Issue 37  5 March 2013
Mount Hawthorn Primary School Newsletter

Dates to Remember
During the week Monday 18 to Friday 22 March all students from Pre-primary to Year 7 will be involved in Harmony Week activities. Buddy classes will arrange to meet during a time suitable to both classes and students and teachers will be involved in a variety of cultural activities. The week’s activities will culminate in a parade of costumes and the singing of a harmony song on the junior tiger turf at 8.50am on the Friday morning. All students are encouraged to wear a cultural based costume, or the colour orange, and donate a gold coin to support our Sister School in Bali. Bronwen Mears

School Events visit



Tuesday 5th
In-Term Swimming
commences Years 4 - 7
Wednesday 6th
Parent Liaison Meetings
Year 6/7 SVAPA Parent Info
Mt Lawley SHS
Monday 18th
Harmony Week commences
Wednesday 20th
Faction Swimming Carnival
Thursday 28th
Assembly Year 2 Rms 8 and 11
Friday 29th
Good Friday


Monday 1st
Easter Monday
Tuesday 2nd
Easter Tuesday
Wednesday 3rd
Pupil Free Day
Thursday 4th
Students return to school
Wednesday 17th
Interschool Swimming Carnival
Friday 19th
Anzac Day Ceremony

For a Uniform Order Form click HERE
Open every Thursday afternoon during term time
2.30 to 3.15pm


All the latest information and forms are available on the school website.
Mount Hawthorn Primary School

Community Noticeboard

Maths App of the Month
Mathletics is evolving... right into your hands!
Now you can take your Mathletics with you anywhere with the new (and incredibly good looking) tablet app.
Enables your child to practice Mathletics on the move! Driving down south? Heading to Nana's in Cervantes? Why not have your child practice Maths instead of watching a movie? Perfect for around the home as well.
Available for Apple and Android. 
 Maths Committee
"Maths is cool, anyone can do it!"
Jeff Thompson

Talk Soon Talk Often is a free resource developed by the WA Department of Health and La Trobe University in response to parent demand for information and support to assist them in talking with their children about sexuality. For more information visit the Parent Portal on the school website.

Do you know about the Schoolkids Bonus?  It is a new cash payment to help eligible families and students with the costs of primary and secondary school studies. Around 1.2 million families have already benefited from the first wave of payments in January 2013 – have you?

HERE to check your eligibility and if you think you might have missed out on the January payment, contact Centrelink – either in person at a Centrelink-Medicare Office or by calling 132 468.

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The Principal's Message
I want to thank the majority of parents who demonstrate courtesy and consideration, putting the safety of our children first when picking up and dropping their children at school. For those parents who park in the Kiss and Drive and leave their car – your actions compromise the safety of children and cause congestion in Killarney and Matlock Streets. The same can be said for those parents modelling incorrect behavior by not using the footbridge to cross Scarborough Beach Road. We request that ALL adults in our school community use the footbridge, please.
The School Board is proactively working with the City of Vincent to address traffic issues around the school.
A reminder to Liaison Parent Representatives that the meetings for this term will be held tomorrow in the Administration Conference Room at 9.00am and 2.15pm.
Years 4 - 7 happily attended the first lessons at Beatty Park pool today. As well as an important life skill, swimming lessons prepare children for the faction carnival for Years 4 - 7 students to be held at Challenge Stadium on Wednesday, 20 March.  Menzies won in 2012 and will be a strong contender in 2013. GO TEAMS! For more information visit Sport in the Parent Portal on the school website. Jen Townsend
A huge thank you to all the families and community members that participated in the 2012 Woolworths Earn & Learn program. Our school was one of the top achieving schools in the area and the 146,000 tokens collected (approximately $8,000 cash equivalent) enabled us to redeem many and varied resources to complement our programs in the English, Maths, Science and Humanities Learning Areas. We received the goods early in the term and our learning teams had the chance to open and view them this week. A large collection will be enjoyed by the Early Childhood and Junior Primary classes. The resources will be ready to use from next week and will no doubt be enjoyed by students and teachers alike. A big thank you to Shari McKeown who assisted in the collection and coordination of the program. Lorena Rock
Marie Breen and Bronwen Mears with resources for History and Geography and Jeff Thompson with Mathematics resources
Emma French with Science resources and Cindy Smart and Michelle-Psaltis Watkins with English resources
I hope everyone had a relatively smooth start to the year and that your child (or children) are enjoying their time at school.  The Schools Board met last Wednesday. The issue of increasing student enrolments at our schools and the pressure this is going to place on existing facilities was top of our Agenda.  The Board has a Planning Committee, chaired by Board member Scott Bywaters that will be meeting soon to finalise our suggestions. More to follow on this important issue soon.  Also discussed was the Board's Commendation Scheme. This is a great way to reward outstanding contributions to our campus by students, parents, teachers, staff and community members. The Commendation consists of a beautiful certificate which would generally be presented at a school assembly. To read more about the scheme and/or to nominate someone for a Commendation, please take a look at the "Commendation" section of the School website.  Finally, one of the Board's functions is to periodically review the School's Dress Code.  Board member Shari McKeown is coordinating this review which is currently underway. No major changes are planned, and parents and students will be consulted during the review process. Some minor tweaks are anticipated, such as introducing a time frame for the "No Hat No Play Policy" between the beginning of September to the end of April. Until the review is completed, the Board has issued an Interim Dress Code which prohibits the wearing of "leggings" by girls unless a skirt, shorts or skort is also worn.  You can take a look at the minutes and agendas of Board Meetings on the School website. The next Board meeting will be held in the Staff room on Wednesday, 08 May 13 at 7.00 pm.  Finally, your feedback is always welcome.  Please feel free to contact me at  Michael Jenkin, Board Chair
Artist of the
Congratulations Jessica from Year 7 Room 21.
Jessica created this clever picture in her art lesson on the topic of foreshortening. It gives the impression of falling.
Term 2 Week 4 
27 to 31 May 2013
Read Daily to Kids - The proof of its benefits.
Library News
It was great to see so many healthy, happy children return to the Harbeck Library this week.  They all looked ready for a fun year of reading adventures.  This year we want to focus on the great resource that is Britannica Online.  As our student numbers grow, the pressure on our non-fiction collection also grows.  The perfect solution is Britannica Online, which is so much more that just an encyclopaedia, it is a learning tool which incorporates an encyclopaedia, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, learning games, links to safe websites on your search topic, teacher resources and plenty more. We encourage you all to explore this resource with your children at home.  If you are interested in attending a parent training session, please email me in the library and you will be notified when the session is scheduled. For login details visit the Parent Portal on the school website. Madeleine Galbraith Library Officer
School Banking
Monday morning’s assembly was exciting this week when the children had a special guest from the Commonwealth Bank visit our school. Karen, who is the CBA School Banking Specialist, bought along one of the Dollarmites - Spend, to tell the children about our school banking on Tuesdays and encouraged the children to help mum and dad around the house and earn some pocket money to save in their bank accounts.
Spend presented our school with a large cheque for $100 for a job well done by winning a competition held by the Commonwealth Bank. This money was given to the Library to purchase resources. Remember to join school banking on Tuesdays! Shari and Kylie
For information about School Banking visit the school website School Banking  Dollarmite News
Early Years
Parent Resources
The role you play in your children’s education is vital in helping them become happy and confident learners at school. To assist you, a series of booklets is available online at the Department’s parent website, Schools and you. They include great activities, games and ideas that your children will love.
Designed for busy families with young children, each booklet focuses on a specific learning area: Learning at home, Hello school!, Numbers: Showing children they count, Reading: Light up your child’s imagination, Writing and spelling: The world of words.
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