Welcome to this week’s newsletter from the Student Councillors. The year certainly feels like it’s getting busy, there is so much happening at the school daily!
Some highlights of the week were;
International support staff day, On Thursday 3 September 2020 as a school we celebrated International Staff Support Day. The day recognizes the extraordinary contributions our staff make to our school, and our students. The day was celebrated with a special lunch.
Also this week, our Student Councillors (Mattaeo and Georgia) interviewed some of the Pre-primary classes about their studies of Noongar culture. They’ll be telling you a bit more about it in their article.
We would like to thank Mrs Putt and Mrs Kenny for their outstanding job organizing triple the amount of carnivals from previous years.
The Year 5 6 Carnival yesterday was a nail biter. The competition was high! The sun was shining over Mount Hawthorn Primary School and students lost their voices from cheering as loud as they possibly could to support their faction runners, and teams.
Congratulations to Axford for winning the carnival for the first time since 2012. Mrs Townsend was so proud; tears came to her eyes. It was a day to remember.
Well done Menzies for achieving greatness once again, by winning the Bonus Shield twice in one year, at the Faction Swimming Carnival and The Athletics Carnival. You must have some epic dance moves!
For a full wrap up of the carnivals and lots of pics visit our school website.
Mayabella M and Georgia E – Student Councillors
YEAR 6 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
On Thursday 3 September, sixteen talented basketball players from Mount Hawthorn Primary School competed in the Perry Lakes School Slam Series, held at Bendat Basketball Centre. Two teams of Year 6’s represented the school, one in the All-Star Girls and the other in the All-Star Boys Teams. The Boy’s team won the Semi-Finals in an exciting 2-point win in overtime but lost the Grand Final against Loreto Nedlands Primary. The Girl’s team won 5 games convincingly and only narrowly lost the Grand Final to St Mary’s Anglican Girls School by a nail-biting 3 points. Well done to both teams for making the Grand Finals! The teams were coached by amazing basketballers and superb parent volunteers, Ashley Brian and Lee Deshon.
A huge thank you to Ash and Lee for giving up your time plus sharing your expertise to help us compete in such a fun event. Go, Mount Hawthorn!
Calloway Ball – Student Councillor
INDIGENOUS LITERACY DAY
Indigenous literacy day is a chance for us to celebrate aboriginal writers, many of their stories focus on their cultural traditions and ancestral heritage. On Wednesday 2 September me and my fellow Student Councillor Georgia, visited Room 25 to listen to the student’s stories and conduct interviews. Here is what they told us:
What was your story called and what was it about?
Henry: My story is about a man hunting a goanna for bush tucker.
Charlie: My story is about bush tucker. A man goes hunting for bush tucker for himself and his dingo.
Anica: My story is about people dancing at night. There are ponds, stars, the moon and people who danced.
Mea: My story is about people dancing people by the lake.
Valentina: My story is about one starry night, when a man called Kean went looking for bush tucker.
What Is your favourite aboriginal word?
Henry: My favourite aboriginal word is Koolangka (children)
Charlie: My favourite aboriginal word is Wan Ju (welcome)
Mea: My favourite aboriginal word is Kia Koolangka (hello children)
Valentina: My favourite aboriginal word is Moort (family)
Student Councillors -Mattaeo M and Georgia E
INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT STAFF DAY
Mrs Anne Robertson – Education Assistant
As you might already know on the third of the ninth it was “International Staff Member Day.” As to commemorate this day we have chosen to choose to interview one of the best staff members at this school Mrs Anne Robertson.
How long have you been doing this job and why have you kept on going?
I have been working for 15 years, I have kept on doing my job because I love my job.
What is the favourite part of your job?
I like seeing all the children because I love their smiles on their faces.
Why did you choose to do this job?
I started helping out in my daughter’s class and I thought it was something I would enjoy so I volunteered to help out.
If you had to choose a different job, what will it be?
I would be a nurse because I like helping people.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I like to be outdoors and love gardening, even though I can’t do it at the moment because I’m recovering from a knee operation.
What is your favourite thing about this school?
I like that every child and every teacher respects me and treats me like an equal.
Thank you Mrs Robertson and all the other support staff members that are really making a difference in this school.
Student Councillors – Luca B and Xavier R
At Mount Hawthorn Primary, we are very fortunate to have amazing teachers and a dedicated Principal Mr Mackesey, who has been at the school for 16 years. I managed to get some time in his very busy schedule for him to answer some questions. Have a read of his interesting responses below:
What book would you recommend every student read?
Tough question to start, Dr Seuss is timeless in primary, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird or The Power of One in secondary.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
It would be groovy if I could fly as my knees are getting dodgy in my old age.
What was your primary school Principal like?
Scary and he never came out of his office.
What was your favourite subject during your time at school?
I am dyslexic so school was a challenge early on. I was pretty handy at mathematics and I like HASS.
How has MHPS changed since you became Principal?
It would be great to watch a time-lapse of the campus to see the physical changes, which have been ongoing. There were three schools on-site, three Principals, four factions in the Junior school and three in the Senior School, different uniforms, three different newsletters, two School Councils and Junior Primary students couldn’t use the oval. The only thing that has remained the same is great children, dedicated staff and a school community that values education and gives back to the school.
What is your favourite memory from your time at Mount Hawthorn?
Easy! Catching up with former students and parents and hearing about the great things they are doing.
What advice would you give to students, excluding the one about getting suits tailored in Thailand?
Don’t underestimate the importance of tacky suits, however, it my tip is “just enjoy being a child”. Being grown up is overrated so play, laugh and dream.
What has been the most challenging part about leading a school during COVID times?
It’s been tiring for everyone and always planning ahead has been very draining. Also restarting the school year and trying to give our Year 6 students the same opportunities has been a challenge. That being said, some of the changes have been great and will remain. The student voice through the newsletters and the Councillors working with Mrs Pitsikas has been fantastic.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
What spare time? Cooking, swimming, gardening and being a good golfer out of form.
How did you spend Father’s Day this year?
Swam, walked around the lake, played golf (badly), hung out with my boys and had a great dinner.
Given you attended Harvard University’s leadership programme, is there any advice you would give to new Fremantle Dockers coach, Justin Longmuir to help him?
He is all over it, however, the tip is;
Culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyone from players, staff and fans should know what Freo stands for. I like how he has started, so get on board the Freo Train is full steam ahead.
Student Councillor – Calloway B
SAFETY SPOT TIP
The weather is improving, and so it’s a great time to ride or scoot to school. However, as with any vehicle there are some safety precautions that we must adhere to.
Students and adults please note, once you reach Killarney Street, get off your bikes and scooters and walk them into school.
Student Councillor- Mayabella M
CONGRATULATIONS Pre-Primary Superstars
Wednesdays are WASTE FREE so be a Waste Free Warrior and construct lunch boxes with no rubbish.
Try to be Waste Free every day!
Mirda – Pink
That’s it for this week’s newsletter, there’s plenty more coming up next week so make sure to read up on all the new information. Thank you for everyone’s contributions, I think we can all agree it’s been an eventful week.