Welcome to all our new families and staff members. New staff members include Mr Jayden Carr who will be teaching Junior Science and providing some support to the Year 3 and 6 classes, and Ms Hehir has joined our Kindy teaching team in the Orange Group. Congratulations to Mrs Fraser (Miss Barrett) and Mrs Abramo (Miss Webb) on their marriages and Ms Ward on the safe arrival of baby Matthew Jack Hayes on 2 February.
Our new facilities and classrooms look fantastic and the Year 6 students have enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to work in the upper level of the new building.
I would like to inform the community that I have been selected to work on a special project for the Education Department during the next 6 months. I will still be based at MHPS and you will still see me around (with my untucked shirt) as often as possible with many of my new commitments occurring outside school hours or in short periods during the week. Rest assured the Department has compensated the school and Lorena Rock will be sitting in the Principal’s chair whenever I am out of the school. We see this as an opportunity at Mount Hawthorn to build the capacity amongst our curriculum leaders while also keeping the operations of the school consistent and seamless.
SCHOOL BOARD AND P&C
There will be some significant changes to the Board and P&C committees this year. I see this as a great opportunity for new faces to be involved as much or as little as you like. Please give some thought to putting your hand up when the elections are held. If you would like to have a chat with me or Perisse Pitsikas about what is required from a school perspective or Scott Yelland (outgoing P&C President) and John Siamos (Chair of School Board) we are happy to take your calls or have a chat. For more information about the P&C roles see below:
We had some significant issues with water supply at our Richmond St Campus over the summer break. We are currently working with the City of Vincent and the Education Department to prioritise rejuvenating the turfed area ASAP.
PRIORITY AREAS FOR THE SCHOOL
These are our focus curriculum areas:
Talk for Writing
STEAM and Digital Technologies
Friendly Kids Friendly Classrooms
FRIENDLY SCHOOLS PLUS
2019 will see the implementation of a new whole school approach that supports student social and emotional learning and fosters the prevention of bullying behaviour. The staff has recently participated in workshops to become familiar with the program and explore the resources available. The program has been developed based on research conducted by the Child Health Promotion Research Centre at Edith Cowan University and includes many fun and reflective activities that can be embedded through other learning areas. The P&C are planning to book an information session focused on how the community can support the program.
Parent Information Meetings
A new year and new information for parents from the class teachers. Please see schedule below of parent meetings starting next week. Meetings will be held in your child’s classroom.
In line with our curriculum priority of sustainability (WES) we are implementing a zero tolerance to lost property as teachers who pick up hats and hoodies from all over the campus match the frustration that parents feel when they have their head buried in the ever-increasing lost property at the end of the week.
In 2019, we will be having a significant change to the way we deal with ‘lost’ items. Teachers will be supporting the students to check in after every break that they have come back with their hats, hoodies and lunch containers. Items will not be collected so students can return to locate them. We really want to highlight the virtue of responsibility of belongings. If you bring it to school – you take it home.
This will mean that children must have their name in their hat, clothing and lunch containers. Please support this at home by clearly labelling all belongings.
We will not have any central boxes or areas of ‘lost property’ to locate at a later stage. A tidy of the school will occur at regular intervals and any ‘unclaimed’ items will be disposed of accordingly.
BENVENUTA – WELCOME
We welcome Angela Pierobon as our Italian Language Assistant for Term 1. Angela is from Padua and she is studying teaching. She is working with our students to assist them with their pronunciation and also share an insight into the Italian way of life.
Angela is being hosted by the Watters family and then the Croot-Butcher family. Grazie mille to all our wonderful families who make the Language Assistant Program possible.
We also welcome our Year 3 students who have just started studying Italian. Preparation will soon begin for our excursion to the Gelateria! Signora Monisse – LOTE Teacher
Our school aims to improve student efforts at rethinking what we do with our waste by encouraging students to become instruments of change at school, at home and when they are out and about. Children are recognised as great agents of change, and we encourage them to take what they learn from the program and utilise the principles within our school, at home and within the community. They are learning concepts and approaches for sustainable practices that should be carried forward into their adult life. We will be continuing with WASTE-FREE Wednesdays.
The use of WES (Waste Energy Sustainability) aims to visually prompt students about waste minimisation and management through implementing reduce, reuse and recycle principles. Our mascot WES was launched late last year and now we can see WES’s pictures and key messages in our school canteen area. This has enhanced the area enormously also. We are fortunate to have had the support of talented parent Pippa Scheepers from “George and Gina” Mural Design for her outstanding work in bringing the WES mural to fruition. Thanks again to our awesome P&C for helping to fund this project.
To see Pippa creating our mural visit her Insta: georgeandgina
The WES TIP for this week is to remember to bring your WATERPROOF library bags for book borrowing.
Welcome to music 2019!
Instrumental lessons will begin in week two for IMSS (Instrumental Music School Services). Your child’s times will be given to them tomorrow and posted on Music Room window. Information regarding instrumental hire will be given at this first lesson.
Choir notes will be given out in class to students who are interested and will begin week 3 on Wednesday mornings.
Orchestra will begin in week 3 on Tuesday and band will begin in week 4 on Thursday (year 6 band students and all percussion). Other year 5 band students will begin in semester 2 following music camp.
On Wednesday 6 February Rhys Vague and Tom Jervis visited after school to give the children some basketball skills coaching.
To provide the very best care for our students it is essential we have current medical, contact, custodial and emergency contact information at school. If you have made any changes please inform any of our office staff ASAP. Thank you.
Qkr and FlexiBuzz
Remember to update Year group selections on the Apps for 2019 to reflect your child/ren’s current class.
From the P&C
Uniform shop opening hours are Tuesdays 2.45 – 3.15pm. You can also order via QKR or using the form on the school website.
Please remember to update your child’s details on QKR to prevent delays to your orders.
The canteen will re-open on Monday 11 February 2019.
The P&C Sundowner will be on Friday 8 March in the grounds of the new Pre-primary to Year 6 building, to celebrate the opening of this fantastic new facility. Come along for a sausage sizzle, pulled pork tacos and a catch up with friends and families. See attached flyer for further details. Please sign up to help out HERE.
School banking has recommenced. Information packs will be available at the parent information sessions for Pre-primary and Year 1 students or in the office if you are interested.