3 February 2016
3 February 2016
There is a lot to love about the beginning of the school year – sharp pencils, neat workbooks, new teachers, new and renewed friendships, and lunchboxes and water bottles that seal properly. It was wonderful to meet the students on our first day and I enjoyed visiting each class to say hello and find out about everyone’s holidays. A very special welcome to the Kindy children and the families who are new to the school!
As many of you may be aware, I have the privilege of being the principal for the next six months whilst Mr Mackesey takes on a new role as a Principal Consultant with the Department of Education.
My most recent position has been the principal of Kyilla Primary School in North Perth for the past three and half years. I have particular interests in curriculum and staff and student well-being. I thoroughly enjoy what I do as a school principal, loved (and still do) being a teacher and look forward to being in and out of classrooms.
At the beginning of this year we welcomed a number of new staff to the school. It is wonderful to have Miss Emily Reeve (Year 2), Mr Tom Norman (Year 5), Miss Anne Scott (Year 3), Mrs Donna Leibowitz (Kindy) and Miss Marni Adlam (Kindy) join the staff. Welcome back to Mr Geoff Pearson (Year 4) and Miss Mara Pizzino (Year 1); it’s great to have familiar faces return to school.
I would like to acknowledge the efforts of all of the staff who have spent considerable time getting things ready for a wonderful first few days. Many hours have been invested in moving furniture, setting up desks, creating labels, setting up classroom processes, and planning lessons so that the year started well. Thank you to the staff for their professional commitment to the children and their families.
As the school’s student numbers have continued to grow, we have acquired two more classrooms. These classrooms are the new homes for Year 3 students with Mrs Williams and Year 4 students with Mr Pearson. I think that Mrs Williams and Mr Pearson and the children enjoy one of the best views of the city. Interactive whiteboards have been ordered and we hope to have them installed very soon.
During the holidays the oval was improved by planting new turf. The grass has had a few setbacks with the hot weather, but with the efforts of the gardener and some reticulation it’s heading towards the “looking great” stage. In the very short term we have put up some temporary markers around the new turf and the children are not allowed to play on the oval before and during school. Given that swimming lessons are coming up and the in-school tennis competition is gearing up I hope that the restricted play area does not impact too greatly. I do appreciate your support and know that the long term enjoyment of green grass outweighs the short term pain.
The P&C Association provides invaluable support to the school and what they do makes a huge difference. I would strongly encourage you to consider how you can play a part in the P&C Association, be it through regular attendance at meetings or holding an elected position for a period of time. The effort of many allows the P&C Association to do great things at Mount Hawthorn Primary School.
So that you know where staff members are working, please click HERE to see who’s who and where they are located.
Last Thursday and Friday the staff spent a very productive two days undertaking professional learning in a range of areas. Topics included Mathematics, instructional strategies, epilepsy and associated medication, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), as well as reviewing the year level strategic plans, setting dates for hub meetings and whole school events. The professional learning was a good way to set the scene for the coming school year.
From next Monday 8th February the school is changing the ICT standard operating environment to something new and better. The improvements are being made by the Department of Education and are being rolled out to all public schools. As a consequence of this work the school’s access to computers, interactive whiteboards and internet will range from zero to very limited. The school administration will be ‘off line’ for two to three days and the classrooms for the full week. Please call the school if you need to contact us for any reason. If you decide to send an email please understand that it will sit in cyberspace for a few days before any of us see it.
Each year parents want to know what is happening in classrooms and how year levels are going to make the school’s business plan and Department direction part of everyday practice. Teachers are also keen to tell parents about some of the things that they can do to ensure that their child has a great year.
If possible, parents should make alternative arrangements for minding younger children and siblings when attending these sessions.
Each session will run for approximately 30 to 45 minutes and will be held in the child’s classroom at the following times:
Kindy – Wednesday 10th February – 6.00pm Blue, Green and Orange
Kindy – Thursday 11th February – 6.00pm Yellow, Purple and Red
Pre-primary – Tuesday 9th February – 6.00pm
Year 1 – Tuesday 16th February 6.15pm
Year 2 – Tuesday 16th February 5.30pm
Year 3 – Monday 15th February 5.30pm
Year 4 – Wednesday 17th February 5.30pm
Year 5 – Thursday 11th February 6.15pm
Year 6 – Monday 8th February 5.30pm
So that you know what is happening in the school, please remember to regularly check the school website and the Tiqbiz App (don’t forget to change your year selections on Tiqbiz). Everything that you wanted to know about the school is online.
Please remember that applications for the Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs for Year 7 2017 closes on Monday 8th February 2016. You need to submit applications online.
We are seeking expressions of interest from K-6 families to host an Italian Language Assistant from the University of Milan in term 2.
Ideally, it would be great to have 2-3 families involved who could provide accommodation for 3-4 weeks. In exchange, the Assistant will provide the family with 4 hours per week of household duties such as cooking, cleaning, babysitting and/or tutoring. The Assistant will attend school Monday to Thursday.
Last year, two Mount Hawthorn Primary School families had a wonderful experience hosting Elisa Giannoni. Elisa was an invaluable assistant who helped student’s fine tune their language skills and introduce them to contemporary Italian culture.
For further information, please contact Signora Monisse Anne.Monisse@education.wa.edu.au or on 9242 3677. The deadline for applications is Friday 19th February.
Mount Hawthorn P&C invites all parents to attend the Annual General Meeting on Monday 22nd February 2016 at 7.30pm at the Harbeck Centre.
Your P&C contributions and the efforts of many within our community support the provision of grounds projects, equipment and value added services for the benefit of the students and the greater school.
This meeting is a great chance to come along and participate in the agenda for 2016 and to take part in the elections of the committee.
Participating in this forum sets a great example to your kids and provides a diversity of ideas and initiatives to be actioned and heard.
Many of last year’s P&C will be at the Sundowner on Friday 19th February 2016 so come along and have a chat to find out more.
You can access the minutes to the previous General meeting and the AGM of 2015 via the parents section of the school website.
I look forward to seeing you at both events! – Tim Swart – P&C President
Our special trading session on the Thursday 28th January proved extremely popular again. We provided 467 uniform items to over 120 families, and we really appreciate everyone’s patience and good humour throughout the day.
We could not run this very popular trading session without the assistance of volunteers – thanks go to the many parents who gave their time to ensure the shop ran smoothly. An extra special mention also goes to our student volunteers, many of whom were new Year 6s already displaying their commitment to their leadership year.
We are very pleased to announce that the bulk shipment of hats in the new style has arrived. All orders for hats that were left with us last week will be processed in Week 1 and delivered to class. You can also buy them from the shop this Thursday when we re-open for Term 1 or drop your completed order form into the yellow box in the front office.
Donations of second-hand stock can be left with the school front office. Second-hand stock sales will recommence in Week 4 of Term 1.
Please note there was an error on last week’s Tiqbiz announcement. Our normal trading hours are Thursdays from 2:30pm to 3:15pm during school term. Please email us if you have any questions: email@example.com
The canteen will be closed the first week of term while staff prepare the kitchen, restock supplies and prepare scrumptious homemade food. The canteen will open Monday 8th February 2016. Online canteen will be available then as well and if you haven’t already, try this fabulous service – simple to order, no hassles finding small cash, and you can order ahead. If you already have an Online Canteen account, please remember to update your child’s details (Year level and classroom etc).
School Banking commences week 2 of Term 1 on Tuesday 9th February 2016. Open from 8:15am and new accounts are welcome – a great way for your children to start learning about saving.
P&C MUSIC SUNDOWNER – FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2016
Catch-up with old friends and make some new ones at the P&C Music Sundowner. There will be a sausage sizzle, soft drinks, a great band and fun times. Feel free to bring your own picnic and meet us on the School Oval from 4:30pm. If you are new to the school then come along to meet other parents. If you’re not, come along because you know how much fun our Sundowners can be – the kids have a ball and the parents love catching up.
MONDAY 22nd FEBRUARY AT 7:30pm IN THE HARBECK CENTRE (School Library)
Hear what your P&C has achieved over the past year and the worthy projects your P&C contributions have helped make possible to benefit all children at the school. Ask questions, make suggestions and consider how you can help us advance our mission. It’s also when we conduct our elections and this will be your chance to join the committee or volunteer to help on some special initiatives for the year ahead. There are roles for people with only a little time to give as well as roles requiring a more regular commitment, something for everyone! See you at the AGM.