grade 1/2 SWIMMING starts on MONDAY! Please ensure your child wears their bathers to school underneath their school uniform– this saves time and allows the lessons to start promptly.

Also remember to bring a towel, underwear, plastic bag, goggles and a swim cap or ear plugs if needed.

Looking forward to seeing lots of happy swimmers!

Regards,

Grade 1/2 Teachers

A BIG Welcome back everyone!

Hope you managed to spend some relaxing time with your families.

It was wonderful to see your happy children on Tuesday morning.

It was also fantastic to see some new faces at West.

We would very much like to welcome these children to our school community.

If you see any of our new families around the school please say “Hello”

 

WELCOME TO:

Aston, Ann, Anna, Aadrian, Harry, William,

Annetta, Aloksis & Emmelin

Easter Raffle

Don’t forget to sell raffle tickets to family and friends. Tickets are $1 each and there are 10 tickets in a book. We are asking families to support our fundraising efforts by kindly donating an Easter-themed item to each child’s classroom

Please return all sold tickets and money to the front office by Wednesday 29th March 2017. Winners will be announced in the School Newsletter the following day.

Thank you so much for your efforts and generous support!

School Open Nights

Would you like to know more about your child’s learning?

PLEASE come to our information sessions next week, your child will show you how they learn.  

As you know it’s so important for you to be involved in your child’s learning. Your attitudes, values and behaviours can positively influence your child’s educational outcomes.

When schools and families work together, children do better and stay in school longer.

Parent engagement is associated with improvements across a range of indicators, including:

·         better outcomes

·         enhanced engagement with school work

·         more regular school attendance

·         better behaviour

·         and increased social skills.

Gr 1-2 Information Evening

Wednesday 15th March

6.15pm – 7.30pm

Gr 3-6 Information Evening

Thursday 16th March

6.15pm – 7.30pm 

Volunteers Wanted

Our Breakfast Club runs every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8.30am in the Gym.  It has been very successful so far. All students are welcome to attend.

If you would like to volunteer your time to help with our Breakfast club please contact Belinda or Annie

Canteen

If you can spare a few hours, to help in our school canteen on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday please see Renae in the Canteen.

Red Food Day - 24th March

Can you Help?

Grade 3 - iPad Lease Payments Now Due

Grade 3 students received their iPads last week and we have had information sessions this week.       

Parents wishing for their child to take up a leased iPad from the school will need to complete the contract forms and make first the payment before iPads go home with students.

Any questions can be directed through the office, classroom teachers or to Darrel Branson (ICT Coordinator)

Thank you for your support in the program. 

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