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‘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)

WILD ONESIE DAY ON WEDNESDAY

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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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-28/kids-citizen-scientists-new-app-feed-aust-species-database/8557814

http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/btn-top-stories/NE1702S204S00

 

Happy Earth Day

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.

EASTER COLOURING COMPETITION

BILBIES NOT BUNNIES

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

SAVE THE BILBY FUND WEBSITE

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

COLOURING COMPETITION!!!!!

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

http://enviro-print.com.au/inspirations/face-the-challenge-competition/easter-bilby-colouring-competition/?mc_cid=81b4db9908&mc_eid=5b38187dd0 

HELP SAVE OUR PLANET THIS EASTER

  BILBIES NOT BUNNIES AND BOYCOTT PALM OIL!

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 http://www.savethebilbyfund.org.au   or http://www.aridrecovery.org.au/arid-recovery-news/bilbies-not-bunnies-this-easter

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WHY IS PALM OIL SO BAD?

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.

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY

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.

HELP US SAVE OUR OAK TREES

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Each year schools have their trees audited by an arborist and this year, as in previous years, Eucalyptus Tree Services conducted our audit. Unfortunately they have identified that our three significant oak trees in the main courtyard are in serious danger, not only through a lack of water to their root system but also the years of damage of compacting the roots underneath asphalt.

We have been provided with four options:

  1. Do nothing and wait to see if the trees survive
  2. Drill holes in the asphalt for water to seep through. However, this does not resolve the issue of compacted roots and the holes would need to be serviced regularly to keep clear
  3. Remove the asphalt surrounding the trees back to the rubber playground surface and out to the northern cut line where the tree’s drip line is, mulch and construct sleep walls around the mulch
  4. The most expensive but most appealing suggestion to date is remove the asphalt as in point 3 and construct decking and timber seating surrounding the trees thus beautifying the area and creating a great deal of seating under the trees

 

Last Wednesday at the first Parents and Friends meeting the P & F members in attendance were 100% supportive of option 4 and with great enthusiasm commenced brainstorming ideas to raise money for the project and ideas to promote the project.

I am currently in the process of obtaining ideas and costings from Canopy Facilities Management Systems which I will take to the next P & F meeting on Wednesday 1 March at 7.30pm in the staffroom. This meeting is also the AGM to elect office bearers and all parents are welcome.

When a decision has been made on the design of the decking and seating along with the cost, it will be displayed in the newsletter, on our website and hard copies around our school to enable the community to see what we are raising money for.

I look forward to the communities support with this most important project.

Greg Paine

Principal