School Newsletter – 18 March 2015

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Principal’s Message
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I was really pleased to hear that three ex-students are representing Australia in Lacrosse and one of our ex-students, Nicole Hamilton placed in top ten at the recent Rottnest Channel swim. Now we are not taking all the credit for the numerous successes, however the boys got a taste for Lacrosse representing the school and Nicole had talent and worked hard.

This newsletter will have a focus on Physical Education, which is one of the exemplar programs running at the school. Ably led by Anita and Sue, the programs give student’s opportunities and develop fundamental movement skills. Students also get further opportunities to represent the school throughout the year in team sports and some individual events such as the cross country.

I have had a few queries about the fantastic Uni Active program running before school for Pre-primary and how parents can get involved. The school has recognised that the early acquisition of skills is important. We currently have a partnership with the Human Movement Team from UWA, which involves running morning sessions for students from Pre-primary. We are keen to extend the program to include students up to Year 2 if there is enough parent interest.

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I would like to extend a huge thank you to Matt Sevior for donating the fantastic new faction and school flags for use at sporting carnivals and other school events. They looked fabulous at the Faction Swimming Carnival!

It may seem a strange link to a Phys Ed newsletter, however one of our wonderfully talented parents, Adrian Keating trialled a computer club last year, which was well received by students who did some amazing work. Adrian is keen to run this program again during lunchtime on Mondays, during Terms 2 and 3. He needs a network of computer savvy or interested parents who might be willing to help.  The club is suitable for students in Year 3 onwards. We are holding a meeting for parents who are interested in contributing to the computer/science club at the Harbeck Library on Monday, 23 March at 7.00pm.

From Sue and Anita

Sue and Anita-smlWe have another very exciting year of sport planned and we are looking forward to sharing all our sporting achievements across the school with you. We have had a very busy start to the term, with the senior school attending in-term swimming lessons in Weeks 3 and 4. Time trials were also held in preparation for our Faction Swimming Carnival. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with recording and timekeeping.

Congratulations: Menzies – Emma and Hamish, Braithwaite – Eve and Lachlan,  Axford – Indianna and Ryan, Shakespeare – Julia and Riley.


Shakespeare and the 2014 champions Braithwaite were neck and neck at the end of the individual events. It was down to the relays which earn massive points. Shakespeare won three relays then Braithwaite won two. Too exciting! Three wins was enough and Sensational Shakespeare won the carnival. The last time Shakespeare won was 2009. GO SHAKESPEARE! Beware, other Faction’s, because Shakespeare has said they are planning to win cross-country and the athletics as well!

Shakespeare 1st – 386  Braithwaite 2nd – 379 Menzies 3rd – 333  and  Axford 4th – 256

Swimming Shield-2Congratulations to Axford, the smallest team on the day had the loudest roar when it came to cheers and easily won the bonus points shield for their positive participation in the day.

The carnival was such a success because of the enormous support from staff and parents who barely stopped for 10 minutes all day. A hint to Year 3 students; join the fun, pass level 6 State-Swim and swim for your faction and school like our fantastic champions listed below:

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Year 4  Mia – Braithwaite, R/Up-Ruby – Shakespeare, James – Shakespeare, R/Up-Rohan – Braithwaite

Year 5  Madeleine – Shakespeare, R/Up- Sula – Menzies, Finn – Shakespeare, R/Up-Jaymon – Menzies

Year 6  Emma – Menzies, R/Up-Eve – Braithwaite, Stephen – Braithwaite, R/Up- Sam – Braithwaite

Mount Hawthorn is a school that SWIMS!!

The Mount Hawthorn Inter-school Swim Team is training hard to for the Inter-school carnival at Challenge Stadium on Tuesday, 31 March at Challenge Stadium. We are champions already and we are looking great! Participating schools include Churchlands, Kapinara, City Beach, Doubleview, Woodlands, Rosalie, Wembley Downs and of course Mount Hawthorn. Team selection is based on results from the Faction Carnival. Team training sessions are organised both at Beatty Park and Tuart Hill pools. Further information will be provided closer to the date. The annual team breakfast also takes place before the carnival to announce team captains. GO MOUNT HAWTHORN!!! Jennifer Townsend and Anita Putt

During Weeks 2 and 3 of this term, all students from Year 1 to Year 6 participated in a tennis clinic conducted by local tennis coach Peter Gerrans. All the students participated with much enthusiasm and many tried some of the challenging drills. During the clinic, students were involved in learning skills and participating in fun, modified games. The tennis clinics conducted by Peter at the school, support our Physical Education as well as our school tennis program by providing expert advice and tuition. The  program culminates at the end of term with Tennis Tournament Finals for Year 4 to 7 students. Mount Hawthorn is fortunate to be part of the National School Tennis Hotshots Program.

We would like to thank Peter Gerrans for donating tennis racquets to the `Tennis Stars` on the day of the clinics. The following students are our prize winners:

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Year 6 – Kye , Year 5 – Ruby, Year 4 – Adele, Year 3 – Madox , Year 2 – Devante and Year 1- Fred.

During Term 1, our Year 1 and Pre-primary students are taking part in a 6 week gym program called “LaunchPad- Time to Move”. The program aims to increase participation of children in positive fundamental movement skill activities.

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Mount Hawthorn will be entering two teams into the Association Cup Basketball Competition this year. These teams will comprise of a Year 6 girls and a Year 6 boys team. Each team will consist of nine to ten players who will be assigned a coach (parent volunteer) and train throughout the year in preparation for the carnival in Term 4. Information regarding these trials will be publicised later this term.

The Year 4 and 5 students will be involved in an Inter-school cricket carnival on Thursday, 2 April where they will be playing in faction teams. Each game is a challenge for students to practice their cricket skills and work together as a team.

Trials are being held for Year 6 students for Department of Education endorsed Specialist Cricket Programs (at Belridge and John Forrest Secondary Colleges and Kent Street Senior High School) at the WACA on Tuesday 31 March 2015. Cricket Trial applications close on Wednesday, 25 March.

ANZ NetSetGo is a fun 8 week program for girls and boys in years 1 and 2.  The program is designed to give an introduction to netball and develop associated skills and runs for 8 weeks.
Starts: Term 2, Week 2, Tuesday, April 28, 3.15 – 4.00pm
Venue: Mt Hawthorn Primary School – The Hangar
Cost: $55.00 each (includes netball and pack containing lots of goodies) Registration closes on 25 March

West Coast Fever Clinics

Mount Hawthorn Physical Education students will have the opportunity to take part in some Modcrosse coaching sessions from Wembley Lacrosse Club later in the term.

Primary School ages welcome at the club: Saturdays: Modcrosse 9.00am, Boys Lacrosse 11.00am – Sundays: Girls Lacrosse 8.30am Contact: Amanda Plummer 0404 835 699

School Sport WA coordinates a number of Inter-school Champion school events for students.

School Sport Australia National Championships


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I cannot go through another year of the Three Amigos from Year 5 bleating about their skill and ability at footy tipping. I am pleading for families to get involved with the P&C’s Footy Tipping competition. It is a great family activity with a win paying for a take away on a Sunday evening. Entries due by Friday 27th March!

1.     Get your parent’s permission first. Put a team in together or one each.
2.     Sign up HERE
3.     Create a Team Name and account
4.     Search for and join one of these leagues:
Mount Hawthorn PS – VDATMHMD
Try to beat Mr.T! Just warning you, I’m pretty good.
What is the educational value you ask? Great for Maths!!
Sign up soon, places are limited.  Email Jeff Thompson if you cannot get into a league.


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Several thousand schools around Australia participated in Ride2School Day last Friday. What a fantastic response it was at Mount Hawthorn Primary School. All the bike racks were full and there were bikes and scooters padlocked to the perimeter fencing of the school. It was great to see 187 bicycles and 53 scooters on Friday with a big thanks to Mr Gryta’s Year 5 for advertising the day. Many thanks to the parents who supported their children, continuing to keep kids active by riding, scooting, skating and walking to school. It was also notable to decrease in the traffic around the school and hopefully we can encourage more students to ride regularly.

Save the date and dig out your warm PJ’s and blankets for the 2015 Outdoor Movie Night!
We’ll be updating you soon with all the movie details, including food on offer and prizes to be won.
Tickets will go on sale online in the coming weeks ($5 each). We would love your help in organising this event, in the lead up and on the night (or both!). If you can lend a hand, please contact Alex Castle on 0401 549 051 or

Secondhand and discontinued stock items go on sale at the Uniform Shop this week. Come and grab a bargain!

What’s On

Friday, 20 March – Harmony Day Assembly – Dress up and Gold coin donation

Monday, 23 March – Computer Club Parent Meeting

Sunday, 29 March – Weetbix TRYathalon

Monday, 30 March – Tennis Tournament Grand Final

Monday, 30 March – Spellathon collections last day – Leading class updates

Tuesday, 31 March – Interschool Swimming Carnival

Thursday, 2 April – Year 4/5 Cricket Carnival

Friday, 1 May – P&C Outdoor Movie Night – Save the Date!

Dive and Try Swim Meets – Visit WA Swimming

COMMUNITY NOTICES – Click on the icons below for information about programs offered.

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