The Semester 1 Student Reports will be emailed later this week with a link in the email, please be aware that you need to download the report and save it as the link will expire after a period of time.
Please read the attached information about Reporting to Parents.
Thanks to Catharine Hehir for her work with Kindy Orange while Kaye Ward has been on leave. We now welcome her to the big school for one day per week in Pre-primary Room 17.
P&C BUSY BEE
It was a huge effort on Saturday morning with a great community atmosphere. I would especially like to acknowledge Travis Lithgo and all the families who volunteered to help out. It is great to see that families volunteer their valuable time on the weekend to assist the school community. Modelling is a really important part of teaching and for children seeing their parents giving back to the school is a very important message and doesn’t happen in many other communities.
PRE-PRIMARY PLAY EQUIPMENT
We are delighted with the new play equipment in our Pre-primary area. The exciting additions complement our commitment to providing a nature playground for the students. It was evident by these photos how much the children love it. Huge thanks to our P&C President who was the driving force behind this. Not only did Julia ensure all stakeholders were consulted, she made it happen in a short period. Our amazing P&C are pivotal in providing resources such as this.
It has been great to see the development of the program through the commitment to training and improving from students and the high quality expertise of the volunteers. Over the past five years the engagement and skill development has ensured students are not only enjoying running they are making significant improvement.
See our school website for a full report on the results and lots of pics.
Enjoy the school holidays and stay safe, we look forward to seeing all families return to school on Tuesday 23 July for the commencement of Term 3.
Ava Watters (Year 6, Room 19) has been awarded a General Excellence Scholarship to St. Georges Anglican Grammar School for Year 7 -12. To be awarded the scholarship Ava was required to provide school academic records, extracurricular achievements and details of charity voluntary work that she undertakes. Ava also was required to write an essay detailing why she should be a recipient of the scholarship. It is great to see the virtues we place great value on (being: responsible, respectful, caring and being the best you can be) has not only been demonstrated by Ava but recognised by St George’s in awarding Ava this prestigious scholarship.
PRIMARY EXTENSION AND CHALLENGE (PEAC) is a part time withdrawal program for Year 5 and 6 primary students in government primary schools. Identified students are selected to participate in differentiated programs offered in a range of delivery modes. Students attend half day sessions once a week at selected centres.
During Term 3 all students in Year 4 were tested for possible entrance into PEAC courses. All students are to be congratulated on their enthusiasm, commitment and perseverance during the testing sessions. The 17 students from our school who gained access to the program are to be congratulated on this achievement.
Perisse Pitsikas – Associate Principal
This is a timely reminder that school staff and parents have a key role in preventing the transmission of diseases in the school environment. While it is often difficult to prevent the transmission of common respiratory (colds/flu) and gastroenteritis infections that occur, every effort should be made to minimise the spread of infection by encouraging:
staff and children attending school or childcare should stay at home in the early stages of illness as they are likely to be more infectious and transmit the virus/bacteria to others, via coughing, sneezing and, contaminating surfaces that others touch
children should remain absent until they are symptom free if they have a cold or flu; and for at least 24 hours if they have had gastroenteritis
parents to seek medical advice if their child has ongoing symptoms of illness
*Reminder for parents to update, sign and return their student medical action plans to the front office.
JUNIOR ATHLETICS CARNIVALS
Last year we trialled a stand-alone Pre-primary Carnival held at the school. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. This included the events allowed parents to be close to the action, great atmosphere directed specifically at the Pre-primary students and line with our view it is about having fun and all children participating actively throughout the day. It also helped reduced the number of events that we tried to get through in one day with the whole school. (As the school has almost 900 students this was very challenging). With the support of various stakeholders in the school we have decided to host the Junior carnivals on the school site. On Wednesday 7 August we will be running our Junior Carnivals, with the Year 1 and 2 carnival in the morning until 1.00pm and Pre-primary commencing at 1.00pm on the school oval. Parents and family are welcome to attend. More details will be sent closer to the event.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data 2019
All schools in Australia participate in the annual national collection of data on students with disability. The broad categories of disability are physical, cognitive, sensory and social/emotional. Students who have adjustments to their learning, or are supported at school are included in the data collection.
Schools and education authorities use the data to assist their planning to meet the needs of students. Personal details, such as student names or other identifying information are not provided so that confidentiality and privacy are upheld.
Mount Hawthorn Primary School continues to work on the collection of data for 2018.
Did you know that our Library known as the Harbeck Centre at MHPS has a bin for you to recycle your batteries?
WES says take your batteries to the recycle bin.
Other places to drop off your batteries locally are supermarkets, local libraries and Bunnings.
Djilba – Noongar season August and September covers the late Winter and Early Spring
Season 5 is known as Djilba.
Djilba is when the second rains begin.
The weather is getting warmer. Rains have filled up the lakes and waterholes.
Root tubers were an important source of food at this time of year.
From the P&C
A crew of forty strong parents and kids descended on our school to give it a once over before winter hits. The weather held off and it was a cloudy but comfortable day to get stuck into the gardens.
After a quick run-down of the jobs that needed to be done the eager group got straight into it. There was a team dispatched to install the new Pre-primary raised planters which were purchased with money from a grant by the City of Vincent. This involved moving around 8 cubic meters of soil from the oval to the new planter location. These new planter will be home to Herbs and Vegetables which will be planted out by the Pre-primary kids in Term 3.
Many of the parents and kids helped out with planting new plants generously supplied by Julian and Rachelle Rose from Deep Green Landscaping. Old plants were removed (using some considerable man and woman power) to make way for these new native and ornamental species.
A large contingent of volunteers worked solidly for the three hours cleaning up the sand and leaves that have been deposited in the corners of buildings, car parks and sports areas. They raked out sand pits, swept down paths and cleaned up leaves all around the school.
The area at the south end of the Pre-primary build was cleaned up, the old herb gardens dismantled, raking and weeding done. This area can now be opened up for the new school cross country track that will wind its way around the campus. There were also two new Eucalyptus trees installed.
There was over 10m3 of rubbish, sand, leaves, branches and general debris removed from the school grounds and a trailer load of metal to be taken to the tip for recycling.
The day ended with everyone getting together for a sausage sizzle and soft drink.
It was great to see everyone getting into the community spirit and banding together to spruce up the school. Thank you to all those that volunteered their expertise, muscles and Saturday morning. It is greatly appreciated by the school community.
Travis Lithgo – Grounds and Gardens Committee
Just a friendly reminder that the uniform shop will be closed for stocktake next Tuesday, 2 July. All QKR orders placed by Monday, 1st July will be processed and delivered to the children’s classrooms.
The Mountain Goats are already making plans for term 3. We have some exciting ideas; let’s hope that we can pull them all off!
For those who don’t know what we do, the Mt Hawthorn Mountain Goats are the school’s Fathering Project group. The group aims to build a community of like-minded Dads to discuss and address the importance of being an involved and effective Father or Father figure to create better outcomes for their kids. We run activities through the year including ones for Fathers and kids to take part in together, and Dads’ networking events. Please come along to the events and let us know if you would like to be involved in helping out with organising.
If you haven’t already, please sign-up to our mailing list and/or check out our Facebook page for information about all our events. Feel free to drop us a line on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Dates for Terms 2 and 3
THURSDAY 4 July 2019
Year 6 Winter Carnival
MONDAY 22 July 2019
Pupil Free Day
Tuesday 23 July 2019
Term 3 commences for students.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY BASKETBALL
A unique and engaging school holiday workshop with your school community.
Redhage Basketball are offering an after school program from 7 August to 18 September for Years 1 – 6 students at school.
KIDS HOLIDAY CLUB
The Holiday Club is a Free fun filled morning for children in Grades 1-6. It runs the second week of School Holidays from 15 to 19 July, 9.00am – 12.00pm.
Everyday is different with fresh and fun activities, so you can register for all week or for individual days. For more information or to register, please go to: khcmounty.eventbrite.com.au or call 0415 138 403.