Well, it’s been a big year so far, and it’s about to get EVEN bigger!
We are lucky enough in Western Australia to have many of the COVID restrictions reduced, allowing us to continue with some of our pre-arranged calendar of events (albeit some with modifications).
One of those events is “The Big Read Fest” (Readathon)
This educational event has been designed as an activity for ALL ages. Children can participate as much or as little as they like. The more you read, the greater chance you have to receive a prize! The Readathon is underway and continues until Monday 31 August 2020. Visit our school website to see videos of different storytellers from our school community.
Some more good news for later in the year is that the school fair is going ahead!
This is the highlight of the year, and the perfect opportunity to be involved in this fun community event. With volunteers needed for stalls and activities, make sure to talk to your class Liaison Parent about how to get involved!
There will be plenty more occurring within each year group, so you’ll want to keep up with our newsletters. Each newsletter includes notifications of important upcoming events – so keep a lookout for them and make sure you put them in your diary.
Mayabella M- Student Councillor
SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR
School Boards help to make decisions on fees and charges, book lists, sponsorship and dress codes. Our School Board makes these decisions with Mr Mackesey who ensures the decisions adhere to legislative and policy requirements. Mr Mackesey will also seek the advice of the School Board so as to understand local community views.
I had the privilege of interviewing our newly elected Board Chair, Katharine Nash.
How many kids do you have and what years are they at Mount Hawthorn Primary?
I have two children, Charles, who is in Year 4 in the Primary School and William, who is in Year 6 in the Education Support Centre.
Where are you from and what brought you to Australia?
I am from Australia, born in Melbourne, but spent most of my life living overseas. I have a North American twang, because I attended university in the United States.
What is your professional background?
I studied engineering, chemistry and economics at university, and have a masters degree in chemical engineering. My career was in the energy industry working for BP. As a reservoir engineer, I calculated the volume of oil and gas underground, the optimal number of wells to maximise flow and recovery, and the economic value of developments. This work is thrilling because it is technically rigorous, necessitates big equipment, requires multi-disciplinary teams and ultimately delivers heat, light and mobility to people around the world. I have worked on small fields in country towns, underwater developments kilometres beneath the sea and giant fields in the Arctic.
You have lived in some amazing places in the world, which place would be your favourite and why?
Runner-Up Favourite= Alaska. Alaska is known as “the last frontier” because the environment is exquisite and extreme. We witnessed extraordinary wild events even in our back garden, including the birth of twin moose calves. My children were born in Alaska and had a few epic experiences of their own, including being charged by a brown bear.
Absolute Favourite= Mount Hawthorn. We handpicked Mount Hawthorn when we returned to Australia. We wanted to be part of a vibrant community. Here, much of what we do in a day is accessible on foot and bike. We treasure the green spaces and are superusers of Menzies, Britannia and Lake Monger. And, Mount Hawthorn is anchored by a first class school!
What made you volunteer to be on the school board?
I am passionate about education. I believe that in primary school you learn how to learn, and acquire the fundamentals and habits which propel you towards your dreams. I believe that an independent school preferentially equips students for modern life with a diverse student body, top notch teachers and the flexibility to innovate. A school of our size can also excite students with a top flight music programme, sporting opportunities, technology and engaging play spaces. I volunteer on the school board because I want to help make MHPS its best.
What do you see as the role of the school board?
The stated role of the board is of governance, performance management and community engagement. In addition, I view the board as an auxiliary engine to attract more resources to the school, enhance strategies, build partnerships, and leverage diverse professional experiences to support MHPS.
What advice would you give to students?
(1) Read. Make reading an everyday habit. Reading exponentially increases your exposure to experiences and perspectives. It informs what you want to do in life and who you want to become.
(2) Communicate well. We live in an emoji-filled world, but there is a fundamental requirement for clear communication, strong interpersonal skills and good manners. With these fundamentals, you will shine and attract opportunities.
How do you manage to juggle being a mum, working and volunteering?
I have a superpower. I have a child with severe autism, which is much like brain damage and has taken away his ability to speak and learn. But his condition has gifted me with patience and empathy, which I was lacking, and also given our family a laser determination to be deliberate in what we do and how we craft our life. So, I consciously opt out of a lot of stuff, including television, and work hard to make the most of every moment.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Every weekend, my family with our black dog, Jet, hike the Zamia trail in Bold Park. We tell stories; we spot parrots; we handball the footy, and enjoy each other’s company. This triplet of nature, exercise and family is a huge mental health boost. And in the days before COVID-19, we also enjoyed travel to remote spots in Australia, including the National Parks in the Northern Territory, where I unexpectedly first met a taipan snake.
Calloway B – Student Councillor
Pictured – Congratulations to Molly, Georgia, Scarlett and Riley (from Kindy above) for receiving the first Certificates!
Last week, the Year 6 Student Councillors walked around Mount Hawthorn on the Community Walk. We were joined by the School Board chair, Ms Nash, as well as Associate Principal Ms Pitsikas and School Board staff representatives, Ms Reeves and Ms Spencer. We visited small businesses like Affogato, Spritz and Diabolik, and gave them ‘Catch Me at My Best’ cards. The cards are aimed at promoting and maintaining a strong relationship between our school and our community. In addition to this, it is about promoting the “brand” of Mount Hawthorn Primary School through students doing the right thing when in the community. Businesses who noticed a student wearing their school uniform and going out of their way to be kind, courteous and helpful will be able to nominate them. The businesses can fill in the “Catch Me at My Best” card, and return the card to the student who then brings them back to the school office. So students, be on your best behaviour! For every card you get, you will receive a surprise reward.
Remember, as teacher Mr Browne from the book “Wonder” would say, “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind”.
Calloway B – Student Councillor
KISS & RIDE
Due to traffic congestion, we need to tighten the process of the popular pick up option, the Kiss & Ride. Currently parents are parking and waiting for their children who are dawdling, which creates a traffic build up.
At 2:45pm, students in Pre-primary – Year 2 (who have no siblings) need to be picked up prior to 2:55pm. At 2:55pm the cones will be put out for 15 minutes, for the Year 3 – 6 students and their junior siblings. To help traffic flow, stationary cars will not be permitted at this time.
From next week, parents will need to circle around the block if their children are not at the Kiss n Ride prior to 3:10pm.
Thank you for your cooperation – Your friendly Year 6 Student Councillors
NATIONAL PRINCIPALS DAY
Last Friday, 7 August it was Australian Primary Principals Day. This special day was developed “to highlight the critical role of our primary school principals” which got me thinking, what does a Principal do all day?
We really appreciate all the work Mr Mackesey does for our school because he has a hard job, he has to work out timetables, special events and keep the school running in a range of challenging times – he does everything!
But what does everything include? I decided I’d ask some students what they thought he did all day and here is what they told me!
From Year 2 Room 7 Sophie and Noah told me what they thought…
Sophie said that after he got ready he comes to school and bosses the teachers around.
She also said that he goes to his meetings and makes the teachers do his bidding! She said he walks around a lot, too and that the rumours about Mr Mackesey back flipping to school was, and I hesitate to say this, fake news!
Noah said that after he got to school Mr Mackesey pushes the teachers around and forces them to get his coffee. I would also like to mention that Noah said Mr Mackesey doesn’t eat breakfast but instead drinks his coffee!
Thanks to Sophie and Noah for letting us interview them!
Next we went over to Pre-primary Room 15 and met Scarlett and Lachlan.
When we interviewed Scarlett she said that she thinks Mr Mackesey walks around and checks the students to see what they are doing and he goes to meetings with teachers and that’s all he does all day.
Lachlan said If he was Mr Mackesey, he would eat cake and ice cream for breakfast! He also said that Mr Mackesey was funny, kind, and the best Principal ever, and we have to agree!
Thank you for all your hard work Mr Mackesey, we are lucky to have you (and Ms P)!
Audrey Z – Student Councillor
COMEDY LOUNGE PRIZE PRESENTATION
Last term we held a comedy lunch hour. There were lots really good jokes but the following students were the overall winners:
Alistair G – Year 5 Room 22, Sam L – Year 5 Room 22, Donté H – Year 2 Room 7
The prizes of $10.00 canteen vouchers were presented by Emmeline L (Semester 1 Councillor) on Thursday morning in Room 7.
What do you call a pig that can do karate?
A pork chop!
Luca B – Student Councillor
On Thursday Mount Hawthorn Primary School had a visit from some fluffy friends. Ms P’s 6-week old ducklings came to visit all the Classes from Pre-primary to Year 6. Splat and Donald (as we called him) waddled their way excitedly around their mat where they quacked, wiggled and danced. Classes also learned a lot about ducks and their webbed feet and how they change feathers in different stages of their life. It was extremely tempting to touch and hold the ducks but we had to keep a distance as they could be easily frightened.
Who knew that ducks love granola bars and can wee and poo all day? We really hope Ms P brings in more of her exotic animals for us to enjoy!
Mattaeo M – Student Councillor
Year 6 Soccer Tournament State Finals
Last Friday afternoon, the Mount Hawthorn Primary School Year 6 soccer team competed in the Jamie Harnwell 17th Annual Soccer Championships in Auburn Grove. After winning the Northern Region Qualifiers, Mount Hawthorn proceeded to compete in the State Finals for the first time in the last ten years. There were seven other teams from different Primary Schools in the State Finals, so it was a tough competition. Mount Hawthorn won the Quarter Finals, 3-2 against Rosalie Primary School. In the Semi Finals, they were up against the reigning champions, South Coast Baptist School Soccer Academy and lost 4-1. South Coast Baptist School went on to win the tournament for the fourth time in a row.
Special thanks to Graham Peberdy for volunteering to coach, train, and coordinate our mixed team and to all the parent helpers. It was an amazing experience that we hope will continue for years to come. Well done Mount Hawthorn on an amazing effort!
Calloway B – Student Councillor
Mirda – Red
We’ve reached the end of this week’s newsletter, a big thank you to my fellow Councillors and Ms P for their contributions. Make sure you check out our next newsletter for further updates and interesting articles to stay involved.
A motivating message to finish off…
‘If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down.’ -Buddha