Curriculum Days

CURRICULUM DAYS THIS TERM. Our journey towards becoming an accredited IB school is getting closer! This is such an exciting time for Mildura West PS. To expand our teachers’ knowledge and to see some IB schools in action, we will be having 2 curriculum days this term. The days are Thursday 29th & Friday 30th of August. Students will not come to school on these days. The reason we are taking 2 days is because we are going to Melbourne to visit other PYP (International Baccalaureate) schools and to complete some Professional Development. We are very excited about this. Teachers of IB schools regularly visit other IB schools but as you know, there are no other IB Government schools in Mildura. Teachers will be visiting 5 PYP schools whilst in Melbourne, as well as working with an IB Consultant.AC

Our Visions, Our Values, Our School.

MWPS Vision

MWPS provides an engaging environment where children are challenged and motivated to become the best they can be.
 
Mildura West Primary School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
 
IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.
 
Mission Statement from IB - The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
 

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

MWPS Values

Resilience • Respect • Excellence • Pride

Our School

Mildura West Primary School is a vibrant and happy place to be. It offers an excellent range of educational opportunities, programs, facilities and resources. The school has approximately 390 students from a diverse range of backgrounds and nations. This diversity is one of the characteristics that make it a great school. Children learn best when parents/carers, teachers and students are partners in the education process. An ‘Open Door’ policy and regular communication ensure this happens. Parents trust that we take very good care of their children. The children at West are always placed first. All decisions are made with the student in the centre. Our School Values, Resilience, Respect, Excellence and Pride, are truly ‘alive’ and evident in all that we do.
 

Sleep helps us Learn

Children aged six to 13 need 9-11 hours of sleep. At the same time, there is an increasing demand on their time from school (e.g., homework), sports and other extracurricular and social activities. In addition, school-aged children become more interested in TV, computers, the media and Internet as well as caffeine products – all of which can lead to difficulty falling asleep, nightmares and disruptions to their sleep. In particular, watching TV close to bedtime has been associated with bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety around sleep and sleeping fewer hours.

Sleep problems and disorders are prevalent at this age. Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings and behavioural problems that impact on their ability to learn in school.

Sleep Tips for School-aged Children

  • Teach school-aged children about healthy sleep habits.
  • Continue to emphasize need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.
  • Make child's bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet.
  • Keep TV and computers out of the bedroom.
  • Avoid caffeine.

Australian Maths Competition Presentation

Our students in the Maths Club will be awarded their certificates tomorrow at our assembly. Parents/Carers of all children who participated in the competition should have received an invitation. Please join us in celebrating the children’s achievements.

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 plus 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 share ideas and take 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

Grade 1/2 Unit of Inquiry – “Where we are in place and time” People’s lives have changed over time

As part of our current Unit of Inquiry into ‘Where we are in place and time’’, Grade One and Two students have been learning about how life has changed from the past to the present. In class, students have explored objects such as typewriters, gramophones and old cameras, comparing them to how we use technology today. On Wednesday, we had a visit from Emma Rosendahl. Emma is an archaeologist and MWPS parent. She shared many things, including how communication has changed over time. Students learnt about aboriginal ochre paintings, writing with coal, ink and quills, as well as modern pens and pencils. Staff and students would like to thank Emma for sharing her knowledge and bringing in her artefacts to share.

Grade 5/6 Unit of Inquiry - ‘Government Systems and Legislation Shape Individual and National Identities’.

Grade 5 and 6 have been inquiring about how ‘Government Systems and Legislation Shape Individual and National Identities’. We had two special guest speakers come and talk with us about decisions that are made in our community. We were lucky to hear from our Principal, Anne Robinson and Wentworth Shire Councillor, Jane MacAllister. These two people have been very helpful throughout our U.O.I. Something that we have learnt is that there are lots of people in our school and the community that make decisions. We also learnt that decisions cannot be made unless you research and are informed about a topic, then there must be a discussion where a final decision is made. We appreciate Anne and Jane for helping us in our Unit Of Inquiry. 

By Gr 6 students Sophie Rose & Solopani Miki.

What does everyone think of MWPS?

WOW! Look at what our parents, our staff and our students think of our school. 

Every year a confidential survey is completed by a large number of parents. All staff, plus grade 4,5 and 6 students also complete the survery. Please open the link below to check out the results.

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