School Newsletter – Special Edition – 1 February 2017

From the Principal


Welcome to 2017 at Mount Hawthorn PS! This newsletter is simply to welcome community members back with the normal fortnightly roster of newsletter communications beginning next Wednesday.

I would like to especially welcome our new students and their families who have joined our wonderful school community. Wherever you have come from I hope MHPS meets your needs and makes you feel comfortable as soon as possible; partnership in my brief experience is a strength of MHPS.

Our student population has grown to around the 850 mark for the commencement of the school year; a new high tide mark which further emphasises the importance of maintaining our local intake enrolment policy and the challenges we accept supporting the needs of all students within our site.

As many would be aware there has been growing media on the pressures faced by inner-city schools with alternative plans being discussed, our trajectory is 900 students translating into a probable need for additional classrooms for the commencement of 2018. In our current state we cannot accommodate this figure but I am confident we will successfully manage throughout 2017 without compromise to our students and their needs.


For new families please consider downloading an app we use extensively at MHPS known as TiqBiz to your smartphone or tablet. For instructions on downloading the app click HERE

If you are already using tiqbiz

Now we have commenced a new year, you will need to make new tiqbiz selections for your child’s year/grade.


In total MHPS has enjoyed approximately $500 000 worth of capital improvements with a new roof, new admin area at the Ed Support Unit, Shade Sails, canteen upgrade and oval redevelopment. Each project is tracking as hoped:

Oval: Thanks to the determined efforts of our P&C our school oval is starting to look magnificent. It will not be available to students for the period that coincides with swimming lessons and we will ensure you are informed through the normal avenues of its progress. Thank you for taking extra time to access and depart the grounds around the temporary fencing, especially to the Pre-primary area.

Parking at this busy time…The City of Vincent has been asked to monitor parking around our school whilst the oval redevelopment program comes to a conclusion and also as the school years commences. Despite their kind tolerance, residents closest to the school do not need driveways blocked and foreign vehicles across their lawns.

Shade Sails: Poles are in and we are just waiting for the concrete footings to cure for the sails to be installed, sometime this fortnight!

Canteen: Total refurbishment is almost complete, due to open to students 13th Feb.

Ed Support Unit: Operational, much more space with some finishing work to be completed.

Roof restoration: Completed!


What a wonderful effort this morning to see so many properly prepared swimmers on the first day of school. Thank you to students and their families for helping make this the case. Mrs Mears and staff have worked very hard getting this life saving component of the curriculum underway at a challenging time of the year and should also be acknowledged. Good luck swimmers!


The City of Vincent Local History Centre and MHPS invite past pupils to come along and celebrate the launch of the school’s and Margaret Kindergarten’s archives in their new home in the Local History Centre.

Bookings essential Book online or call 9273 6534.


The canteen refurbishment is being completed and the “new look” facility will be open for business on Monday, 13 February 2017.


The Uniform Shop will be open on Thursday, 2 February from 2.30 to 3.15pm. Thereafter the shop will be opening on Tuesdays during term time. Orders can be placed online via QKR or via email in the usual ways.