Thank you to all for making my first week at Mount Hawthorn Primary School such an enjoyable one. I’ve loved moving around the school and getting to know the students, staff and parents. It’s obvious the school has many dedicated, hard-working and professional staff members at all levels of the organisation. I’ve had many great ‘getting to know you’ conversations with students from Kindergarten to Year 6, and our parents/carers have been extremely warm and welcoming.
I must acknowledge Mr Shayne Harris who capably filled the principal’s role in Term 1, as well as the amazing and indomitable Mrs Lorena Rock for agreeing to sit in the principal’s chair for the first two weeks of this term. Leadership at this school has always been a strength, and I look forward to carrying on the tradition as the new substantive principal.
Congratulations must be extended to our Year 6 teaching team, who facilitated a robust and lively 3-day camp at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp earlier this week. The weather was gorgeous and the students had a blast making memories that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Well done to all our Year 3 and 5 students on navigating the first week of their National Literacy and Numeracy Assessments (NAPLAN). I’ve admired the dedication and resilience shown by all students to do their best on each of the assessments. The program continues next week, and students who have been absent will have the opportunity to catch up. For more information, please contact the front office.
On Saturday, 21 May, the school will be a voting centre for the federal election, so be sure to drop in for a democracy sausage from our wonderful P&C or sign up to volunteer.
Your school photo day is coming! Every student will receive a personalised flyer this week to bring home from Kapture Photography, containing your child’s unique codes for ordering school photos online. KEEP YOUR FLYER SECURE! – The unique codes contained on the flyer will be issued only once.
For more details and information about Sibling Photography click HERE
Applications for Enrolment in Kindergarten and Pre-primary for commencement in 2023 are now open and will close on Friday 22 July 2022. *Please note – you will receive information about placement by the end of August.
For more information visit our school website.
WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL DAY
WE’RE TAKING IT IN OUR STRIDE ON FRIDAY 20 MAY 2022
Walk Safely to School Day asks that we all consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking as part of a healthy, active way to get around. And although walking all the way to school isn’t realistic for many of us, it’s quite easy to figure out how you can build a walk into your family’s daily routine.
You can teach your child the healthy habit of walking more by:
Walking with them the whole way to school
If they get the bus or train, walk past your usual stop and get on at the next stop
If you have to drive, park the car a few blocks away from the school and walk the rest of the way.
Regular exercise like walking with your child not only helps them (and you!) beat chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, behavioural and mental health issues and diabetes. It also gives you a great opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic.
Remember, Active Kids are Healthy Kids so get planning your own Walk Safely to School Day journey for Friday 20 May 2022!
The Schools Board wishes to acknowledge the super-sized role that Associate Principal Lorena Rock has assumed in recent months.
Through a period of transition at our school, Ms. Rock has ensured that high calibre learning and seamless operations have continued.
Lorena is a first class educator; she is an expert in school management, and knows our students so well. We are hugely fortunate to have such a capable associate principal to take the reins and facilitate a smooth handover to our new principal, Leon Wilson.
The Board extends our gratitude on behalf of the school community.
Katharine Nash – Schools Board Chair
THE AUNTY MAY BLOCK
The Education Department has created a podcast episode to celebrate and remember May O’Brien. In the episode, Principal Advisor in Aboriginal Education Teaching and Learning Kevin O’Keefe and WA Governor Kim Beazley, shared their memories of Ms O’Brien and her achievements.
You can listen to the SPECIAL PODCAST and read more about May O’Brien in THIS ARTICLE.
Bree Rampal – RAP Project Leader
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
In Design and Technology this term, the children in Year 1 are learning about making their own toys. Today, we made our own windmills and took advantage of the gusty winds to test their designs. The children found absolute joy in chasing the wind and watching their creations spin. We hope to continue to inspire the children in their Design and Technology classes.
Jasmine Ho – Design and Technology Specialist Teacher
Congratulations to our next lot of Super Mathletes! These students from Years 2 – 6 achieved the most points in Mathletics across their year level for Term 1. 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 2 – Frankie T, Year 3 – Ethan M, Year 4 – Matthew G, Year 5 – Taisei N and Year 6 – Zeke B
Sarah Kalebic – Maths Curriculum Leader
PHYS ED NEWS
FACTION CROSS COUNTRY
The Faction Cross Country Carnival is being held on Tuesday 24 May at Menzies Park. All students from Year 3-6 will participate. Faction shirts are to be worn on the day as well as good running shoes. A schedule is attached, and event times are approximate. A coffee van will be on site.
Last Monday our school and some of our Year 3 students were very fortunate to have Zachary Binning from the West Australian Football Commission – East Perth region, teach them some basic footy skills as well as play fun games. Prizes were handed out at the end of their lessons. Thank you, Zac, for a fun-filled day. If you are interested in playing AFL this season; contact our local footy club the Mount Hawthorn Cardinals.
Some of our students took part in a Rugby Clinic today conducted by Sam Thornley from Rugby W.A. Even though the weather wasn’t the best, all the students had a fabulous time learning how to pass and tag.
They played a number of games to incorporate dodging moves needed for this game.
When the Rugby ball was added to the game, many of the students stepped up the challenge to tag their classmates. This activity was fun for all.
If you are interested in playing Rugby more information will be published on our social media page shortly or go to the Rugby W.A website for further details.
Anita Putt and Sue Kenny – Physical Education Specialists
From the P&C
BOOK ORDERS DUE TODAY!
Free delivery for the Scholastic BookClub orders close today, Friday 13 May. After this date, you can still place orders, but delivery will be offered to your home at a cost.
We are still keen to receive as many re-usable bags as possible, so keep them coming to Julie in the library! Thank you again for supporting the school resources in this way.
MUSIC’S BACK BABY!
Last week we welcomed back our band members from Kyilla Primary, Maylands Primary and Jolimont Primary. It was awesome to get the band back together and to see their smiling and eager faces. The Music Committee is excited to announce that our Band Camp will be able to go ahead this year and our planning is under way.
Term 3 sees Year 5 Band Members being welcomed and this is going to be something to celebrate!
SAVE THE DATE FOR WAFL FAMILY DAY
Join the Fathering Project for a Dad + kids day out at the footy on Saturday 28 May at Leederville Oval. $5 per family, East Perth vs West Coast Eagles WAFL side, bounce down 2.10pm. Keep on eye on socials for further details @mhmountaingoats.
ALL HAIL THE DEMOCRACY SAUSAGE!
The P&C are proud to support your democratic right to a sausage on Election Day, Saturday 21 May at the undercover area. Please SIGN UP to volunteer your time or a cake to this fundraising initiative.
CAN YOU BE A SAFETY HOUSE?
The P&C are proud to support the Safety House program. Current numbers are low, so if you’re keen to support the program, we would love to hear from you. There are some considerations and approvals before joining so please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org