Kids need to get gritty and get their hands dirty!

Getting outside – beyond our four walls – and experiencing the natural world helps children grow grit, resilience, critical thinking, problem solving and emotional intelligence. Research also shows that outdoor learning and nature time fosters cognitive, emotional and physical development in children.

These key findings have been released in our 2017 research report, sponsored by Toyota Australia, titled Learning from Trees – Life Lessons for Future Generations. 200 teachers across Australia were asked to identify the key skills children need to learn now, to be prepared to tackle global challenges such as climate change, in the future. 60 per cent of teachers cited problem solving and critical thinking, ‘grit’ or resilience, and emotional intelligence as the most important skills for facing future challenges; teachers also ranked these same skills as their students’ weakest.

Parents, schools and the wider community all have an important role to play to ensure the next generation develops a strong connection to nature. Simple actions like teaching a class outdoors or getting your hands dirty on National Tree Day ticks a lot of boxes.

That is why we will be holding our 17th Annual MWPS Tree Planting Day on Friday July 28th 2017. We will plant 400 new native trees and shrubs around the school. Mulch will be laid around the new plants and students will maintain the gardens during their class gardening sessions. Over the last 16 years we have planted approximately six and a half thousand (6,500) plants. Quite an achievement! If you would like to volunteer some time to help on the day, please contact Ms Leary (you must have a current WWC check).

Just like every year, there will be a colouring competition held to celebrate Tree Planting Day. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Sustainability Competitions page:

There are entry forms for Juniors P-2, Seniors 3-6 and Adults so the whole family can get involved and of course there will be FABULOUS PRIZES to be won! The colouring competition closes on Friday 4th August 2017.

For more information on Tree Planting Day go to You can host your own tree planting day or join a community one!


‘Deep Water Well’ Raffle    

The Year 4 students have been working really hard to ‘make a difference’ at a local and international level. This term we have decided to extend our global citizenship and awareness by holding a raffle with all of the proceeds going to World Vision to build a deep water well in a third world country.

A deep well can provide up to10,600 litres of clean water a day to benefit as many as 300 people. In addition, a deep well can cut a community’s child death rate by as much as half! Clean water lies hundreds of feet below layers of hard rock in many communities. Children have no choice but to walk long distances to find water that is often dirty and full of disease. Along with poor sanitation, this unsafe water kills 2 million children a year.

‘Deep Water Well’ Raffle

Raffle Prizes 

$150 Athlete’s Foot voucher

Adidas voucher

$150 custom mouth guard (Dr Mini Ravindran)

 $500 Fleximate voucher (Edirisinghe family)

$50 voucher at Delish cafe (Loukopoulos family)

Peter Alexander pyjamas Dr Seuss boys set size 10 and Panda girls set size 12

Fidget Spinner

Smiggle Pack

Tickets = $1 each

On Sale 1st half of recess and lunch outside the Oak Trees (Monday 19th – 23rd)


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1 dollarGOLD COIN DONATION2 dollars

WWF (World Wildlife Fund )is challenging Australians to head off to work and school and go about their day dressed head-to-toe as an animal during WILD ONESIE WEEK (which includes World Environment Day on June 5). MWPS Senior Environment Team is challenging our school to participate in this event by holding a WILD ONESIE DAY on THIS WEDNESDAY 7th  JUNE. Students may dress in a wild onesie or dress like an animal on the day. A GOLD COIN donation is requested. The funds raised will go towards our sponsored animals (which include koalas, a bilby, an orangutan, a Tasmanian devil, meerkats and a Leadbeater’s possum. See our animals page for more info)

MWPS Student Makes ABC News Headlines!

Kids sign up as citizen scientists with new app that feeds Australian species database.

Rising star and sustainability scientist Austin M from Year 5 has made ABC News headlines with his work in the field. As an avid bird watcher he is a registered citizen scientist and is at the top of his game. Read the article and watch the BTN video that has made us all very proud of him and his work.


Happy Earth Day


We celebrated Earth Day on Friday 21st April (though the official day was Saturday 22nd) at school. Prep DB and 5LE celebrated together with a fun Earth Day activity.

2RK also did some fabulous work for Earth Day.



Our bilbies are thrown a lifeline:


Australia’s endangered bilby has been thrown a lifeline. On 6 March 2013 at Dreamworld Queensland, Melbourne Chocolate Bilby Manufacturer Fyna Foods Australia Pty Ltd (Pink Lady) will meet with the Save the Bilby Fund to present a $10,000 cheque to help save the bilbies from extinction. For more bilby information go to


You too can help by buying BILBIES not BUNNIES for Easter this year.


Click on the picture or the link below to download and print the colouring competition. 



thHEZYT7OXIn the turf war between rabbits and bilbies that plays out in burrows dug into Australia’s arid grasslands, rabbits, those aggressive and fertile European immigrants, have largely won out. However, the chocolate bilby has staked its claim on the springtime candy shelf — an honor that could help the threatened species make a real comeback.

frank bilbyNever heard of a bilby? Well, it’s a cute, rabbit-sized marsupial with large ears and a long, pointed nose; once upon a time, it hopped around much of Australia. But the arrival of European settlers some 200 years ago brought hard times for the bilbies. Cities and farms destroyed habitat. Foxes and feral cats preyed on them. And rabbits eventually pushed the bilbies out of their burrows. “[The rabbits] were eating everything in their way,” says David Paton, an ecologist at the University of Adelaide. Today the bilby numbers only in the thousands, but Easter traditions – and chocolate in particular — have helped keep the bilby’s image going strong.

bilby green tagPink Lady Chocolates and Haigh’s Chocolates have teamed up with the Save The Bilby Fund to provide the Australians with their own Easter Bilby. Proceeds from the sale of these bilbies goes towards research, breeding programs and the conservation of the endangered creatures. “At Easter time it seems ludicrous to me that less than one percent of the chocolate market is bilbies and all the rest are rabbits. Millions and millions of dollars have been spent in the last hundred or so years by all forms of governments, state, local and federal in trying to rid Australia of rabbits, and yet here we are celebrating Easter with rabbits! It’s ludicrous!” – Frank Manthey.Easter Sunday 2016 is the 27th March this year. Look for Pink Lady Bilby Chocolates with the GREEN TAG that show the donation amount to Save the Bilby Fund. You can hunt for chocolate bilbies at Ritchies/IGA, Target, Australia Post, Big W, Myers, David Jones, plus many specialty shops.

Mount Waverley Primary school is proud to sponsor several bilbies with Save The Bilby Fund and Arid recovery. For more information on bilbies go to   or

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Did you know that approximately 50% of products on supermarket shelves contain palm oil? What’s more, Easter-related products are a haven for sneaky palm oil.

So how do you avoid it?

These are a few brands we know of that are palm oil free or have certain products that are:

– Haigh’s Chocolate blocks

– Whittaker’s

– Pana Chocolate

– Lindt & Sprungli – Lindt Excellence and Lindt Creation chocolate blocks (Note that filled products such as Lindor do contain palm oil)

– Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate blocks – Dairy Milk, Old Gold, Dream

– Aldi Stores: Choceur, Just Organics, Moser-Roth

What about Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO)?

100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) is produced in a way that helps protect the last remaining habitat for wildlife and preserves the livelihoods of producers. By buying from companies using either CSPO or sustainable alternatives to palm oil, you can enjoy some wildlife-friendly, guilt-free chocolates.

The key is to know how to identify palm oil in a product (read the post below for more on this) and if it does contain palm oil, but has no reference to being certified 100% segregated, or 100% identity preserved, then think about choosing another product.

READ MORE: What’s the deal with palm oil labelling? How to identify palm oil

READ MORE: Eggcellent: How to make this Easter a sustainable one.

Why is palm oil such a big issue?

When tropical forests are cleared to make way for oil palm plantations, carbon is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide (CO2 ), the gas that is the leading cause of climate change; tropical deforestation accounts for about10 percent of total global warming emissions (UCS 2013).

Indonesia was the world’s seventh-largest emitter of global warming pollution in 2009, and deforestation accounted for about 30 percent of these emissions (WRI 2013). Indeed, for that same year Indonesia ranked second (behind Brazil) in the amount of global warming pollution it produced because of deforestation (WRI 2013).

It’s estimated that 98% of Indonesian forest will be gone in 9 years due to palm oil plantations.

Palm Oil is a major problem, and it is up to us as consumers to make a difference. It is up to us to boycott the brands that contain palm oil, or who are not trying to source responsible palm oil, and protest against those who create this destruction of habitat.


On Friday 3rd March the school helped out with Clean Up Australia Day. The whole school gathered a total amount of 15kg kg of rubbish. That is an increase of last year’s 11.35kg total. Next year let’s try to reduce our rubbish in the school yard; simply by picking up rubbish when found on the ground and making sure that EVERY DAY is a rubbish free lunch day.
Thank you to everyone who contributed on the day.

Clean Up Oz from mwps on Vimeo.