As another school year draws to a close we have much to celebrate and many happy memories.
I would like to acknowledge the outstanding service of our retiring teachers, Mrs Mears, Mrs Bodycoat, Mrs Emery and Mrs Leonzini. They have all touched the lives of so many students in our school and left us with many special memories. We hope that they will come and visit us and who knows, even do some relief work.
Our students have enjoyed another fabulous year. They have excelled in so many fields it is impossible to list them all. I have attended many celebration events and have listened in awe as their achievements have been described. These achievements have been in their academic studies, sport, music, the arts to name just a few and we are justly proud of them.
Our Year 6 students leave to commence high school in 2019. Graduation is a time we celebrate the success of our Year 6 students and also a chance to farewell them. We are extremely proud of all the award recipients and of each and every student who has completed this educational milestone. This includes many of Year 6’s being accepted into specialist programs. Please see attached for more information on this.
Before school commences next year I will be working with staff on the Professional learning days to put into place a smooth opening to the new academic year and addressing the school priorities to build upon the successes of the school so that we can improve still further. We should always seek to do better; to challenge ourselves and our students to set the highest standards and achieve our ambitious goals.
It’s been a great year! Together we’ve learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with us in the years to come. The strength of our Mount Hawthorn School community and wholehearted passion to make our school a wonderful place of learning for our children primarily but for all makes MHPS truly a special place.
Special thanks to our parents who have contributed in ways small, large, and unimaginable! Thanks for getting your children to school on time each day and helping them in the learning process; the partnership between home and school is important. Thanks to the many who give time to the school to assist with discos, renovations, excursions, classrooms and so much more.
I would like to thank our hard working and caring staff members who have made a huge difference to our students. Their commitment is outstanding and our children are the beneficiaries. Thank you for providing rich and engaging, well-rounded experiences for our kids.
In closing, I take this opportunity to congratulate all students of Mount Hawthorn Primary School on a great year. I would like to wish you and yours all the very best for the summer vacation and look forward to welcoming you all back, refreshed, for what will be an exciting, new academic year on Monday, 4 February 2019.
Why does Santa have three gardens? Ho! Ho! Ho!
Have a wonderful break and we look forward to doing it all again in 2019.
Class placements for 2019 will be published on the school website in the third week in January with password protection (the password will be sent via 2018 Liaison Parents and FlexiBuzz). There will be a staggered release for each year group to avoid crashing the website. All updates about this process will be published on the front page of the school website https://mounthawthornps.wa.edu.au/ so please keep checking in!
The Schools Board Commendation Scheme is designed to recognise: “exceptional, outstanding or meritorious conduct or service that significantly impacts on and/or benefits the operations and/or activities of either or both of the Schools.”
I was very pleased to present Commendations on behalf of the Board to the following worth recipients during the past week:
Bronwen Mears – 51 years’ service with the Department of Education and 15 years at MHPS especially as the driving force behind the music program
Michael Jenkin – 12 years on the school board and 6 of those as Chairman assisting the school deliver on critical infrastructure and developing school plans and monitoring effectiveness and success at IPS reviews.
Alex Castle – 10 years’ service including working on the P & C, Schools Board and assisting with Annual Reports for the school.
Shari McKeown – 9 years’ service including working on the P & C, Schools Board and assisting with organising the Music program.
Alisa Fidler – 7 years of voluntary work coaching netball and basketball and assisting with sports carnivals.
Floreat Lions Club – Contributions totalling $6,500 to assist with upgrade to Kindy Nature play area, and the enclosing of the undercover area allowing for all weather events.
A Board Commendation consists of a beautiful certificate and can be awarded to students, teachers and staff of the Schools and/or parents and/or members of the community.
Both the P & C and the Schools Board will be looking for new parents to nominate for positions; we encourage parents to apply for either of these. The Schools Board is looking forward to an exciting 2019 with the opening of the new two storey build and the release of the new Business Plan. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
City of Vincent Christmas Banner Competition Winners
(Pictured L to R) Jacob A, Lily B, Councillor Alex Castle, Sam H and Audrey Z.
Jaya D Ice Skating
I have been ice skating for the past 5 years, and in September my ‘Bluebirds’ team came second in the WA State Championships to qualify for the National Championships in Sydney. This week the Bluebirds travelled to Sydney to compete in the Australian National Synchronised Ice Skating Championships, and we were thrilled to come 6th overall. We had an amazing time and are very proud of what we have achieved as a team especially because we have only been skating together for a year and have become good friends. I love ice skating and hope we can go to the National Championships again next year.
Caitlin M competed last Saturday with a team of Under 11 girls from Inglewood Little Athletics Club, in the State Relay Championships in the 4 x 400m and the 4 x100m, in which they made the finals.
ARTY FARTY STREET FESTIVAL
Our Year 3 students from Mrs William’s class performed at the Arty Farty Festival in Leederville last Sunday singing an Italian/English version of “Bingo” and an old favourite, “That’s Amore”.
Students performed with gusto and enthusiasm to their enthralled audience and showcased the wonderful talent of the MHPS students.
Bravissimi studenti! Special thanks to Signora Williams for all her help.
CAROLS IN THE PARK
Last Sunday night, our wonderful choir, The Hawthorn Hummers performed four songs at Braithwaite Park Carols by Candlelight. They sang beautifully and were wonderful ambassadors for our school.
It was a brilliant community event with everyone enjoying the warm evening and a picnic with family and friends.
Congratulations to our choir for your lovely singing in 2018.
Katie Hardman – Music Specialist
From the P&C
We’ve had another fabulous year at Mt Hawthorn Primary and would like to thank everyone for their involvement in all our P&C functions and events. We have achieved some wonderful goals which wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of parents and families at the school. We have more projects lined up for next year and numerous positions opening up on the P&C and its sub-committees so we look forward to seeing faces, old and new, in Term 1. Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas and enjoyable summer break. Scott Yelland P&C President
The Uniform Shop is now closed for 2018. We will be open on the morning of book pickup day – Wednesday 30 January 2019 8:30 – 10:30 for people to purchase items. However we suggest that you order using Qkr (prior to Monday 28 January 2019) and your pre-packaged order will be available for a speedy pickup on Wednesday 30th January 2019.
Please note – the Uniform Shop will re-open Tuesday 5 February from 2:45pm to 3:30pm.
The canteen will be closed for Week 1 Term 1 Monday 4 to Friday 8 February 2019 and will re-open on Monday 11 February.
School banking will re-commence on Tuesday, 5 February 2019.
Important Dates for Term 1
MONDAY 4 February 2019
Students return to school for the commencement of Term 1
LOOKING AFTER MHPS AFTER HOURS
We are very grateful to local residents reporting suspicious or poor behaviour on school grounds after hours to the correct authorities. Should you see any persons on site who do not belong please call Education security 9264 4632 and 9264 4711 City of Vincent Ranger Services 9273 6000 or Police through Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000
We use the FlexiBuzz app to communicate important, urgent and timely information to parents. Please install it now to receive important updates and reminders about Term 1 next year.
A reminder to those who are using the app to update your box subscriptions to the year group your children will be in next year.