Congratulations to our Year 6 and 7 Student Leaders.
I would like to welcome the executive P&C line up for this coming year and thank all those who put their hand up to get involved.
Tim Swart, Vice-president:
Alex Castle, Treasurer:
Rachelle Rose, Secretary:
Graeme Gleeson, P&C Representative School Board –
– Alex Castle, Exec:
Vidya Findlay, Exec:
Ali Fisher, Exec:
Justine Daly, Exec:
Justine Spencer, Exec:
Anthony Ellis, Exec:
Helen Davey, Exec:
Maree Pickens, Exec
: Kylie Petrou, Exec
: Lesley Abraham.
I would also like to thank the P&C line up from 2013. The team went above and beyond to create fantastic fundraising events that became a highlight for many, not just on the school’s social calendar, but also to the wider community. The film nights and the fair were hugely successful and this is down to the time and effort from volunteers in the P&C. Your efforts are invaluable to the school and we greatly appreciate the support.
Thanks to the many families who have already paid their voluntary contributions. This gives the school the ability to purchase new resources and equipment for the classrooms and especially in the times of budget cuts, we are very grateful.
PARENT LIAISONS MEETING – DATE CHANGE
the date for the Parent Liaison class representatives meetings has been changed
to Wednesday, 12 February at 9.00am or 2.20pm
. This gives parents of children attending the Faction Swimming Carnival the opportunity to attend the afternoon session.
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
Parent teacher interviews for Pre-primary to Year 7 will be held on Monday, 28 April between 12.00 and 6.00pm. Kindy interviews will be held on Monday, 28 April and Tuesday, 29 April. Please Note - Students do not attend school on these days.
CHILDREN WALKING THROUGH STAFF CAR PARKS
I would like to reinforce the importance of children not walking through the staff car parks at any time. These areas are designated as “out of bounds” as a safety precaution and we would appreciate if you could please support us in this matter.
BETTER BEGINNINGS PROGRAM
Better Beginnings has been developed by the State Library of Western Australia as a family literacy program that supports parents as their children’s first teacher. It works through strong partnerships with public libraries, local governments, health professionals and schools. Every local government in Western Australia offers the program to families in their communities - from providing the free books and reading packs to running regular baby rhyme time sessions in libraries. All our Kindy and Pre-primary students are eligible to receive a free book pack. The packs will be presented to the students in Week 7 (Pre-primary), Weeks 8 and 9 (Kindy) during class time by Mrs Liz Connell, City of Vincent Librarian. We invite and encourage parents to attend the session to listen to the importance of developing an interest in literacy at an early age and to how the local libraries support this in the community.
Please click HERE
for further information. Session times will be advertised through the individual classes, liaison parents and class notice boards. Sample packs are available for viewing in the Harbeck Library.
SCHOOL BOARD NEWS
The Board's structure
If you are new to the campus, you may not be aware that the Mt Hawthorn Primary School and the Mt Hawthorn Education Support Centre ("the Schools") have been Independent Public Schools ("IPS") since the start of Term 2 2011. The School Education Act 1999 ("the Act") provides that every school must have a School Council. School Councils at IPS schools are referred to as School Boards – but only to make a distinction between schools with IPS status and those without.
Because of the close relationship and rapport between the Schools, and their close proximity, we successfully applied to the Minister to have a joint Board serving and supporting both Schools. Your Board currently has 11 members as follows:
2 x Principals of the Schools (Board members by virtue of their positions)
5 x Parent reps (elected by parents of students at the Schools)
3 x Staff reps (elected by staff of the Schools)
1 x P & C representative (elected by the P & C)
Elections for Board positions will be held at the start of Term 2 – with expressions of interest in being called for at the end of Term 1. From this year, Board members will serve a 2-year term. The Board Chair is elected by members of the Board and will continue to hold office for 12-month terms.
The Board's role
The Board is governed by the Act and by its "Terms of Reference". Board members are also required to observe the Board's "Code of Conduct". Copies of the Terms of Reference and the Code (plus a link to the Act) are available on the Schools' website.
The Board's role is very clearly set out in the Act. We are required to help the Schools deliver a quality education experience to our children by:
- establishing and reviewing the goals, priorities and policies of the Schools;
- planning for and approving School budgets;
- evaluating the performance of our Schools in achieving the goals set; and
- promoting our Schools within community.
It is important to note that Act prevents the Board from getting involved in the management and/or control of the Schools. What this means is that management decisions that affect the Schools are taken solely by the Principals in accordance with relevant departmental policy. So whereas the Board's focus is more strategic and "big picture", the Principals are responsible to the Director General of Education for running their respective school in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner.
What has the Board been up to recently?
Some of the things your Board has been working on include:
- developing a communications plan to help guide the way we interact with the campus community;
- developing a commendation scheme to enable the Board to recognise outstanding acts and/or conduct by students, parents, staff and community members;
- coordinating the consultation process that led to the introduction of the revised Dress Code at the Mt Hawthorn Primary Schools;
- monitoring the budgets of the Schools;
- working on the campus behavior management policy
- working on issues relating to the campus master plan; and
- working on the school reporting policy.
Watch this space for more information and updates about the board's important work.
Your Board meets approximately 6 times during the year on Wednesday evenings. All of our meetings are open and we warmly welcome you to come along and see what occurs at these meetings.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions at: email@example.com
and I will be more than happy to pass on your comments to Board members. Kind regards, Michael Jenkin - Chair
CONTACT INFORMATION UPDATE
Please notify the office via email
if your contact details have changed. We may need to contact you in case of emergency or if you have a sick child.