As a school we have a very important role in educating students about the sacrifice these soldiers made and why it is important we remember this. By educating students about this history, they can develop a deeper understanding of these world events, with the hope of maintaining a peaceful future. It is important that their service and sacrifice is never forgotten.
Once again the Remembrance Day Ceremony this morning saw Mount Hawthorn Primary School at its finest. The respect shown by all our students, the leadership from our student leaders, the veterans, VIP’s and the people who make up this brilliant community all make me so proud to be the Principal of our wonderful school. Thank you to ex-student Maisie Ogden who played the Last Post, Ms Pitsikas, Mrs Hardman and the school choir for this magnificent acknowledgement of all men and women who have died in conflict.
MY GREAT GRANDFATHER
We held our Remembrance Day Ceremony at school today, so I asked my dad if he would come to my class to talk about my great grandfather’s war medals. He said “sure I would be happy to” and my teacher agreed to the visit. This morning me and my dad talked about what my great grandfather did in the war and showed his medals and some photos of him in his uniform. My class really enjoyed the talk and learning about how our family remembers my great grandfather.
Liam O – Year 4 Room 31
UPDATE TO DRESS CODE POLICY
The uniform policy has been revised such that the My Story shirts can now be worn on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
This change was initiated by three Year 5 students, Eddie, Dhilan and Zeke, who presented a robust written proposal to the Schools Board. The students recommended this change to support the celebration of Noongar culture and improve the comfort of students. To bolster their persuasive proposal, Eddie, Dhilan and Zeke surveyed the student population and attached a thorough data analysis.
The Schools Board has endorsed their recommendation effective immediately. Katharine Nash, Schools Board Chair
SCHOOLS BOARD ELECTIONS
We are calling for expressions of interest for membership to the Schools Board. The Schools Board is integral in shaping the strategic direction of the school, progressing initiatives and attracting resources to the school, as well as ensuring that the community’s values are integrated into decision making. Our Board includes the principals of the primary school and the ESC, plus seven parent and five staff representatives. Parent representatives on the Board share a broad range of skills and experiences gained through work, family and community involvement to support MHPS and MHESC. There are currently two parent vacancies with a two year term commencing on the first day of Term 1, 2022.
We encourage applications from all parents who would like to contribute their experience, energy and time to the role.
If you would like more information on the role of a parent representative on the Schools Board, please get in touch with the Board Chair or the School Principal.
IMPORTANT DATES: Announcement of Elections – 12 November 2021
Applications Due – 26 November 2021
Election Period – 29 November to 03 December 2021
Instrumental Expressions of Interest 2022
These have been sent out this week to selected students as follows:
Year 3 in 2022 – 4 places in violin and 4 places in viola
Year 4 in 2022 – 3 places in cello
Year 5 in 2022 – 5 places in flute, 5 places in clarinet, 5 places in trumpet, 3 places in trombone, 2 places in baritone, 2 places in double bass and 4 places in percussion.
If your child did not receive an expression of interest for music tuition through IMSS, particularly those going into Year 5 in 2022, we encourage you to have private lessons in either saxophone, trumpet, flute or clarinet and join the band after six months of tuition.
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS – WEDNESDAY 1 DECEMBER
Families are invited to enjoy some magnificent music presented by the talented students from the Mount Hawthorn PS Orchestra, Year 3 and 4 Strings, Band and Choir, including the band students from Jolimont, Kyilla and Maylands Peninsula Primary Schools. There will be a coffee van and a sausage sizzle, or you can bring your own picnic. The Choir and Orchestra start from 5.45pm in the undercover area and the Band starts at 6.30pm. Join us for some wonderful entertainment and carolling. Students must attend with parents and STRICTLY NO BIKES OR SCOOTERS ALLOWED.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS ASSEMBLY- THURSDAY 16 DECEMBER
Our annual Christmas Carols Assembly for Pre-primary to Year 6 will be held on Thursday 16 December at 9.00am in the Hangar. We welcome families to come along and enjoy the sing-a-long. Everyone is encouraged to wear anything in the spirit of Christmas or Christmas colours.
Katie Hardman – Music Specialist
YEAR 1 ROOM 12 NEWS
We are so fortunate to have fantastic and talented parents at MHPS. We had a visit from “ Dan Dan the Music Man” today and created some wacky songs with him.
We loved science week so much that we are still going with cool activities in Room 12. We have been investigating paddock to plate and farm to table.
In Year 1 we have looked at creating healthy chips. Zucchini chips, sweet potato and a range of different Australian potato chips. Many thanks to the parent helpers, Mrs Russell and Room 12 students
YEAR 2 AND 3 ITALIAN EXCURSION
On Wednesday 3 November some of our Year 2 and 3 classes walked down to Affogato Gelateria and ordered their gelato in Italian. Gelato man Mario was amazed with the students’ impressive language skills. Thank you to all our parent helpers for making this fun outing possible! Signora Anne Monisse
Over the past few months, some of our students participated in the APSMO Maths Olympiad, a competition made up of difficult Maths problems. We had 18 Year 6 students and 32 Year 5 students who gave up their time after school to challenge themselves. Every student who took part in the Olympiad should be extremely proud of the effort they put in. I would like to congratulate the following students who scored highly in the Olympiad and were presented with a trophy at a recent assembly.
Zeke B and Kieran C – Best in Year 5 and Georgia G – Best in Year 6
The Maths Olympiad will be taking place again in 2022 for any Year 5 or 6 students who are keen to take on the challenge. Sarah Kalebic, Maths Curriculum Leader
FLOREAT LIONS CHRISTMAS CAKES
The canteen will be selling these delicious cakes again this year. They will be available next week. Floreat Lions are a wonderful Community Partner for our school and we encourage you to buy a cake to support them this year.
From the P&C
On the weekend the Mount Hawthorn Mountain Goats (Fathering Project) hosted their annual Big Camp Out on the school oval. Once again the event was sold out very quickly with over 70 tents sold in the afternoon the event was launched. Kids had a great time playing dodge ball, paper airplane competitions, a failed attempt at tug of war, an amazing treasure hunt around the school and the kids got to toast marshmallows before making their way to their tents for the evening.
To make sure you don’t miss out on the next event, 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: email@example.com
Books on their way! THANK YOU to everyone who ordered from the recent Scholastic Book Club catalogue. We received over $7,400 worth of orders and $1,400 was raised in rewards, which goes towards purchasing new resources for the library and school – Amazing! Thank you for the support! The books are now on the way, so we’d like to make a call out for REUSABLE BAGS (eg. Woolworths/Coles bags) to assist us in packaging the books safely, to get home with the children. If you have any lying around at home to spare, could you please drop off to Julie in the school library? Much appreciated!
For 90 years, the CommBank School Banking program has helped children learn about money and reinforced the importance of regular savings. Unfortunately, the program will not be returning to schools in 2022. Although your account will remain open for deposits to be made through online transfers or at a branch, the last day to bank at school will be Tuesday 7 December. All students who have banked this year will be eligible for a bonus prize, which can be collected from the banking team on a Tuesday morning before 7 December. Thank you to all the volunteers who have been involved in supporting this program over the time it has been at Mount Hawthorn.
The P&C is very happy to be funding the creation of a cultural garden over the summer holidays. This will be where the current fairy garden is on the Killarney Street side of the lower turf area. 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. Since this is in the year 1 and 2 area, we are especially calling out for help from the current PP and Year 1 families. If you can just give an hour and a half on Saturday 4 December, it would be very much appreciated! Sign-up HERE
Term four is extremely busy and we are calling loudly for some more volunteers. It’s a great way to see what your children get up to at lunch time and you might even get to see a bit of Edu Dance practice. Please just sign-up for a short shift or two HERE
If you think you might be interested in being a regular volunteer next year, that would be absolutely amazing! We are losing quite a few of our regulars with their children graduating from Year 6. If you would like to find out more about being a regular volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please refrain from using the access road at the oval side entrance of the school as a drop off and pick up point for your children. It’s important to keep that area clear from cars at all times. Many of our children walk to school and use that entrance and the lack of space to safely turn the vehicles makes it a hazard for pedestrians. Please use the Kiss & Ride area on Killarney Street.
UNIFORM SHOP UPDATES
Due to delivery delays we have no stock of the Our Story shirts and school bags. Both are due mid to late December. Please note, we plan to open for 2 days in the last week of the summer holidays to off-set these delays and still get your children’s uniform requirements all up to date before school starts. Please follow us on socials for the announcement of the dates and times closer to the end of the year. Hats are also out of stock but should be delivered in the next 2 weeks.
At the last General Meeting the P&C elected George Nicholls as the new Hon. Treasurer. We’d like to welcome George and thank him for putting his hand up. Another big thanks to Duncan Pratt for taking on the role over the last six months. Thank you both for volunteering! The P&C are always looking for parents to take on roles. If you’d like to find out more about how you can help please email email@example.com or pop out the back of the Leaf and Bean from 9.00am next Friday 19 November to have a chat with the President and Vice-President, Julia and Belinda.