Parents, I don’t want to stress you out, but do you realise there’s only 5 weeks until Christmas? So, sit back, relax and read this newsletter while you still can. There’s plenty to look forward to!
Some of those things are:
Exclusive interviews with some year 5 students who completed exceptional construction projects
NAIDOC Celebrations at Kindy
A write up of the Family Fun Day
Useful safety advice.
All these exciting topics are rounded off with a funny joke, motivational speech and a few more articles. So make sure to have a little read, for the information YOU need!
BIG WEEK AT MOUNT HAWTHORN
As you know last week, we had Remembrance Day, NAIDOC Celebrations and Channel 7 even came to visit.
Please watch the videos below to enjoy some of our great public relations!
Also, to ensure our Kindy’s could join in there was a special NAIDOC Day at our Richmond Street campus on Thursday.
KINDY CUBBY HOUSE
The Kindy has recently received a new cubby house donated by my family. I was very happy to give it to Kindy as I hope the children would have as much fun as I did when I was their age.
It all started way back when I was in Kindy and I really wanted a cubby house so I could play in it, my parents decided to build me one as it was something I wished for. It took two days to build and as every second passed I was getting more and more excited about having a cubby house. Two days later I was on top of the world, jumping up and down with excitement to go outside to play in it. Archie and I played in it for hours every day, then Olive started to play in it when she was big enough. All of us and our friends played in that cubby house for 6 years!
We don’t play in it much anymore and we are moving house very soon. So we all decided to give it to a place where it would be loved, the Kindy area! Last Wednesday we said our last goodbyes to it. That cubby house holds loads of good memories and we all hope we see kids with happy smiles on their faces when they play in it.
Thank you to Bird Family
On behalf of Mount Hawthorn Primary School and especially the Kindy Classes, we would like to thank the Bird family enormously for their generous donation of a cubby house to add another piece of equipment to occupy our little Kindy kids. Their generosity has helped our school out in tonnes of other ways also and we really appreciate it.
A little ‘bird’ told me that the children are absolutely loving this cubby house as we have never had a cubby like this in the playground. They have even been creating new games to play inside the Cubby house. It’s a real hit and we are thrilled, thank you!
FAMILY FUN DAY
As you know last Saturday Mount Hawthorn families put together a family fun day and it was clear it was a great time for all. It was so special to see the community come together. A lot of parents, teachers and kids helped donate their time and money to make this happen. Thank you so much to those people! So many fantastic businesses around Mount Hawthorn helped run the food court on the basketball court. These businesses included Affogatto, the paramedics (although that’s not a company). Thank you to parents who ran the sausage sizzle and also to our fire heroes who visited with the fire engine, they ducked out for a fire and still returned!
The Student Councillors ran a booth of our own for a new school plaque as well as a $100 donation for the new Breast Cancer Research Centre WA run by Professor Arlene Chan!
The event wouldn’t have been a success without everyone’s help, thank you!
WITH MR LAWRENCE
Mr Daniel Lawrence, our dedicated Year 5/6 teacher at Mount Hawthorn Primary School is leaving us. He loves the Year 6 cohort so much (almost as much as his beloved Jack Russell Terrier), he is moving to Bob Hawke College as a maths teacher just so he can come with us. Or in his typical joking style, he would say he needed to come with us to make sure our maths improves! In all seriousness Mr Lawrence was merit selected beating many others for this special teaching role. I asked him some questions to learn more about him before he too begins his high school journey.
How long have you taught at Mount Hawthorn Primary School?
I have worked at MHPS for 9 fabulous years. I have taught Year 6, 7 and a Year 5 and 6 split class.
How has the school changed from when you started to now?
It is much bigger. The new building has been amazing! Lots of new staff have started, but with all the things that are changing, some things stay the same. The school still has an excellent community feel of fun and friendly staff and students.
What is your most memorable moment at Mount Hawthorn Primary School?
When my split class performed the ‘Blinding Lights’ challenge with Ms Burton and got it broadcast on Channel 7 News.
What will you miss most about primary school?
I will miss having the same class every day for a year, (sometimes even two years!) which means you get to know the students very well. I am also worried about how I will learn all those high schoolers’ names.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Working with my students is a lot more fun than doing paperwork.
What are you most looking forward to at Bob Hawke College?
I love teaching maths, so it will be great teaching maths every day, all day long.
Why did you choose to become a maths teacher?
My dad was a maths teacher and always instilled a love of maths into me.
What do you enjoy outside of teaching?
I go to F45 gym every morning, and it is a great way to start the day. I also enjoy reading a good novel, hanging out with friends on the weekend and just generally relaxing.
If you were to get another breed of dog, what would you get and why?
I currently have a short haired Jack Russell Terrier, and if I absolutely had to change and had no choice, I would get a long-haired Jack Russell Terrier.
Thank you, Mr Lawrence, for your amazing contribution to our school. We will miss you, but it is good to know you will be at Bob Hawke College to watch over many of our students attending in 2021.
BUY A BRICK
The front entrance is getting a makeover and you can have your family go down in MHPS history by purchasing a personalised paver, just like Phoebe from Year 6 (pictured above with her family paver.) All you need to do is complete this form and return it to the school by Thursday 10 December.
Students do a lot of great work at Mount Hawthorn Primary School. This is an opportunity to highlight just some of them. Pia and Walter from Year 5 have invented their own fly trap from everyday items. This is what they told me about the process.
“We called it the Dome of Doom and we designed it to trap pests. We used orange duct tape, two plastic bowls, string, food containers, metal wire and a funnel from Bunnings. We drilled a hole to fit the funnel, then drilled two holes in the top and put on the metal wire to hook the string. We taped the food container and plastic bowls with duct tape. It hangs from a tree ready to catch flies.”
I think these students really put a lot of effort into their work and should all be very proud.
CONGRATULATIONS Pre-Primary Superstars
Safety Spot Tip
Now that we have resolved the bridge issues we can focus on reminding students and their parents to walk your bikes/scooter/skateboards across Killarney Street. This is just a reminder to inform you that it is a rule you need to follow and if you forget. We understand that you may be in desperate need to get home quickly after school, but that doesn’t give you a right to ride in front of cars and make others around you feel unsafe. SO PLEASE WALK YOUR BIKE ACROSS KILLARNEY STREET FOR THE SAFETY OF YOU AND OTHERS AROUND YOU.
If you ride or skate or scoot to/from school each day, remember, if students and their parents are using the footpath, hop off and walk on the footpath (as pictured) or ride on the grass. It is a nice thing to do and it could potentially make someone’s day if you do one simple thing and move out of their way.
So that’s it for the safety spot tip. I’ll be back next week for another tip to keep you and your children safe.
JOKE OF THE WEEK
Q: What kind of coat is always wet when you put it on?
A: A coat of paint!
Well, that’s the end of this week’s newsletter! Make sure to check out our next newsletter for further updates and interesting articles. Have a busy-free week and get your Christmas shopping started!
A motivating message to finish off:
‘Don’t wait until you reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take’- Karen Salmansohn