School Newsletter – 16 December 2015

School Newsletter – 2 December 2015

School Newsletter – 18 November 2015

School Newsletter – 4 November 2015

Principal’s Message

Thanks to a well-oiled organising committee and the generous amount of time spent by many volunteers, it is all systems go for Saturday. We need volunteers for fair day, so if you have a spare hour or two we could really use some help please. Early set up from 8.00am, gate monitors from 8.30am, area monitors from 11.30am (you get to use a walkie talkie!) and pack up and clean up teams. Please visit to register.

I am looking forward to seeing all our school families on Saturday, so come along to enjoy and experience the sense of community that makes Mount Hawthorn so unique.


Dylan Marathon

Running a Marathon
Congratulations Dylan from Year 5 Room 38 for being the first student to complete the full marathon!

Newsletter Oct 21-12

Scitech Brainstorm Challenge
Six of our Year 6 students participated in the annual Scitech Brainstorm Challenge in October.

Young Innovators Award

Young Innovators
Neve from Year 6 Room 23 was awarded first place and a Distinction in ‘The Young Innovators Award 2015’.

Newsletter Nov 2

Ping Pong-a-thon
Brothers Daniel (Room 31) and Patrick (Room 22) managed to raise $600 to help battle against human trafficking in South East Asia by participating in a Ping-pong-athon, view the video they made on the link.

On Wednesday, 11 November the school will be holding a very short Remembrance Day Assembly. The ceremony will be held on the tiger turf and will commence at 9.00am, parents are welcome to attend. During this week, we would like all students to purchase a poppy for a gold coin donation. This money is payable to your child’s teacher. Poppies will be distributed to students on Tuesday morning prior to the ceremony.

On Thursday, 26 November at 9.00am, we will be hosting our annual Music Assembly. There will be sensational performances by all students from Years 4 to 7 and will include recorder, percussion, soloists, choir, band and orchestra. Pre-primary to Year 3 students will form part of the audience and join us in our final song, “Gold”, which is this year’s ‘Music Count Us In’ song. See you there! – Katie Hardman.


Count Down the Days!

Download your  Event Map and Entertainment Program

The Mount Hawthorn Community Fair hosted by Mount Hawthorn Primary School on Saturday, 7 November 12.00 to 6.00pm is nearly here. Visit our webpage to keep up to date with how the Fair is coming to life and like us on Facebook.
Thank you to our valued Sponsors for helping our day come to life and especially the Major Sponsor City Of Vincent.
This is the final newsletter before Fair Day. You should all be ready to have lots of fun. Please contact me if you have any questions. See you on Fair Day – Shari Fair Co-ordinator

Newsletter Nov 2-14

Art Sale
A friendly reminder to purchase your child’s ceramic art work before this Saturday.  Every child from Year 1 to 6 has made a piece of Ceramic Artwork to be exhibited at the fair. All artwork is for sale and if you don’t wish to purchase it someone else will.  Please collect a payment slip from the Art Room if you would like to purchase your child’s work.  Rosie Edmiston – Art Specialist

Paper Planes pic

Attention budding Aeronautical Engineers – Room 6 have been busy preparing for their paper planes fair stall. Be prepared for competitions EVERY HOUR, with heaps of great prizes.
We have three different categories Pre-primary to Year 2, Years 3 to 6, Year 7 to adult. So get your fold on, start testing at home or just fly on in to test your plane making skills – just $1.00 per entry, all paper supplied! Look out for our purpose built runway between the undercover areas.
The Room 6 students have been getting a head start, experimenting with different paper planes to see which will “go the distance”, even trying different materials like card, foil and tissue.
Get your own kit: we will also be selling paper plane kits as well as a fabulous rubber powered balsa wood plane kit. Room 6 have named the balsa wood plane “the best jet yet”. Bunnings, who kindly donated the balsa wood for the kits, is also running a balsa wood workshop with the children. Finally, Mrs Vucemillo and the class have spent the last term creating a spectacular stall banner which has them all flying high. Great work Room 6!

The Dress Up Box pic

A fun, colourful, crafty stall with big appeal to kids with big imaginations. Our stall will raise funds through the sale of some handmade costumes and a range of donated recycled/used costumes.

Photo Booth pic

PHOTO BOOTH Stall 7 on the tiger turf
Great opportunity to buy your dress up and have your photo taken! It’s fun, it’s quick and you can have all your friends in the shot! What better way to remember your day at the Fair – dress up for the occasion!

The Toy Box pic

THE TOY BOX – Stall 20
The Toy Box is overflowing with new and pre-loved children’s toys and gifts at great prices. See us at Stall 20 to grab a bargain.

Time to Share pic

TIME TO SHARE – Stall 14
Time to Share – Food from our families. Pre-primary Room 17
Come and visit us at Stall 14 where you can purchase the school recipe book and sample some of the delicious treats you will find in the book such as Lemon Brownies, Cranberry Coffee Cake, Mars Bar Slice, Jam Tarts, Piñata Cupcakes and many more.
Take home a jar of preserved lemon’s to add another dimension to your cooking. Add it to salad’s, casseroles, mayonnaise or try one of the suggestions on our take home sheet.
Have a look at our gorgeous children and adult aprons made with a selection of fabrics, many of which we used when styling and photographing the food for the recipe book.
So drop by for a visit and pick up something for the food lover in your life. Be early for our Christmas packages!

Lego Pic

LEGO LAND – Stall 3
Are you a Master Builder?
Race your friends and the clock to build a Lego ‘Mixel’ monster for a chance to win great prizes at the Lego Land Stall.
Also on offer – major Lego raffles, quizzes and guess the block competitions, all themed around everyone’s favourite building blocks. Come and see the Lego display board of Lego scenes built by the students of Year 2 Room 11, test your knowledge of Lego trivia, colour-in or spend some time building.
For plenty of competitions, fun and free play, look for the Lego Land Stall on the Tiger Turf at the MHPS Fair. See you in Lego Land, from Year 2 Room 11.

Hair at the Fair pic

‘Hair at the Fair’ will be selling some beautiful handmade hair accessories. They have a large selection of bobbles in school colours & faction colours and some very pretty, non-school material. Do come early as they are likely to sell out quickly. Also, for just $2, come along and get some colourful spray patterned onto your hair.

Lucky sip pic

LUCKY SIP – Stall 8

Sausage Sizzle pic


From the P&C

P&C General Meeting 26 October Minutes
To learn more about what is happening in your P&C take a few minutes to read the minutes of the latest meeting now available on the website including the Principals Report about important developments next year.

Free Positive Parenting Workshops
Positive Parenting Workshop

Come Home Kakadu
On Sunday afternoon our beautiful weiro (he is yellow with red cheeks and whistles) escaped and took to the skies over Mount Hawthorn. We would love you to check the trees in your yard in case he has taken up residence there. If you have any news of his whereabouts, we would love to hear from you. Madeleine Galbraith (0438141923).

School Newsletter – 21 October 2015

Principal’s Message

Newsletter Oct 21-19

Last Monday, our three School Basketball Association Cup teams had the privilege of some expert coaching from Basketball WA. All of the students were exposed to a variety of drills and skills to enhance their development for the upcoming Association Cup on Monday, 9 November.

The sounds of fourth term start with the very popular Edudance Program and our Open Morning this Thursday, and culminate in the Year 6 Graduation, which will be held in the evening over at the community hall this year. The Year 6 students have continued the tradition of strong student leadership and will have many opportunities to enjoy their last term at Mount Hawthorn Primary School.
Shari McKeown and her team have done an amazing job planning the Fair, which is a great opportunity to catch up with many ex-members of the school community, and introduce new families to the school.
Planning for 2016 has commenced with curriculum planning, staffing, class placements and facilities being the focus of the Admin Team. As in previous years, staff members work within the guidelines of the Class Placement Policy and class structures will not be confirmed until later in the term or early in 2016. To accommodate the planning process, we really do need to know if families are moving at the end of the year.
The School Open Morning this Thursday has been organised for parents to have a look through their children’s work and to talk with their children about their learning journey. It is also an opportunity for the school to thank all our volunteers, who are an integral part of our school community.
I get a little tired just looking at the Upcoming Events on the website with all the activities planned for the term, however the sun is shining and our students are still smiling and importantly, are being exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities.

Newsletter Oct 21-17

The school has always had a strong P&C, which has been integral in supporting the future planning and also raising funds for resources around the school. The P&C oversee the canteen and uniform shop, which are the envy of many schools and only exist because of the efforts of the organisers.

Newsletter Oct 21-15

2016 will see many of the existing P&C Committee leaving, and we need new parents to step up and commit their expertise and time. It also provides an opportunity to change the format and timing of future meetings, to accommodate the changing needs of busy working families.

If you are free next Monday evening, it would be great to see as many new parents as we can attend the P&C Meeting at 7.30pm in the library, and I promise not to sign you up just for turning up!

Newsletter Oct 21-13

Thanks to Beaver Tree Services for donating the logs and Wes Brumley and Amanda Shackles, who created the new sensory play space at Pre-primary. The children are enjoying the space and it looks wonderful!

Newsletter Oct 21-4

The Friendly Bunnings Team came to Room 18 this week to help the Pre-Primary Students get ready for our school Fair. With the support and kind donations from Katie Atkinson from Bunnings Homebase Subiaco, we have started making ornaments to go in our terrariums. In our next workshop we will paint the ornaments and add them to our garden creations. Look out for them at our School Community Fair!
VACSWIM 2015-16
Enrolments for December/January programs are now open. Information about the programs has been sent home to every family. Further information and online enrolment.
Following our recent school photography by Kapture, you can now view and order any sports and / or special photos taken on the day. When visiting you will need to enter our school code to access the gallery – Code: 4TPA63

From the P&C

P&C General Meeting – Monday, 26 October 7:30pm in the Harbeck Library
Calling all members of the P&C and any interested parents to attend our next general meeting. The meetings are always lively, provide great insights into what the P&C is doing and planning for the school community and gives everyone an opportunity to have their say. Membership is only $1! Come along and be active in your school’s P&C!
Uniform Shop
The Uniform Shop will be popping up at Margaret Kindy with uniform samples for Kindy kids planning on coming to Pre-primary in 2016. Kindy parents, PLEASE get your orders in by Friday, 4 December, so we can deliver back to your child’s Kindy class by the end of term. We are available for advice via email to
Year 5 parents, please get your Year 6 Leader Shirts orders in by Monday, 30 November. Information sheets with order forms were sent home on the last day of Term 3. Contact us if you need another copy.
Menzies parents – please email us to be part of an exciting trial of a new faction polo fabric which promises better stain recovery. We need children who take a size 8 and parents willing to provide detailed feedback on the washability and suitability of the shirt.
Unfortunately with the dropping $AUD, prices have had to rise on some of our uniform items. The new prices are available from the Order Form on the school’s website.
The Uniform Shop is still gratefully accepting donations of washed second-hand uniform items in good condition. Please leave donations in a labelled bag at the front office, or drop them to us at the Shop.
Great Aussie Camp Out
On Sunday, 11 October an intrepid group of parents and children pitched camp on the oval and prepared to spend the night under the stars, listening to the calls of the local wildlife and enjoying Mother Nature! Some families have the camping thing down pat, for others it was a fun and challenging time getting the tent up and keeping it up! The kids had a fabulous time, ‘sans technology’, enjoying the recreation facilities on site. The morning was welcomed with a hearty cooked breakfast by our P&C President Tim Swart and his helpers and a great time was had by all. Hope to see you join in next year!

Newsletter Oct 21

Patrick from Year 6, front and centre, with past and present students of Mount Hawthorn Primary School supporting the ‘Outdoors October’ Great Aussie Camp Out Event. It was a lovely evening and a great brekkie thanks to Ian Pickens manning the BBQ in the background.

Fair News

Only 3 weeks to go!! Mount Hawthorn Community Fair – Saturday, 7 November 12 – 6pm. Visit our webpage to keep up to date with how the Fair is coming to life.  See who our valued sponsors are, what stalls we have. Like us on Facebook and you will keep up to date with what we are planning. Bumper stickers are available from the admin office if you haven’t already got one.

Donations Needed for the following stalls:
Please leave your donation in the collection boxes at The Harbeck Centre.
THE TOY BOX – good quality toys and gifts
LEMONADE – Lemons for Kindy Purple lemonade stall

Fair Roster – There are some extra jobs Shari needs help with, before the Fair, at the Fair and after.  Please look at this task list and help if you can.

City of Vincent – Residents are invited to a Community Safety Forum on Monday, 26 October at 2015.

John Curtin College of the Arts – Open Day Tuesday, 27 October.

Sacred Heart Primary School FeteSunday, 25 October in Highgate 10.00am to 3.00pm.

School Newsletter – 23 September 2015

Principal’s Message

Crown Concert 2015

I had the pleasure of attending the WAGSMS Crown Concert on Monday night, which showcased the amazing talent in public schools, and in particular, Mount Hawthorn Primary School. The Orchestra, Choir and soloists, which included Stephen, Patrick, Ben, Caitlin and Zoe, performed magnificently. We are very fortunate to have Mrs Mears, Mrs Hardman and Mrs Symington leading the music program. The staff also relies on an outstanding team of parent volunteers, who are vital for success of the program.
Term 4 promises to be very exciting and busy with many school events including the Community Fair, School Open Morning, Edu-Dance and graduation celebrations for Year 6. I would like to wish all our families and community a safe and restful term break. I look forward to seeing you return to school on Tuesday, 13 October (Monday, 12 October is a School Development Day).
As an acknowledgement to our WA AFL Footy teams’ unique weekend of finals competition, students are invited to wear their Footy Colours this Friday, 25 September 2015. We are requesting a gold coin donation to support the Refugee Crisis in Syria.

Interschool Athletics Carnival-2

A selected number of students attended the annual Interschool Carnival today at the WA Athletics Centre. Students from all our zone schools competed and displayed excellent sportsmanship. Thanks to Mrs Putt and Mrs Kenny for organising the team and all staff involved in training.
The results of the carnival are:
Handicap Winner    –  Lake Gwelup Primary School
Overall Winner        –   Floreat Primary School

Omar Artist of Fortnight

On Thursday, 22 October, during Education Week, the school will be holding our annual Open Morning. Parents are invited to visit their children’s classrooms to view work samples.
Classrooms open:   8:00am – 9:00am
Music Performances 9:00am – 9:30am
Morning Tea (invited guests only): 9.30 -10.00am
A reminder that this is not a time to talk to the teachers. Please make an appointment with the classroom teacher if you wish to discuss any aspects of your child’s education.
Term 4 is fast approaching and so it is time to revisit the schools sun smart policy. All children are required to wear a wide brimmed hat at all times in the playground during Term 4 and Term 1. Children not following the sun smart policy will have to remain in the shade for the duration of their recess and lunch breaks. Hats are available in a range of sizes through the Uniform Service. We thank you for your compliance in this matter.
During Term 4, students from Pre-primary to Year 6 enjoy weekly sessions of contemporary dance provided by the Edu-Dance company. The program runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from Week 1 to Week 8 and culminates with a series of brilliant performances for parents in Week 9.
A huge thank you to the Mount Hawthorn Community for the support given to the Woolworths Earn n Learn promotion. We are pleased to announce we received a total of 984 sheets which accounts to 59,040 points. This far exceeds our target of 55,000. All of this would not have been possible without some very dedicated and helpful parents who assisted with the collation and collection. The school (Main campus and Education Support Centre) is looking forward to the opportunity to redeem the points for a huge range of resources to support and enhance the teaching and learning programs. Lorena Rock
With holidays fast approaching we suggest that you make the most of our marvellous Public Library network. Most of you will already have a membership to the City of Vincent Library, but did you know that you can use your Vincent membership number to borrow from the extensive State Library of WA Kids-ebook and audio book collection. There are plenty of wonderful resources for the adults too. It is worth exploring the website as it is a gateway to unlimited resources. Vincent Library Kids e-books   State Library Kids e-books
The warm weather has arrived so it is time to dust off the bathers and start training for the 2016 Mount Hawthorn Swim Team. Tuart Hill Swim club offers a great range of lessons for all ability levels and fantastic squad swimming in preparation for Term 1 swimming at school. Let’s retain the Interschool Cup! Anita Putt
I have lots of books to go to our sister school in Bali. If you or anyone you know are travelling to Bali in the coming weeks and are able to take a few kilos of books, please let me know. Susan Cromb, Room 4 – Mob 0402 914 521or Email me.
The team at Front Runner sports are excited to continue with their Monday morning programme at Mount Hawthorn Primary in Term 4. The team provide age appropriate skill and movement development with a focus on running enhancement, confidence and fitness for your child.  Term 3 SOLD OUT so sign up now for Term 4
UWA is excited to be working in partnership with Mt Hawthorn Primary School to offer the physical activity program, Uni-Active, to the Kindy -Year 2 students in Term 4, 2015. Uni-Active will be held before school on Tuesdays on the school oval from 8:00am. Sessions will start in Week 2 on Tuesday, 20 October and continue for 8 weeks until Tuesday, 8 December.
The next Disco is on Friday, 6 November 2015, supporting the Cancer Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital.

From the P&C


Coming up on Saturday, 10 October 2015 will be the Family Camp out event as part of Outdoors October 2015.  This is part of a larger nationwide event that is called the Great Aussie Camp Out (GACO). We hope to have 50 families camp on the school oval on Saturday evening as part of an Urban Camp Out event.
If possible, try to register in advance, have at least one parent, a tent, something to sleep in, dinner and snacks, alcohol free, a willingness to participate and have fun. Bump in for registrations will be from 2.30pm.
If you are interested book online at Try Booking  ensuring you provide an email address and mobile number. The camp site fee is $20 for a maximum of 5 people per campsite. We will have a bacon and egg roll fry up in the morning.
We ask that Leave No Trace principles are employed by all that attend. If you have any questions please call Tim on 0427 088 371.
The sun is definitely out and hats are back on for all students in Term 4. No doubt some of your brood will shoot up over the holidays and no longer fit their school clothes. To beat the rush at the beginning of term, why not visit this Thursday, 24 September or drop an order form into the yellow box at the front office. Your order will be delivered on the first day back. (Prices are being reviewed for Term 4 so beat the price rise too). Sample sizes of uniforms will be delivered to Kindy classes early in Term 4 for kids to try on and parents can place an order to be delivered by the end of term. Year 5 parents will receive a note this week re Year 6 Leader Shirt orders for next year. 

Fair News


Hosted by Mount Hawthorn Primary School Saturday 7 November 12.00-6.00pm. 

Just six weeks to go before we run our fabulous Community Fair! Visit our webpage to keep up to date with how the Fair is coming to life. See who our valued Sponsors are, what Stalls we have. Like us on Facebook and you will keep up to date with what we are planning.
Bumper stickers coming today!
DONATIONS NEEDED for the following stalls. Please leave your donation in the collection box outside Harbeck Centre.
ADOPTABOOK STALL – Clean Cloth Shopping Bags, Good Quality Books
HAIR IT IS STALL – Faction T-Shirts
PICKLES&JAMS – Glass jars with lids
DRESSUP BOX – Dress-ups
GAMES GALORE – Small items like toys or books for prizes

School Newsletter – 9 September 2015

Principal’s Message

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Faction Athletics Carnival-11 (2)

Athletics week was really successful and again well organised by Mrs Putt and Mrs Kenny. I would like to congratulate all the students, who were ably led by the Year 6 student leaders. There was a great community feel to the day and it was enjoyed by students, teachers and parents. I really appreciate the parents who helped on the day with setting and packing up; their help was invaluable. It was also fantastic to see the return of the cupcake stall and I would like to thank the P&C for coordinating it.
Information will be sent out to all families about a program for students in Year 1 to 6, which parents can sign up to through the RAC. The Little Legends Club will complement programs being taught throughout the year levels and is pertinent for all students in the neighbourhood. The school also has an opportunity to win $ 5000 worth of invaluable resources for the school, so I encourage as many families as possible to sign up.
To all the parents who volunteered their time and expertise to coach and manage all the teams involved in winter sports. It has been fantastic to see the training which has concentrated on skill development, participation and fun. Our focus should always be on having children continue participating in sport in their teenage years and beyond.
The school and P&C have committed to funding the project which has caused some discussion in relation to the cost of the project.
The garden was designed to be an integral part of our grounds and fits into our values and virtues program. Students have had input and will also participate in the final components for the project.
The school and Department of Education is continually funding the maintenance of classrooms and will be putting over $40 000 into classroom furniture this year. This funding will be ongoing throughout the next few years.
Fiona Oates from our Administration office will be commencing Maternity Leave on Thursday, 10 September, and we wish her all the best for her pending arrival.
We would like to welcome Linda Gennoe (full time) and Silvana Galluzzo (Wednesday and Thursday) to the office during Fiona’s absence.
The Woolworth’s Earn n Learn promotion ended on Tuesday, 8 September. Please ensure all stickers have been placed on the correct sticker sheet and sent into the school by Friday, 11 September. We have had an amazing response from parents in the collation process. We will require some more helpers to count the sticker sheets next week so we can redeem for resources by Monday, 5 October. If you are available to assist please call into the front office. Thank you kindly, Lorena Rock

Term 3 Physical Education News

Carnival Results:

4th AXFORD – 633, 3rd BRAITHWAITE – 729, 2nd MENZIES – 883 and 1st SHAKESPEARE – 967

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The Bonus Point Shield has been a big part of the school athletics program since the year 2000. It’s a very important shield and awarded to the faction who demonstrates cooperation, responsibility, perseverance, enthusiasm and overall good sportsmanship. This year it went to MENZIES!
Congratulations to all the Champions from each faction (pictured above).
The Interschool Athletics Carnival is on Wednesday, 23 September 2015. This is a full day carnival (including jumps and distance events) at the WA State Athletics Centre. The host school this year is Lake Gwelup Primary School. Parents are welcome to attend and cheer on our Mount Hawthorn competitors. Interschool Selection Policy
Our Year 6 AFL Winter Carnival teams were invited to participate in the curtain raiser to the Western Derby at Domain Stadium on Sunday, 16 August. Thank you to the coach, Mr Lawrence and the teachers who assisted on the day.
Well done to all students who have gained their bands and badges by completing Marathon Milestones. Check the Honour Roll on our school website to follow their progress.
Registration Day from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Sunday, 13 September at Beatty Park Pool. We will be having a “come and try” flipperball session running in the morning so please bring some friends down to have a go.
Term 4 is the beginning of the cricket season so sign up for local Junior competition.
School Holidays Preseason Cricket Camp
Join us on October 5 to 7 from 9.30am till 12.30pm each day and get ready for the upcoming cricket season
Association Cup Year 6 boys and girls teams are in full training for the carnival at the beginning of Term 4. Thanks to all the coaches and managers of these teams for your ongoing support.

From the P&C

P&C General Meeting – Monday, 14 September 7.30pm 2015 in the Harbeck Centre.
Come along and hear what exciting activities your P&C is planning. All are welcome and it costs only $1 to join the P&C and have your say on important decisions.

Save the Date – Great Aussie Camp Out – School Oval – Saturday, 10 October 2015.
Read more about how schools, scout groups, sporting associations and more are planning to make the most of our beautiful starry nights to enjoy the great outdoors. More details on our camp out at school in the next newsletter!

Fair News

Mount Hawthorn Community Fair hosted by Mount Hawthorn Primary School Saturday 7 November 12-6pm.
Visit our webpage to keep up to date with how the Fair is coming to life. See who our valued Sponsors are, what Stalls we have. Like us on Facebook and you will keep up to date with what we are planning. Bumper stickers coming soon!

DONATIONS NEEDED for the following stalls:
(Please leave your donation in the collection box outside Harbeck Centre)
ADOPTABOOK STALL – Clean cloth shopping bags and good quality books
HAIR IT IS STALL – Faction T-shirts
PICKLES & JAMS – Glass jars with lids
DRESSUP BOX – Dress-ups
GAMES GALORE – Small items like toys or books for prizes

School Newsletter – 26 August 2015

Principal’s Message



I was pleased to see the whole school community involved with the festivities for book week, with students and staff displaying a variety of entertaining characters. The parade was ably hosted by “The Gruffalo Child”, AKA Jeff Thompson, who was assisted by “Willy Wonka”, AKA Anne Monisse. In a world full of change it is great to see that books are still fundamental to the development of our imaginations.




Through the eye of the storm the Science Assembly went ahead last Friday and was hugely successful. Special thanks to our special guest scientist, Professor Bruce Webber, whose message was “science is groovy”. Through the events of last week, we highlighted the vast amount of scientific talent we have in our school. Thanks to the Science Committee, and especially Emma French and Melanie Lewis-Russell, for organising the week and congratulations to all the prize winners.
Excitement is building for the Faction Athletics events next week, culminating in the carnival on Thursday. If it is raining on the day, we will be posting updates about arrangements for the day via the school App.
Cupcake Fundraiser
To add to the fun and community spirit on the day, parents are asked to donate cupcakes decorated in their child’s faction colours. We were overwhelmed with the number of cupcakes last year, so we are asking parents to provide a limit of twelve cupcakes per family and spares will be donated to Foyer on Oxford Street. Bonus points will be allocated to the faction with the most creative cupcakes. Please bring your cupcakes to the designated faction table in the pavilion, on the day of the carnival. They will be sold for $1.00 each via an honour system.
*NB Parents may purchase cakes for their children, however children will not be allowed in the pavilion to buy cakes. Coffee vans will be available at the carnival.

Winter sport

Congratulations to the Year 6 Winter Sport Fairest and Best winners Emma, Phoenix, Angus and Lara.
Our school photo days are Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 August. Click HERE for detailed information.
If you are not planning to return to Mount Hawthorn Primary School next year, please email the school office know as soon as possible.
An overview of the recent Staff, Parent and Student (Years 5 and 6) surveys was presented to the School Board at the last meeting. The same survey will be distributed again in 2016. Parents and students in Years 2, 4 and 6 will be invited to complete our annual bullying survey next term.
This information was shared and discussed at the meetings last week.
NAPLAN test results for Years 3 and 5 will be sent home with students early next week.
Our joint School Board would like to highlight the partnership we have with the Education Support Centre (ESC) and provide information about the successful programs that complement both our school and the ESC.
We have been overwhelmed with the response to the Earn and Learn program and have a large amount of stickers that need to be collated. We are seeking some volunteers to collate on the sheets ready to redeem. If you have any time you can offer, preferably until 9.30am in the morning and from 2.30pm in afternoon on any day, please let the front office know. Lorena Rock

From the P&C

NINJA BANDSBookweek-14

Pre-primary Room 15 are selling Ninja bands in faction colours for the students to wear at the sports carnival. They are great for boys and girls and will be available on Thursday afternoon whilst the uniform shop is open and also at the Friday Assembly. Pricing is $12 for the ninja band with logo and $10 for the plain faction one.

School Disco

Many celebrities were spotted on Friday 14th August, entering the Floreat Athena Soccer club (and several wannabes also managed to sneak in!) Games, activities and fabulous dancing went on all night long and the paparazzi were there to catch it all!
A big thanks to all of our parent volunteers, the Year 6 Events Committee: Demi, Estelle, Sam, Tallan, Veronica, Xavier & Zoe!
We would also like to thank Diabolik Book Shop in Mt Hawthorn and Network Video Mt Hawthorn at The Mezz for kindly donating some of the prizes for our Raffle and Lego Guess competition.
Well done to all of our MHPS students on helping to make the night loads of fun.

Fair News

Keep up to date with how the Fair is coming to life. Visit our webpage to keep up to date with who our valued Sponsors are so far and the stalls that are coming. Like us on Facebook and you will keep up to date with what we are planning.
Second Hand Book Stall
Last chance to donate your good quality, second hand books! Final day of donation is Thursday, the 17th of September. The collection box is outside the Harbeck Centre.
We need donations of faction shirts, glass jars and dress-ups. Please leave them at the Harbeck Centre for the classes to collect.
We will need extra help on fair day, setup teams, stage hands, fair helpers. A roster will come out soon.
Next Fair Meeting, Oxford Hotel, Wednesday August 26th, 7.30pm. See you there.

School Newsletter – 12 August 2015

Principal’s Message

Congratulations to our new student leaders for second semester:

Student Councillors

Hollie, Josie, Phoenix, Charlie, Ahna, Blake, Sophie, Harry and Sam

Katie, Ba-Nang, Emma, Maitland, Ryan and Hannah

Faction Captains

Katie, Ba-Nang, Emma, Maitland, Ryan and Hannah.

Hollie, Josie, Phoenix, Charlie, Ahna, Blake, Sophie, Harry and Sam

This Friday, 14 August we will acknowledge the AFL Western Derby. Students and staff may wear their football colours to school. Please note, this is just for fun and not a fundraising day.

BUSINESS PLAN 2015 – 2017
Our new Business Plan can be viewed here on our School Website.

If your child has a Medical Plan, please return updated Medical Plan Forms to Louise Swain ASAP.

We have had some very frightening situations involving traffic, students and parents.
Hopefully, the pen of a student will provide a different perspective and highlight the need for parents to cooperate with our incentive program.

Dear Parents
Hi I’m the Braithwaite Faction Captain, a student leader. The parents at Mount Hawthorn are one of our greatest allies, and you always do a brilliant job supporting our school. But lately our Kiss and Drive hasn’t been that great. Parents have been getting out of their cars to help their kids, this is very understandable, but is holding up the system and making a large line that goes around the corner and down Matlock Street. Parents have been parking their car, which again, creates the line.

A way to stop this is asking your kids to get out quickly, so you won’t have to wait long. Student Councillors will be coming to the classrooms and asking all students to please get to the Kiss and Drive quickly. Also, student leaders like me and the student Councillors will be giving out raffle tickets to the first few students who are getting to Kiss and Ride quickly and lining up well and the raffle will be drawn on Fridays and winners will be announced over the PA. Tickets will also be given to the parents who are using the Kiss and Drive correctly and the prize is your own parking space at the front of Admin to use for one week.

It is important to use our Kiss and Drive well, so we are courteous to Mount Hawthorn’s neighbours and the kids are safe. Thank you for your cooperation, and remember please to be patient at Kiss and Drive.  See you around school, Josie

School Survey was developed by Education Services Australia (ESA) on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education. We have recently surveyed students from Year 5 and 6 and parents using this School Survey, and the results will be presented to the School Board and published in a future newsletter.

We have experienced quite a bit of vandalism around the school on weekends recently. If you see anyone on the school campus damaging the school property after hours we would appreciate a call to School Security Ph: 9264 4632 or 9264 4711

Our focus and target his year is to redeem points to boost our literacy and numeracy resources in our Early Years (K-2)
It’s simple to participate. From Wednesday, 15 July to Tuesday, 8 September 2015, when our staff, parents or community members shop at Woolworths they can collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers from the checkout operator or through an online order and place them on a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet. There’ll be one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco, and gift cards). Once completed, simply place the Sticker Sheet in the Collection Box, either at your school or at your local Woolworths. Our collection boxes are located in front office, the Pre-primary block and Kindergarten at Richmond Street. In support of our regional schools there is also a collection box for Cadoux Primary School at The Mezz for your sticker contributions.

We are excited to be celebrating Children’s Book Week from Monday, 24 to Friday, 28 August, with the theme Books Light Up Our World.

Poster Winners

Congratulations to winners of Book Week Poster Competition, Elizabeth ( PP 17) and Daniel (Year 4 Room 24). Keep an eye out for their inspiring posters displayed at the school. Commendations go to Lochie (Year 6 Room 22) and Lily (Year 1 Room 4). Diabolik Books and Records kindly judged the competition and donated some amazing prizes.

The famous Book Week Dress-up Day will be held on the Tuesday, 25 August. The students are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite book character. The grand parade will proceed at 8.50am on the Tiger Turf.

After the success of last year, we are holding the Great Book Swap & Sale on Tuesday, 25 August. Bring in a loved book in good condition that you are happy to give away. Bring the book to the library where you will be given a token. On the Swap and Sale day the token can be exchanged for a book at recess. Lunchtime is Swap or Shop, use your token or buy a book for $1 or 50c. Money raised will be used to buy more fabulous library books. If you have any queries, please ask Mad or Julie at the library.

On Sunday, 16 August the Mount Hawthorn School Band will be performing at 9.00am. Members of the school community, as well as family and friends, are welcome to sit in the auditorium and watch the performance so that the band has an audience. Rapturous applause is welcome and encouraged. There is free unreserved seating. Click HERE for more information about the festival.

Supporting children to develop and learn in their early years. This site includes activities to do at home, information about programs for young children, services provided by Child and Parent Centres, and links to government and non-government services.

From the P&C

Celebrities & Wannabes is our fun theme, so come along as your favourite sports star, movie star, TV star, etc, or as a “wannabe” star!
We have a great DJ, good music, a few games, a “PHOTO BOOTH” ($2 per photo), a guessing game with prizes, raffle prizes, snacks and drinks on sale, and lots more.
Tickets on sale through Try Booking
or before Friday’s assembly, in the Undercover Area, from 8.30 am.
$10 ticket includes a snack and raffle entry.
Junior Disco – Kindy – Year 2, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Senior Disco – Year 3 – Year 6, 7:30 – 9:00 pm.
We hope to see as many students there as possible!
Contact Helen if you have any queries.


Thermomix Winner

Congratulations Chantal Johnson, the winner of the P&C Thermomix Raffle.

On behalf of Churchlands SHS P&C
Come along and socialise with other Dads from Churchlands SHS and the wider community. The Fathering Project will conduct this interactive, informative evening for all the fathers and father figures to meet, talk, share and support each other in trying to be the best dad possible. At 7:00pm, Thursday, 20 August at Doubleview Bowling Club, 17 Shearn Crescent, Doubleview.

Fair News

Keep up to date with how the Fair is coming to life. Visit our webpage to keep up to date with who our valued Sponsors are so far and the stalls that are coming. Like us on Facebook and you will keep up to date with what we are planning. We need donations of faction shirts, glass jars, books that are in good condition and dress-ups. Please leave them at the Harbeck Centre for the classes to collect. We will need your help on fair day. Think about being a stage hand or a fair helper. A roster will come out soon. Next Fair Meeting, Oxford Hotel, Wednesday August 26th, 7.30pm. See you there.

School Newsletter – 29 July 2015

Principal’s Message

Nicholas and Bay

Selected Year 4 to 6 students represented Mount Hawthorn in this competition at Fremantle oval during the school holidays.

Jayme and Ruby

Jayme and Ruby

Year 5 students Jayme, Nicholas and Bay placed in the semi-finals, progressing to the grand final.
The finalists are invited to the Fremantle Dockers Game on Sunday, 2 August to compete.
They will compete in Kwik Kick again, before the Dockers v GWS game on the ground at Domain Stadium.

Welcome back for Term 3. This is a very busy term packed full of activities, particularly with the Faction Athletics Carnival on Thursday, 3 September and many music performances, including the Crown Concert on the evening of Monday, 21 September.

Band Camp

The band camp was a huge success and I would like to thank Caz Shurmer, Cass Lake, Steph Glynn, Lisa Gleeson and all the parent helpers. Also, SIM teachers Barbara Symington, who wrote a piece of music for the band and orchestra to perform together and Dale Pointon for their efforts to make it such a success. They are looking for a Year 5 parent to volunteer to run the camp for 2016.

We are also getting very excited about the School Fair on Saturday, 7 November. Shari and many parents and teachers are already working hard to make it another brilliant day.

During the course of the year we conduct small specific topic surveys with our parents and students, which gives us timely and relevant feedback on current topics. The Department of Education also requires that we give parents and students the opportunity to complete a National Survey. As we had a very small number of parents participate last year, we have been asked to conduct this survey again. I would encourage all parents to take a few moments to provide feedback via this survey PLEASE. To complete the survey please click HERE.

Thank you to those families who have paid their Term Accounts promptly. There are a number of families who have not made payment for the Voluntary School and P&C Contributions; we are happy to accept payment via credit card (Visa or Mastercard), cash or cheque at the school office. Payment of these contributions allows us to provide the excellent range of learning programs available to students at our school.

We are pleased to welcome an Italian Language Assistant, Elisa Giannoni, working with Signora Monisse in language classes for all of term 3. Elisa is from Milan and is a student at La Cattolica University.

Italian Theatre Performance-4

Despite the wet and windy weather yesterday, our Year 3 to 6 students delighted in viewing an Italian drama performance by Christof from Nexus Arts.

Parents, please refrain from parking in the Chiropractor’s carpark on Scarborough Beach Road when delivering and collecting children from school. This is a private carpark for business customers only.

Congratulations ex-students Sam Koczwara, Ashby Dennis and Keegan Davies who were selected for State U18 Lacrosse Team.

Students are selected for Interschool competition according to the attached policy.

It has come to our attention that students may have a second EpiPen in their school bag. As this is a poison and could be accessed by other students that do not understand this, we ask that parents ensure all EpiPens are secured through the school or with the classroom teacher each day. Many thanks for your consideration. Louise Swain, Associate Principal

This testing is for current Year 6 students who reside in the Churchlands SHS local intake area or have been accepted into the Gifted and Talented Music Program to enter Churchlands SHS in 2016 . Academic Extension Program testing to take place on Saturday, 5 September with the closing date for applications being Thursday, 20 August.

Programs for Year 7 2016.

As well as our free theatre in education shows, one of the services we provide is Comfort Packs for kids in crisis.  These are bags with toiletries, clothes, toys, etc for kids who are not able to return home for whatever reason. Support this program by purchasing online raffle tickets, raffle closes 1 August, 2015.


Enrolments for October VacSwim are now open.

From the P&C

Athletics Carnival and School Photos
Is that faction shirt or gold polo looking faded, stained, ripped or too small? Get in early if you want a fresh, bright, new faction shirt for the upcoming Athletics Carnival or gold polo for the school photos! Drop your order into the yellow box in the front office, email or see us at the Uniform Shop every Thursday from 2:30 – 3:15pm.

School Disco
Friday,  14 August – Celebrities and Wannabes! – Floreat Athena Football Club
Dress up as a movie/TV personality, Sports star, Politician, Reality TV Star, Cartoon character, anyone famous or who is trying to be famous! There are prizes for costumes, great dancing, games, as well as a raffle.
Tickets just $10 including entry, drink or snack
Tickets available in undercover area every Assembly or beat the paparazzi and book online.

School Fair – Latest News

Do you have any old faction shirts or dress-ups? The “Hair at the Fair” stall needs your shirt! Spring Cleaning out your book collection? We need them too! Please drop shirts and books off at the Harbeck Centre.
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