From the Principal
Today’s newsletter should be celebrating our excellent Faction Swimming Carnival yesterday or our Dr Seuss’ birthday celebrations but I fear it may give a negative impression thanks to issues linked by our concerns for student safety; especially when arriving or leaving our grounds. MHPS community share a collective responsibility for the safety of our students; please consider the importance of each of our messages whilst celebrating our wonderful achievements over the last few weeks.
TRAFFIC AROUND THE SCHOOL
Schools are incredibly busy at drop-off and pick-up but often operate as smoothly as they can when drivers show patience, tolerance and use skills such as giving way or letting others in. Congestion can even be eased with this kind of behaviour quite quickly as opposed to becoming a frustrating worry and possibly an unsafe environment for students. A significant issue which we adopt a no tolerance approach towards is either illegal or inappropriate parking. Since the last newsletter vehicles have been parked in the Kiss-n-Drive for long periods and also parked in the staff car park. To avoid fines and to support reducing our congestion please be respectful, caring, responsible and try to be your best; which are the four values we are constantly asking of our students.
Over the last few weeks, Year One students have been celebrating Dr Seuss’ wacky and wonderful collection of books. We have laughed (Hop on Pop), felt inspired (Oh the Places you’ll go) and sometimes been saddened (The Lorax) as we have discussed the powerful messages his books provide us with. This week saw all Year one classes hold a party for Dr Seuss’ birthday. Buddies were involved, restaurant quality cakes were had and excited games were participated in.
A huge thankyou to all parents who were involved in making each party run smoothly. Without your help, creativity and enthusiasm, days like these would not happen.
Bree Rampal and the Year One Team
Students should not be onsite until 8.30am unless there is a special event organised. If they are here before this time they must stay in the undercover area.
STUDENT UPDATE FORMS
It is very important we have correct information about our students on our database. We have sent a Student Details Form home with every child. Please check the details, make any necessary updates and return it with or without changes. We especially need current email addresses for when we are booking Parent Teacher Interviews via PTO.
YOUR BEST FRIEND MAY NOT BE SOMEONE ELSE’S
Students and their families enjoy walking their dogs to and from school but the satisfaction must be accompanied with greater responsibility. Students have greater rights with respect to feeling safe as they enter and exit school.
Dogs tethered to fences without supervision are not acceptable, because of how some of our students may feel, such as those attending our Ed Support Centre and because of the City of Vincent explanation below:
From the Dog Act 1976, regarding dogs being tethered:
Section 31. Control of dogs in certain public places
(1) A dog shall not be in a public place unless it is —
(a) held by a person who is capable of controlling the dog; or
(b) securely tethered for a temporary purpose, by means of a chain, cord, leash or harness of sufficient strength and not exceeding the prescribed length.
If a matter arises from the dog(s) whilst tethered, then Section 33D will come into effect.
33D. Dog attacks etc.
(1) If a dog attacks or chases any person or animal and physical injury is caused to the person or animal that is attacked or chased, every person liable for the control of the dog commits an offence. Penalty:
(a) for an offence relating to a dangerous dog, a fine of $20 000, but the minimum penalty is a fine of $1 000;
(b) for an offence relating to a dog other than a dangerous dog, a fine of $10 000.
(2A) If a dog attacks or chases any person or animal without causing physical injury to the person or animal that is attacked or chased, every person liable for the control of the dog commits an offence. Penalty:
(a) for an offence relating to a dangerous dog, a fine of $10 000, but the minimum penalty is a fine of $500;
(b) for an offence relating to a dog other than a dangerous dog, a fine of $3 000.
The City has also recently introduced a Responsible Dog Owner Reward Scheme which provides dog owners with a bag of treats and pet discounts when a Ranger spots an owner doing the right thing.
PARENT COMMUNICATION CHARTER AND PARENT LIAISON NETWORK
Thank you to all the parent volunteers who have offered to support their classrooms in 2017 in either the capacity as a School Fair volunteer or Parent Liaison. The first Parent Liaison meetings were scheduled for today but have been moved to next Wednesday due to the short week and other demands.
The Parent Communication Charter was first introduced to MHPS in term four 2016, you can find it here:
The purpose of this charter includes clearly outlining what communication should look like with your classroom teacher. For instance, issues which require more than a ’door frame chat’ should be done so through appointment.
1st Braithwaite 475 points, 2nd Axford 375, 3rd Menzies 273 and 4th Shakespeare 268
Bonus points results
1st Menzies won by 400 points with a massive 850 points.
Congratulations Braithwaite and Menzies. For a full report on this fantastic day with lots more pictures click HERE.
Like school community members we are upset our school continues to be the target of mindless, destructive behaviour. It took two hours for broken glass to be cleared yesterday morning. The DOE security services are aware of the problem and have increased security presence. Local community members can contact School Watch on 1800 177 777 at any time.
SCHOOL OVAL OPENING
This Friday at 9:00am will be cause for much celebration when our school officially opens the school oval. The surface and environment created is a true credit to the volunteers who made it all happen in such a short period of time. Students will be facing the basketball end of the oval allowing visitors to stand at the rear or around the new retaining walls. We look forward to seeing you there and anticipate no more than 30 minutes will be required.
SPORTS CLUB REGISTRATIONS
For information about various local out of school sporting activities and teams for primary school children please visit our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MountHawthornps/
CANTEEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Sarah needs help making sandwiches, preparation and baking of the famous milo cookies, some other easy food prep and – most importantly – counter service over recess and lunch.
The canteen roster is only 1 ½ hours per session, with three sessions available per day. Helping in the canteen is a fun and a fantastic way to see your kids as they go about their school day or do their assembly practice.
Click this link to go to our sign-up roster. Choose the time(s) that suit you and click the “sign up” button
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Tracy Denham firstname.lastname@example.org
ELECTION DAY SAUSAGE SIZZLE AND CAKE STALL
Will be held on Saturday 11 March at Braithwaite Park from 8.00am to 12.00 noon and School Undercover Area from 8.00am to 2.00pm. Details here
Please volunteer your time to assist on the day and to bake cakes for us to sell. The class with the most volunteers and cakes donated will win a prize!
Please deliver cakes Friday afternoon before the Sundowner to the school canteen or to the cake stall on the day. Come along to vote and buy a delicious bacon and egg roll for $5, sausage in a bun for $3 and cakes at assorted prices.
Bring along the whole family to celebrate being back to school in a relaxed atmosphere at the Welcome Sundowner on Friday 10th March from 4.30pm to 7.30pm on the beautiful new school oval. Bring your picnic blanket and settle in for a fun night. Download the flyer
If you have any school fair enquiries email email@example.com