From the Principal
I’ve had the pleasure of watching our Student Leaders organising NAIDOC activities throughout the week, with excited younger students running to finish their passports. The assemblies showcased how far the school has come in the reconciliation journey and I thank the students who proudly compèred the assemblies.
When speaking at the assembly I used terminology which is no longer appropriate and is deemed offensive to Aboriginal People. I really appreciate the feedback I received and will not use that term again, in my position I should know the appropriate language. I’m happy to have the opportunity to continue to learn.
Ms Rampal and the team should also be recognised for the hours of extra work they put into making the week so successful. To see the enthusiasm of students and staff over the past two weeks has been fantastic, coupled with the first signs of warmer weather. We are really looking forward to the next two weeks, which includes the Disco today, the Lapathon and Interschool Sports.
In the midst of what has been a busy week, we also participated in a Public Schools Review and the debrief interview was extremely positive. The full report will be shared with the Schools Board and the wider school community when it has been signed off by the Director General.
THE GREAT BOOK SWAP
As always, the MHPS community has pulled together and showered our initiatives with excellent books for the “Great Book Swap”. So far we have raised over $500!! If you didn’t get your chance to grab a book (or would like another), there is still time! There is a surplus amount of books – picture story books and chapter series, still up for the taking. So bring in your gold coin donation this Tuesday, 14 September to grab a book to add to your home collection.
Bree Rampal – Cultural and RAP Project Leader
REMOTE LEARNING SURVEY
Thank you to those families who have completed THIS SURVEY about preparing for remote learning, sent via classroom teachers on Connect this week. It is important that if the time comes when we have to switch to remote learning, we are able to support each family in our school community. Please take the time to complete the questions to support us with our planning. You only need to complete one per family.
Kaye Hayes – ICT Curriculum Leader
ORDER OF OPERATIONS
It all started when we saw the door guarded by a surgeon who looked a bit familiar… when we walked in we saw a hospital bed at the back of our classroom surrounded by xrays, with an unusually small-looking patient under hospital sheets. Our desks were covered in silky white cloths with medical equipment placed in the middle and accessories to wear! We could not believe our eyes! How on earth did our class turn into a hospital? We had a range of high profile clients to ‘operate’ on including Tim Putt, Emma Wiggle, Patty Mills and Lionel Messi. I was a bit disappointed when the surgeon said, “Hi kids, I’m here to teach you about Order of “Operations” and the BIDMAS strategy!” After reviewing our prior knowledge about the four operations, we then launched into our new, trickier concept. It was a great learning experience! I learnt so much! Finally at the end of the lesson… the surgeon revealed herself… it was Miss Cross!
By Sienna O, Year 5 Room 38
KINDY GREEN BECOME ARTISTS
This term Kindy Green kids have been looking at the amazing and talented artist Philippa Nikulinsky, who is based in Western Australia. She paints the different flora and fauna of our state using water colours. We were so inspired by her amazing talent and artwork that we decided to have a go at creating our own art pieces using the flora found in our teacher’s garden and the school garden. It was a fantastic journey of learning about line and texture and most importantly, information about each plant we drew. Over the course of the month, we drew and painted four plants, wattle, banksia, Geraldton wax and grevillea. Each plant is unique and we drew and painted them with care, concentration and guidance. The results were so amazing that we decided they needed to be showcased. We held an art gallery in our classroom one morning and walked our parents through our works of art. They were super surprised and impressed with the detail of each and every one.
Kaye Ward – Kindy Green Teacher
Congratulations to our next lot of Super Mathletes! These students have achieved the most points in Mathletics across their year level, in 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.
Year 1 – Josephine H, Year 2 – Asher W, Year 3 – Bronson S, Year 4 – Joel T, Year 5 – Charlie J, Year 6 – Will P
Thank you to all families and friends who have made pledges for our ‘Keep It Green’ Lapathon. Forms are due back in class today, Friday 10 September.
Additional dates to remember are:
Friday 17 September – Dress up in your year’s allocated colour and run! This year we will have a best dressed and most laps run prize for each year group.
Friday 15 October – Please return form and any cash to your teachers
This event is always fun and we invite parents to come and enjoy the atmosphere on what we hope will be a beautiful sunny afternoon at Menzies.
The children and staff have begun their ‘Mount Hawthorn Masterpieces’ for the Art Auction. Check out these amazing pieces.
There will be 38 masterpieces for friends and family to bid on so make sure you keep Friday 12 November 7.00 -10.00pm free. This will be an event you do not want to miss! Full Event and Ticket details will be announced Week 1 Term 4.
P&C GIFT FUND
We love telling our volunteers how amazing they are, but sometimes we also like to show them. From time to time we like to recognise these people with a small gift after a significant event or years of service, however there are strict rules in places as to how P&C money is used and gifts aren’t part of this.
Parents can donate a small amount of their choosing for the sole purpose of recognising our hard working volunteers. You can donate by going into Qkr! and selecting the fundraising tab.
Gifts will be small, typically under $50 in total and eligibility will be approved by the P&C Office bearers prior to the spend. This way we can ensure P&C funds are used for their intended purposes.
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