19 October 2017
19 October 2017
The term has started really positively and it was a delight to visit classrooms on the Open Morning today. The pride evident when students shared their work with parents made the morning worthwhile. It is also a chance for us to thank the many volunteers who support our school in so many different ways.
You may see a new friendly face around the campus over the next six months as we are fortunate to have Perisse Pitsikas based at our school.
Perisse will be working with the Admin team at Mount Hawthorn and also other schools within the Churchlands Network. Perisse comes with a wealth of school and system experience and is a welcome addition to the staff.
Ashley Ramsey is also working in the Art Room on Tuesday and Wednesday relieving Rosie Edmiston who is taking some well earned Long Service Leave.
The Fair Committee is doing an amazing job and need additional volunteers to assist with the set up and running on the day. I understand that many parents are busy with your stalls, but just 1 hour of your time can make a huge difference on the day. Please sign up HERE
Structures for 2018 will be dictated by enrolments with the staff placing students in two possible models throughout this term. A decision on which model is preferred will be made later in the term or early next year if required.
The staff will be guided by the Class Placement Policy and will take into consideration a number of factors including academic and social considerations when placing students. Students will be placed in generic classes with the Admin Team assigning teaching staff later in the process.
I do not differentiate between between full time or part time class arrangements and I am confident the staff at our school cater for the needs of all students. This being the case, requests for individual teachers will not be accommodated. I will update the school community on the anticipated date of publication of class lists later in the term.
A decision to install CCTV in the new undercover area was made in consultation with the School Board and P&C. The installation was made due to vandalism and anti social behaviour occurring after school and on the weekends.
Tigerturf has also been laid on the stage area to alleviate slipping and also to deter skateboarders.
Importantly the CCTV will not be operating within school hours and access to the vision will be limited to selected staff.
These strategies were introduced after a Community Forum held late in Term 2 with consultation from both Education Security and the Wembley Police.
Both the School Board and P&C support the community use of the campus with parent supervision and our overall message is to encourage as many families as possible to use the grounds. Unfortunately this does not apply to students playing unsupervised after school.
At some stage in the next month staff will be practising our procedures for an emergency lockdown. In the first instance this will occur after school hours and not involve the students. Parents will be informed prior to any practice involving students. The drill is mandatory and will be conducted annually.
Do you have experience with debating? We would love your assistance to support our Year 6 students who are interested in competing in a debating team. Please contact the office if you can help out.
All the students have started Edudance with great enthusiasm and energy from day 1! They are working hard to learn their routines for the end of term concerts. For the most up to date information about concert dates check the school website HERE.
The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Tablet Program for Year 5 students will continue in 2018. We will be holding a Parent Information Session on Wednesday, 1 November commencing at 6.30pm for interested parents, and also the Year 6 classrooms will be holding an open morning session on Friday, 3 November for parents to view a lesson with students using their devices.
Six Year 6 students attended the annual Scitech Brainstorm Challenge Day. They competed against other schools in an Engineering, CSIRO, Maths and Astronomy challenges throughout the day. It was a great learning experience and fun was had by all. Emma French Year 6 Teacher
The lonely cottage stands as it hides behind its tall protectors. The water copies the scene perfectly like a mirror as old, decaying wood surrounds the interior of the house, tired from years of service. Leaves, exhausted from clinging onto a tree, float down once they can’t hold on any longer onto the soft grass below. Useless windows reveal the sad, pitch black inside. It’s a normal, sunny day for the lonely cottage.
For more fabulous stories visit our school website.
Thankyou to everyone who voted for us! Mount Hawthorn Primary School is the lucky competition winner with 309 votes from the community. Our star basketball players have won tickets to the Perth Wildcats v Illawarra Hawks game on Thursday 26 October 2017 including, food vouchers, a player pack for each player including Hawaiian Halftime uniform, team photo on court, hi-5’s from the Perth Wildcats players prior to playing the 3rd quarter and a signed Hawaiian basketball by the 2016-17 NBL Championship team.
On Thursday, 21 September the Mount Hawthorn Area Band held their annual band tour visiting Jolimont, Kyilla and Maylands Primary schools. Under the direction of Dale Pointon, students at these three schools were entertained by a variety of pieces played by the band. Interaction with members of the three audiences was a highlight of the short concerts. Many thanks to the parents from MHPS and the other three schools for their assistance with transport and organisational issues, and also not forgetting the sumptuous morning tea provided by the Jolimont Primary School hosts. Congratulations to all students in the band who made us proud of their performances and for their excellent behaviour. Bronwen Mears
Front Runner Trackstars program holds a firm focus on developing correct running skills and movement patterns in children of all ages and all abilities.
This term there will be a focus on improving all athlete’s confidence and performance in agility, running technique and endurance as we endeavour to develop a well balanced athlete in all children. Consistency and term on term progression will lead to overall improvement.
Teaching children at a young age the Skill of Running, will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Quality coaching, individual attention with 3 coaches/session and expert programme design by leading physiotherapists.
Registrations are now open for Term 4 – Shooting Stars (Age 6-8) Monday 7.30am and Superstars (Age 9-11) Monday 7.30am at Mount Hawthorn Primary School Oval.
Enrol your children now in VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.
With swimming pools and beaches a part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children learn how to swim is a must for all families
Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim in lessons run at pools and open water venues across the State. VacSwim is for all children – from beginners through to advanced survival, rescue and resuscitation.
Your children can learn to swim for just:
It’s even cheaper if you have three or more children:
To find out more about VacSwim and to enrol online please visit the website.
The Rodgers and Kitts families got together with some neighbours on Saturday, 7 October to raise money for Telethon. The kids worked hard to make and deliver flyers and signs for their shop. They also made cupcakes and homemade ice cream to sell on the day along with other bits and pieces.
Thanks to the fantastic support from all the people who stopped by – they raised $200, a great result for a morning’s work.
We need some new volunteers to help with School Banking on Tuesday mornings, as a few of our long serving volunteers will be leaving at the end of this year. If you’d like to help, just drop by and let us know on any Tuesday morning from 8:15 to 8:45am in the Harbeck Library.
Saturday, 28 October 2017
On the day of the Old School Community Fair, visit our Community Sponsor, the City of Vincent, located on the Basketball Court for a chance to win.
Many know that Mayor Emma Cole is a school parent, but not everyone knows what our Mayor actually does as her day job. Passionate about greener, pedestrian friendly and vibrant neighbourhoods, Mayor Cole, is in a position to make a difference.
All students at Mount Hawthorn and all other primary schools are eligible to go into the draw to win the chance to be Mini Mayor for the Morning. With your parent’s permission, complete the entry form at the City of Vincent van to be entered into the draw. Bring your friends along and challenge each other on the giant Jenga and OO’s and XX’s, connect 4 and loop toss.
To learn more about the City of Vincent and our Councillors CLICK HERE
Fair Website: http://mthawthorncommunityfair.com/
All sold and unsold Raffle Tickets should have been returned to the office by Wednesday, 18 October 2017, if you haven’t returned your tickets PLEASE drop them in tomorrow.
Avoid the lines – Ride Tickets may be pre purchased in the undercover area every Monday and Friday from 8.30am to 8.50am. $15.00 for 8 rides or $2.00 per ticket.
We would like to invite all past students to attend this fair and to take part in class reunion photos.
Bring along your leavers t-shirt or memorabilia from your school days and join in the fun! The reunion photos will be taken by Natalie Talandier from Vibrance Studios and these will be available to purchase after the fair.
Refer to the Fair Website after the fair to find out how to purchase your reunion photos.
If you can spare any time to volunteer at the fair please sign up HERE