Walking School Bus

Mildura West Primary School has its very own Walking School Bus.  The Walking School Bus departs at 8:30am from the corner of Washington Drive and Riverside Avenue once a month. The police and Neighbourhood Watch will be ‘on board’ the bus. Scooters, bikes, ripsticks, skateboards, prams and walkers can also join the Walking Bus.

We are inviting any member of our school community to be the ‘driver’. The Walking Bus operates once a month. If you are interested in being the ‘driver’ of our Walking Bus, please leave your name at the Office.

Compass Corner

Your child’s first report for Grades

 1 to 6 will be on Compass from

 Friday afternoon. There will be several of these reports each term.

This first report is on Mathematics.

So, log onto Compass to access your child’s learning in your own time, on your home computer or mobile device (e.g. iPad or phone). Compass allows you to see your child’s work and the teacher’s assessment and feedback. You can leave a comment for the teacher and child to view too. We cannot reiterate the importance of engaging with what your child is learning at school.

So please get online and share in your child’s learning at Mildura West. You can log on here: https://mildurawestps.vic.jdlf.com.au

Mobile Apps

Did you know that you can access Compass on your smartphone or tablet? Or that you can view your child’s learner tasks from the palm of your hand? Download the app now!

Search for ‘Compass School Manager’ in the Apple and Android app stores.

Compass Support

Need help? We’re here for you!

Attached to this newsletter is a flyer describing how to log in and view your child’s work. If you need a password reset or have forgotten your details please contact the school and we can provide you with a new log in. Ph.: 50231336

Partners in Print 2017

Prep parents/carers and children are invited to come along and find out about ways your child can learn at home.

We will be having two sessions. It’s important that parents/carers come to both.

Thursday 9th March & Thursday 23rd March

6.30 – 7.30pm – Sessions

In the Gym and Prep classrooms

Kids….Don’t forget to wear your Pyjamas!

There will be a special surprise for all children who attend both sessions!


*                    A Crèche will be available both evenings for siblings in the Library


Student Leader Badge Ceremony - Firday 3rd March

Student Leader Badge Ceremony - Tomorrow morning

 in the Gym at 9.00am. All parents are welcome to attend.

Presentations will be made by Deputy Mayor - Jason Modica.


Parent / Teacher Meetings

We will be having our Parent/Teacher Meetings in week 4

The meetings are an extremely important component of ongoing home–school communication and family involvement with MWPS. Years of research demonstrate that family involvement in education leads to positive benefits for children, such as increased school attendance, higher academic performance, and improved attitudes about school.

This initial meeting will be a time for you to tell the teacher about your child. It is also an opportunity to look at the Goals set at the end of 2016.

Bookings will be available on COMPASS next week, these are the times available:

Wednesday 22nd February                     Thursday 23rd February

        2.30pm – 6.30pm                                   3.30pm – 6.00pm

If you have forgotten your Compass password, please contact the school office.  If these times do not suit, please contact your child’s teacher and make an alternative arrangement.

A crèche will be available for siblings in the Library.

RREP Leaders

A big congratulations to all the students who have successfully obtained a RREP leadership position for 2017. The RREP program is a fantastic asset to our school with RREP leaders giving up their lunchtime to provide activities and mediation to their peers in the ‘friendship zone’. The RREP leaders will operate in two groups rotating term by term. The students are currently getting trained by Mrs Cottrell and will be ready to start next week. Thanks to all the students who applied and to Mr Hall and Mrs Cottrell for their co-ordination.

A full list of our RREP leaders can be found by click on the 2017 school leaders on this webpage. 



Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

At MWPS our children participate in 5 minutes of Mindfulness every day.

We are implementing Mindfulness because when we tune in to our body and our mind through mindfulness, we can improve our learning.

Mindfulness assists mental health and wellbeing and has been successfully implemented in a wide variety of government and non-government schools with positive results in classes of all sizes, backgrounds, locations and ages.

It has also been proven to help students with sleep, wellbeing, managing emotions, concentration and school behaviour including reductions in bullying.

It assists in:

•stress management,

•increased resilience,

•increased creativity,

•better decision making, and

•a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.

Please ask your child all about Mindfulness and maybe they can try it at home.


School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, disciplineand leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum. CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.


The annual CSEF amount per student is:

• $125 for primary school students

• $225 for secondary school students.



Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from www.education.vic.gov.au/csef


For the CSEF application closing dates

and more information about the fund visit


Meet Our New Teachers

My name is Cambell McKenzie and I am a new teacher at Mildura West Primary School, teaching grade 3. I have recently completed my Bachelor of Education at the La Trobe Mildura campus. I am very excited to finally be where I have dreamed of being for a very long time, in a school environment changing the lives of students and providing them with life long skills. I am very down to earth, friendly and humorous so I am always happy for a chat around the school. I love spending time with friends and family, meeting new people, testing my skills and playing various sports within the community such as tennis.




Hi everyone! My name is Mrs Trudy Sakkas. I am super excited to be teaching at Mildura West Primary School this year in a fabulous Grade 1 class, and with wonderful teaching colleagues and support staff. In my family I have my husband George (who attended MWPS as a child), my sons Johno (15), Connor (13), and Alex (4), and daughter Alana (9) who is also starting in Grade 3 this year at Mildura West. In my spare time I love cooking, reading, playing tennis and DIY projects at home. I am really looking forward to meeting new students and their families over the coming weeks. 2017 is going to be a great year!




Hi, my name is Tracy Pope and I am teaching Grade 5 this year. I have previously taught at St. Paul's Primary School in Mildura and at Yulara School, which is a primary school located at Ayers Rock Resort in the Northern Territory. Literacy is my passion and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone at Mildura West. Out of school, I am married with two teenage daughters. I love to spend time with my family, walk the dogs, swim and play netball.  If you see me around, please say hi and stop for chat!


School Council Members Wanted

School Council Elections will take place in March.

At Mildura West Primary School, the School Council plays an important role in

supporting the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for

students. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging

experience. It’s a great way to get involved and have a real say in what your school is

doing for its students.

This year we are looking for 4 new members.

Interested parents, carers and community members can enquire at the school office. We welcome all people willing to get involved to make our school, a great school