I am absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to share my thoughts with you all and summarise another amazing few weeks in our great school. The cherry on the top was the Harmony Assembly on Friday. The costumes, the colour, the messages of harmony and inclusion and the brilliant hosting by Year 5 Room 47 and Mr T provided another opportunity to showcase our community and ‘togetherness’. A full wrap up and gallery of photos of Harmony click HERE. I would also like to showcase our Talk for Writing program that is implemented as a whole school practice. The intent of this program was to provide a consistent practice across the school to improve writing outcomes but in a fun and engaging way and wow have we been having fun. I consider it a privilege and honour to visit the classrooms across the school to see this program in action and being enjoyed by staff and students alike. I have seen Year 1 teachers as farm animals in mud, a forensic scene at Kindy to investigate what happened to Humpty Dumpty and a Year 6 class innovate on a classic Queen song to make theme songs for Harry Potter Houses and articulate some serious and global issues in a meaningful way. Just a small brag in regards to this is that we have been recognised as a ‘lighthouse’ school for others and we will enjoy a visit from some colleagues from NSW on Monday to share our Talk for Writing journey. I hope you are hearing and sharing the journey at home as well. Enjoy some photos that are just a sample of what is happening right across the school.
Lorena Rock – Acting Principal
Welcome to new office bearers for 2019:
President: Julia Wilcox
Vice President: Belinda Owen
Secretary: Angeline Hicks
Treasurer: Liz Tilmouth
Uniforms: Tehani Dellar-Pratt
Canteen: Shoni Lewis
School Board Rep: Amanda Derbyshire
Events: Amy Pontague and a team of 7 dedicated events members
Safety: Tatianne Miracy Hogg
Fathering Project: Dan Loden
Grounds: Travis Lithgo
Grants: Natalie DÁbrew
I enjoyed attending a very positive P&C meeting on Monday night with the enthusiastic new team of parents (makes me feel a bit old!). We have teachers, students and our 3rd army is the fantastic parents who work so hard to maintain and support our community spirit and engagement.
They have some exciting events and fundraisers planned, kicking off with the Hot Cross bun drive!
With some whole school projects to launch this year based on the work of the previous P&C. They have actioned some immediate projects which include some climbing and nature play equipment in the new build playspace and have agreed to support the Kiss n Ride front entry statement project and outdoor classroom, all of which align with the grand campus plan.
“At Mount Hawthorn Primary school there is a strong commitment to not only developing and nurturing positive relationships with parents but also providing opportunity to enhance parental involvement in our close knit school community to strengthen our relationships further. Underpinning this, to be successful we place a strong emphasis on parent communication and involvement.”
Our school recently had contractors engaged through the Department of Finance’s Building Management and Works to inspect all ceilings. They have identified two classrooms requiring urgent work, those being Year 1, Room 12 (Ms Lewis-Russell) and Year 2, Room 6 (Ms Grace). Students from those classes have been relocated to other classrooms while the work is being completed.
We welcome communications and feedback which is delivered in line with our Communications Policy from all members of our school community. All people interacting with Mount Hawthorn Primary School in any form of communication must do so in a way that clearly identifies them by their real name.
We are looking for someone with bricklaying experience to help us out with a small job at the school, if you can help please contact Dale Mackesey firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVE SUM FUN COMPETITION
On Saturday 23 March, a Year 6 team consisting of Audrey K, Toby S, Ben S, James M, Aidan L and Joshua T competed in the Have Sum Fun Maths Competition at Aranmore Catholic College. The six students raced against the clock to solve four rounds of eight challenging Maths problems and were up against ten teams from various schools. After a slow start, the Mount Hawthorn Denominators made a come-back in the second half of the competition and placed 7th overall. They were only four points off placing in the top four. I would like to thank the students involved for their efforts and for giving up their Saturday afternoon. You did Mount Hawthorn Primary School proud.
2019 MATHS DIRECTION
2019 sees the staff at Mount Hawthorn Primary School searching for new, relevant and best practice opportunities for all students in the area of Mathematics. In recent years, we have entered a number of students in the Australian Maths Competition, however this year we would like to make changes. Our plan includes offering students the opportunity to participate in new, engaging programs where they will be challenged. The “Have Sum Fun Maths” competition was the first initiative in our new program. Year 5 and 6 class liaison parents are sharing information regarding an enrichment program run through Curtin University after hours. The MHPS whole school Maths program is in the early stages of planning and will be added to throughout the year.
Sarah Kalebic – Maths Curriculum Leader
What a busy start to the term in Languages. We welcomed our Year 3 students who have starting doing their first year of Italian. Year 3/4 classes all visited Affogato Gelateria and ordered in Italian. Mario and Matteo were highly impressed with the fluency and accent of our students. Bravissimi studenti!
Angela, our Language Assistant from Venice has had a wonderful time with classes sharing her knowledge of the Italian language and culture. The Watters and Butcher families have been wonderful hosts and we look forward to recruiting some more host families later in the year.
Number 1 WORLD RANKING – MHPS!!!
We have introduced an online languages program in Italian called Languagenut. Students have worked together to get our school into the top position in the world in Languagenut! This is an amazing effort and the students need to be commended for their diligence and commitment.
Signora Monisse – Italian Teacher
REPORTING TO PARENTS
Reporting aims to provide opportunities for parents to discuss their children’s assessments with their teachers and reflects a broad range of communication strategies. It ensures that parents are informed of their child’s classroom progress and addresses individual needs.
Teachers may report formally or informally about their child’s progress throughout the year. Informal reporting may include interviews, emails, blogs, phone calls or written anecdotes.
Formal ongoing reporting includes case conferences, systemic test results and end of semester reports.
Whole class parent introductory meeting
Class hand out outlining philosophy and programs
Pre-primary On-Entry testing Summary Reports
Parent Interviews on request
Semester 1 – Summative Report Kindy to Year 6 (DoE prescribed)
Parent Interviews on request
Year 3 and 5 NAPLAN Reports when available
Parent Interviews on request
Open Morning – (Education Week)
Semester 2 – Summative Report Kindy to Year 6 (DoE prescribed)
PARENT INFO SESSION – ONLINE SAFETY AND CYBERBULLYING
Thursday 11 April at 9.00am in Room 48
Book now while there are still some places available!
The world of social media and technology is fast becoming the centre of our children’s universe. It can be a challenging task for parents to stay on top of the dangers of social media and technology, while monitoring their child’s online behaviour and finding balance.
We are offering a workshop for parents to learn more about managing children’s technology use, including an introduction into the most popular social media platforms and practical tips for keeping kids safe online.
If you’ve ever struggled with getting your kids off their games and into bed, worried about knowing what your child is accessing online, or felt concerned that your child was spending too much time in the digital world, this workshop is for you!
Please register for this event by following the link provided. This is an important school event for all parents to attend.
Cherrie Fletcher – Curriculum Leader for Health
Please be vigilant about shutting the school gates especially onto Scarborough Beach Road.
A friendly reminder that the School and P&C Voluntary Contribution payments are being gratefully accepted at the school office.
INNER CITY COLLEGE
For parents who are considering enrolling their students Inner City College for 2020. There are two Parent Information sessions are being offered:
Session 1: 1 April 2019 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at MHPS – fully booked, however we will be offering more sessions early next term that will prioritse the current Year 6 parents.
Further Information: Ph: 9441 1700 W: churchlands.wa.edu.au
The collection of used batteries in the week commencing Monday 25 March 2019. Our collection bin is located in the library. Only for Dry cell batteries include AA, AAA (single use or rechargeable), C, D, button batteries, 9V, 6V and cordless power tools.
WWF’s Earth Hour is the world’s biggest movement to protect our planet. Every year hundreds of millions of people around the world in more than 7,000 cities in over 180 countries take part in this amazing global conservation movement. People do a wide range of things around the hour to show they care about our planet’s future. Millions choose to mark Earth Hour by going ‘lights out’ for 60 minutes at 8.30pm – a symbolic show of solidarity.
LIGHTS OUT for 60 mins at 8.30pm on Saturday 30 March 2019.
Noongar Word of the Week
Noongar season which is the early Winter and occurs from June And July.
Season 4 is known as Makuru.
Makuru is when the first rains begin.
It is cold and wet weather with strong westerly winds.
Time for the Noongar people to travel inland, towards the shelter of the hills, to hunt kangaroos, emus and possums.
The uniform shop will closed on the last Tuesday of Term 1 (9 April) due to stock take. Thank you for your understanding. Beat the winter rush – order your hoodies and trackies now. Order on QKR and items will be delivered to your child’s classroom.
Enjoy Lawleys Bakery Hot Cross Buns this Easter and support the school at the same time. Order a 6 pack of Traditional, Chocolate or Fruitless Buns for $7.00 ($7.95 in store).
Order by 9.00am Monday 8 April and collect the buns from the Undercover area on Friday 12 April from 8.45am.
Place your ORDER FORM (Including Payment Details) in the black box in the front office or email it to email@example.com and look forward to yummy Easter buns!