31 August 2016
31 August 2016
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
To all of our dads, uncles and grandparents –
Have a fantastic Father’s Day and enjoy being spoilt by your family.
Best wishes from the Mount Hawthorn School.
Many dads will receive a little something as part of Father’s Day celebrations or have the opportunity visit the school for a special gathering. I can’t give away too much but I know that there will be plenty of surprises when you see just how busy your children have been at school. I would like to thank all of the staff for the work they have done with the children to help get them ready to celebrate Father’s Day.
WHAT A FORTNIGHT IT HAS BEEN!
We looked fantastic! Thank you to all the children who came to school dressed up and to the parents who helped create some amazing costumes. It was a day full of laughs, a bit of craziness and plenty of smiles.
Thank you to Ms Eleni Evangel, MLA, Member for Perth, who came to the school and shared a story with some of the Pre-primary children.
Thank you to Mrs Judy Scott for accompanying our Year 5 students to this competition and for assisting with the marking of the student’s papers. Congratulations to Emerson B, James T, Rhianna K, Rhiannon F, Rohan D, Aaron C, Emanuel F and Lachie H who represented the school. The children were assessed in a range of areas including engineering, maths and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, philosophy, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge. Thank you also to Mrs Ball for making this opportunity possible for the students.
Oh, what a night! The Hawthorn Hummers and string orchestra were amazing and did themselves and the school very proud at the concert held last Friday. It was a pleasure to be part of the audience and see so many of our students showing off exceptional musical talent. The children sang a medley of songs from the Wonderful World of Disney and the string orchestra opened the evening with the National Anthem and then performed “Jasmine Nights”, “Dragon Dance” and “Japanese Hoedown”.
Congratulations to those students selected to do a solo performance. Naomi W and Lizzie R sang solos, Ben S played the “Star Wars” theme music on the cello, Hannah T played the violin and Patrick G (a former student) played the flute.
Thank you to Mrs Katie Hardman and Mrs Barbara Symington for getting the choir and string orchestra ready for their big night. It was such a wonderful celebration of the student’s musical skills. Thank you also to Mrs Bronwen Mears for assisting with the organisation. To Mr Alek Gryta, Mrs Rosie Edminston, Mr Joel Phillips and Mrs Anne Robertson who attended the evening to help with the supervision.
Last week we made a commitment to lease 63 new computers for the schools. Signing the lease agreement was a bit nerve racking but we are financially secure and the investment now means that staff and students have access to new hardware. We have decided to provide every classroom teacher with a new computer that will also be connected to the interactive whiteboard. The senior lab has been gutted and re-cabled with all new computers. The junior lab has all of the most recent computers and they will be replaced in 2018.
The Department of Education has also provided all schools with funding to improve the internet connectivity for the school. The Department has set very strict parameters for how this money is spent and we will await further direction.
Thank you to Mrs Jen Townsend who has arranged the new leases, Mrs Marjorie Commijs, our Manager Corporate Services, who has kept an eye on the budget and Mrs Madeleine Galbraith and her son James who spent many hours over the weekend sorting out the computers and packing up those that needed to be returned to the providers.
At the end of last week, Mrs Kerry Denniss commenced her long service leave and won’t return to Mount Hawthorn until the beginning of the 2017 school year. I would like to welcome Miss Jasmine Webb to the school. I am sure that she will enjoy being part of the staff and getting to know the students and their families.
It’s finally here! Tomorrow is the big day and I can’t wait. I am not sure what I am more excited about – the carnival atmosphere that comes with a whole-school event, seeing individual children excel, the cupcake display which I hear is legendary, or finding out which faction (hopefully, Braithwaite) lofts the shield.
Please remember to:
The AFL Home and Away season finished sensationally (unless of course, you are a Dogs supporter) with a celebration of Matthew Pavlich’s 17 year career at the Fremantle Dockers and a purple win. Even if you are a one-eyed supporter of another team, you cannot help but be a Pav fan and you could not sit through the game without being thrilled when Pav kicked his 700th goal.
I would like to thank Mr T, our Year 5 teacher, for organising the tipping and keeping each of us enthused by the wins and losses throughout the season. It hasn’t been a great season for everyone but there is always next year.
The final top three tippers are:
1st Terry Sullivan
2nd Jeff Roberts
3rd Jeff Thompson
Well done to each of these tipping experts!
Our school Kindy photo days are Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th September. Every Kindy student will receive a Kapture Photography order envelope to bring home. The recommended method of ordering your photos is online through Kapture’s website, as your payment is secure and can be easily verified at any time. Alternatively you can pay by cash or cheque and return the provided envelope to the school on the photography day. If you place your order online please DO NOT return your envelope to school.
The School Board will meet next week on Wednesday, 7th September to discuss a number of topics including: revised homework policy, an update on the school finances and some staff reflections on implementation of the MHPS Business Plan.
Added to the Board agenda will be the development of a protocol / guidelines for identifying the charities that we support and promote as a school. This new agenda item has presented itself in light of some community concerns about the organisation behind “Love in a Shoebox”.
The Board plays a key role in monitoring the progress (towards achievement of targets and goals) of both the Primary School and the Education Support Centre. Dr Alison Harman and I find Board meetings to be a very valuable to get timely feedback on a range of matters impacting on the Schools. I appreciate the time that the Board members give to meetings and for taking opportunities to discuss matters outside of the usual meetings.
Following a vacancy on the Board for a staff representative, I would like to welcome Miss Elishia Vearing who is filling that position.
On a rather sad note, I would also like to advise that Ms Kimberley Mann has made the decision to step down from the School Board. Kimberley has been a member of the Board for four years and played a significant part in the Primary School’s independent review. She has also made a huge contribution to the Board, especially in the area of governance. Her contributions will be greatly missed. We wish Kimberley well as she pursues some exciting educational challenges.
If you would like information about the Board and/or how you can contribute to the Schools as a Board member, please come and speak with me or contact Michael Jenkin, School Board Chair at email@example.com
To all those students who competed in the public speaking finals – a big well done! They did an amazing job and should be thoroughly proud of their efforts. The judging was very difficult for this competition because they were all so good. We would like to congratulate Shaun V who won the competition with his speech about the future. He will now be representing Mount Hawthorn Primary School in the Perth Electorate Speak Up Awards Night in September. We wish him all the best and we know that we will be proud of his efforts. Emma French Year 6 Teacher
Justine H-J, in Year 4 (bottom right) was a member of team from Reabold Tennis club which won the Div 1 Mixed 9-12 year Tennis Pennant on the weekend. The all-girl team had a nail biting win over a team of boys from Onslow Park in the grand-final.
The school needs a fair co-ordinator to help make the event a success. There is a co-ordinator’s fee available. Please contact Mary Gwynne firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking on this important role.
Grounds Committee have big plans but there are a number of small tasks we need your help to get done first. Come along and help plant some small trees, condition the soils and spread some mulch, all adding some spring time TLC to the school.
To register your interest and your availability see the Grounds Jobs Board at the Athletics Carnival or contact Jodie Ferdinando via email@example.com
Meet Sarah. She is our canteen manager and is there every day, doing most of the organising and cooking. She has one son in Year 4 and two sons now at high school.
Sarah is in desperate need of volunteers to help run the canteen successfully and all it takes is a couple of hours of your time to help.
How can you help Sarah? Volunteer! The jobs include making sandwiches (enough ham and cheese toasties to sink a ship!), preparation and baking of the famous Milo cookies, some other easy food prep and counter service over recess and lunch.
The canteen roster is only 1 ½ hours per session, with three sessions available per day.
Working in the canteen is fun and a fantastic way to see your kids as they go about their school day or do their assembly practice.
How can I volunteer? Simple!
Click this link to see the roster: http://signup.com/go/iW3UpV
Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like
Click “Sign up” and fill in your details
You will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com and your email address will not be shared with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
The Olympics is discoing its way to Mount Hawthorn! Dress up in Olympic style and head to Braithwaite Hall for huge amounts of fun for both kids and adults alike. It is happening on Friday 16 September, 2016.
Kindy to Year 2 – 5.00pm – 6.00pm – Cost $8.00
Year 3 to Year 6 – 6.30pm – 8.00pm – Cost $10.00
Entry includes ice cream and drink.
Adults will have a separate area downstairs with drinks, games, raffles and food trucks.
Venue: Braithwaite Hall – Upstairs. Corner the Boulevard and Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
Pack your gold coins as there will be food, drinks, photo booths and plenty of games and dancing for both kids and adults alike.
Tickets can be purchased at assemblies and Friday mornings in the undercover area or at https://www.trybooking.com/224516 For more information, please contact: Sonia Siamos on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0412 154 403
Net Set Go will be running in Term 4, Wednesdays 3.30-4.30pm, on the school netball courts. It is a great introduction to netball skills in a fun environment. The eight-week programme commences 19th October (Week 2) and is open to girls and boys in Years 1- 3.
The cost of the programme is $100 and includes a participant pack. The course is run by trained coaches from Netball WA and places are limited.
For more information or to register please contact Amy Murphy at Netball WA on 9380 3733 or email email@example.com.
Sign up now for Term 4 Commencing Monday 17 October 7.30 – 8.20am.
When registering, choose from the following groups at Mount Hawthorn Primary School:
Monday’s at 7.30 – 8.20am – Shooting Stars (Age 6-8) or Superstars (Age 9-12).
From now until October, families are invited to fill a shoe box with a range of items that will be given to children living overseas and in less fortunate circumstances. Details about the collection can be found HERE. This collection is run through Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organisation.