Hello and welcome to the first ever Mount Hawthorn Primary School newsletter, well not the first ever newsletter but it is the first newsletter with us, the newly elected Student Councillors for Semester 2!
Emilia (or Millie B) and Xavier R from Room 23
Millie loves to play netball and spend time with her friends and Xavier likes to do art and does hockey after school.
Audrey Z and Calloway B from Room 22
Audrey likes painting, sculpting and ice skating and Calloway is a talented basketball player and is a math whizz.
Georgia E and Mattaeo M
Georgia is a great netball player and an amazing swimmer and Mattaeo loves games of any kind!
Mayabella M and Luca B
Mayabella plays netball and public speaking and Luca loves Lego and is a Batman fan!
As you may already know, our Year 1’s are celebrating 100 days at school!
This event will be held over two weeks, as every class is at a different stage due to COVID. As most people would know we have been at school for way longer than 100 days but seeing as most students started working from home the 100-day party was postponed until further notice. Our year ones will be participating in multiple games involving the 100-day theme. The year ones will be encouraged to dress up as if they are in the year 3020 – 100 years away or to get crafty and create a t – shirt with 100 objects attached.
You can’t celebrate something and have no games! So all the year one teachers have organised lots of games to keep the students occupied – such as counting 100 gumballs from a gumball machine, making a book with 100 things their parents or their teacher has told them 100 times and even some exercise games like doing 100 star jumps and 100 sit ups and many, many more.
The Year 1 buddies are coming to participate in all games to encourage them and to make the day even better!
Georgia E – Student Councillor
For this week’s staff member profile I will be interviewing Mr Thompson and asking him some questions.
What is your favourite thing about being a teacher?
Great holidays, bossing kids around, cheesies at recess, morning tea on Fridays and seeing teacher friends. To be serious, I enjoy being able to connect with youngsters during their journey through primary school. Kids make me laugh.
Why do you like teaching so much?
I think it is something I have always been able to do. I never felt it was difficult because I enjoy motivating students.
What job would you want if you weren’t a teacher?
I would want to be a travel blogger because then I get paid to travel the world.
What is your favourite sport and why?
I love ice hockey as that is what I grew up with. However, the AFL has taken over because I live in Australia. However, if the Montreal Canadians make a run for the cup I’ll watch those games on my phone!!!
What is your favourite subject that you teach?
Maths, because I have been doing Year 5 maths for ten years and I reckon I‘ve nearly passed it.
What’s your favourite hobby and why?
Watching and participating in sport, I am an absolute sport nut.
What are your thoughts on the Western Derby that was played during the holidays?
I was pretty disappointed that we did not have anywhere near our full team. MIssing so many star players like my boy Fyfe, makes it very hard to beat a classy outfit like the Eagles. The first QRT we were right there and looking good but we just couldn’t shut down Kennedy and the midfield. I am super over losing to them as 10 in a row is painful. I know that if we get all the boys on the park next year we can really take it up to the Eagles.
So, you ask me my thoughts on the last Derby, I have none now, I have moved on!!! But I am sure Mr McKenzie will remind me from time to time.
Luca B – Student Councillor
Lillian K – PP Room 15
Everyone loves to crunch some numbers and Lil K from Room 15 is no exception. I interviewed the hard-working mathematician from Pre-primary this week. Read on to see what she has to say:
Do you enjoy maths?
Yes, maths is my favourite subject!
What is your favourite part about maths?
Working the sums out.
Who taught you your amazing mathematical skills?
My teacher, Miss Hehir.
Does love of maths run in your family?
Yes, my sister Grace loves maths too.
Do you practice maths at home?
Yes! Both on the whiteboard and on the computer.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Colouring in, jumping on the trampoline, playing and watching TV.
What do you want to be when you are older?
When I grow up, I want to be a doctor.
Remember getting better at maths like all things, is all about practice. Every little bit counts!
Calloway B – Student Councillor
Let’s be honest here. There is one question that sits inside all parents’, teachers and student’s minds, and that question is… “is the Athletics Carnival going ahead this year?” Well the answer is YES!
Due to COVID – 19 all plans and events were either cancelled or postponed until a further date. Although the carnival is going ahead it is going to look and feel different.
Pre-primary – Term 4, no set date yet
Year 1s and 2s – School Oval 19 August
Year 3s and 4s – School Oval 4 September
Year 5s and 6s – Menzies Oval 10 September
I realise that the carnival has been separated into little carnivals and here’s why…
Due to COVID – 19 the 1.5 metre measure was too hard to have to ensure no one breached
COVID restrictions and also the restricted amount of people allowed in one place is nowhere near enough to have all parents/guardians, teachers and competitors.
The Semester 2 Faction Captains (pictured) and our P.E teachers are working amazingly hard to make this year’s Carnivals possible and possibly even better than previous years. Nothing is ever too hard to achieve with Mrs Putt and Mrs Kenny around!
Georgia E – Student Councillor
REGIONAL SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
COVID-19 has changed the world. We have been so lucky that events like the interschool, sports carnivals and fair get to go on. A group of talented students have been selected to represent Mount Hawthorn Primary School in the Regional School Championships over the next few weeks. We have nominated teams for soccer, hockey and basketball.
For those who don’t know, the Regional School Championships competition is run annually by School Sport WA. This program allows schools to nominate teams in a variety of sports that even includes golf as an option! If any team comes in at top two they move on to State Finals. Whilst the teams are supported by M.H.P.S, the organization, training and transport is run by parent volunteers. This amazing opportunity would not be possible without the help and support of parents that have given up their time to coordinate these events so a BIG THANK YOU to them! GO MOUNT HAWTHORN!
Xavier R – Student Councillor
YEAR 6 SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Yesterday, a group of dedicated young soccer players from Mount Hawthorn Primary went to Kingsway Reserve in Lansdale, to compete in the Annual Regional School Championship. Mount Hawthorn had two teams representing the school, and the teams placed 3rd and 1st, out of 6 teams. We played against Mercy College Soccer Academy and Connolly Primary School each having two teams each. This means that we have a team competing in the State Finals! This wouldn’t be possible without the help of Graham Peberdy, who coordinated us participating in the event for the first time in over a decade. He organised parents to coach, train and transport students – all in under a month! He had put in a lot of hard work, so I want to say a huge thank you, on behalf of the players, and the school. Good luck Mount Hawthorn!
Calloway B – Student Councillor
RECYCLE YOUR BATTERIES
The battery bin in the library is hungry for all your old batteries.
Just bring them into school and deposit them as soon as possible.
In 2019, our school came in at number 30 from 166 schools.
At Mount Hawthorn PS we recycled 57 kilos of batteries.
Currently, in 2020 we are at number 38 with 18 kilos.
We want to LIFT OUR GAME and win the war on waste!
That’s it for this week’s newsletter, if you have the time, check in next week to see what’s happening around the school. We hope you enjoyed, and are now better informed about our school.
On behalf of all the new Councillors I would like to say thank you for reading this newsletter and we hope you enjoyed it, because as Calloway would say we have BIG shoes to fill!