We’ll have the MHPS Jumbo up and flying again after it seemed to be grounded for an interim period and our focus is back on delivery quality programs face to face. I would like to thank all the staff for their efforts through a challenging term and parents for supporting us through the many changes implemented. The recent survey highlighted the overwhelming support to continue the staggered start and finish times, which will continue into next term. Our school is proudly the hub of the Mount Hawthorn community and parents have always been seen as partners in the teaching and learning program. At the start of next term information will be sent out highlighting opportunities for parents to visit the classrooms to share and discuss children’s work. We believe this will provide a good balance and be well received by all.
I also would like to give a shout out to our Year 6 Leaders for their outstanding contribution this term and I’m looking forward to many of the initiatives continuing into the future. I do have one issue with the choice of Principal Corny Jokes and would like to leave you with one of the all-time classics.
Q: Why did the elephant give up tap dancing?
A: He kept on falling in the sink!
Have a wonderful break, whether you are travelling within our State or having a staycation, be safe and remember to keep reading with your children and let them stay in their PJ’s all day! I look forward to seeing the students return to school on Monday 20 July for the commencement of Term 3, which promises to be very busy with the Readathon, Athletics Carnivals and Assemblies, all in slightly different formats from previous years.
Student Reports will be sent out in the first week of Term 3. As outlined previously, they will not be graded due to the disruption to the program during the COVID period.
On Thursday we encouraged everyone to wear their PJ’s to school or Onsies. As it was 4 degrees in the morning I loved the chance to wear my ugg boots to school. Many parents loved just sending children as is to school!
With the sun shining later in the day it was the perfect environment for a quick nap!
PARENTS AND CARERS SIGN IN
The safety and well being of all students in our care at Mount Hawthorn Primary School is our priority and commitment. It is important we know who is on our school site and why. We would like to remind all parents and grandparents etc if you come on to the school grounds for any other reason than drop off or pick up at normal times, you are required to firstly report to the front office and sign in.
Many of you will know that in the last couple of years we have had separate carnivals for the Junior Students. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive as it ensured greater participation (less wait time) and parents /grandparents were able to watch at a closer distance and see more action with their children.
In light of this feedback and together with COVID environment we have decided to continue this format for Juniors and also extend to other year levels.
Faction Athletics format and dates in Term 3 is as follows:
Year 1 and 2 – Wednesday – 19 August at School Oval
Year 3 and 4 – Friday 4 September at School Oval
Year 5 and 6 – Thursday 10 September at Menzies Park
Jumps, Throws and Distance events
Year 3 to 6 – Finalists only will compete – Monday 31 August at School Oval and Menzies Park.
Pre-primary – to be held in Term 4.
All carnivals will run for half a day. All carnival backup dates are on the same day of the following week.
MS PITSIKAS UPDATES
We have had a fun last week with a range of whole school activities and then class/hub activities to ensure we finished the term with a smile! And hopefully students came to school skipping.
On Wednesday we had a “Comedy Lounge” hour for all students who wanted to tell a joke while others ate their lunches and listened. There were lots of great jokes (much better than corny Principal ones) and the following students Alistair G, Sam L and Donté H have won a canteen voucher for next term:
Alistair and Sam’s Joke
A Police officer is talking to young child
Police officer – Where do you live?
Ans -With my parents.
Where do your parents live?
Ans – With me.
Where is your house?
Ans – next to my neighbour’s house.
Where is your neighbour’s house?
Ans – Next to mine.
What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus?
I want to hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand.
On to slightly more boring but important matters…
I’m sure you all know the system where we encourage students to go back to where they left their item. I want to reassure parents though I do (actually student leaders) a sweep of items every couple of days. Items are returned to students if we can identify who they belong to.
I look up names on our system and return them to students. Sadly, I come across many items that do not have names on them (or not updated.) These are handed on to uniform shop at end of term. The other challenge I have when returning items is often there is only a first name on it and if it is a common name there may be several students in the school it could belong to. So please add surname or at least the initial.
We have had a few students with nits/head lice. Please use the holidays to have a good look and ensure there are none. Even a couple of eggs can be hard to spot but within a few days they then multiply!
I hope everyone has a fabulous break with their children. I am looking forward to spending time with my blended family (Brady Bunch) and taking time to do some more fun things!
Our school photo day is coming! – Monday 27 July and Monday 3 August 2020.
You will be notified via your child’s class of the time and date scheduled for each class. Prior to the photo day every student will receive a Kapture Photography personalised flyer to bring home. The only method of ordering your photos is online through the Kapture website as your payment is secure and can be easily verified at any time.
In Room 11 Year 1 we celebrated Miss Lightly’s engagement. The children and parents presented her with a beautiful indoor plant, and a gorgeous card.
Congratulations Miss Lightly and Josh!
From the P&C
THE FAIR IS ON FOR 2020!
The Fair will be held Saturday 7 November 2020, baring no setbacks with COVID restrictions. To reduce the workload on everyone, we will be changing the start time and reducing the duration class stalls run. The times are not yet determined. For more info, please email Sonia Siamos, Fair Chair email@example.com
The Mountain Goats are very excited to announce a Fathering Project evening with Karl O’Callaghan at the E&D Litis Stadium in Mount Hawthorn on Friday 14 August. Mark the date in your calendars!
Karl will talk to us about his time as Commissioner of the WA Police, along with his well-documented experiences as a parent and foster-parent. He is a very interesting speaker and there will be an opportunity for Q&A.
The bar will be open and all are welcome to stay on after for a social catch-up.
Further details and ticketing information will follow. Keep an eye on our Facebook or sign-up to our mailing list to stay up-to-date.
SCHOOL BANKING is Back!
School Banking will recommence at the start of Term 3. School banking is held on Tuesday mornings in the Harbeck Library, from 8:15 to 8:50 am.
Entertainment books are back!
So many fun places are reopening – what better time to support the P&C by purchasing this year’s Entertainment Book.
with 20% of each membership going straight back to the P&C. Plus, purchase before 13 July and get a bonus Wish gift card!