From the Principal
WORLD TEACHERS DAY
I spent some time today walking through classes and actually had the pleasure of teaching a Year 5 class for a short time (don’t panic parents). From the Merit Certificate presentations, Room 38 assembly (which was sensational) to the variety of amazing learning experiences, children were completely engaged.
There are many aspects of teaching which have changed, however, making connections with students have remained the same. As with many professions, compliance and workload has multiplied, however this school community is very fortunate to have committed teachers who in many cases go above and beyond.
This week we celebrated Science Week around the theme Food: Different by Design. Throughout the week students were engaged in a variety of activities about food and food production. We were very impressed by the entries in our STEM challenge, where the students designed a home for insects, birds, or reptiles. It was obvious that the students put lots of work into the designs, and they were excited to share their constructions with their peers. I received many comments from parents that they enjoyed family time searching for natural materials and researching information about the animal. There were many insect hotels, some lizard lounges, and an assortment of bird homes.
To support the STEM challenge, Wayne Passmore, a beekeeper, presented an informative and engaging talk about bees to the students in Pre-primary to Year 6. Wayne shared information about the importance of bees and pollination and provided lots of fun facts. Students were amazed that a queen bee can lay up to two thousand eggs a day! At the end of the presentation, we applauded the students who had participated in the STEM challenge, and we presented the medals to our class winners.
It has been a fun week celebrating all things Science!
Jen Meyer – Science Specialist
JUNIOR CRICKET CLINICS
Last week Mount Hawthorn Primary enjoyed a visit from 2 representatives from W.A Cricket. They conducted some cricket clinics during the Year 1 and 2 P.E lessons today. Some students are really keen to play and to find out how you can go to playcricket.com to find out how to register. Thank you to Callyn and Matt.
Anita Putt – Phys Ed Specialist
DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH
This October our family raised over $2500 selling over 500 cupcakes over 2 Fridays at Braithwaite Park. Gena and her God mother helped decorate all the cupcakes! We also had over 100 cupcakes donated by our community! All money raised goes to Down Syndrome WA.
Thank you to the parents and students who bought cupcakes and supporting our cause.
Kind regards, Ji (Toby and Gena’s mum)
GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
The Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs applications for Year 7 in 2023 are now open. Flyers have been distributed to all of our Year 5 students. Families can apply online at education.wa.edu.au/giftedandtalented
For more information contact the Gifted and Talented Selection Unit on 9264 4307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are thrilled to announce that our school has come first in the inaugural State Languages Competition “Languages Live” (run by the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Western Australia). Congratulations to the MHPS team – Meghan S (Yr 6), Harrison M (Yr 5), Joel T (Yr 4) and Anastasia M (Yr 3)
The competition was held live with various other schools at 9.00am this morning. Our students had to watch a fictional story in Italian then answer questions about it in English. Students worked brilliantly together sharing ideas and deciphering meaning. Bravissimi studenti – I am super proud of the way you worked so collaboratively!
Congratulations to our next lot of Super Mathletes! These students have achieved the most points in Mathletics across their year level, in Weeks 5-10 last 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 – Alayna X, Year 2 – Megan R, Year 3 – Peter Y, Year 4 – Joel T, Year 5 – Jordy F, Year 6 – Taj H
Sarah Kalebic – Maths Curriculum Leader
SCITECH BRAINSTORM CHALLENGE DAY
Eight, Year 6 students attended Scitech today to compete in the Brainstorm Challenge Day. The students worked in two teams of four students, competing against each other and other teams from different schools.
They used the Design Process:
- Understand – the challenge
- Define – what problem will you solve
- Think – of possible solutions
- Make – a prototype
- Try – your prototype with users
- Refine – your prototype
- Share – your product
Each team had to design an attraction for Perth, to suit a particular user’s needs. Both teams worked collaboratively to produce excellent prototypes that they presented well during the showcase at the end of the day. I was really impressed and proud of how well both teams performed throughout the day. In the end the ‘Aerodynamic Architects’ group, consisting of Alistair G, Phoebe J, Lucas M and Georgia G won a prize for their idea. Congratulations to this team but also to the ‘Epic Einsteins’, consisting of Walter G, Georgia S, Connor G and Megan G, who also created an amazing product. Everyone agreed it was a fantastic day and they all enjoyed the competition.
Emma French – Year 6 Teacher
Mount Hawthorn Area Band On Thursday 21st October the Mount Hawthorn Area Band went on tour to visit and perform at our 3 partner schools – Jolimont Primary School, Maylands Peninsula Primary School and Kyilla Primary School. It was a fantastic day and an opportunity for the Year 5 and 6 band students to showcase to their peers all the hard work they have been doing throughout the year. Many thanks to all the parent volunteers who helped on the day. Hear us play The band rehearse every Thursday morning 7.30-8.30am in the undercover area and this is a great opportunity for all to watch these talented students perform. Save the Date for the final performance for the year, along with the orchestra and choir, which will take place at the school on Wednesday 1 December for “Music Under the Stars”.
The P&C is very excited to announce that during the school holidays, the ‘fairy garden’ adjacent to the junior block will be converted to a culture garden. Key features of the garden design are a yarning circle, tee-pee style cubby, timber fort with tunnel underneath, bush-tucker garden and all abilities access path. While most of the work will be completed by professionals, to keep costs down we are asking for parents to come along and help clear the space before the work can start. If you can just give an hour and a half on Saturday 4 December, it would be very much appreciated!
Sign-up here – https://signup.com/go/TVkRLkY
KEEP IT GREEN LAPATHON
Once again a big thanks to all the parents, staff and kids who made this afternoon such a success. Pledges are now finalised and we are very happy to report that we exceeded our fundraising target and therefore our lovely school oval which is so well used, will be ‘Kept Green’ for at least another two years!
Mount Hawthorn Masterpieces, Friday 12 November, 7-10 PM (Silent Auction commencing @7pm, Live Auction Commences @8pm) Held in the MHPS Undercover Area Our Amazing Staff and students continue to dazzle us with their flair and creativity!
For a closer look at these pieces, an ‘E-Catalogue’ will be made available via our socials and Parent Liaisons next week. Tickets for this event are selling fast and we are now at 60% capacity! To avoid disappointment, head to Qkr to purchase your tickets which will include a welcome drink and roaming canapes. *Please note – your Qkr receipt will be your admission into the event on the night – please follow the directions listed on Qkr, at time of purchase, to access your receipt*
Hello parents! Please be reminded that BookClub orders for Issue 7 are due in TODAY, Friday 29 October – 6.00pm. Christmas is just around the corner so what better gifts than books! Please order online via LOOP if you wish to have the books delivered to the school for distribution. Note, you can still place orders after this date/time, but they can only be delivered to your home address at a cost. In anticipation there might be a large order placed, the cut-off is strict as we want to get the books to school in time before term ends. Hopefully there are no delays due to COVID-19, but if so, we will let you know. PARENT HELPERS NEEDED We are also looking for 2 parent helpers who can help with sorting and packing once the books come in. If you can volunteer a few hours either on Wed/Thu or Fri in late November, please contact Tina Ly at email@example.com. Thank you!
MOUNT HAWTHORN MOUNTAIN GOATS
The Goats annual Big Camp Out sold out in under a day. The big event is on Saturday 6 November. The Goats look forward to seeing those who were able to get a ticket along for the day. On Sunday 24 October the Goats ran a catamaran event in South Perth with 26 dads with their kids heading out for a sail. A great day on the water for all.
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