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18 March 2022
18 March 2022
From my first day of arriving at Mount Hawthorn I was struck by the sense of community. It was evident that parents play a significant role in not only their child’s education but also in enhancing student, parent and school partnerships. Integral to ensuring this transpires is the work of our P&C. In my short time here I have been so impressed by the hard work of the P&C, led brilliantly by the President, Julia Wilcox and supported by her Vice President Belinda Owen. Never has it been more challenging but even more important than in the current climate. Thank you to our outgoing members for helping to shape our school. Last Monday was the AGM and we have a new committee led by the newly elected President, Tasha Hawkins. I look forward to working with them and once again a huge thank you to the previous executive team.
You are no doubt aware that there is an expectation of a significant surge in case numbers in future weeks for Western Australia and this will surely translate into a significant increase in cases for our staff and students.
To assist the school in dealing with the expected surge in case numbers I ask parents and caregivers who have a child who is COVID positive to notify the school by completing the COVID-19 Positive Report Form
*This form is hosted on our website, is fully secure and will inform the school’s executive team once completed by you.
If we have a positive case, infectious at school, you will receive a direct Connect message.
We have also had a number of close contacts this week – please inform us of this via MountHawthorn.PS@education.wa.edu.au
We will always do our best to keep school as consistent as possible. Some things may be our new normal but hopefully still hits the spot!
These are unprecedented and challenging times. Your support and patience as we navigate through this together is greatly appreciated.
If a child is isolating, home learning packs will be provided. We appreciate that a few families are now taking long awaited holidays to see family or just have a break for the first time in a long time. Please note though, teachers will not be providing work for absences due to holidays.
Enjoy a safe and relaxing weekend.
Talk for Writing is a whole school approach to teaching writing and is evident in every classroom Kindy to Year 6. In the early years, especially in Kindy, the talk comes first before they write. The chosen text for Term 1 in all classes is the traditional favourite “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. The Kindy classes have completed a story map to help them internalise the text with actions. *See Kindy Green champions in action below.
The text has been extended into a ‘Bear’ theme for the term, with lots of activities and creations. Mrs Rock has also been teaching the kids how to ‘screen print’ some bears when she visits on Wednesday. They have been ‘beary’ clever’ and ‘beary’ creative with their ideas and learning the story.
Today is the National Day Against Bullying and many of our classrooms have been participating in great activities.
The students in Room 27 focused on our virtue of the fortnight – Kindness. They made Itty Bitty Books of Kindness and included what KINDNESS looks like; at school, at home, in our community and around the world.
They have also recently created their Hands of Trust. The people they live with are written on their thumb. Then they have chosen other people they know to include on their four fingers. These are the people they can talk to about anything, no matter what it is.
The Year 6 students in Room 23 participated in an online webinar looking at eSafety and cyber bullying.
Next week we will be celebrating “Harmony Week”. On Monday 21 March, students can come to school dressed in traditional clothing that reflects their cultural background. Alternatively students can wear an item of clothing which is orange, this represents “Harmony.”
Please note this is NOT a gold coin donation, just simply a day to celebrate inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for all Australians, from the traditional custodians of the land to those who have come from many countries around the world.
Perisse Pitsikas, Associate Principal
A great turn out on Monday night at the Oxford for the 2022 P&C AGM. Thank you to all who stepped up for a new role and for those continuing for another year. We are very excited to announce the new P&C 2022 Executive team:
We also said goodbye to a number of our long standing Exec members Julia Wilcox, Belinda Owen, Amy Pontague, Natalie D’Abrew and Tehani Dellar-Pratt. As always, we love new faces, so if you would like to become a member and join a subcommittee please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The P&C are proud to support the Safety House program. If you are willing to be a Safety House, we would love to hear from you. There are some considerations and approvals before joining so please contact us by emailing email@example.com
For Term 1 2022