Welcome back to another one of our Student Newsletters for Term 4, 2020. We still can’t believe that there’s only 6 weeks left of school; however, it’s a pretty busy term and we are looking forward to many events. We would love to see everybody participating in the following events:
Family Fun Day – we can’t wait to see everybody this Saturday the 7 November on the oval. We are sure all students will enjoy the thrilling rides. Please don’t forget to bring money for the sausage sizzle and our Student Councillor stall, which will be raising money for a MHPS Plaque and Breast Cancer Research Centre.
Edudance – now that we have started learning our dances for Edudance, please try to practise these at home in your spare time as we will be looking out for enthusiastic dancers at the upcoming performance.
NAIDOC Week – NAIDOC Week celebrates Indigenous Australian Culture. One way in which the school is participating is by each class creating a design for their classroom windows and doors using an Aboriginal book as inspiration. We also have an assembly for NAIDOC Week, where we sing songs in Aboriginal languages. Scroll down for more info on this exciting week.
FAMILY FUN DAY
As you may know the Family Fun Day is on this Saturday, it is a great alternative instead of the much anticipated fair. I am sure many people were disappointed as was I, but this is a great plan B! It’s a chance for our wonderful community to come together and have some fun. There will be many activities, stalls, food trucks and rides. We have listed some of them below:
Student Councillor lolly stall and game
Cotton candy stall
Lost and found where volunteers can collect passes
If you have an all day pass you can come and go throughout the day
There will be people busking – either singing or playing an instrument
Containers for Change stall
Silent disco stall
Kids area with all different kinds of rides
Free play area
We would like to give a big thanks to our P&C Events Committee and in particular Mrs Siamos and Mrs Pontague. Special events like this would not and could not happen without you.
A special reminder that there is a donation jar at the Councillor Stall for any loose change that will be donated to the new Breast Cancer Research Center, if you have change please donate, it will help by providing evidence-based treatment for breast cancer aimed at increasing survival rates and prolonging life.
The Student Councillors will be manning their own stall to also raise money towards purchasing a special plaque for the school.
Come and say hi and have a go.
Luca B, Xavier R and Audrey Z
NAIDOC WEEK 8 – 15 November 2020
“Always Was, Always Will Be.”
NAIDOC Week acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 – with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula. The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples.
Celebrations that allow us to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples, such as NAIDOC week, have become more important than ever.
We are so excited with many of the activities planned to support this very important week.
During this week many of our staff and select students will be wearing something special (we won’t say too much and spoil it!)
On Friday 13 November, which is our final day of recognising NAIDOC Week with a special assembly, we want to encourage all students to wear the colours from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags (red, black and yellow or blue, green and white) and contribute a gold coin donation towards an important charity, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
This charity has inspired our school to promote local Aboriginal authors and artists through children’s literature. This has cultivated in the ‘Decorate Your Door’ challenge, which will be evident on all classroom doors at MHPS during NAIDOC week. In very remote Indigenous communities, books are in scarce supply and literacy levels are lower than anywhere else in Australia. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation gifts culturally appropriate books to remote Indigenous communities – with a focus on early literacy and first language. They also run programs to inspire the communities to write and tell their own stories – often in First Nations languages!
We look forward to acknowledging this special week at MHPS.
We all know how great Mount Hawthorn Primary is and what a beautiful school it is, but something really great is happening around our school right now! Artworks are appearing on our classroom doors based on Aboriginal Dreamtime stories that we read in class. All the Year 6 classrooms are doing a fantastic job, it’s really amazing! The first classroom in the Year 6 block is Room 23’s story, it’s about an Aboriginal soldier who goes to war and is disrespected. Room 22’s story is about a white kangaroo and an emu who is always trying to steal it’s coat, Room 19’s story is about an evil goanna and a smart little snake who is ignored but puts a stop to it. Finally Room 18’s story is about the ocean and two brothers who are told not to swim, but do anyway, one almost drowns but turned into a dolphin. The ocean themed door definitely portrays that.
The Year 6 classrooms aren’t the only decorated ones, all over the school classrooms are beautifying their doors. In the Year 1 and 2 block, the doors are just as good, there are some echidna doors, gum nuts and hanging branches, honestly a lot of branches!
I love how they all look and the creativity that went into making them. All the students, EA’s, volunteers and teachers put a lot of effort into making their doors look great. There were loads of different styles of art used to portray their story, including paper, text is mainly paint and the watercolour looking artworks on Room 19 with Miss French. Visit our school website to see some short videos from the classrooms, we are adding new ones all the time.
Thanks for reading this news segment on the creative doors in MHPS.
SNAKES AND BOBTAILS
Last week Room 10 learnt about two very peculiar creatures, snakes and bobtails. Students researched their habitat, how they live, how they move and anything more they could think of.
I don’t think any of them had seen any of these animals so they were probably greatly surprised when they were told they were going to meet them. After learning about them Ms Pitiskas organized for her daughter Kirralee to bring in their pets. You guessed it…they have a snake and bobtail as pets. I decided to interview someone from the class to see if they enjoyed meeting the animals, if they liked learning about them and their experience of seeing them for the first time. We interviewed Ben, Carlo, Lincoln, Dexter, Oliver and Freddy.
Did you enjoy learning about these animals?
Yes because I liked the Bobtails and I saw a real one
Which animal do you like better?
I liked the bobtail because it has hard skin and it can protect themselves
What were your feelings seeing the animals?
Happy and joyful!
Would you rather see the animals or learn about them?
Learn about the animals because snakes are dangerous
What did you enjoy most about seeing the animal?
Getting to hold them because it was fun to feel there skin
What did you enjoy most about learning about one of the animals?
The best fact is the look of the bobtail like the tongue
The students all agreed it was a fun few days learning lots of facts and seeing them in person!
Xavier R and Luca B
INTERVIEW WITH MS RAMPAL
This week we thought we would profile Ms Rampal our Year 1 teacher who also wears many other hats in the school.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m originally from Apollo Bay which is in country Victoria and grew up next to the Ocean. We travelled a lot as a kid and I spent time on Aboriginal communities, the Northern Territory, where I did my schooling through school of the air. My parents had to teach me! I moved to Perth 11 years ago and never left this perfect weather! I now call Perth home with my English partner and two young children, 2 and 4 who keep us on our toes!
Where have you taught and how did you end up at MHPS?
Everywhere! I started in Geelong and then travelled to London and Scotland for the next few years. I then went to many schools here in WA before I found my perfect school here at MHPS.
I’m going to assume you love teaching at this school. Tell us why?
I sure do! Teaching is such a wonderful career, we get to be a part of a child’s special learning journey. I love seeing students develop, making them smile and making sure they always feel safe and supported.
You’re the school’s RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan) co-ordinator can you tell us about it and why it’s so important?
I am very honoured to be MHPS’s reconciliation coordinator. It’s something I am very passionate about and has been embedded in me from a young age. It’s very important to acknowledge our first Nations people and continue to honour the language and cultures that were here thousands of years before us. Reconciliation is the responsibility of all Australians to commit and work together towards a more equal and respectful future. As you are the future Millie, our work as teachers is to support you and your understandings in cultural awareness.
Do you like teaching Year 1’s, if you do why?
I adore my Year 1’s! They always skip to school and beam at you when they enter the room! They are full of energy, stories and enthusiasm.
Are you excited about NAIDOC week coming up?
I am so excited about next week! We have so many exciting events happening and our doors are looking great. Mrs Hardman and Mrs Smart have been working hard to get us ready for our concert on Friday and students have helped by learning Noongar language. We have our fabulous artist Danika Eades who has designed something special for our staff and will be painting a mural on Friday outside the undercover area. And I can’t wait to see everyone wearing the Aboriginal colours on Friday. We are doing NAIDOC right at MHPS!
When you were younger, what did you want to be?
Do you know, I think I always wanted to be a teacher! (Or a pro surfer, but I got seasick and quit early on!) My parents have said I used to line my teddy’s up and read to them when I was still in a cot, so I think I was destined to be a teacher!
What is the funniest memory you have teaching Year 1’s?
Year 1’s are very funny, I laugh with them all the time. One of my favourite memories from this year would have to be our dance offs while in isolation. We were able to let loose, break dance and rip out some very interesting dance moves. Year 1’s can definitely groove!
What was your favourite subject when you went to school?
Probably sport! Being from a small country ‘water’ town we got to go surfing for our lessons. I also loved playing netball and basketball, I still play basketball today.
Where do you think you will be 10 years from now?
Tom and I dream of ‘living the dream’ on a small aboriginal community or island life somewhere! The Cocos Islands would be our dream, or somewhere North. This is where I think you find us. I’ll still definitely be teaching though!
Thank you Ms Rampal for your time and sharing your stories with us.
END OF YEAR ACTIVITIES
This year everyone has been very busy, but never busier than now at our school. We are doing so much, this is a list of a few things happening in Year 6 and all around the school:
Adventure World Excursion
Orientation for Kindy and Pre-primary
Family Fun Day
Tours of the school
NAIDOC Week assembly
Remembrance Day Ceremony
All of these dates are very important and everyone worked hard to organise them.
SPECIAL MORNING AT KINDY
Mr Mackesey, Mrs Rock, School Board Chair Katherine Nash and John Siamos joined us at Margaret Kindergarten to assist us in presenting a special thanks to the City of Vincent and Gavan and Trish Neil-Smith for their assistance and support in developing and improving the Kindergarten grounds. They were treated to a special performance of the Kindy classes singing the school song.
7 NEWS WEATHER
Some of our students have been selected to take part in the 7 NEWS Weather in Schools program with Samantha Jolly.
Channel 7 will visit our school on Wednesday 11 November to film the segment to be shown on the news that night. So have a look out for our young media stars!!
CONGRATULATIONS Pre-Primary Superstars
JOKE OF THE WEEK
What did the inflatable principal say to the inflatable school pupil when he brought in a pin into his inflatable school?
“You’ve let me down, you’ve let the school down, but most of all you’ve let yourself down.”
SAFETY SPOT TIP
I know some of us are getting tired of the same Safety Tip being put in the newsletter, but some people are still CROSSING THE ROAD and not using the Overpass!! We all understand that crossing the bridge takes up time but the road is not protected by the school, which means that there is no one keeping an eye on all the students and adults crossing the road.
Now that we have addressed the situation once more we hope that some people reconsider crossing the road. Most of the students are now using the bridge, it is just parents and their children using the road that is not safe. PLEASE USE THE BRIDGE, IT IS NOT SAFE TO CROSS THE ROAD!
Children’s Crossing Approval Received
The crossing attendant (Lollypop Person) will be on the Scarborough Beach Road existing pedestrian crossing on the school side of Killarney St (near Mulberry Tree Daycare). This will assist the school community to safely cross Scarborough Beach Road before and after school. This existing crossing will have the necessary amendments made to it over the January holidays (bollards and signage) and the Crossing Attendant is expected to start in Term 1 2021 (hopefully on first day of school). These are the predicted times given to us by Main Roads Children’s Crossing Unit. Once in place the Crossing Attendant will be there for 5 years, then Main Roads will reassess if the area is busy enough to warrant ongoing paid Crossing Attendant for a further 5 years. This has all come about through applications made by school parent Melissa Pratt (and the Safety Committee) and we are very excited about receiving approval. Thank you so much to our tremendous P&C yet again!
Waste Free Warriors
For the past year Mount Hawthorn Primary School is being as waste free as possible. This article is just a reminder of ways you can be as waste free as possible. I have listed some ways down below.
Three at the sea: Three by the see is when you are at the beach or even in the community you pick up three pieces of rubbish and put them in the correct bin.
Make sure you have a reusable lunch box so it is more suitable for our environment
Make sure you have a reusable water bottle that way there will be less plastic in the school
Try to walk or ride to school so it is more environmentally friendly
Also remember to bring waterproof library bag so that way there will be less damage to books and the books can be used more for others
And lastly remember to collect water bottles, cans and anything else with a ten cent symbol on it, remember not to put wine bottles in the bin. The bins are located outside the office.
So those are some ways to be as waste free as possible.
Thank you for tuning in to this week’s Student Newsletter. We hope you enjoyed reading about what has been happening around our school. From worm farms to customizing the doors, there’s been a lot happening at MHPS. I hope I see most kids from the school at the Family Fun Day this Saturday, where we can enjoy the lovely spring weather and each other’s company. Look out for the next student newsletter for more exciting articles and news.