Latest School News
7 August 2020
7 August 2020
I wanted to give a plug to an evening with Karl O’Callaghan organised by the Fathering Project next Friday night. It will be an opportunity to hear about his journey and as a father of older boys I can relate to the pressures felt by children from social media and general pressure of those formative years. I thought I would take my older boy out for a meal last week, thinking maybe a steak and a chat but he saw me coming and we ended up at Long Chim in the Treasury – I need all the tips I can get! This will also be an opportunity to buy a beer for the Principal, who will of course be modelling appropriate behaviour.
On another very serious matter, we have had two incidents involving conflict with a parent over the last week. I want to strongly reinforce that any incident involving abusive behaviour or threats will and have been escalated to the police. They are not represented by our school community’s values or expectations and have no place in society in general.
In week 6 this term, the Year 2, 3 and 4 students at Mount Hawthorn will be completing a Music Aptitude test as part of the assessment process to select instrumental students for 2021.
Those selected will have lessons during school time through Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) and be expected to join either the band or orchestra to further expand their skills and have opportunities to perform.
Selected students will be offered places in violin (Year 3), cello (Year 4), flute, clarinet, brass and percussion and double bass (Year 5).
While the Music Aptitude Test forms the major component of selection, other aspects will be considered such as effort in class music activities, enthusiasm and interest in music and the ability to commit to learning and practising an instrument while being able to keep up with other subjects.
In making the decision to select students, there is much consideration but unfortunately, not all children are offered instruments as we have a limited number of places.
If your child is not offered a place but is keen to learn an instrument, private lessons are an option with the possibility of joining one of our school ensembles (orchestra or band).
All Year 5 and 6 students are invited to join our school choir.
If your child is away on the day of testing, a catch up day will be organised so that all students have the opportunity to participate.
Congratulations to our next lot of Super Mathletes! In Mathletics, these students have achieved the most gold bars across their year level, from Weeks 5-10 last term. They received a certificate of achievement and a trophy, which they will display in their classroom until it is passed on to the next Super Mathlete. Year 1 – Arsha H, Year 2 – Henry P, Year 3 – Julian C, Year 4 – Talia B, Year 5/6 – Adam A, Year 6 – Ethan F
Sarah Kalebic – Maths Curriculum Leader
Parent Information for Year 1 and 2
Wednesday 19 August (Week 5) 9:00am – 12:30
We have also ear marked Wednesday August 26 (Week 6) as a backup day in the event there is inclement weather on 19 August. Parents will be advised as early as possible if we need to use the backup day.
Please Note: Students will have normal lunch at the conclusion of the carnival with their peers as per a normal school day in the undercover area. Unfortunately, due to still being in Phase 4 of COVID we may not be able to run a P&C cake stall. There will however be a coffee van in attendance for the entirety of the event.
Year 6 Faction captains will be in attendance to assist in the faction bays. An event program and further updates will be provided closer to the day.
Anita Putt and Sue Kenny – Phys Ed Specialists
Selected students from Year 5 and 6 took part in the Champion Schools Hockey Carnival today. We were so excited to be a part of it again this year. A big thank you to Chrissie Moran for her superb organisation and to our wonderful coaches, managers and parents who worked hard to enable this to go ahead.
Anita Putt and Sue Kenny – Phys Ed Specialists
Kapture are currently experiencing a delay in their usual turnaround time for the delivery of photographs. This has never been the case at Kapture and is due only to COVID-19 this year.
The normal turnaround time is 3-4 weeks however they are currently operating at approximately 5-6 weeks (not including school holiday periods).
Unfortunately, their forced closure and reduced team upon eventual return has put them behind schedule, however they have new team members on board, all ‘old’ hands are back on deck – and they anticipate returning to their regular turnaround time by the end of Term 3.
Lorena Rock – Associate Principal
VacSwim have recently opened enrolments for the October and January school holidays. VacSwim provides children aged five to 17 years with the opportunity to develop and progress their swimming and water safety skills during the school holidays at over 180 pool and beach locations across the State. There are lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers. Enrolments for VacSwim are now open and families can enrol online. Further information and details of fees, locations and how to enrol are on this website.
To borrow a badge making machine. Do you have one or access to one which we can use for a week prior to and including fair day then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to everyone who attended the class fair liaison meeting. We appreciate your efforts and always contact us if you have any questions email@example.com
Having kicked off on SATURDAY 1 AUGUST and finishing 31st August, there is still plenty of time to read your way to some fantastic prizes including Zoo passes, Icecream Vouchers, Ninja lessons and more!
Please be sure to head to the school website for all you need to know. Not only are you able to download your ‘Big Read Fest’ pack but you’ll also find links and answers to those FAQ’s. Also, watch videos of story time with some of our favourite school celebrities (Mr Mac, The two Em’s, Dave the gardener and Alison Harman).
So come on Mt Hawthorn – let’s get reading!
The Mount Hawthorn Mountain Goats, in conjunction with the Fathering Project, are proudly hosting an informative and social event to talk about how to make the most of your short time as a father. It will take place on Friday 14 August and the keynote speaker will be none other than former WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan. Karl is a fascinating speaker and is happy to talk about any aspect of his parenting experiences.
We are very fortunate to have Channel 10 presenter and footy commentator Lachy Reid as compere for the evening. Lachy is a seasoned performer and will introduce the evening and manage a Q&A session with Karl.
We are hosting this event at the E&D Litis Stadium in Mount Hawthorn, home of Floreat Athena FC. The cost of admission includes a drink and you are welcome to stay after the main events for a social drink and possibly a chance for a private chat with Karl and Lachy.
Numbers are limited, so please do not wait to book your spot.
Tickets are $10.00 and are available now from Eventbrite.
The current process for ordering from the canteen has been working really well so far and will be continued until further notice. We ask parents to use our online ordering systems for purchases rather than in person.
We encourage you to order online at https://www.quickcliq.com.au
For those who are unable to use this service, lunch order forms will be available in the office and can be placed in the box provided. Please remember canteen orders close at 9.00am daily. Thank you as always for helping to support our amazing canteen staff and volunteers.
Free workshops in September for parents of a child aged between 3 and 8 years.