Issue 43 23 July  2013
Mount Hawthorn Primary School Newsletter

Dates to Remember

*Please note - the dates for the Athletics Carnival Days have changed, please refer to the school website for current information.

Just a reminder that applications for Kindy and Pre-primary close at the end of the week. To ensure your child's placement for 2014, please have your applications in by Friday, 26 July

Friday 26th
Lapathon PP-Yr 7
Close of enrolments for 2014

Monday 29th
Literacy and Numeracy week
Maths Tabloids Years 4-7
Wednesday 31st

Maths Tabloids Years 4-7

Thursday 1st
Pre-primary Parent Information Session- Protective Behaviours
Tuesday 6th
Author in residence, Matt Ottley
Wednesday 7th
Author in residence

The following dates are also Pupil Free School Development Days:
Monday 14 October
Friday 20 December

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


Community Noticeboard

Positive Parenting Sessions
Dr Helen Street (pictured) will be running a series of three talks on Positive Parenting in the next few weeks.
“Life Overload”, “Is my Child Okay?” and “Motivation for life Long Learning”
For times, dates and venue details, please click here

Parent Portal on school Website
Log in to the Sport Portal for latest Information:
1. Join a Basketball Team - Ages 8 – 17 at Loftus Community Centre.
2. Join a T Ball Team – Woodlands Tee-Ball Club is seeking new members for the 2013/2014 season.

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Owl Fever is Over
Well it seems that our resident owl, Arnie, is no longer in residence – he has spread his wings to greener pastures (or bigger mice).
Arnie kindly hung out with us for all of Term 2 and during his time on campus, he inspired the children to create brilliant masterpieces in class using a variety of mediums. We all thoroughly enjoyed having him to visit and perhaps he will visit us again in the future. We wish him all the best in his new nest.
Owlsta la vista, Arnie!
Final Owl Jokes
Q. What books do owls read?
A. Hoot Dunnits
Q. Why did the owl say “tweet, tweet”?
A. He didn’t give a hoot
The Principal's Message
I hope everyone enjoyed the mid year break and a special welcome to the new families who are commencing this term. We have a very busy 10 weeks planned with the focus on preparing for the School Athletics Carnival scheduled for Thursday, 12 September.
In my role as Principal I enjoy many rewarding experiences and last term I had the pleasure of being invited to the Opus Concert. The concert showcases exceptional musical performances by students in Western Australia’s schools and our band was the only primary school invited to perform. Our students performed magnificently to a full Concert Hall under the guidance of conductor Nikki Turner and, in my humble opinion, stole the show! The music program at Mount Hawthorn continues to provide amazing opportunities for our students with the Choir, Orchestra and Band performing at Crown Perth on 12 and 14 August.
Selected students from Years 4 to 7 were invited to take part in the Interschool Cross Country held at City Beach Primary School on Thursday, 27 June. We had fabulous weather and congratulations to all those students who took part. The course proved to be a little challenging in parts but all competitors completed it well. Our Year 7 students shone on the day with all students placing well and Jacob winning the event for the Year 7 boys. Mount Hawthorn came second out of the four schools, being Wembley (the winners), City Beach and Kapinara Primary Schools.
A lovely sunny winter’s afternoon set the scene for the Kindy Sundowner on Friday, 28 June. It was organised by the P&C to welcome our new families to the Mount Hawthorn community and to acknowledge the efforts of all the agencies that have recently supported us in the establishment of the new classroom and development of the grounds. A framed picture was presented to the City of Vincent Mayor, Alannah MacTiernan, by the student councillors and our famous cookbooks were presented to the Department of Education representatives who were pivotal in establishing the new class at the start of 2013. Parents, staff, students and community members all lined up for a delicious sausage in a bun and then enjoyed a play and a run on our fabulous new turf and bike track. A relaxing and enjoyable time was had by all. Thank you to our P&C for their organisation and catering.  Lorena Rock
Band Camp was a great success with 58 students from Mount Hawthorn, Kyilla and Jolimont Primary Schools attending Ern Halliday on 22 and 23 July, 2013.  The children, from Years 5 to 7, were all able to have lots of Band practice, under the direction of both Nikki Turner and Dale Pointen, along with other fun activities, such as Blue Earth, Crate Climbing, Lost Pilot, roasting marshmallows at the camp fire, a disco and fun exploring in the bush with torches. We would like to thank all the parents who helped with jobs both leading up to and during the camp; without you the time would not have been so successful. A massive thank you must also go out to all the students who were an absolute pleasure during the entire camp. We loved every minute….and have already started planning for next year. Dee Donachie and Philippa Adams
NAIDOC Week was celebrated in style at Mount Hawthorn Primary School. The week incorporated dance, history, unity, Noongar language and a few laughs together with a very important message. The idea came from the wonderful Year 3 students from Room 36 and Balga High School SNSEP students who have been working together for the past 2 terms, involved in an Indigenous Awareness Program.The performances showcased the learning both schools have undertaken including a traditional dance called the Honey Bee Dance that was taught and performed by the SNSEP and Year 3 boys. The boys were lucky enough to be painted and looked fantastic on the day. Balga Senior High School and our Year 3 students and teachers should be congratulated on the way they carried out the performance and the important message they gave. Bree Rampal
In keeping with the theme of our healthy exercise programs, the P&C would like to inject even more enthusiasm for running and exercise in all classes from Pre-primary to Year 7 with a fundraising Lapathon. Each student from Pre-primary to Year 7 will have received a sponsorship form to collect sponsorship from relatives and family friends. Could all money collected be returned on Monday, Wednesday or Friday next week to the class teacher. Please place the money and form in an envelope with your child's name, room number and the amount enclosed printed on the front. For more information regarding the Lapathon, click here
It’s on again! Students and teachers from Years 4 and 5 invite you to a sizzling display of fast paced, fun packed Maths Games involving the use of dice, cards and dominoes.
When:  Wednesday, 31 July from 9.00am until 10.30am. Students (in their year groups) will be divided into groups. The games will begin at 9.00am and groups will rotate within and between classes every 10 minutes to play a new game. Come for the whole 90 minutes or just pop in for 10 minutes to watch your child have fun while practicing their maths skills.
Year 4/5 Team
Science will be celebrated during Week 4, Term 3, 12 to 16 August. During Science Week we would like parents and friends to come into the school and run some information sessions or activities with the students. Science may be a huge part of your profession and we would love for you to share that with the children. Get involved with the children and staff at Mount Hawthorn Primary School and celebrate Science Week 2013! The Science Committee
Time to Update Students
Individual Medical Action Plans
An up-to-date Health Care Authorisation is required for all students with identified health care needs. This information will be made available to all staff that may have responsibility for the student.  Students with Individual Medical Action Plans had their current information sent home last term. Please update, amend, sign the information and return this to school by Friday, 26 July 2013. Many thanks, Louise Swain
Twenty five years ago Mount Hawthorn Junior Primary School closed a time capsule as part of its 50th Anniversary Celebrations.  The capsule was in the form of a wooden box and included letters from a number of parents to students of 1988. This box will be opened at Mount Hawthorn Primary School on Saturday, 9 November, 2013 at 12.00pm. Parents and students are welcome to come to pick up their letters as well as enjoy the biannual Mount Hawthorn Fair. Further information contact: Maureen Seal Ph: 9444 3041 or Glenda Inkpen Ph: 9383 9126
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