Latest School News
10 June 2022
10 June 2022
We’re moving into Makuru, the Noongar season of fertility. Makaru sees the coldest and wettest time of the year come into full swing. Traditionally, this was a good time of the year to move back inland from the coast as the winds turned to the west and south bringing the cold weather, rains and occasionally snow on the peaks of the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges. Makuru is also a time for a lot of animals to be pairing up in preparation for breeding in the coming season. If you look carefully, you might now see pairs of ‘Wardongs’ (ravens) flying together. You also notice these pairs not making the usual ‘ark ark arrrrrk’ that these birds are well known for when flying solo.
Recently I met with our parent liaisons who shared some feedback about how the school communicates with parents, which has helped me understand what is thought to be working well, and what could be improved. I’m interested in hearing the views of the wider parent body too, so if you’d like to share your views on any of our communication channels (such as Connect, Seesaw, Facebook, Instagram, our website, the newsletter, or SMS for attendance) please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with Comms Feedback in the subject line.
It was wonderful to see so many parents in classrooms as part of our open mornings over the past fortnight. I know how much our students love showing you their work and it’s brilliant to be able to welcome you into rooms now that the pandemic-induced restrictions are behind us. It’s our privilege to walk side-by-side with you all in providing a well-rounded education for our students, and we always welcome the opportunity to discuss how students are going. To set up a meeting with your child’s classroom teacher, please send them an email or message so a suitable time can be found.
We are so proud of our students for participating in the Faction Cross Country this week! It was a day filled with great sportsmanship, participation, cheering and dancing.
A huge well-done to all the individual placegetters and age-group champions, and congratulations to Axford for winning this year’s trophy! Axford won the Faction Cross Country Carnival by over 100 points to their next competitor Shakespeare.
Congratulations to the 2022 Faction Cross Country Champions:
Year 3 – Madeline R, Chloe O, Lachlan K, Ren B
Year 4 – Grace T, Angelina K, Beau M, Henry P
Year 5 – Sasha L-D, Eva N, Tyson H, Josh R
Year 6 – Jasmine R, Sadie N, Charlie J, Tate M
Thank you to Mrs Kenny, Mrs Putt and all of the fabulous Mount Hawthorn Primary School staff for organising such a great event, and for arranging such lovely weather. Thank you also to all the parent volunteers and spectators who joined us for the morning, too.
The PEAC program provides part time extension and enrichment for exceptionally able students in Years 5 and 6.
All Year 4 students will have the opportunity to be assessed for suitability on Tuesday 2 August from 9 – 10am in each Year 4 classroom.
In order to support student health care needs, and minimise health risks, an up to date identified Health Care Authorisation is required for all students with identified health care needs. This information will be made available to all staff that have responsibility for these students.
Current Health Plans will be sent home for parents to review this term.
It is important to ensure you check expiry dates on school held medication, monitor this and replaced outdated medications through the front office.
Some of our students have been creating cards, letters and artwork for residents of a local aged care facility in our community. One of our parents, Sophie, works as a physiotherapist and has put a call out to students to write to a resident, creating a connection and adding some sunshine into their lives. The residents are feeling isolated and lonely and this act of kindness will make such a big difference. If you would like to make someone’s day, start creating and bring your letters to Mrs Hardman who will be sending out a bundle of letters each fortnight. Simply write about your lives and send some positive messages. Thanks for paying it forward kids!
Once again Mount Hawthorn Primary is fortunate to support students studying at North Metropolitan Tafe. These students are working towards achieving a Certificate IV in Sport Development. To achieve this they are providing some practical soccer lessons with our Year 1 and Year 4 students. We have been fortunate to have this link with North Metropolitan Tafe for a few years now. The students enjoy playing games and learning many new skills with these students.
National Reconciliation Week came to a conclusion last week. Our class rooms engaged with lots of activities to reflect and learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
PP – Yr 2 took part in a reconciliation walk, united around the oval reflecting on what Reconciliation means to them.
Year 4s and 5s had a great time celebrating Reconciliation Week by decorating a stone with Aboriginal designs and creating a heart-shape with the stones.
Year 6’s recreated “The Rabbit Proof Fence” by creating a “chain like fence” across the metal poles within the school. They created pieces of artwork and hung them to the fence.
Have a djurapin Week!
Bree Rampal – RAP Project Leader
The Dellar-Pratt family are finishing today and beginning a new chapter in Toronto. Memphis (PP) and Indiana (Year 3) will be missed. We will also miss the tremendous support Tehani has given the school. On Wednesday, the Mount Hawthorn Primary Schools Board Chairperson, Katharine Nash presented Tehani with a prestigious Commendation Certificate – that recognises individuals who have made outsized contributions to the school through Board Commendations.
Tehani was recognised for five years of outsized service to the uniform shop and canteen. Tehani managed the uniform shop with a professional’s competence and a parent’s magnanimity. In this time, she transformed the artist’s drawings for the Mount Hawthorn My Story Shirt into a new uniform item enthusiastically worn by 900 students. Additionally, she served in the canteen every week, and as a parent liaison and event volunteer. Over five years, Tehani has generously gifted the school a huge commitment of her time and capability.
The Schools Board, on behalf of the whole Mount Hawthorn Primary School community, thanks Tehani for her service. She will be greatly missed as the Dellar-Pratt family embark on exciting opportunities in Toronto, Canada.
Mount Hawthorn Primary was appreciative of receiving recognition from the Mount Hawthorn Returned and Services League Sub-branch. Thank you to President Trevor Stiles and Secretary Sherryl Stiles for presenting us with this honour. We look forward to continuing this strong community relationship with RSL Australia.
For Term 2 2022