Issue 24 15  May  2012
Mount Hawthorn Primary School Newsletter

Dates to Remember


Wednesday 16th
NAPLAN Testing Years 3, 5, 7

Thursday 17th
NAPLAN Testing Years 3, 5, 7

Monday 21st
Year 3 Excursion AQWA
Year 7 Immunisation
Wednesday 23rd
Jump Rope Launch
Liaison Parent Meetings
Thursday 24th
Year 4/5 Drama
Friday 25th
PEAC Testing Room 12

Interschool Sport at Floreat PS
Monday 28th
PEAC Testing Room 15
Tuesday 29th
PEAC Testing Room 14
Year 6 Excursion Perth Zoo
Wednesday 30th
Eagles are back


Friday 1st
Year 1 Rooms 2/3 Excursion Wanneroo Museum

Monday 4th
Foundation Day Holiday
Wednesday 6th
Rooms 12 and 15 Raptor Presentation
Thursday 7th
Years  3 and 5 Protective Behaviours
Friday 8th
Room 17 Senior Assembly
Interschool Sport at Wembley PS

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Term 2  MENU

Term 2 2012

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

Community Noticeboard
If you are keen to encourage kids to read and at the same time obtain valuable books and resources for the Library and teachers this could be for you – or a group people. All you need to do is collect the orders, input the orders online and then with the help of other parents, sort the books for delivery. There’s flexibility to do what’s needed at times that suit you. I’ll be on hand to show you the ropes. I can recommend this as a very rewarding way to help the school.
If you are interested please contact me ASAP. Adrienne Silsbury


Yes we are participating!
From 9 May, when you shop at Woolworths you can collect stickers from the checkout operator and place them on the sticker cards provided. There'll be one sticker for every $10 spent.  Once the cards are completed, they can be placed in the collection box in the Harbeck Centre. You can collect extra cards or just simply drop off your stickers in the Harbeck Centre and we will complete the cards for you. The program closes on 1 July so you can complete as many cards as you can between 9 May and 1 July. Last year we were able to purchase valuable resources for the Harbeck Centre.  Woolworths are again partnering with Modern Teaching Aids which means we can choose across categories including mathematics & English resources, science equipment, arts & crafts materials, sports gear etc.  Happy collecting! Shari McKeown

Thinker in Residence
The Department for Communities in partnership with the Commissioner for Children and Young People, the Western Australia Council of Social Service (WACOSS) and Child Australia will present an Information Session for Parents on self regulation on Wednesday 6 June 2012, from 7.00pm to 8.30pm at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School located in Elliott Road, Karrinyup. This session will also be of interest to educators and practitioners. While there is no charge for the event, prior registration is essential.

Parent Information Session

Thursday 26 July 7.00 to 8.30pm
These presentations are easy to understand, thorough, non-technical and informative.
They cover a range of issues including:

  • The ways children use the internet and emerging technologies
  • Potential risks faced by children when online such as cyber bullying, identity theft, inappropriate contact and exposure to inappropriate content
  • Tips and strategies to help children stay safe online
Please register your attendance at the front office in the administration building.
Brett McKenzie
ICT Coordinator

Teachers are loving the Aussie Farmers Direct boxes (mid size: 26.5cm x 36.5cm x 21cm). They are being put to all sorts of uses all over the school. If any families have any to spare, we would happily recycle them. They can be delivered to the library, from where they will be found new homes. Looking forward to seeing you. Madeleine Galbraith

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The Principal's Message

The Year 7 students enjoyed 3 days of action packed activities at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp.
We had a great response from the community (151 votes) and the voting was extremely close. I would like to acknowledge all candidates and congratulate the newly elected board members Peter Ficko, Michael Jenkin, Shari McKeown, Jodi Taylor, Kerrily Waters and staff members Yvonne Leonzini , Brett McKenzie and Lorena Rock.
NAPLAN testing is being conducted this week with students in Years 3,5 and 7. This testing provides data which we use to assess trends within the school and support individual learning requirements.
  • To encourage correct use of the Kiss n Drive on Killarney Street, every child has been given a Kiss n Drive Colouring Competition poster. The competition will be judged by Year 7 Student Councillors and prizes will be awarded for each Year group. Entries should be returned to the classroom teacher by 3.00pm on Friday 25 May and results will be published in the newsletter on Tuesday 29 May. Many thanks to Felicity and Jason Trevenen from Kaboom Toons for desigining the poster and donating some prizes.
  • The tiger turf in the junior school is booked for hockey training on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons after school. Children should not play in this area during training.
  • Please remind your children to use the footbridge over Scarborough Beach Road, do not cross the road.
Applications are now being accepted for enrolment into Kindergarten, Pre-primary and Year 1 for 2013. Application forms are available on the school website or from the school office. You will need to provide a copy of your child's Birth Certificate, Immunisation Records, and current Proof of Residence with your application. Applications close on 3 August 2012.

The possibility of our school participating in School Banking was raised at the last P&C meeting. The program teaches children the all-important skills of money management and saving.  Like many of the programs at the school, the banking program requires volunteers to coordinate the program. If you are interested in more information please contact Kylie Petrou via email
  • Written Summative Report (DET prescribed)
  • Interviews on a needs basis
  • Case Conferences for SAER
  • Reporting to parents -  including phone calls, emails and letters
Year 6 Room 17 students Chloe and Ciara have both won scholarships for Year 7. Chloe will be attending Perth College and Ciara is going to St Mary's.
Students from the Year 6 Cardinals Football Club played at the Dockers game last Sunday at half time. It was a serious atmosphere in the rooms before the game!
Thank you to the 75% of families who have paid voluntary contributions for 2012. If you have not made a contribution, payments are gratefully accepted via cash, cheque or credit card at the school office. Accounts for activities in Term 2 are now due; please send payment via the classroom teacher or to the office.  Marjorie Commijs
Sophie from Year 4 Room 15 participated in the Little Feet walk to raise funds for Australia Doctors in Africa. Sophie raised over $1200.00 and won the trophy for raising the highest amount.

A tip from
Nicholas and Jacob

Year 2 Room 7
Switch all your appliances like kettles and toasters off at the wall when they are not being used.

Perseverance is being steadfast and persistent. You commit to your goals and overcome obstacles, no matter how long it takes. When you persevere, you don't give keep going.Like a strong ship in a storm, you don't become battered or blown off course. You just ride the waves.

Waterwise Tip

Did you know...

Australia is the driest continent in the world.

Thank you for your involvement in the school battery program. All of the schools involved in the program have collected 622kg of batteries for recycling during Term 1, which has really made a difference to waste and saved precious materials, energy and water. From 46 schools participating in the program, Mount Hawthorn Primary collected 36kgs, second only to Goollelal Primary which collected 38kgs. We are now collecting for Term 2, so keep up the good work and deposit your used batteries in the bin in the Harbeck Library! Jeff Thompson
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