Hello everyone, welcome to the Student Newsletter. This week has been a big week for the Year 6 classrooms, due to the Public Speaking Competitions. As well as finding out that we’ll be running three laps around Menzies Park in under a week!
This week and last week, all of the year sixes did their public speaking. We had topics from music to corpse brides, all of which were brilliant. In fact, the standard was so much higher than last year, that the teachers had to pick 5 finalists instead of 4! On Wednesday, 10 June the finals were held.
In fourth place was Georgia E, dressing up as Miss French and talking about resilience. In 3rd place was myself, doing “If I Ruled the World”. In second place was Millie B, dressing up as Tony Galati and talking about Spudshed and potatoes, which was hilarious and informative. And in first place was Mayabella M, talking about anxiety, which I think was amazing, but everyone, no matter if they got into the finals or not, should be proud for just standing up and talking in front of your class or the whole of Year 6.
The 19 finalists were:
Mayabella M, Claudia P, Grace E, Samuel P, Winnie T, Georgia E, Sienna G, Shiloh C, Elsie C, Mattaeo M, Ezekial T, Emmeline L, Audrey Z, Calloway B, Isaac C, Bella W, Evie E and Abby M.
Claudia P, Student Councillor
This week Mr Lawrence came to the Pre-primary classes to teach them a bit about ICT. The school’s ICT program is very advanced. In Years 5 and 6 everyone is encouraged to bring a tablet to school. If students for some reason cannot obtain a tablet, they can borrow a school tablet. Younger year groups and Italian classes have access to school tablets for learning. The school can monitor what students search and sites such as Youtube, Netflix and other websites that may be inappropriate or that may lead the student off task, have been blocked. The school supplies students with a Gmail (but not email) account so they can complete schoolwork in and out of class using Google Drive.
Once again the Councillors have a meeting, all we hear is “Meeting at Monday Lunchtime” or “Can I have all the Student Councillors for a meeting.” But last week along with the normal meetings, we had two special ones, Board Meetings! The name may deceive you because the board meetings are just meetings with the School Board committee members, they bring up ideas, state problems, and also state positives. In the next two paragraphs, I’ll be writing about the two different types of board meetings we went to and what we talked about.
Meeting 1: Relationships
Emmeline, Isacc and I attended this meeting all about the school’s relationships. The topic was obviously Covid-19, we talked all about how the kids are walking to the gate by themselves, because the parents aren’t allowed into the classrooms. We had ups and downs, new ideas and suggestions and much more, it was a good way for the Councillors to give some much needed feedback to the board.
Meeting 2: Leadership
Last week, the Student Councillors Lucas, Sam and Paige went to a school board meeting at 8:30am on Friday. The meeting was about Leadership and some very important people came, like Mrs Nash, who is on the School Board, Mr Norman, a Year 6 teacher, and of course Mr Mackesey and Ms Pitsikas. We talked about new ideas, and things that we could stop. It was also a really good way to talk about the many Leadership things from a student perspective.
In the end, the Councillors had a great time being included in the board meetings. It was a great experience and it is good to have the feedback from a student perspective, I think. The meetings didn’t last long but the feedback will last much longer. Thanks for reading!
Tomasz S, Student Councillor
THE LIFE OF A TEACHER
Today I am joined by one of the hardest working teachers, Mrs Williams.
How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 1985, so 35 years now.
What is your favourite thing about teaching?
I love the children. I come here every day and think that I am the luckiest person alive to have children around me all of the time because I truly believe that children are a gift.
Which age group do you like teaching the most?
I like all grades and have taught all grades in my teaching career, but I certainly love middle primary because I see a big change in maturity and growing up. So I love the year 3 and year 4 age groups
A MHPS tradition that you have been heavily involved in is the historical walk. What is your favourite location on the walk?
My favourite location on the walk is probably the school because we start and finish there. The school has seen many changes over the years and there are so many stories to tell.
If you were not a teacher what would you be?
That’s a hard question. I would probably be a vet because I love animals.
You are famous for your great assembly items, which one has been your most memorable?
My favourite assembly item has got to be when we had Mr Mackesey acting as the king and Mrs Mears acting as the queen. It was very funny.
We all know that you love to give a good hug so what has been your alternate greeting in these times?
It has been hard not giving any hugs but I have had to stick with a virtual hug. A virtual hug does not feel anything like a real hug and I cannot wait for the moment when I can start hugging again!
By Samuel P, Student Councillor
A day in the life of a…Faction Captain
Hello my name is Isaac and I am a Year 6 student Councillor. In this next section you will be reading about the life of a Faction Captain. Today I will be interviewing Xavier R who is a Faction Captain for Menzies Faction.
So first of all how did you become a faction captain and what was the process?
I had to present a speech to my faction which is Menzies and the speech was about why my faction should vote for you.
What is a faction captain’s job and duties?
We have to count faction tokens for juniors and the sensor’s every Monday. We help organise faction sports.
What’s required to become a faction captain?
You need to have good sportsmanship; you need to be ready for sudden requirements. You need to be a good role model to younger kids and parents.
Why do you choose to become a faction captain?
I chose faction captain because i knew that this role was very ideal for me and I believe I can be a good role model
What was your reaction when you found out that you have been elected a faction captain for semester one?
I felt extremely happy and surprised because i was up against some hard competition. I felt very excited because I knew I was up for the job and this was going to be a new experience.
Due to COVID has your job as a faction captain been affected or has it been stepped up?
Due to COVID my role has been affected because lots of sporting events have been postponed or cancelled and when these events occur I am a part of it.
What events and opportunities have you missed out on due to COVID?
We have missed out the tennis tournament finals. Also the inter school swimming carnival and other sporting events.
What is the most important and best part of your job?
Being a leader of the school and having the privilege to be one of the few to be wearing a leader badge.
If you had the opportunity to do this role next semester would you and why?
Yes because of COVID my job hasn’t been as fun because most of my duties have been postponed or cancelled because of COVID.
What are some of the best opportunities you have had as a faction captain?
Some of the best opportunities were when my faction won the bonus shield at the swimming carnival.
Do you recommend this job?
I do recommend this job for people who enjoy sport and would like a leadership role in year 6 because I have had lots of fun.
What is it like to be the leader of your faction Menzies?
I really enjoyed it and I was really happy when I was elected. There is sometimes a bit of pressure but I believe it’s the most nerve racking at the faction swimming carnival.
I hope this interview with Xavier has encouraged you all to give a go at becoming a Faction Captain.
Isaac C, Student Councillor
LITTER – Let’s Bin It
WES and Captain Clean up say if you see Litter “BIN IT”.
When you see litter in our school and in our community, pick it up and put it in the bin.
Did you know that cigarette butts continue to be the biggest contributor to littler found in our environment?
Cigarette butts, takeaway food and beverage containers are combined and they constitute 61 per cent of littered items across our State.
Though I’m sure we are disappointed that there’ll be no inter-school swimming carnival, or inter-school cross-country, I’m just glad that we are actually doing something! Even if some of us aren’t looking forward to running 1.5 kilometres in a short period of time.
Overall, I think that all the Faction Captains and Public Relations Leaders deserve a big virtual hug, for suddenly having to step up their role about 100 times more than they were doing before.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our student newsletter, and see you next week.