Welcome back to this fortnight’s newsletter with some new and exciting articles. This week includes an interview with the Principal of The Education Support Centre. Also, we have the mysterious mystery of Rooms 1 and 4, the Noongar Word of the Week, a WES Tip and the Year 1 and 2 Athletics Carnival wrap up. We are also celebrating Science Week with the theme of Deep Blue (ocean). The Year 6’s even dressed in blue or ocean themed clothes on Tuesday, 25 August.
Xavier R – Student Councillor
YEAR 1 AND 2 ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
As most of you will already know, our Junior Schools Faction Carnival was held last week! All our Juniors were competitive but also showed outstanding sportsmanship towards other competitors. Although COVID hit WA hard, Mount Hawthorn Primary School was able to keep promises for events in the future. Our P.E teachers are one of a kind, organising events one after another and continue to work harder than any of us could ever do. Our Year 6 Faction Captains and Sport Leaders worked throughout the day, organizing and marshalling our juniors into their races. Although our Faction Carnival has been split up into mini carnivals, the competition was still high, as most of our athletes were training during their free time in isolation, which means we had a lot of unexpected outcomes for our flat races. We also had an amazing DJ, (Ms P) choosing some booming tunes for our competitors and spectators to sing and dance to.
The effort put into this nail biting carnival was more than all the kids in the school combined could achieve, so I think all the teachers, parents and other helpers deserve a pat on the back.
The next carnival coming up is the 3 – 4 Athletics Carnival on the School Oval. Remember to tell your child to wear their Faction shirt and wear appropriate running shoes.
All children will be participating in all team events so that we can include everyone and your child will compete for Champion Girl/Runner up Girl or Champion Boy/Runner up Boy.
Georgia E – Student Councillor
DEEP OCEAN DAY
The Year 6’S and their buddies celebrated Science Week by dressing up in blue!
On Wednesday and Thursday this week we had some very interesting sea creatures rock up to school. As most of you will know, the theme for Science Week this year is “The Deep Blue Sea”. Some of the activities that the year sixes and their buddies participated in were related to plastic pollution which gave students the opportunity to take a stand towards plastic pollution as we had a competition to see which Year 6 student could make the best underwater laboratory model using recycled materials.
Mr Norman’s class (Room 18) did Virtual Reality with their Year 2 buddies, discovering the Deep Blue and exploring all kinds of creatures that live in the “abyss”. Miss French’s class and their buddies made reusable shopping bags with a catchy slogan to accompany the theme.
We hope that everyone who participated in the fun and frivolity has second thoughts about plastic use and how we need to have a better attitude towards this world wide issue and put a stop to water pollution.
Student Councillor – Georgia E
Dr Alison Harman
For this week’s newsletter we are interviewing Dr Alison Harman, Principal of the Education Support Centre, Mount Hawthorn Primary School.
How long did you have to train to be where you are now?
I did a Science Degree, a PHD and one year of Graduate Diploma which led me to be a scientist and then I became a Teacher and then a Principal.
How do you feel about sharing the same site with Mount Hawthorn Primary School?
I like it, I think it is great sharing so much with everyone and the kids getting taught by the other kids.
What is your favourite part of your job and why?
My favourite part of my job is going into the classroom and seeing how the kids are getting along. It brings a smile to my face.
What do you enjoy doing after a long day at school?
I ride my horse that lives in the Swan Valley and he is a boy. I don’t see him every day but I like to visit him on the weekends.
What age did you know that you want to become a principal?
I was a teacher and then at the age of 53 I knew I wanted to become a principal because it was a recommendation of my friend.
Student Councillors – Luca B and Xavier R
This week we interviewed a Year 6 student, Evie E. Evie is currently 11 years old and is in Room 23 with Mrs Gillies. Recently, Evie auditioned to be accepted into a cheerleading competition for the Perth Wildcats. She competed against 80 other strong competitors. Evie has never done cheerleading before, and just wanted to try out for a bit of fun. Last week, Evie discovered she was accepted into the competition and will be competing soon.
We wish Evie the best of luck with her competition.
Student Councillor – Millie B
THE MYSTERY IN ROOMS 1 AND 4
On Monday night there was a strange and unknown creature in Rooms 1 and 4. When students arrived at school there were lots of clues left that someone or something had been in their room. We interviewed Hannah, Millicent, Thomas and Sienna to see if they knew what was going on.
Sienna, Room 1
I thought that there was a Unicorn and it put fairy dust on the table. I think the reason for the Unicorn coming is because it wanted to make a story.
Thomas, Room 1
I think it was a Unicorn and it was having a wedding in our room to be cheeky and I think the Unicorn chose our room because it is big.
Hannah, Room 4
I think it was a fairy that was in my room. It was putting hats everywhere. I think that he was trying to be cheeky and the fairy chose our room because it is colourful.
Millicent, Room 4
I think that there was a Unicorn in our room and it was having a disco because our room is really big.
So, we interviewed some very suspicious students and the majority thought it was a Unicorn!
What do you think it is?
Student Councillors – Luca B and Georgia E
UPDATE FROM MS PITSIKAS
It’s a week of sunshine and beautiful days. We had perfect weather for the Year 1 and 2 Carnival and it’s looking good for Monday. A shout out to all my Year 6 leaders who have commenced their roles this term, there’s lots to learn and quite a bit of responsibility but they really stepped up. The new Student Councillors have worked hard to produce newsletters, address student issues, support Public Relations leaders and work on some special days for the school. The Public Relations leaders have done an amazing job presenting Merit Awards, practicing before the day to ensure they read them perfectly and liaising regularly with their allocated teachers. The School Resources Leaders have kept us on top of lost property, handed in devices for random checks and assisted with other matters as they arise. Our Faction Captains were sensational helpers and leaders at the recent Junior Athletics Carnival.
I also asked the Student Councillors recently to hand out flyers at the Kiss & Ride to remind all parents of the processes. Thank you to the parents that have adhered to the processes which include only dropping off and picking up in the designated areas at the allocated times. However, there are a few people who are using the oval gate to Kiss & Drop in the mornings. Please note this is not permitted, it impacts on the whole process, causing congestion and impacting on the safety of children walking to school. Also at the school gate there are often dogs left there. We have many students intimidated by this and we ask you do not leave dogs tied up there. A reminder about the KISS & RIDE PROCESS. Your support is appreciated as the safety of our students is our number one priority.
The roles of Councillors and Public Relation Leaders are busy. On top of our studies, we need to undertake extra in-school activity to support students. One of our requirements is presenting the class Merit Awards but also supporting the Public Relations team to also present them (there’s a lot of training and work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure it all goes well). Being a Public Relations Leader has brought out the best in some students. A great example of this is Sienna D, who rose to the challenge of presenting Merit Certificates in two classes, and handling it with ease. She has exceeded expectations. Well done Sienna, this is a great demonstration of the school virtues!
Student Councillor – Mayabella M
CATCH ME AT MY BEST
Good work all to all the students who received certificates for helping around our community. We are hoping many other students receive some each week. If you do get one, put it into the special box at the front office.
Student Councillor – Millie B
When putting plastic bottles in the recycling bin, make sure to take off the lid!
Otherwise it would just be put in the waste bin!
Yoont – Yellow
Well that’s going to wrap up our newsletter this week. Thank you for reading, don’t forget to stay tuned with the newsletter and finish and hand in your Readathon sheets by Monday!