Term 2 commences on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 for students and staff following the Anzac Day public holiday and the traded school development day. At the start of Term 2 we welcome back Mr Dale Mackesey as Principal who returns with a wealth of state wide experiences as a Principal Consultant for the Department of Education. For new parents and students who are yet to meet Mr Mackesey he amalgamated both schools back in 2008, lead MHPS to become an Independent Public School and is largely responsible for the brilliant reputation MHPS enjoys.
Monday, 1 May (Week 2) is the Parent Teacher Interview Day for Pre-primary to Year 6 and Kindy Red, Yellow and Purple and Tuesday, 2 May for Kindy Blue, Green and Orange. Whilst bookings are filling very quickly there are still some vacancies. Please go to the following site and use the log in code below:
Finally I would like to wish all families a safe and happy holiday break. It has been a privilege to be part of MHPS, albeit for a brief stint. All schools face challenges, it is in part why they are such dynamic and important tenants in the community but I believe MHPS is well placed to tackle the challenges of the day. The school is wonderfully led by a willing staff, a super impressive school board and an exceptional P&C. Some of the most magnificent WA students I have ever met are their beneficiaries.
Regards, Matt Jarman
2017 Interschool Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to the Interschool Swimming Team who came first overall today. All our members contributed to the result which was undoubtedly supported by the high numbers from the team who turned up to swimming training. Mrs Putt and Mrs Kenney also deserve acknowledgement for their organisation and execution of both training and also as hosts for this year’s carnival.
Mt Hawthorn PS – 200pts
Woodlands PS – 136pts
Churchlands and Kapinara PS – 110pts
City Beach PS
Wembley Downs PS
City Beach PS – 213 pts
Churchlands PS – 202 pts
Mt Hawthorn PS – 200 pts
Wembley Down PS
By the time you read this newsletter our triennial IPS review would have been completed, if it hadn’t been postponed until later in the year. Whilst no official dates have been announced it is likely to be November. The advantage to this change for the school community includes this coinciding with the expiry of the current business plan and also the availability of the 2017 NAPLAN data.
Parents and community members are welcome to attend our school ANZAC Service on Friday, 7 April commencing at 9.00am on the tiger turf lead by the Year 6 Student Councillors.
All students must wear the black, green and gold full school uniform, as well as a wide brim school hat. Faction T-shirts are not permitted. If your child is a member of a service group such as the scouts, guides, rangers etc. they are welcome to wear that uniform. Bronwen Mears
ANZAC Bursary Presentation
At the last Assembly on Friday, 31 March 2017 Aaron C from Year 6 was presented with the Anzac Bursary which was donated by Anne Chapple from ANZAC Cottage. Aaron was chosen by staff for his demonstration of the ‘Spirit of ANZAC’. This includes qualities of tenacity, teamwork and a true regard for others. Well done Aaron. Bronwen Mears
NOME NEWS – Race against Tragedy
A Newspaper Report Can you guess the student’s age?
Tragedy has struck an isolated town in Alaska. A deadly disease called diphtheria is spreading quickly throughout the tiny town of Nome. Diphtheria starts off as a regular cold. If people are not helped quickly it keeps getting worse and worse. If it’s still not cured people will die. Five people have already died, three of them were children.
Doctor Welch, a doctor at Nomes’ local hospital, has been looking after the sick patients. Emily Morgan, a nurse from Wichita has been helping Doctor Welch keep patients comfortable until the anti-toxin serum arrives.
People have put up their hands to help this little community. Dog sleds have been organised to help get the anti-toxin serum to the sick in time. A musher called Guner Kaase says, ‘The journey will be rough for the dog teams. The climate is -40c and the weather will be severe.’
Everyone is hoping that the journey will be treated in time. This small town needs to be saved.
This wonderful innovated text displays correct use of grammar and punctuation, the writer has selected interesting and complex vocabulary to deepen the quality of the text and the structure is spot on. When I spoke to the Year 4 writer she found the entire activity fun and was clearly proud of her efforts but was a little unsure where she was going as a writer if she continued to improve at this rate.
Important Dates for Term 2
Wednesday, 26 April
Students return to school for Term 2
Monday, 1 May
Parent Teacher Interview Day PP – 6 and Kindy Red, Yellow and Purple
Tuesday, 2 May
Parent Teacher Interview Day – Kindy Blue, Green & Orange
Tuesday, 9 to Friday 12 May
NAPLAN Testing for Years 3 and 5
Tuesday, 23 May
Faction Cross-Country Years 3 to 6
Friday, 2 June
School Development Day (students do not attend)
Wednesday, 21 June
Interschool Cross Country Years 3 to 6 selected students
Congratulations to the following students for winning the Tennis colouring in and word sleuth competitions. Students from Pre-primary to Year 6 participated in a tennis clinic conducted by the Leederville Tennis Club. We would like to thank Peter Gerrans for donating prizes for this competition.
On Friday 31 March, all the Year 6’s finished their Sport Education in Physical Education Program (SEPEP) Tennis Super 4’s. We have been playing every Friday this term. There were 9 teams and each team had a different outfit and name. In first place, with 89 out 90 points, came “The Eyebrows” who wore very colourful tutus. In a tie for second place were “The Black Panthers” and “The Meme Team”. It was a fun experience. Kaylee E and Oliver C Year 6
The Year 6 Tennis Tournament winners were Will H and Ruby S. They played Oscar B and Mia A in the final. Congratulations to all the finalists.
APPLYING FOR VACATION DURING TERM
The School Board has endorsed our approach to vacation leave approvals for up to 10 days, which has been successfully working for a few weeks. The guidelines are very simple:
Parents/carers put in writing the period of the vacation leave to the Principal. This can be done through firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the front office. (Teachers will be informed by school administration of vacation leave)
The school office will investigate the student’s current attendance pattern, (rate, lateness and if any unexplained absence exists)
The principal will respond in writing to the parent request as either:
Approved conditionally, (pending absence explanations for example or the maximum of 10 days has been reached; anything additional will be added as unauthorised vacation leave);
Not approved, (rate of attendance, number of lateness or explanations have not been provided).
The response letter comes with a back page explanation which further explains the process and is currently available on the school website.
Please go to our school Facebook Page for information about Term 2 enrolments for the following school supported programs:
Frontrunner Track Stars – the Run School for Kids
UWA Hockey Program
Enrolments are now open for Suncorp NetSetGO in Term 2 at MHPS for students in PP, yr 1 & yr 2. Please visit the school Facebook page for more information.