I am a Student Councillor and along with Paige, Lucas and Elsie we have the privilege of writing the newsletter this week. National Reconciliation Week, runs 27 May to 3 June each year. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the Reconciliation journey – the 1967 Referendum, and the High Court decision in Mabo. The week is also preceded by National Sorry Day which was Tuesday, 26 May.
Reconciliation Week is a time for us to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to reconciliation in our workplaces, schools and communities.
This year’s theme, In This Together, is now resonating in ways which could not have been foreseen when it was announced last year. It reminds us whether we are in crisis or in reconciliation, we are all in this together.
Our commitment at Mount Hawthorn Primary School is to develop and use knowledge of Aboriginal histories and experiences, cultures and languages, and family relationships to positively impact student well being and achievement; and to develop respect for and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their histories, cultures and languages.
Lots of classrooms in our school have contributed to making some amazing artwork for the week. Room 25, Pre-primary has made an amazing collage with everyone’s hand prints on them. They have made the hand prints the colours of the Aboriginal flag, the Torres Strait Island flag and the Australian Flag. This symbolises that we are all a part of one country. They have put a lot of hard work into this piece of art and it gives such a strong message to everyone in our school.
Emmeline L, Student Councillor
FUN AND QUIRKY STORIES
Today I will be reporting on some fun and quirky things that happened this week and I will also be talking about some useful ideas to promote child safety.
The other day Luca Van B from Room 7 presented his news on his favourite Australian animal, the numbat. To accompany his news Luca brought in Neville who is a taxidermy numbat and lives in the Van B household. Luca also mentioned a few unusual facts, one of them being that the numbat’s tongue can grow up to half of their body size and the other is that they eat about 1000 termites a day with this long tongue!
On Tuesday, the Year 1 students were surprised with a PA message to introduce their talk for writing hook. Mr Mackesey made an announcement about having footage of some people trespassing at our school, but when the students watched the video they saw the trespassers were some dancing reindeers! The Year 1’s then brainstormed some ideas to catch these reindeers. The students thought of an electric gate, making a trap with carrots, a hole and also to actually call Santa and his elves for their help! I hope they catch these trespassers before they do something naughty! It was all good fun and the students had a ball pretending.
I’d like to support an idea that I have discussed with Julia W (P&C President) in relation to child safety. The idea is to have another beehive crossing reminding pedestrians to ‘look both ways’ before crossing the road at the meeting point between Matlock and Ellesmere Streets. The reason behind this is because when I’m walking home I often see kids running across the road or unsure whether they can cross. In this spot it can be really dangerous, especially after school when the cars come by for Kiss & Ride. Drivers would also be more careful at this intersection. My intention is to promote this idea and persuade the right people to make this happen on behalf of the school. But in the meantime could all students look carefully before crossing roads, use the overpass and follow instructions of crossing guards. We want everyone safe.
Also kids, remember to use a helmet when riding. Have a great day!
Lucas P, Student Councillor
THE LIFE OF A TEACHER
Mrs Putt – What can happen but can’t happen at the same time.
COVID-19 has affected our education plans a lot. This year has probably been the toughest year by far that we’ve lived in.
Phys-Ed has changed a lot this term. We all have to sanitise our hands with hand sanitiser (which really stinks) before and after lessons and have to try to stay away from each other while doing activities, which can be hard with certain games.
I interviewed Mrs Putt to check in with her about what’s been happening this term and what will happen.
What differences have you had to make in Phys-Ed due to COVID -19?
We had to come up with some innovative ideas to help keep the students fit and well.
The burning question: What’s going to happen to all our events, like cross country and the faction carnival?
We’re looking at all our big events and trying to modify them, so students can still have opportunities, keeping in mind that we stay within the government’s rules and regulations.
Do you like this new system we have made?
Yes, I think you are doing a great job, it’s a great chance to experience some change.
In your opinion, does COVID-19 make your job easier or harder?
Easier, because I don’t have big events to organise, but harder because we would still like to give students opportunities, and we still have to develop new ways to do this.
Thank you to all the sport teachers for helping us fit into the new normal in Phys Ed!
Earlier this term, the Year 6’s started Winter Sport. Everyone had a choice of what sport they wanted to do, and they could choose from:
Modcrosse: Miss French
Soccer: Mrs Gillies
Football (AFL): Mr Norman
Netball: Mrs Putt
Students who have their own sport equipment bring it to school, which is a good thing to see because it means less things to clean for our poor cleaners. The students who played Modcrosse and AFL would take a short walk to Menzies Park and train over there, while the students who played Soccer would play on the oval and Netball students would play on the basketball courts. Unfortunately, we cannot play against other schools or have the Lightning Carnival, but that does not mean we can’t play against each other!
Everyone should know that this pandemic will stop soon, and we will be able to do things normally again!
Paige W, Student Councillor
A day in the life of a… Public Relation Representative!
Hi I’m Elsie, a Year 6 Student Councillor. Today I’m going to be interviewing Georgette H who is a Year 6 Public Relations Rep (PR), as us Counsellors now get to do the exciting job of writing the newsletter!
For some of you who don’t know what PR Reps are, the PR committee works with the community. They plan stuff like the school disco and the school fair and they work with the public on things related to the community however, due to Covid 19 they haven’t been able to do the full extent of their roles, along with other Year 6 leadership teams. So let’s dive right in and ask her what she thinks about this new public relation lifestyle.
Elsie: “OK my first question for you is, how your role as a public relation has been stepped up due to Covid 19?”
Georgette: “We get to read out merit awards now because we didn’t used to and we get to help the Counsellors.”
Elsie: “Why did you choose to be a PR rep?”
Georgette: “I was looking for a leadership role and decided I didn’t want to be Councillor for this term, so I tried for a PR representative first.”
Elsie: “What have you public relations unfortunately missed out on?”
Georgette: “Taking tours around the school.”
Elsie: “What’s the best part of the new adapted job?”
Georgette: “Reading out the merit awards is the best part.”
Elsie: “Why do you like being a PR representative so much?”
Georgette: “Because it’s a fun job and I like to speak in front of people.”
Elsie: “On a scale of 1 to 10, how big is your responsibility as a public relation representative?”
Georgette: “Probably 7 because it’s a big responsibility – you have to be on time and make sure everything is perfect all at the same time.”
Elsie: “What does being a PR Rep mean to you?”
Georgette: “It means taking responsibility and working hard with other people.”
Elsie: “What’s it like to be a PR Rep?”
Georgette: “It’s challenging and a good leadership role to have.”
I hope the readers of the newsletter enjoyed Georgette’s interview.
Elsie C, Student Councillor
UPDATES from Ms Pitsikas
Mr Mackesey mentioned recently that he was the highest paid Lollipop man in Perth. I know that all the changes we have had to make as a result of COVID have at times been challenging. I am sure you all agree though, there have been some unexpected positives. At home, the less frantic lifestyle and having “the kids” around more has been a bonus (not the mess!). At work, I have really enjoyed my before school duty on Killarney Street. It is a great start to the day to see all the smiley children. The opportunity to greet each child as they come through the gates, get to know them a little more and have quick chats with parents has been the highlight of my day.
Furthermore, in this new normal world we have all seen many random acts of kindness. At school we have appreciated many supportive gestures. We all know a cup of good coffee can set the tone for the day. We’d would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Tim Luxton and Dan Hewitt for shouting the Mount Hawthorn staff coffees. Here is Mrs Miles and Mrs Meyer enjoying their treat!
I hope you all enjoy the Student Councillor newsletter. All the articles and ideas are driven and written by them. I hope everyone enjoys their extra-long weekend and we will see you all next week!
CORNY PRINCIPAL JOKE
Q: What happened when the principal tied everyone’s shoelaces together?