18 October 2018
18 October 2018
We have enjoyed a very positive start to the term and I was delighted to visit the classrooms this morning to see our students and teachers proudly sharing their work with parents and family members. Visitors also enjoyed a beautiful performance by The Hummers and chatting to the Year 6’s about their creative Young Innovators competition entries. It was also an opportunity for us to thank all our volunteers who support our school in so many ways.
The funds raised from the P&C Colour Lap-a-thon are directly linked to our Grounds and Gardens and also to sustainability at our school. We have been told many times our oval is too small to cope with our large student population, however with over $16,000 contributed by the P&C and school towards establishing and maintaining it, our oval is looking magnificent.
This is one of my favourite functions to attend with 38 new Australians presented with their certificates. I was so proud of the performance by our school choir conducted by Mrs Hardman.
All Year 5 students have been given a flyer to take home about Gifted and Talented secondary selective entrance programs. Apply now if your child is in Year 5 2018 for entry into Year 7 2020. Applications close Sunday 10 February 2019 https://www.education.wa.edu.au/gifted-and-talented
Our students have enjoyed watching and interacting with local artist Drew Straker while he has been creating panels for the newly revamped bus shelters at stops on Anzac Road and Kalgoorlie Street.
Some of our Student Councillors delivered a delicious lunch from the canteen to engineers from the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces who were working together as they have since World War 1 on the shelters. The Friends of Anzac Cottage will officially launch the completed project this weekend so look out for these imaginative and innovative shelters.
Last Friday our Year 6 Councillors enjoyed a Community Walk accompanied by Board Members Catrina Campbell-Fraser and Katharine Nash. They visited local businesses to distribute some very special certificates. If a local business staff member observes one of our students “Being Their Best” by being Responsible, Respectful or Caring, they can complete the certificate and we will acknowledge the student at school.
On Wednesday 10 October our school choir performed at the City of Vincent Citizenship Ceremony. Congratulations on a magnificent performance Hummers, you were beautiful! Also a big thanks to Isabella for your stunning solo. We are so proud of you all.
Katie Hardman – Music Specialist
John Carey presented the awards for his annual Perth Electorate public speaking competition, hosted by Highgate Primary School on Monday 15 October. Year 6 students representing seven local schools, spoke for four minutes on topics of their choice. Maria B capably represented our Year 6 students and gave an outstanding performance, speaking on the Power of Imagination. Congratulations Maria on an excellent speech.
The school has recently become involved in the Your Move Program. Your Move is a community based behaviour change program run by the Department of Transport that supports schools, workplaces and individual participants to reduce their car use and instead try walking, bike riding, and public transport to get around their city and local area.
The Year 4 students have become our Monday Move it Marshals. They can be seen at all the entrances to the school on Monday mornings, rewarding students who walk, ride or scoot to school.
Students are rewarded with faction counters, which they place in the tally tubes. The winning faction is recognised with extra faction points, which go towards the end of term results.
Through our involvement in the program we are hoping to; alleviate traffic congestion around the school, encourage health and fitness habits, reduce our carbon footprint and develop student road safety and awareness.
Stay tuned for lots more to come from our involvement in Your Move.
Cherrie Fletcher – Year 4 Teacher
During the school holidays some minor works were carried out at the Kindy. We had the sandpit redeveloped with a nice limestone wall and fresh sand, the students have loved playing in the sandpit and using the mud kitchen which was made by P&C representatives. They also have a brand new deck for playing, presenting plays and performances to their peers.
The Pre-primary students were lucky to receive a mud kitchen for the sand pit area. Great creations will continue to be made in it! Many thanks to Scott Yelland for putting it together for the students and to James, Natalie and Con for your contributions to the project. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and in the words of the Pre-primary students “we love it!”
Kaye Ward – Pre-primary Room 16
This will be the final Scholastic Book Club for the year, with orders due by 27 October. As we are a sustainable school, we are unable to provide single use bags to take the books home. To avoid mishaps between school and home, if your family is ordering, please drop a named bag into the library. Sadly our energetic and fabulous coordinator Renae is stepping down this year and we will miss her cheerful efficiency. If anyone has some spare hours once a term to assist with Book Club please pop into the library for a chat. The Book Club rewards enable us to top up our fabulous library collection for the enjoyment of our students. Thank you for your support of the library.
Julie Kelly – Librarian
Become the next Socceroo or Matilda! Learn to play the world game at Mt Hawthorn Primary School.
Floreat Athena FC is running an after school “kick-off” program on the school oval in term 4 from Wednesday 17 of October at 3.15pm-4.00pm for 6 consecutive weeks. The program is open to Pre-primary, Year 1 and Year 2 students and the cost is $60 for the 6 week program.
For more information please email Program Manager Con Poulios at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0411 184 667.
Thank you to all the families that brought in the coupons for the Coles Sports For Schools Program. We were very fortunate to receive many coupons to allow us to buy lots of sports equipment for our school. Among the purchase were 2 really good air compressors to be able to keep all our balls pumped up ready to use in the playground. Thank you to the school community for supporting this initiative.
The P&C is looking for an auditor, if anyone in the parent group has auditing experience and is capable of reviewing our immaculate records, could you please send an email to email@example.com
Just a reminder from the uniform shop to please check and update your details on QKR. We have had a significant proportion of orders with incorrect room numbers, which may result in a delay in your child receiving their order.
Please return the white forms and money to your class teacher by Thursday 25 October to be in the draw to win 4 x $50.00 rebel vouchers. Also the class raising the most money will be invited to Braithwaite Park for a free lunch. *Please remember to update your QKR class details so your sponsorship so the sponsorship money is allocated to the correct class.
Winners will be drawn and announced Friday 26 October at the
Assembly. Lapathon money can be paid via the QKR app, credit card or cash.
Friday 26 October in the undercover area at school, yes a new venue!
Disco tickets are now on sale! Come and join in the fun at the Superstar. You can purchase tickets via QKR (show your receipt at the door) or from 8.30am on Friday mornings in the undercover area.
Enjoy the usual disco fun including Zumba dancing, general dancing, games, Superstar Teacher DJ’s, a photo booth $2.00 per head, glow sticks $1.00 and disco snacks will be for sale. All students must wear a wrist band with a parent phone number on it. Collect these on the morning of the disco if your ticket is purchased Via QKR.
Note: Only volunteer parents can access the undercover area for sessions after 5.00pm. Volunteer now to help HERE
A separate bar and parents area will be available in the hangar. Fire Engine Pizza ($15.00) and Doughnut Truck will be at school for before and after disco dinner, starting at 4.00pm.
Our Canteen has made some changes to the menu so please check it out online or at the counter. The new pies and quiches are a massive hit but don’t worry, Sarah Wiggett is still making her fabulous flat breads, curries, burgers, subs, mac and cheese, and of course milo cookies and sweet muffins (thanks to Jamie Oliver and Masterchef for her inspiration).
Also see our seasonal blackboard specials. The daily winter soups will be replaced this term with spring specials such as carrot cake and banana bread.
Due to the volume of orders our canteen also source foods from quality local providers such as The Golden Ravioli and the Mt Claremont Village Bakery.
The trial of washable reusable cutlery and biodegradable straws continues. If you’d like more about the straws please see the information sheet at the canteen.
If you have any questions about the canteen please see Sarah and her team.
Friday 2 November – Dads and Daughters hair styling at Hairlairious: Not all dads are the best at looking after their daughters’ hair (I can’t even do a pony tail!). Hairlairious in the Mezz have generously offered their time to give dads a free lesson in basic hair care for their daughters. It’s a nice opportunity to do something one-on-one with your daughter(s) and we are looking at opportunities to organise food in one of the Mezz outlets afterwards. It’ll take place after normal closing time and we’ll probably run it in 30 minute sessions.
Saturday 17 November – Big Camp Out: The school have allowed us access to the school oval for the Big Camp Out again this year. We hope to make this event even bigger and better than last year and have lots of plans! Look out for the event going online as numbers will be limited and we expect it to be popular.
If you’ve read this far, perhaps you might also be interested in becoming a bit more involved with the Mount Hawthorn Mountain Goats. We’ve been going for a little over a year and are looking for a few more dads who can pitch in as Champion Dads and help us come up with some new ideas. It’s not too onerous as long as you can drag yourself to the pub for a couple of hours about once a month and are willing to take part in as many of our events as you can manage. We have a really good bunch of guys involved and it’s truly a lot of fun to be part of. If you are keen to get involved, or are just curious, Sign-up to our mailing list and/or check out our Facebook page for information.
Mountain Goat Champion Dads