Welcome back to school. Today our student leaders welcomed 10 new students and their families who have joined us this term, some from Victoria and even Fiji!
Lena tells me the best thing about being at MHPS is “I can be with real people” as she has been doing her schoolwork online for the past year.
We are off and racing for Term 4 and nobody loves it more than me. I love the sounds of Edudance, the concerts, the sunshine and I enjoy seeing all the kids return from holidays about 1 metre taller, so go easy on feeding them chicken with hormones!
This is a busy term for students, and we are ever vigilant with COVID. We are still in Phase 4 and will be directed by the Education Department, who are always assessing the restrictions and making sure we can pivot at any given time.
I have received an email from the Education Department advising me to draw your attention to students playing games related to a new TV Series called Squid Games. I was surprised to be advised by teachers that some of our students know about this show and are playing this game in the playground. This is not acceptable. I will never tell people how to parent, however, please do not let your children watch this show, it is classified as 15 years plus. Please be armed and talk to your children about this.
We are looking forward to the P&C Art Auction on Friday 12 November. I note the money raised from the Lapathon is supporting keeping the oval maintained. Thanks to Travis and the Grounds Committee for their work in the holidays, the school is looking great.
Artist Jade Dolman (follow the progress @jdpenangke on Instagram) is working on the mural in the Junior School and we are looking forward to seeing it completed. The mural will be in recognition of May O’Brien and the adjacent nature space playground will be constructed over the Christmas holidays.
We are currently looking at class placements for 2022 (class placement policy) and we are working towards notifying parents before the end of the year if possible.
Reports will be sent home prior to the beginning of Week 10, please ensure the office has your up-to-date email address on the system. We are looking forward to celebrating with the Year 6 students their last term at MHPS.
MINI BEASTS ASSEMBLY
Our Assembly was about how you can change a fixed mindset. We had lots of mini beasts performing songs, dances and acting in our performance to demonstrate this message. Students from Year 3 Room 40
Parents, please remind your child/ren to come to the school office if there is no one to collect them from school as arranged. The office is usually extra busy after 2.30pm so it is often difficult to relay messages to students at this time.
SCHOOLS BOARD COMMENDATION
Do you know of someone who has made an outstanding contribution to our schools? If so, please consider nominating them for a Board Commendation. The MHPS Commendation Scheme recognises: “exceptional, outstanding or meritorious service that significantly benefits the school.” A Board Commendation includes a letter of acknowledgement and certificate for service, and can be awarded to individuals or groups of parents, members of the community or staff.
More information is available on the school website and please email Katharine Nash, Board Chair (Nash.Katharine@gmail.com), with your suggested nominee and reasons for nomination by Friday 29 October 2021.
SOCIAL MEDIA USE
This is a timely reminder to parents/carers not to share any images on social media that include any of our students, as not all parents have provided permission for their child’s image or name to be published. Any sharing of a student’s image or name without the appropriate consent could lead to legal action.
WA is moving towards a total ban on single use plastics. WA has begun the transition and you will not be able to buy single use plastics from now. “YAHOO” say the children! Check out these websites for more information on the elimination of single use plastics in WA.
What will be included in the stages of the plan to eliminate single use plastics?
Stage one of the plan, to be completed by the end of 2021, will see plastic plates, bowls, cutlery, stirrers, straws, cups, polystyrene takeaway containers and helium balloon releases banned in WA.
Stage two of the plan is set to be completed by the end of 2022. This includes a ban on single-use plastic takeaway coffee cups and lids, produce bags, certain types of cotton buds, polystyrene packages and microbeads.
Thanks, Mrs Lewis-Russell
From the P&C
MOUNT HAWTHORN MOUNTAIN GOATS
The Mount Hawthorn Mountain Goats have some great Fathering Project activities lined up for Term 4.
FUN CATS WATERSPORTS
On Sunday 24 October, we have arranged catamaran hire on the Swan River through Fun Cats Watersports. Each Dad can take up to 3 kids out on the river for an hour of sailing. We have a few spaces left for 11-12, which you can book online using discount code FUNCATS24 for a 20% saving. No sailing experience is required and easy-to-understand tuition will be provided.
CAMP OUT 2021
On Saturday 6 November, we will have the 2021 edition of the ever popular camp-out on the school oval. Tickets will go out next week. Keep an eye on your inbox as places will be strictly limited and sell out very fast! If you haven’t already, please sign-up to our mailing list and/or check out our Facebook page for information about all our events. Feel free to drop us a line on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Term 4 is always super busy in the canteen and we really need to see some new faces volunteering. It’s a great way to see what your children get up to at lunchtime and there are short shifts available every day. The canteen needs volunteers to operate in busy times. Please SIGN-UP to give us a hand.