It was wonderful to see the children and staff return from their Easter break. There were plenty of conversations about Easter egg hunts, seeing friends, watching movies, getaways and having sleep ins (o.k. that was the staff!).
I am going on leave from this Friday until the end of Week 3, Term 2. I am using some of my long service leave to travel with my family to Europe and we are looking forward to a trip that has been a long time in the planning.
As this is my last newsletter for a few weeks, I wanted to give some reflections of what I have seen and learnt since sitting in the principal’s chair. Of all of the questions I have been asked, the most common is “Am I happy?” My response is always an honest yes. It was a privilege to be given the opportunity. I have learnt, and continue to learn, about the intricacies of running a very large school. I have found out about the beginning of a building project, how smaller staff teams work together to ensure that the school’s business and strategic plans are implemented, managed a large budget, and worked through the staffing processes. Dale warned me that the workload would be huge and that I shouldn’t underestimate the complexities of the school. He was right!
As I have got to know the staff my respect for the expertise that each of them brings to the school has strengthened. As a group they bring a range of experience, knowledge and skills which means they put the children’s learning, first and foremost. I can assure you that your children are in safe hands. Class teachers are supported by a team of strong and capable education assistants. Their ability to make informed decisions about what individual and groups of children need mean that they can access the curriculum at their level.
The parent community is right behind the school supporting it financially, through volunteering, sharing information and being part of the P&C Association and School Board.
This term the children have enjoyed swimming lessons, some have trained for and will participate in the interschool swimming carnival, attended gym lessons, participated in a tennis competition, celebrated Harmony Day, celebrated Dr Seuss’s birthday, played in the mud, played modcrosse, will compete in a cricket carnival and been on excursions, laughed through assemblies and received merit certificates.
Schools are busy places. What Mount Hawthorn Primary School staff plan for the students makes it a ‘distinctive school’ just as we said we would in the Business Plan 2015-2017.
Mrs Edminston provides the children with an exceptional Visual Art program. Each time I have visited the class, I have been very impressed with the skills of the children, as well as the creativity that they show.
Children have been doing drawings, learning to mix colours, use a colour wheel, creating turtles, making people and decorating masks. The art room is always a busy place.
At the end of the term Miss Bree Rampal will begin parental leave. Miss Rampal is an excellent teacher whose enthusiasm for her profession is clearly evident in her relationships with the children, parents and colleagues. We wish Miss Rampal all the very best as she begins the next chapter of her life as a mum.
At the beginning of the year a section of the oval was re-turfed. Whilst the grass has taken and the oval is back in use, it is now necessary for it to be top dressed. This work is being done at the end of the term and with the two week holiday; the oval will once again be a safe and green space for lessons and play.
We have recently announced the Year 6 sports ambassadors.
Soccer – Cody, James and Oscar
Netball – Mia and Tahlia
AFL – Nicholas and Thomas
Modcrosse – Ruby, Sacha and Jayme
BEING ON TIME FOR SCHOOL
It is very important that children come to school on time i.e. somewhere between 8.30 and 8.45am. These 15 minutes give children time to get ready for the school day – hand in homework, select new home readers, catch up with friends, play in the playground, do the jobs that come with being a school leader, and talk to their teachers. We want to get the learning program underway as soon as the siren goes and children need to be ready.
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
Information about booking an appointment to see your child’s teacher is available on our school website. The booking system will close on Friday 8th April at 1.00pm.
Tomorrow the Year 4 and 5 children will be participating in a Cricket Carnival. The children will spend the day at Britannia Oval and each team will play four games of cricket and participate in a bowling competition. I have no doubt that the competition will be fierce. Good luck to all of the players!
WORLD OF MATHS
This week and next all of the Pre-primary to Year 6 children will participate in the “World of Maths” travelling Maths show. This in-school event will give children the opportunity to solve problems, play with numbers and shapes, think logically, and apply mathematical concepts to real life. Thank you to Mrs Gillies and the maths committee for organising this event.
PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS AND EDUCATION ASSISTANTS
We are very fortunate to have a number of pre-service teachers and education assistants in the school in the coming weeks and months. The staff at the school and in the Education Support Centre provide a supportive environment where aspiring educators can learn from our experienced teachers, hone their own skills, get quality feedback, and gain some understanding of public schools. I wish all of the students a very successful practice and thank the staff for taking on this mentoring role.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
The school ANZAC ceremony will be held on the junior tiger turf on Friday 8th April 2016 commencing at 9.00am. All students must wear the black, green and gold full school uniform, as well as a wide brim school hat. (This is an outdoor event so a hat is a requirement.) Faction T-shirts are not permitted. If your child is a member of a service group such as the scouts, guides, rangers etc. they are welcome to wear that uniform.
It will be pleasure to have members of the Mount Hawthorn Return Services League in attendance. The choir will sing “ANZAC Cottage”, a song written and performed by James Blundell at the ANZAC Cottage centenary celebrations at the beginning of the year.
The student councillors will lead the ceremony and lay several wreaths on behalf of the school. If there are any parents who could donate flowers and assist in the making of these wreaths please contact Bronwen Mears, Associate Principal, by the end of this week. One student from each class has been chosen to lay a flower at the ceremony. These specific parents will be notified by the end of this week.
Nominations are sought for the Schools Board. The Board assists the schools by setting and monitoring priorities and goals – and by providing strategic guidance. Nominations should be dropped off at the front office and are due by 8th April 2016. An election will be held if nominations exceed the available positions. Any questions to Board Chair, Michael Jenkin at email@example.com
Uni-Active is now open for enrolment in Term 2 for Kindy to Year 2 children. Focusing on developing the skills of Catching & Running through fun games and activities. Uni-Active is held on the school oval from 8:00am-8:45am on a Tuesday morning. Click HERE for further information and enrolment details.
Friday 8th April 2016 – Last day of Term 1
Tuesday 26th April – Children do not come to school – Parent interview day for Pre-Primary to Year 6, Kindy groups – Blue, Green and Orange
Wednesday 27th April – Day 1 of Term 2 for all other students – Parent interview day Kindy groups – Red, Purple and Yellow
P&C ASSOCIATION THANKYOU!
Thank you to the P&C Association for organising a very successful Easter raffle. Over the course of a few of days $1045 was raised; an outstanding effort. Thank you to those who made generous donations to the raffle hampers, sold tickets each morning, and bought tickets.
TRIPLE P PARENTING WORKSHOP
Triple P is a free intensive parenting workshop which is facilitated by the school psychologist. The program runs over several weeks and is for parent of children from birth to 12 year olds, with severe behavioural difficulties. The course covers Triple P’s 17 core positive parenting skills that can be adapted to a wide range of parenting situations.
CHURCHLANDS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL TOUR
Churchlands SHS is offering a tour for parents of children in Years 1-4 on Friday 1st April 2016 at 9.20am in the Churchlands SHS Concert Hall.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB NEWS
Thank you for the ordering from the Scholastic Book Club. This term your orders have generated $900 of rewards for our school library. They will be converted to wonderful new resources for your children to enjoy. Stay tuned to Tiqbiz to find out when the books will be available.
Are you sick of scrabbling for coins and making the trek to the library? Try out the online ordering options. You can either order through the Scholastic web site or download the app onto your android device. Just imagine popping the order through while waiting at the kiss and drive. We will be moving to a cashless book club ordering system in the future so we encourage you to give online ordering a go. Please see the link below to see the ordering options and drop into the library if you have any questions.
Thanks to Renae Adams for kindly volunteering to manage Book Club. It is a mammoth task and we are so fortunate to have another parent give up their time for the benefit of our library community. Thanks also to our outgoing Book Club managers, Jodie Hameister and Caz Shurmer. We have a bigger, richer collection thanks to you.
From the P & C
P&C FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
Fundraising for school projects is a big part of the P&C activity throughout the year. However, this cannot be done by the P&C alone! In 2016, each school year group has been allocated a specific activity to aid in raising money to help fund projects and equipment around the school. As many of you will have heard, the Easter Basket Raffle was a huge success with an outstanding amount of money raised by the Year 1 parents last week. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and to the volunteers who made everything happen so quickly. Well done Year 1!
Please see the list below and pencil in your fundraising month to your calendar:
Easter raffle – Done!
Mother’s Day event
Watch for an email from liaison parents this week!
Father’s Day event
Sports Day fundraiser
Students to assist with P&C projects
The P&C Fundraising Committee will provide information and support to assist all events in running smoothly, and we hope to get lots of family members involved in volunteering for and supporting these, plus other exciting events through 2016. We look forward to meeting you all sometime soon!