We have been fortunate to have pre-service teachers from Edith Cowan University working in the school. At the end of the week some of the students will return to their studies and others will be here until the end of the term.
Well done to each of the students for doing a great job of being part of the school community and working diligently in the classrooms. It has been a pleasure to have them in the school and I thank the Mount Hawthorn staff providing valuable support and advice.
A number of students auditioned to be soloists at the Schools Make Music Concerts being held at Crown Theatre later in the year. I am delighted that Lizzy, Ben, Naomi and Hannah from Year 6 have been selected. It is no mean feat to perform a solo before a selection panel. They can be very proud of the effort, preparation and courage that they have displayed.
YEAR 6 CAMP
This week the Year 6 children and their teachers will be travelling to Woodman Point for the annual three day camp. According to the children the bags are packed, they have found their sleeping bags, got the extras for the “just in case” moments and are ready to tackle some new challenges.
I am sure that there will be plenty of stories and tired bodies next Friday.
I would like to thank Mr Lawrence, Miss French and Mrs Gillies for making sure that the children have this wonderful opportunity. Thank you also to Miss Nuske, Miss Ahmad and Miss Malhortra for going on their first camp as a teacher – a whole new perspective!
The Year 2, 3 and 4 children had a fantastic time with the young people from Balga Senior High School last Friday. They learnt about Dreamtime stories, dance, painted their faces, threaded beads, ate kangaroo and damper, made Aboriginal flags, painted fabric and found out more about Aboriginal culture. One of the best parts of the day was seeing the secondary students find new friends in our students. Class teachers have continued to talk about Aboriginal culture in their classrooms. Thank you to Mrs Mears for making the day happen and to the teachers for going with the flow of the day. A very special thank you to the canteen for ensuring that our guests were fed well. This event was free thanks to support from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Balga Senior High School.
Semester 1 reports will be sent home with children on Wednesday 29th June 2016, so please check your child’s bag for a large white envelope. If your child is not at school on this Wednesday, reports will be posted home at the end of Term 2.
NATIONAL SCHOOLS OPINION SURVEY
As a school we value feedback. Teachers give it to children when we mark work and talk about their learning, they talk about what and how we teach through collaborative meetings, and the administrative team meet weekly to hash out what has happened and what we do next. One of the things that we want to know is what parents think of the school. Using the National Schools Opinion Surveywe have a tool that allows us to collect and analyse data. The data you give us will be added to the information that we already have, as well as what we collect from staff and students. Please use the link below and complete the survey online before 17th June 2016https://www.schoolsurvey.edu.au/s/3Rxh9v9h
Well done to all of the Year 6 students who represented the school last Friday at the winter sport competition against Wembley Primary School. It was a great afternoon and we were fortunate that the rain held off.
On Thursday 2nd June our fabulous hockey team (Year 5 and 6 students) came second at the Interschool Hockey Championships at Perth Hockey Stadium. They played fantastically and represented our school beautifully.
Part of the School Board’s remit is to review school policies. At the last meeting the Sunsmart policy was discussed. As a school we are committed to ensuring that children learn all of the things that they can do to prevent being sunburnt. We have a “no hat, no play in the sun” rule for terms 1 and 4 when the weather is at its hottest. We also recognise that there are hot and/or sunny days during terms 2 and 3. It is important that children have a hat in their bag all year round. This means that if we know that the day is especially sunny and the children are going to be in the sun, we can ask them to wear a hat.
KINDY TOUR AND 2017 ENROLMENTS
Applications for Enrolment in Kindergarten and Pre-primary for commencement in 2017 are now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd July 2016.
You are not required to complete an Application for Enrolment for Pre-primary if your child is currently enrolled in Kindergarten at Mount Hawthorn Primary School and you plan to stay at this school for Pre-primary. We will request Proof of Address in Term 4.
Lorena Rock, Associate Principal Early Childhood, will be conducting a short tour at our Kindy on Friday 24th June at 9.00am for interested prospective parents. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Vicki.Roberts@education.wa.edu.au
Further information about Enrolment into Kindy and Pre-primary is available on our website.
School Watch School Watch is a partnership between the WA Police and the Department of Education aimed at protecting our schools from vandalism, theft and damage. Every year, criminal damage to schools not only costs Western Australian taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, but also inconveniences students, their families, teachers and local residents. Most importantly, if you live near a school and see or hear suspicious behaviour immediately contact School Watch Security or the Police.
School Watch Security: 1800 177 777 or Police: 131 444 Your call could prevent break-ins, vandalism, graffiti or even arson. Ensuring our school is well cared for reflects on our community and contributes to the value of surrounding residential properties, so it’s worth it!
What to look for:
The most important times for you to be vigilant are during school holidays as schools are unattended and therefore more vulnerable than usual to crime.
Keep in mind that schools are generally large physical areas with multiple “blind spots”. If you hear unusual noises from within a school, such as glass breaking or banging noises, this might mean people are up to no good.
Look for unusual vehicles parked at a school on weekends or during holidays.
Watch for groups “hanging around” on school grounds. This should not occur and can be one of the starting points for crime to occur.
For the very latest updated information on coming events please check the School Website.
Thursday 16th June – Pre-primary Room 17 Parent information Session
Friday 17th June – Assembly Year 3 Room 33 GOLD
Tuesday 21st June – Pre-primary Room 18 Parent information Session
Wednesday 22nd June – Interschool Cross Country Year 4 to 6 and Pre-primary Room 19 Parent information Session
Thursday 23rd June – Pre-primary Room 15 Parent information Session
Friday 24th June – Assembly Year 4 Room 31 GREEN, Kindy Tour for prospective parents, Year 6 Winter Sport v West Balcatta and Year 5 Excursion to Peninsula Farm
Tuesday 28th June – Salaka African Drumming Group
From the P & C
UPDATE ON SPENDS FROM P&C FUNDS
Netball Rings: The P&C have agreed to fund the supply and install of 14 x netball Ring key plates to the back of the Basketball units and Seven removable netball rings which will allow for both junior and senior heights. A lifting tool enables the rings to be adjusted to the required height. Defibrillators: Two defibrillators have been ordered – one for the main campus and one for the Kindy – with the P&C paying for one and the school paying for the other.
Federal Election July 2nd Cake Stall Call out:
On Saturday 2nd July 2016, the Year 3 Group will be holding an Election Sausage Sizzle and cake stall at the school and another cake stall at Braithwaite Hall. Both stalls will need extra help with cake stock, so if you are able to help out please let the organisers know:
Pre-primary, Year 1,2,3, please contact : Bronte Pyett firstname.lastname@example.org or Katrina Fisher email@example.com for Braithwaite Cake Stall cake donations.
Kindy, Year 4,5,6 Please contact Erin Croot firstname.lastname@example.org or Alison De Mattia email@example.com for school site cake stall donations