10 August 2017
10 August 2017
Our Mount Hawthorn students have continued to represent our school magnificently in the wider community over the past two weeks.
It was great to see our talented students Oscar B, Louis W and Daniel P selected to perform at the Opus Concert last Monday. The concert showcases outstanding instrumental and choral music from public schools . Also on the high talent scale Vienna O won state runner up for her age group in the Freo Long Bomb Competition at Subiaco Oval last Saturday.
Our wonderful Year 3 students attended AQWA for an excursion on Monday and we received a call from a member of the community complimenting them on the way they represented the school.
I’m really excited to see all the STEAM activities organised for Science Week around school next week.
It was also great to hear about plans by the P&C to link the fair fundraising to enclosing the older undercover area, which will greatly support the teaching and learning program including our Music and Physical Education programs. Funds have also been distributed to all the curriculum areas.
As the Principal I take responsibility for the initial decision to change to composite class photos and the subsequent reversal back to whole class photos. There should have been consultation and a conversation about the initial decision which was made to support the teaching program. Consultation did not occur and that was an error on my part. The decision was reversed after meeting with members of the P&C and conversations with a range of parents.
I appreciate and value the level of feedback from the majority of parents who shared their point of view. I do however take issue with personal attacks on my staff and myself via emails and in petitions about a decision made with good intentions. I regularly meet with the School Board and P&C Executive members and am very happy to meet individual parents to discuss concerns or queries they may have, which is the preferred method of communication rather than the strategy of bombarding me with emails.
It was great to see so many dads and kids enjoying their get together at the WAFL footy last Saturday. The group is now called the “Mount Hawthorn Mountain GOATS”. A big thanks to Cam Knapton for organising the tickets and all the other ‘BIG KIDS” who helped out.
The next Board Meeting will be held next Wednesday, 16 August 2017. During the coming week members of the Board will be meeting with representatives from the Department of Education and School Grounds committee to discuss plans for the new Pre-primary build next year.
Due to a change in the school office staffing roster the School Newsletter will now be published every second Thursday.
Congratulations to our new student leaders for semester 2:
(L to R) Lottie B, Stella L, Imogen Y, Austin R, Angus M and Louis W.
(L to R) Ellie S, Will H, Trent L, Lily P, Harry KP, Syrah T, Rhianna K and Aaron C.
In past newsletters Mr Mackesey has been sending out some grumpy paragraphs about how we need to be more careful around roads and reinforcing road safety rules. But some people are still not doing the right thing, that’s where we Year Six leaders come in. Every week a different Year Six student from the public relations committee will write about a particular focus of the school’s road safety areas. For this week I have decided to focus on the “Kiss and Drop”.
We know most parents are making an effort to do the right thing, but we need to go over some of the rules. It’s not just the parents that need to take care, kids need to be careful too. Students need to stay inside the school grounds when waiting for their parents and not run up and down Killarney St. When parents drop their kids off in the morning, they need to get out of the car quickly because there is usually a long line at Kiss and Drop. When kids are slow to get in the car it holds up the line and parents get annoyed, start beeping their horns or cut in front instead of waiting. Parents also need to remember not to park in the lane for the Ed Support bus.
To encourage parents and students to follow the rules, in the coming week we are going to start giving out raffle tickets to students. These tickets will go into a draw to win a VIP parking spot for a week. Let’s make a huge effort to look after our Mount Hawthorn school community!
Loren S Year 6 Room 21
Pre-primary to Year 6 – Tuesday, 15, Thursday, 17 and Friday, 18 August.
Every student should have received a Kapture Photography order envelope. 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 and return the provided envelope to the school on the photography day.
You have the remainder of the current year to order, 5 days after photography a late fee will apply. Please check the Kapture website for details.
You also have the option to order a sibling photo package online, however please be aware there may be a limited number of sibling orders that can be placed due to time constraints on photo day. We suggest you place your online sibling order when you receive your personalised envelopes.
Kapture offer a money back guarantee for any parent who is not fully satisfied with their photo package. Should you have any queries before or after photo day, please direct them to the Kapture office on 9240 1714 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students will be photographed individually on photo day for school administration records AS WELL as included in their class group photo available for purchase to all families. Should there be any reason why your child should NOT be included in the photo shoot –please contact the school office.
Kindy Photos will be taken on Monday, 18 and Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Envelopes will be sent home for Kindy students prior to this date with ordering code and instructions.
What a busy period it has been with students participating in Italian cultural activities to celebrate Languages Week.
Last week Christof from Nexus Arts, Melbourne performed his one-man show based on the Commedia dell’Arte characters. Christof did lots of improvised, slapstick comedy skits as well as circus tricks which involved student participation.
Christof was very good at performing and he has inspired me to start acting and singing. I loved how a lot of the show was improvised.
Our Year 3 and 4 classes are performing Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” and running activities with some of the Pre-primary and Year 1 classes this week to give them a sample of what’s involved in learning a second language. Students have been practising diligently and cannot wait to showcase their language skills and singing ability to the junior classes. Bravissimi studenti!
Check out this link for Languages Week 2017
Join us for Book Week as we “Escape to Everywhere”. The library will be abuzz with escape routes from Monday, 21 August until the Book Week parade on Friday, 25 August. Come to our Departures Lounge to discover the nominated books and our fabulous displays.
Remember to dress up as your favourite book character for the parade on Friday, 25 August. Listen out for which book has won the MHPS Student Choice Award. Voting is currently underway. Library Officers, Madeleine and Julie
On Monday, 7 August Rick the Rock paid us a visit to share his exercise routine and positive attitude towards playing sport.
The most important thing he shared was the meaning of ROCK:
On Wednesday, 2 August the Year 5 Room 39 students had an exciting day as Tom Lamb, one of the Eagles players, joined us for a 2.5 hour football session. Each student had a chance to win a signed footy from Tom Lamb. You didn’t have to be good at footy to join in the fun. Tom Lamb was an excellent coach and everyone learn’t something new. It ended with selfies and signed shirts. It was an unforgettable experience which we all enjoyed.
All schools in Australia participate in the annual national collection of data on students with disability.
Mount Hawthorn Primary School continues to, and is currently working on the collection of data for 2017. For more detailed information click HERE.
STEAM Challenge Kindy – Year 6
The School Disco will be held on Friday, 18 August at Braithwaite Hall (Upstairs).
Kindy to Year 2 – 5.00pm to 6.00pm $8.00 per ticket
Year 3 to Year 6 – 6.30pm to 8.00pm $10.00 per ticket
Adults will have a separate bar area downstairs. No alcohol will be able to be taken upstairs. To purchase tickets online visit https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=299786 or purchase them in the undercover area on Friday mornings from 8.30am.
Throughout Term 3, the P&C will be trialling a new lost property initiative, from a company called RagTagD. RagTagD have developed a smart tag that can be sewn into uniform items and, when activated, will be linked to your mobile phone number. When the tagged item ends up in lost property, you will be notified via text message. New lost property shelves have been installed to cater for this system.
To keep things simple, we have decided to run the trial by issuing smart tags to all Year 3 and Year 4 children, with a limit of 1 tag per child. If the trial is successful, we will be “going live” in Term 4 and the labels will be sewn into jackets before they are sold. Additional labels will be available for sale in Term 4, should you wish to sew them into existing / additional uniform items.
We desperately need more volunteers, if you spare 1.5 hours please – sign up at http://signup.com/go/MpPOsds your children will love to see you there!
School Banking is run on Tuesday mornings from 8:15 to 8:45am in the Harbeck Library.
The Grand Prize competition for a family trip to Tokyo ends this term.
Any child who has made 15 or more school banking deposits between January and the end of Term 3 will automatically be entered into the draw. There are still 6 more weeks to go to get to 15 deposits.
There is a new CommBank Youth app that school bankers can use to keep track of their account balance and Dollarmite tokens.
A new competition with games and prizes will be starting later this month. For more information click HERE
Saturday, 28 October 2017
Raffle tickets have been sent home to each family with instructions. The raffle will be drawn at the fair. If you cannot sell your tickets, please ensure you return your book as soon as possible to the box located in the front office. This will allow us to give the book to another family to sell, with as much time as possible.
Money raised from the fair will be going towards enclosing the small undercover area and for curriculum support.
We are pleased to announce that we now have an “Artist in Residence” for painting the new wall on the oval. His name is James Giddy and you can view his amazing animal artworks on his website http://www.jamesgiddy.com.au/ The theme for the artwork will be taken from the Virtue “Cooperation” and we would love the children to provide some inspirational words for James by telling us in their own words what Cooperation when playing on the oval and participating in sports activities means to them. Drop their contributions into the front office please.