It was great to hear stories about camping and holidays within our great state, which hopefully will continue so families will experience the natural wonders of WA. As a school community we are planning a steady as she goes approach to this term, making sure we are still being vigilant considering the events unfolding in Victoria.
The staggered starts will continue and we are cautiously modifying events such as assemblies, athletic carnivals and the disco. The Read-a-thon has been designed as a community event, not a fundraiser and the Fair is also being planned for the end of the year.
Construction of the nature play area and outdoor classroom has commenced and general landscaping has also been added to the new build.
This term we will also commence optional classroom visits for parents before school on Week 5 and Week 10 for students to share their work and the great progress they are making. These visits are not designed for interviews with teachers. Meetings at appropriate times can be scheduled upon request.
The Athletics Carnivals will also take on a modified format, with information shared in upcoming newsletters, please ensure you have the dates (available on the school website calendar) marked in your calendars.
We also understand that circumstances may change quickly and we will ensure we are following all directions by the State Government.
The Band Camp was an amazing success and a testament to the committee that worked right through to ensure the camp was compliant with COVID restrictions. The work to put it all together reflects the amazing sense of community and focus on providing opportunities for the children.
Thanks to Sarah Brown, Janine Musca, Suzanne Bousfield, Mardi Munns and Caroline Rusden.
A special shout out for sponsorship provided by Scott Yelland and Michelle Yan (in the form of donated wines used as gratitude gifts) and for the financial P&C support via Liz Tilmouth. Your efforts are valued.
DOGS ON SCHOOL PREMISES
A reminder that dogs are not allowed on school grounds after hours and weekends. We love to see parents walking with their dogs, however they need to be tethered away from the school perimeter, as we have younger children and students with special needs who react negatively around dogs. If you are collecting children with your dog on a leash, please collect the children and move along swiftly away from the busy collection points.
Education Department rules state that dogs are not allowed on the school premises and there is evidence that dogs are being exercised on the school campus out of school hours and on weekends. We strongly urge community members not to bring their dogs onto the school premises, there are alternative suitable parks to exercise dogs within the precinct.
School Photos for Pre-Primary to Year 6 will be taken on Monday 27 July and Monday 3 August 2020. For more information, visit our school website. Here is the Class Schedule. Please note – times (not day) may be changed at short notice.
By now you will be aware that we have transitioned from using the FlexiBuzz App to Flexischools for school communications because Flexischools incorporated the communications functionality of FlexiBuzz into the Flexischools App, at 30 June 2020. We received very short notice about the change. Due to the short time frame, we agreed to transition across for the short term, however we are planning to start using the Education Department supported Communications App “Connect” from the start of 2021.
If you were a FlexiBuzz user you should have received an email with a unique registration link for you to subscribe. If you did not receive the link please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request it.
We are ONLY USING THE NEWSFEED component of the new app, as we did with FlexiBuzz.
For canteen orders you will still be directed to QuickCliq and Qkr for payments.
More information is available on our school website.
Our Year 5 and 6 band and orchestra students enjoyed the excitement of attending our parent-run Music Camp 2020 on 19 and 20 July. We had no idea whether it was going to be possible, due to Covid-19 but were so lucky to get the go ahead. The band and orchestra rehearsed together with many of our Year 5’s playing together for the first time. Instrumental groups played their sectionals with fantastic teachers and volunteers. All students had the chance to participate in team building activities like flying fox, big swing, orienteering, archery and rock climbing. It was amazing to see students step out of their comfort zone and encourage each other.
This Music Camp was made possible due to our amazing parents who support our Music program and all school activities. We are all so grateful for this opportunity. Special thanks to Caroline Rusden and the amazing team of parent helpers. Katie Hardman – Music Specialist
Thank you to the parents who completed the survey seeking your feedback about arrangements that were put in place last term in response to COVID-19.
After collating your feedback, and that of the school board members and staff we have developed a measured response in relation to school processes for Term 3 as outlined below.
We will hold assembly items for classes that were rostered on for Semester 2 with some modifications. The class presenting their item will invite parents from their class. The students from the same year level and their buddy class will also be invited to attend. Items will be brief and low key. Please refer to school calendar on the website for the roster.
We will continue the same process. School leaders will present these in the classroom. A group student photo will then be published in the school newsletter. Teachers will send individual class photos to parents.
Will stay as is. However, in Week 5 and Week 10, parents are welcome to pick a day to drop their child in the classroom. We will provide more information on this closer to Week 5.
SOCIAL MEDIA USE
This is a timely reminder to parents/carers not to share any images on social media that include any of our students, as not all parents have provided permission for their child’s image or name to be published. Any sharing of a student’s image or name without the appropriate consent could lead to legal action.
Perisse Pitsikas – Associate Principal
From the P&C
We at the P&C in collaboration with the Library staff have initiated a COVID friendly event that we hope will bring a strong sense of community, enjoyment and of course educational involvement.
THE BIG READ FEST!
This event will kick off on SATURDAY 1 AUGUST and finish on Monday 31 August 2020.
There are some fantastic prizes from local sponsors, including Zoo passes, Ice Cream Vouchers, Ninja lessons and more!
All you need to know will be posted on the school website on the Thursday 30 July. There you will be able to download your ‘Big Read Fest’ pack, ready to start on 1 August – all that is left to do then, is read, read, read!
So come on Mount Hawthorn – let’s get reading!
It’s official, the fair is on this year, barring a setback in government restrictions.
The fair will be scaled back with Class Stalls running from 12 noon to 4.30pm instead of 6.00pm and Rides, Food Trucks and Entertainment until 6.00pm.
Let’s help you get ready! Contact Shoni, Class Stall Rep email@example.com or Sonia, Fair Chair firstname.lastname@example.org. Know a sponsor who would love to help? Contact email@example.com
The P&C is closely following the WA Government COVID-19 Roadmap and requirements. We are looking forward to going ahead with the Disco in Term 3 and Fair in Term 4. If restrictions change, we will of course pivot to remain within guidelines which may result in last minute changes or cancellations. We appreciate your support and we are hopeful that all will progress as planned.
It’s frustrating when things go missing. Here are some handy hints to help us all prevent having lost property.
Ensure all items of clothing are clearly labelled.
If your child does lose an item get them to check where they last remember seeing it.
Wait for the item to be returned by our amazing Year 6 group, who periodically check for items (generally once or twice a week) and will return to your child’s class if their name is clearly visible on the item.
Contact the uniform shop on firstname.lastname@example.org and they may be able to locate if for you. All non-named items that are found are given to the uniform shop each Tuesday.
A reminder that the Uniform Shop is still operating online until further notice. Not sure how to place an online order? Visit the Uniform Shop website for more information.
School Banking is back on Tuesday mornings from 8:15am in the Harbeck Library. Due to the temporary pause of the school banking program any banker who made a deposit in Term 1 will be eligible for a reward item. Don’t forget to pack your deposit books for Tuesday mornings!
The Mount Hawthorn Mountain Goats are proudly hosting an informative and social event on Friday 14 August with the keynote speaker former WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan.
Tickets are available now from Eventbrite. More information is available on the school website.