16 November 2017
16 November 2017
The Music Assembly presents an opportunity to showcase our talent to the current body of students.
It is a pleasure to see the looks on the faces of our Pre-primary students as they watch in awe the music students performing. I remember when those students were in Pre-primary and performing in the music program and back then it was evident this was something they wished to also do when they were bigger!
I would like to acknowledge Mrs Hardman and the whole music team including all the volunteers who support the music program which underpins such successful performances. I also appreciate members of the school community who have shared with me and other staff their appreciation of the concert.
The fair was a massive success and raised over $50 000. The P&C will donate these funds towards enclosing the undercover area. This will allow greater use of the area for a variety of learning programs and extra-curricular activities.
The fair is such an important bi annual event in our school calendar. While we clearly appreciate the financial benefits this brings to our school it is so much more than a fund raising event. I have always advocated parental involvement is an integral part of our successful educational program. But to truly maximise a positive learning environment involves fostering close strong links between community, family, and school. Community engagement and involvement in schools is such an important facet of the educational process. The school fair provides the forum for our local community to come together with Mount Hawthorn School staff and families for a day of socialising, and celebrating what makes this school so unique, which is a great sense of community.
You will be aware we have had an increase in the number of students presenting gastroenteritis type symptoms at school. To ensure we minimise the opportunity for this to escalate further we ask for your support. We have liaised with the Health Department and been advised most gastro outbreaks in our community are due to viruses such as norovirus.
See attached links to the norovirus fact sheet http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/N_R/Norovirus and general fact sheet on gastroenteritis http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/F_I/Gastroenteritis to assist in preventing your child becoming unwell or how to manage this should they contract the virus.
Key points include the Dept of Health recommends:
It is vital we follow these key points to ensure we provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all.
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.
If you are going to be late to collect your child instruct them to come to the school office to wait until you arrive. Students should not be left to play unsupervised on school grounds.
Please model safe behaviour to our students and use the footbridge when crossing Scarborough Beach Road.
The school’s annual Remembrance Day Ceremony was held on on Friday 10 November. Special guests were Anne Chapple from ANZAC Cottage and David Millar, the president of the Mount Hawthorn sub branch of the Returned Services League. The ceremony was ably run by Austin R, Stella L, Imogen Y, Angus M, Louis W and Lottie B, our student councillors. We were also very proud of Rohan D who played the Last Post and Rouse on his trumpet. Many thanks to all the students who purchased a poppy with the proceeds going to assist the wonderful work of the Returned Services League.
Normally the purchase of poppies for Remembrance Day is the only Term 4 fund raising activity. However, this term we would like to support the Education Support Centre in funding food packages for the homeless people. Friday November 24 will be a FREE DRESS DAY for all students at both schools. A gold coin is required for the privilege of wearing free dress. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Education Support initiative and our Adopt-School in Bali which has had to relocate due to the ongoing activity of the volcano. Bronwen Mears, Associate Principal
This year, our school will be supporting Hawaiian’s Mezz giving box, collecting much needed items for their charity partners, Foodbank and Anglicare WA.
These items will help local families enjoy a happier Christmas. Please help by donating items like non-perishable foods, new clothes, toys and books to the schools Giving Box in the last two weeks of November. Collection boxes are located at Senior and Junior School block entrances, Pre-primary, Kindy and the Harbeck Library.
Saturday 25 November 3.00pm to Sunday 26 November 9.00am.
The Mount Hawthorn Fathering Project team (Mountain GOATs) are proud to host the Big Camp Out on the school oval. This event offers fathers the chance to spend quality time with their children in a unique camping experience.
The Fathering Project aims to improve child development outcomes by inspiring and equipping fathers and father figures to engage positively with their kids.
This event is FREE to attend. Please register using this link to Eventbrite ticketing.
The end of the year is fast approaching and planning for 2018 is well under way. The School Development Days (Pupil Free Days) are as follows:
There may be an additional Pupil Free Day for Teacher Interviews. Parents will be notified when the date has been approved.
2018 booklists have been sent home with students and will be available to view on the school website. If you are NOT ordering online, please return your booklists to the Administration Office no later than Monday 11 December 2017.
We remind all families who have outstanding Term 4 accounts that payment by cash, cheque or credit card is gratefully accepted at the office. We are also still happy to accept payment for 2017 Voluntary Contributions.
If your family has moved address or will not be returning to Mount Hawthorn in 2018, please advise the office staff ASAP.
The Year 6 students spent two terms completing a portfolio of tasks for the Young Innovators Competition which included design, surveying, marketing and producing a new product. There were five students chosen from each classroom as finalists of the competition. Kyle H won first place, Emerson B 2nd place, Amelie B 3rd place, Owen L 4th place, Sage C 5th place and Imogen Y 6th place. The other finalists were Oscar B, Chloe H, Alyssia D, Aaron C, Maia H, Prue G, Jimmy T, Emanuel F and Lily P. Congratulations to all these brilliant students. Emma French, Year 6 Teacher
The Education Support Centre is running the mail service again this year for Christmas so that the students can send cards to their friends in the School. The students need to put their cards in envelopes and place the name and room number of their friends clearly on the front. Please do not attach or include lollies with the card. Students can drop their mail into the letterbox outside the ESC before 8.45am between Monday 4 December and Friday 8 December. The ESC students will deliver the mail each day and deliveries will finish on Friday 8 December 2017.
We have been advised by the Wembley Police Station of an increase in bicycle thefts from schools during school hours. As a deterrent they have recommended the use of a Bicycle D-lock style padlock (see picture) as they appear to be more resistant than a steel chain or cable style of bicycle lock. Our staff will check the bike racks at school at various times during the school day.
On Thursday 26 October, our Year 6 boys interschool basketball team had the opportunity to play Halftime at the Wildcats vs Illawarra game at Perth Arena. Thanks to the Hawaiian Mezz, Mount Hawthorn Primary School won the vote from the local community to see them play. The 12 boys and a family member got great seats to watch the game from, then were escorted to the court to play a six on six game at halftime. Each boy played with energy, enthusiasm and excitement, in front of 13,000 fans. They were then high-fived by both teams players as they came back on for three quarter time. Thanks so much to the Hawaiian Mezz for this fantastic experience, which created lasting memories for everyone involved! Helen Davey, Year 6 parent
We are so proud of former student Lauren McDonald who has been appointed Head Girl at Mount Lawley SHS for 2018. Lauren attended our school from Kindy to Year 7 and graduated in 2013. She was selected into Special Visual and Performing Arts (SVAPA) for Year 8 and has been a Student Councillor every year for the past four years. Lauren also sang like a bird at our recent Community Fair according to Mrs Hardman.
The AGM will be held on 12 March 2018 – all positions will be vacant however Rachelle Rose is definitely retiring after 4 years as treasurer. If you would like to express interest in this voluntary position please email the P&C email@example.com
Mount Hawthorn P&C’s Adults Only Event Friday, 1 December 7:30pm AT Braithwaite Hall Mount Hawthorn. Come dress to impress or Vegas style, Play with “funny money” to win gambler of the night. Hotdogs, doughnuts and bar available. Tickets $30 purchase online at: www.trybooking.com/SVAO
Year 5 parents, now is the time to order your child’s Year 6 Leader shirt for 2018. Orders and payment are due tomorrow Friday, 17 November 2017 to guarantee your Leader Shirt is ready for day one, Term one of 2018. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you missed the information sheet, or have any other queries.
Kindy families, we are holding Special Open Shop sessions just for you! Uniforms will be available to try on and purchase, Wednesday, 22 and 29 November at 3:00pm to 4:00pm (after orientation).
All families can jump the summer shop queues, using the QKR! by MasterCard App for your next order. Orders are processed every Tuesday and delivered to class rooms, or the school front office for Kindy families, by Friday of that week.
The Uniform Shop will be closed for counter service on Tuesday, 12 December (last week of term) but will still be taking orders via email and the yellow box in the office.