The festival of the Athletics Carnivals continues at MHPS with another successful Year 3-4 event. The weather held out and with great organization, thanks to Mrs Putt, Mrs Kenny and all who helped out on the day. The kids loved it, they enjoyed the dancing (see video), showed great sportsmanship and displayed great competition. Overall it was a great lead up to our Year 5 and 6 Carnival next week.
1st Axford 903
2nd Shakespeare 823
3rd Menzies 679
4th Braithwaite 662
Joint Neve HS / Mia B and Tyson H
Runner Up: Scotty L and Finn M
Jasmine S and Kieran C
Runner Up: Charlie J and Adele A
A HUGE thank you to the Year 6 Sport Leaders and Faction Captains who worked so hard to make the running of the Faction Carnival successful. You WERE awesome TODAY!! For all the pics and a progressive wrap up visit our school website.
READ FEST PRESENTATIONS
Today we announced the winners for the 2020 Read-a-thon. For me it was a celebration of our community involvement. I love the way parents participated in the celebrity storytelling, watching the children come to the library with their bingo cards, the enthusiasm of the organizers – Amy P from the P&C, Mrs Townsend and all the library staff. Also, the fact it was a community event and not just a fundraiser. With our children growing up in the age of gaming, fostering the love of books and reading is so important. When awarding the prizes, it was wonderful to have children able to tell me who their favourite author is. We used the tiger turf area to capacity to ensure every space was used so the children were well distanced.
Congratulations to all concerned!
Congratulations to all the winners:
ESC – Chole P, Kindy – Clemi O, Kindy Green, Pre-primary – Riley K, Room 16, Year 1 – Ethan M, Room 1, Year 2 – Siena S, Room 27, Year 3 – Liam O, Room 42, Year 4 – Hayden J, Room 32, Year 5 – Matthew H, Room 47, and Year 6 – Janessa L, Room 18. Class – Year 5 Room 47 lead by Mr Thompson
A big thank you to all our sponsors who donated to the prize pool for the individual Grand Prizes: Diabolik Books and Records, Affogato Gelateria, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Ninja Academy Perth, John Carey MLA, Lupo Lab, Redhage Basketball and The Mezz News. We were also incredibly grateful to have the support of Scholastic, Woolworths, Coles, Officeworks and Scitech. Thank you again to all our sponsors for their donations.
The theme of National Science week this year was to do with protecting the ocean. As a result, Room 45 did an A-Z ocean assembly to do with the ocean. In our assembly we had important facts about the ocean and how to save it. We each wrote our parts and filmed ourselves at home. This video is the result. It is now more important than ever to save the ocean and our assembly proved why. We hope you enjoy it. By Sonny G, Room 45
Congratulations to our next lot of Super Mathletes! These students have achieved the most gold bars in Mathletics across their year level from Weeks 1-5 this 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.
K AND PP HELPERS RETURN
We have always recognised and advocated for parent helpers in the early years and appreciate that parents also value the opportunity to view their children engaging with the staff, peers and the classroom environment. We acknowledge that the COVID restrictions have had a significant impact on this opportunity and despite still being in Phase 4 / 5, we would like to welcome our K and PP parents back to the classrooms in Term 4. Term 4 is always a critical term for our students and families in normal circumstances as we plan for transitions, class placements and report on student progress and achievement after a year of learning. We consider the parent helper strategy as part of our reporting to parents by providing the opportunity for parents to observe their children engaging with the teaching and learning program as well as their social interactions. During these sessions, we will still comply with all the distancing guidelines of each Phase and each classroom teacher will define their own schedule and invite parents to ‘help’ in times that suit them.
Lorena Rock – Associate Principal
The school recently asked parents to complete two surveys. The first was a compulsory education department analysis of the view of parents, staff and students, and the other a survey concerning the school’s response to COVID-19 and some proposed long-term changes.
The Department of Education survey showed a marked increase in parent responses from 153 to 290 since 2018. The scores were consistently high across the board with all questions scoring at above 4 (agree) out of 5 (strongly agree) and trending up over previous years. Staff response rates and scoring was also excellent demonstrating that MHPS continues to be an employer of choice. Student responses were generally good, though 3 questions received average scores of slightly below 4 out of 5. These questions relate to management of student behaviour and teacher response to student concerns. These questions typically score relatively low in MHPS and other peer schools, but will be taken seriously nonetheless.
The COVID-19 survey reflected on the changes to drop-off and pick-up arrangements the school was forced to make and consider whether it made sense to maintain some of these moving forward. Again there was a very strong response from the school community with a general sense that the school had done an excellent job in a difficult situation.
A clear majority of respondents preferred using kiss-and-drive or gate drop-off, rather than bringing children to the classrooms. A lot of feedback celebrated the independence this fostered in their children and how it simplified the school drop-off. Furthermore, around 80% of respondents supported both the continuation of the staggered start/finish times and the implementation of a specified day on which classroom access would be allowed for parents.
Despite the clear themes, there were some genuine concerns around the impacts of fixed days for classroom access. The desire to take part in the parent helper programmes for Kindy and PP was another common theme. As a result, the school has decided to implement a 2 week-long classroom access period per term for each class. This will allow parents the opportunity to see what is going on in the classroom and have some one-on-one time with their child’s teacher. The parent helper programmes will restart in Term 4, though there will likely be some changes to ensure that these are appropriate and safe in the current climate.
Thanks to all who took the time to provide their feedback on both surveys. Such interaction is invaluable to the MHPS leadership team.
Jools Spon-Smith – School Board Leadership Sub-committee
STUDENT MEDICAL FORMS
A reminder to parents who have students with specific health care needs. Please sign and return your children’s updated Individual Medical Action Plans ASAP.
In lieu of the fair this year, we will hold a family fun day on Saturday 7 November (Fair Day) using the rides that the P&C has already paid for. Details are being nutted out, so stay tuned for ticketing, volunteering assistance and more.
We are looking for some new School Banking Volunteers for 2021, as most of our current volunteers will be leaving at the end of the year. If you have an hour or so to spare on Tuesday mornings and would like to help, please drop by and let us know.
School Banking is on Tuesday mornings from 8:15am in the Harbeck Library.
Don’t forget to pack your deposit book for Tuesday mornings!