Welcome back fellow readers of the MHPS school newsletter. Whether you’re a student, parent or someone else, the Councillors have got you covered on a range of different topics within our magnificent school.
I’m Elsie C and along with my fellow Councillors Tom, Emmeline, Isaac, Paige, Lucas, Claudia, and Sam we have written not the penultimate, not the 3rd last…… the very last newsletter for the 2020 Semester 1 Student Councillors.
I can truly say that on behalf of all us Councillors we have enjoyed writing these newsletters. We have joined forces and written this all together.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YEAR IN THE YEAR 6 WORLD
I can’t believe this is the last time I’ll be writing in the newsletter as a Councillor! This semester has gone so fast, it is a shame that we missed out on assemblies, and the big ANZAC Day Ceremony. Anyway, at least we still got to do something.
Up in the Year 6 building, we have recently heard brand new speeches for a new batch of Student Councillors and Faction Captains. All of the speeches were brilliant, and speaking as a student it was really hard to vote. It was sad realising our jobs were coming to an end, but at least we made a difference in the school.
Our Semester 2 Student Councillors are:
Rm 18 Mayabella M and Luca B
Rm 19 Georgia E and Mattaeo M
Rm 22 Calloway B and Audrey Z
Rm 23 Millie B and Xavier R
And the Faction Captains are:
Menzies – Lucas P and Mabel W
Shakespeare – Claudia P and Sam P
Braithwaite – Wynn C B and Elsie C
Axford – Mikayla D and Isaac C
As you may have noticed, 5 out of 8 Student Councillors are now Faction Captains, and vice versa.
The big things for the Student Councillors in Term 2 are the Year 6 Graduation and for the Faction Captains there is the athletics carnivals.
Claudia P, Student Councillor
Year 6 2020
As you all know, this year is the last year at MHPS for the Year 6’s. A lot of things have had to be postponed and cancelled, because of COVID-19, including assemblies.
Last term, everyone thought that Year 6 camp would be cancelled. Let’s backtrack to last year, on 23 May 2019, all the Year 6’s went to their Year 6 Camp at Woodman Point. They slept there for 3 days and got to share dorms with their friends. The 23rd of May has already passed for us in 2020, so unfortunately, we have to wait all the way until the end of the year to have ours.
Another highlight of Year 6 activities is the Sienna’s dinner, a fabulous Italian restaurant located in Leederville. In the past few years, all the Year 6 students have been able to go to this delicious dinner hosted by Signora Monisse (Italian Teacher for Year 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 6’s) without a doubt. This year, all the Year 6 teachers and students didn’t know if we were going to this dinner, but Signora Monisse has come to a decision and it is final that we will be having our Sienna’s dinner in Term 3, Week 10.
Us Year 6’s are very lucky to have been given these privileges in these unprecedented times and would like to thank the teachers for teaching us and helping us this semester. We can’t wait till next semester, as we get to do all these amazing things!
Paige W, Student Councillor
Hello everybody, today you will be reading about some fun and quirky things that happened during school this week.
Year 5 Room 45 students Harper, Walter, Pia and Audrey noticed all the hard work being done by Dave our gardener and they wanted to thank him. They also saw him buying the Milo cookies from the canteen, so they found the recipe in the Year 6 Yearbook and baked some Milo cookies especially for Dave. They presented them to him in a specially decorated box and he very much enjoyed them for morning tea. We would like to say a big thank you for your wonderful work Dave and for keeping our school clean and looking great!
Also, I would like to say thank you to Mrs Roberts for helping the other Councillors and I with this incredible opportunity to write in the school newsletter. It’s sad to see it come to an end but I’m sure the new Councillors next semester will enjoy it as much as we have!
Lucas P, Student Councillor
A new role for Cooper P
Not many of you may know that there actually is someone picking up all your lost property and giving it back to you. The people who have been doing that have done such a good job that Ms Pitsikas has decided to make it a leadership role. The job will contain picking up lost property and giving it back to students. Also they will be required to help out the uniform shop. This new role will be called School Resources, and the job will last for the whole semester. Earlier this week I caught up with one of this semester’s School Resources Leaders, Cooper P.
How did you get chosen for this job?
Ms Pitsikas asked me because I was working hard in class.
What is your main job in this role?
We run around the school and collect jumpers and hats. Then we go back to Ms Pitsikas office and we grab three items of lost property. After that we ask her for the names of the people and we deliver it to them.
What is the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is skipping class time. I also enjoy the responsibility that goes with it.
If you could continue your role into next semester would you do it?
Yes, but you do have to miss work sometimes so you have to do it as homework.
Who was it that trained you for this role?
Ms Pitsikas taught me how to do the job and I got some other people to do the job with me.
Would you recommend this job to others?
I would recommend the job if you are willing to do some schoolwork at home. It is quite fun.
Samuel P, Student Councillor
OUR SCHOOL ART
Today you will be reading about our school’s art and below I have outlined each year groups art projects. Each year have been doing their own art projects and I have to say they are all fantastic.
The Year 1 kids have been working on their use of water soluble oil pastels. They have used them to create fun fruits with a variety of different colours. To make this artwork they have used blending techniques, as well as adding shadows and highlights for reflection – super creative!
The Year 2’s have just completed their Blue Bottles Artwork. They have drawn a collection of old bottles. They have also included blue materials to decorate their collage of bottles. Those blue materials include recycled bubble wrap, plastics, wool, tissue paper, oil pastels and paints all in the study of blue, great art guys.
The Year 3’s are currently working on their weaving skills. They have created a handmade fabric collage all about the changing seasons. Their project builds on their knowledge of shape, form and texture which are important elements of art – fantastic effort Year 3s.
The Year 4 students have recently completed their sewing project. They have been learning how to do running stitch and back stitch. They chose to create a fruit design to attach to their sewing project, keep up the great sewing!
All the Year 5 students have created their own puppet using a variety of materials. They have used scrunched up balls of newspaper to create their heads and then painted them a colour of their choice. Then to create their clothing they have used old fabrics and decorated them with other accessories to create unique puppets, quiet unique Year 5s.
The Year 6s have just finished their printmaking. They have used silk screens and created beautiful wall hangings. They have used only 2 colours to produce a variegated effect, very impressive Year 6s.
To make all these magnificent artworks I would like to acknowledge our Art Teachers Miss Pizzino and Mrs Edmiston who help us create our beautiful artwork. Well done everyone for creating magnificent artwork!
Isaac C, Student Councillor
Have you ever seen students in your class being picked up halfway through the day on that same day for ten weeks? What are they doing, where are they going, well I’m here to tell you, they’re going to PEAC!
The Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) program is a part-time withdrawal program for upper primary school Year 5 and 6 students in public schools. Identified students are selected to participate in differentiated programs offered in a range of delivery modes. Every Year 4 takes a test and only about ten to twelve people are selected. By the way PEAC is not just math, you get to choose awesome courses to study and take part in. From my own personal experience, the PEAC courses I have chosen were Make-up SFX (movie wounds), blood and guts (dissections), improv (acting) and CSI (crime scene investigators).
As well as the PEAC course I have done there are 50 other courses and one is bound to catch your eye.
When you take the test I would recommend trying your very hardest and yes the test is a maths and literature test.
If you get a form notifying you that you’ve been selected, take the opportunity. Kids at first may tell you it’s harder math but what they don’t know PEAC truly is.
Carpooling – if you didn’t already know to carpool with another student, you have to have the exact same course, in order to do that you actually have to tick carpooling and put who with and then put down the exact same courses.
Have fun at PEAC – though there is extra work always remember to have fun!
Elsie C, Student Councillor
Music in MHPS due to COVID 19
Music is a big part of our lives, due to COVID 19 the music program and MHPS has been a little bit different.
Today I interviewed Mrs Hardman and we chatted about some things that have been changed.
How has the music program changed due to COVID 19?
At first we couldn’t have orchestra, band or choir and we couldn’t play the recorder for the Year 4s and 5s, so we’ve had to modify and use other instruments and do other activities.
Has the orchestra, band or choir changed much or is it mostly the same?
Choir is a little bit different because we can’t have large groups so we split up the kids into 4 different groups and we are having our first rehearsal altogether but in the undercover area so we have a little bit more room.
What good things have happened during the current situation?
I’ve tried some new things, because we have had more opportunities to try new things. We’ve experimented with some things on the kids tablets and computers with Chrome Music Lab and that’s been lots of fun for the kids. After listening to some Blues legends, the Year 5 and 6 students wrote a COVID Blues song (see pic above).
From a teacher’s point of view, how do you think this year is going in terms of music?
I think it’s going really well, we’re hoping to play more concerts and perform for our family and friends in the next semester.
Do you think we should implement some of the changes from this year, into future years? If so which changes in particular?
I definitely think we will continue some of the technology aspects of music this semester, it’s been exciting and fun for kids to make music without the pressure of learning an instrument.
And finally, what do you recommend for the students? Do you think they should practise more? Or work harder?
I think if they keep working hard like they are already it will definitely pay off in the long run, but I suggest just enjoying music in any way you can from singing in the shower, or having a mess around with your mates and singing.
Emmeline L, Student Councillor
Reusable Drink Bottles
Make sure you have one reusable drink bottle. At school make sure it has a label on it with your name.
Plastic water bottles are a major contributor to landfill with 370 million bottles going to waste every year.
MHPS students we have to help! DO NOT allow anyone you know to buy a drink in a plastic bottle. Use a drink bubbler of your reusable drink bottle.
We are nearing the end of Semester 1 and everybody needs a good laugh with all the things that are going on at the moment. That is why the Student Councillors have decided to have a joke contest on the last Wednesday of the semester.
Come prepared with your appropriate and funniest jokes. There will be two winners, one from the Junior School and one from the senior school. The winner will receive a free lunch from the canteen.
Samuel P, Student Councillor
UPDATE FROM MS PITSIKAS
This is the last newsletter from our current Student Councillors. Next semester we have a new group of 8 commencing. I’d like to congratulate Samuel, Claudia, Elsie, Lucas, Tom, Isaac, Paige and Emmeline for the outstanding work you have done in your leadership roles. I worked you hard at times, but you never complained and we had a lot of fun along the way. In your roles you made a difference to the school, you were the student voice and you were heard. With your leadership skills and your strong moral and ethical compass I know great things await you all!
Thank you, Ms P
Thank you so much for reading this newsletter. Whilst we will all miss this role we will be handing the role over to very capable new Councillors who I am sure will do their jobs as well as we have!