Save Our Oak Trees

Well the new decking has been completed and everyone is now able to enjoy some shady seating under our magnificent oak trees. These trees are very special to us and have even inspired some poetry:

Save Our Trees

Poor animals,

Their habitats getting cut down,

Like their rivals

They’re fighting for survival.

All you think about is money,

That’s an act of selfishness.

Does it give you happiness?

So you go ahead,

Limit our little furry ones,

We’re going to be here to stop this madness,

And save everyone’s happiness.


By Summer D 5LE



We held yet another successful Tree Planting Day Colouring Competition this year with lots of entries. The winning entries will be on display in the Sustainability noticeboard outside Mr Paine’s office. The winners were chosen by the Yr 5 Senior Environment Team.

The prizes this year for the student winners are an assortment of things such as:  calico bag, gloves, a koala wrist band, a keyring, a bag tag, a stationery set, shape bands, stickers, tattoos and an owl banadana.

The winning adults get a seed greenhouse, a collapsible bucket and some seeds.

The winners are: Hinako PAW, Ashane PAW, Allycia 1KI, Desi 1KO, Hilda 2TS, Ethan 2MS, Imeth 3PN, Morgan 3BA, Liliana 4JE, Hayden 4LW, Thisumi 5BA, Lauren 5LE, Medeline 6TH and Julie 6NR.

The winning adults were Kathy Rintoul, mother of Lucy 5LE, Chris D’Silva, mother of Riley 2MSFui-Yin Yap, mother of Megan 1KI

A special mention and a small prize goes to Avani Mavani, mother of Reva 3BA.

The winning teachers are Miss Willcox, Mr Barraclough and Miss Bonacci.










Prize packs (junior, senior and adult) and winning entries (junior, senior and adult).


Kids need to get gritty and get their hands dirty

This year we held our 17th Annual MWPS Tree Planting Day on Monday July 31st 2017. We planted 400 new native trees and shrubs around the school. The Year 6 Enviro KTK team ran the day by themselves and must be commended for their hard work. Well done Julie, Jazmin, Max, Amir, Jenny, John, Arian, Nudara, Mirae and our Year 5 Enviro Team members Eadie, Olivia, Kenneth, Gianna and Sarina. Also a big thanks to Mr Rooks and our groundsman Peter for helping out all day too. Mulch will be laid around the new plants and students will maintain the gardens during their class gardening sessions. Over the last 17 years we have planted approximately six and a half thousand (6,500) plants. Quite an achievement! Classes also did tree themed activities in their rooms.



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 Monday July 31st 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.