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30 August 2022
30 August 2022
After a long period of pandemic-induced disruption I think many of us had forgotten the special feeling that large-scale whole school events that are inclusive of parents can bring to us. How last Friday changed that!
To walk down the steps to the Tiger Turf on Friday morning to 800 kids and 200-300 parents and community members made me so proud to be a member of the Mount Hawthorn PS Community. Then to chat with parents as they left the school later in the afternoon showed me how valuable they found the day. Everyone I spoke to was high in praise for the event and how much they enjoyed it. I had a parent of an ex-Mount Hawthorn PS student tell me that her daughter’s most memorable event from all of primary school was the book week parade, and that’s how many of today’s participating students will remember it.
This week we move onto two more of our big annual events that are both great opportunities to celebrate the distinctive breadth of student opportunities at our school as well as further nurture family-school partnerships. Wednesday is our Year 3-6 faction carnival at Menzies and I am again looking forward to spending time enjoying the day with our students, staff and parents. It’s fabulous that the weather is looking likely to be amazing, too! Our NAIDOC week events also kick off, with the fabulous Alton Walley joining us for sessions with all PP to Year 6 classes, and a welcome and smoking ceremony on Friday 2 September 2022 at 2:10PM – 2:50PM. All parents and community are welcome to attend. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.
NAIDOC WEEK starts tomorrow Wednesday 31 August 2022 with an Alton Walley incursion. On Friday the 2nd Alton will officially open our Week 8 celebrations with a smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country. See our Parents NAIDOC Week Overview for opportunities to participate and what’s on over the fortnight. Also keep an eye on our social media for updates and guest appearances throughout the week.
As part of Indigenous Literacy Day, MHPS is holding a Great Book Swap! The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, learn more about Indigenous languages and culture, and raise funds for a great cause. Show your support by donating a pre-loved book this week to the library. On Wednesday 7 September 2022 during NAIDOC Week students will have the opportunity to choose from donated books at school. You can take a book for a gold coin donation. Alternatively, show your support by making a donation to our Great Book Swap page.
During Term 3, all year 2-4 students at Mount Hawthorn Primary School will be completing a Music Aptitude Indicator as part of the assessment process to select instrumental students who will be offered music tuition via Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS). This will occur in Week 8 of term three this year.
Please see the attached link to find out more information about our amazing music program!
On Thursday August 18, after 2 prior postponements, a selected group of Mt Hawthorn Year 5 & 6 students were able to participate in the School Sport W.A Hockey carnival held at Curtin Hockey Stadium. Our team had a fabulous time and came equal- third with Fredrick Irwin and Wembley #2 teams. A big shout out to our parents who kindly offered transport to get our students to the venue but also to our magnificent manager Catherine R. and our coach Jill from North Perth Primary. Without these 2 people and parent support these children would not get such a fabulous opportunity.
The students had a really good day which was topped off with really good weather.
Four teams headed to the Bendat Centre this week to participate in the Perry Lakes School Slam Series, organised by Basketball WA. It was a fantastic day of competition, with the two Year 5 and two Year 6 teams giving it their all.
The Year 6 girls loved the day and had so much fun playing together as a team. It was a big learning experience, particularly as many of them were new to basketball. The Year 5 girls played very well, demonstrating high levels of effort and teamwork throughout the day. They also showed great tenacity, often against older opposition. Most importantly, the girls really enjoyed the opportunity to play and get game experience together. The Year 5 boys had a challenging start to the carnival but finished strong with a draw and a win in the final game. They can’t wait for next year!
As for the Year 6 boys, they played extremely well, going undefeated all day until the last game against Aranmore, which ended in a tie. The two teams headed straight into the grand final with high energy and it was a nailbiter of a game, going into overtime due to another draw. Our boys were too good in the end, beating Aranmore by one point. They will head to the Championship Round at the end of November.
A big thanks goes to Ash B. for organising try outs and registration for this competition. On the day, teams were expertly managed and coached by a wonderful team of volunteers: Suze, Dylan, Emma, Scott, George, Katherine, Ryan, Shannon and Lee, thank you. And thanks to Mrs Putt and Mrs Kenny for all your support and of course, a big thanks to all the parents who came to watch our teams on the day.
Congratulations to our very own songbird, Anneke V, for being selected as a soloist at the Massed Choir Festival on Thursday 15 September. Anneke, Year 6, is part of our school choir and will be singing at the Perth Concert Hall along with eight other schools. Anneke and the choir have been learning eleven songs for this festival and rehearse every Tuesday morning in the music room. We can’t wait to hear you sing your hearts out!
Our incredible Mrs Driscoll held a couple after school workshops for students who will be sitting the assessment for the Bob Hawke College Visual Art Program. The aim of the workshop was to better prepare the students for the formal written response task and still life drawing they will have to do in two weeks time. The kids were so receptive and enthusiastic!
For Term 3 2022