Annual Report 2010 - Mount Hawthorn Primary School

Annual Report 2010 - Mount Hawthorn Primary School

Mount Hawthorn Primary School Annual Report 2010 1 Killarney Street, Mt Hawthorn WA 6016 • Phone: 9242 3677 • Fax: 9242 3682 Website: www.mounthawtho...

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Mount Hawthorn Primary School

Annual Report 2010 1 Killarney Street, Mt Hawthorn WA 6016 • Phone: 9242 3677 • Fax: 9242 3682 Website: www.mounthawthornps.wa.edu.au

From the Principal's desk  Dale Mackesey, Principal It has been another very busy year at Mount Hawthorn with many highlights which have been included in this annual report. The Building Education Revolution program has placed constraints on play areas but the students have been magnificent and continued to 'skip to school'.

In 2010 the school was reviewed by the Expert Review Group after being identified as having performance of a consistently high standard. A thorough and rigorous examination of the school’s performance data and processes was undertaken by a team from the Department of Education. After careful consideration of the report the Director General Sharyn O’Neill endorsed Mount Hawthorn's status as a school demonstrating exemplary performance. This recognition reinforces that during 2010 we have been on the right pathway with our self assessment processes. The staff has focussed on formulating a Literacy Policy and looking at aspects of the National Curriculum that can further help to raise the bar for all students at Mount Hawthorn. This work will continue throughout 2011 with staff planning in teaching hubs to identify strategies focussing on the school strategic plan. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the staff who continue to adapt to the many changes occurring in education, while never losing sight of the need for explicit teaching, and catering for the individual needs of the students in their care. Our students led by our Year 7 leaders have again demonstrated their talents in a all areas of their schooling. It has also been very pleasing to see many of our ex-students achieving success in the next stage of their schooling. I would also like to thank the many parents who volunteer in so many ways to support the school. This support gives our school a head start and is valued by both students and staff. O O O

Waste Wise Worms!

Kindy Red and Kindy Blue

Kindy Blue and Kindy Red have been investigating our Kindy Worm Farm, as part of our school waste wise focus. We looked at the waste that we created, with our Kindy fruit scraps. The fruit and vegetables that we love to eat each day make our bodies healthy. There are parts of the fruit though that we do not eat, like the apple pips and banana skins. We fed our worms the scraps that are left over after we have finished our morning tea. Before we did so, we had to put on gloves and sorted our scraps and took out the orange peels, as we discovered that the worms did not like eating citrus fruits. After we had fed them, we dug down further into our multi layer plastic cylinder container and saw the worms wiggling below the surface. Trent from Kindy Red said “I saw a worm on a carrot. He was sliding around and eating it. Worms like eating carrots!” We discovered that the worms are sun smart creatures, who do everything they can to stay out of the sun and move away from the light. We did get out our magnifying glasses to be able to get a close up look at the worms. Ruby from Kindy Red shared with her friends “We have a worm farm at my house. When my baby brother doesn’t eat his wheat bix, we put it into our worm farm.” The worms dig down into the different layers of the worm farm and eat our fruit waste and produce worm juice and solids. Our Kindy Blue friend Emerson verbalised “The poo and wee goes down to the next layer. The wee goes into the bucket. These we put onto the garden to make our garden grow so nicely.” Natarsha, from Kindy Blue exclaimed “The worms need a nappy, but they are too small!” We enjoyed reading our big book the “Wiggly Worm” by Jill Eggleton. Later we created our very own wiggly worms when we cut up spiral worm shapes to hang up in our classroom. We learnt about the expression “The early bird catches the worm!” We all try to be early birds to kindy! O O O

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Co-operative Learning!

Kindy Green and Kindy Yellow

Co-operative Learning is a focus of MHPS’s Instructional Strategies Plan, and an important part of the learning program in kindergarten. The Kindergarten Yellow and Green children have been learning and practising the “Think Pair Share” co-operative learning strategy. The children are given a point of discussion or a problem to solve. First, they think about their own ideas (“Think”), before sharing their ideas with their partner (“Pair”). One person in the pair then shares the pair’s discussions (“Share”) before completing their co-operative task. Here, the children were given a Maths challenge. In their pairs, they were asked to decide on a pattern to be made from recycled materials. They thought about their pattern, discussed it in pairs, shared with the class and then produced their pattern together. This type of activity shows how learning in Early Childhood integrates many learning areas. Through this activity, children were practising oral language, co-operative skills, manipulative skills and maths concepts (patterning), while learning about recycling at the same time! OOO

Top Left: The children discuss how they will approach their pattern-making. Left: Setting to work to complete the co-operative patterning task. Right: Recycled items from which children could choose to make their patterns.

“Star Trekkin” Through the Universe PP1  On Friday 17th September, the Starship Enterprise landed at MHPS to the music of Monty Python’s “Space Song.” The crew shared important facts about our solar system. Every member imparted a scientific fact in a confident, enthusiastic and at times humorous manner. Their visit ended in a song and dance. Of course!!! They sang the well known song “Star Trekkin.” It was a successful mission indeed. O O O

2010 - The Year That…

PP2

Anna and Lily enjoyed reading and listening to The Ugly Duckling and many other traditional tales. Jack and James enjoyed learning about space. Luke liked spray painting his rocket. Blake, Sinead and Owen all loved learning how to read and write. In PP2 we love to cook. Sacha remembers making Rocky Road. Tyrone loved our Pizzas and Ben A helped crack the egg for our Fried Rice. Callum thought Mrs Holland’s Apple Crumble tasted like lollies! We went to the Zoo, Dylan and Charlie loved the monkeys and Lee wants to help the Zoo keeper look after the Giraffes. Craft is a huge aspect of our curriculum. We made instruments out of recycled objects. The Big Base Drum was Rachel’s favourite. We performed with our instruments at the assembly. Ben S loved talking in the microphone and Nicholas got interviewed by Mr Mackesey! Chloe and Maddie F loved moving into our new classroom. It has an awesome home corner that Zara and Laura like to play in. Georgia and Maddy O made lots of new friends; Maddy P learnt how to count in French. Mia and Kaden learnt so much that Miss Grace nearly had to send them to Year 1 early! We all loved the Pre-Primary Bluearth rotations especially games like Farmer Sam! What a busy and exciting year we had in PP2. O O O

Exploring Space

PP3

On Thursday 26th August the students in PP3 went on an excursion to Scitech for National Science week. The students had been learning about space which Scitech was featuring so they were very excited. The morning began with a visit to the Planetarium where the children were surrounded by the stars and planets and finished with a team of wacky aliens on an animated adventure through the solar system. They also learnt about weather on Earth and other planets. Next the students learnt about the big meteorite that crashed to Earth and caused the extinction of the Dinosaurs. To top off an informative morning of learning, the children engaged in Discovery land and had the opportunity to pursue their natural curiosity with hands on learning.

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We all had a wonderful time, even the bus trip was fun.

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Western Australian Literacy And Numeracy Testing 2010 (Naplan) In 2010 the NAPLAN testing took place for all Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 students throughout Australia. The tables below indicate the 2010 NAPLAN testing results in Reading, Punctuation & Grammar, Spelling, Writing and Numeracy. Performance growth comparisons of students from Year 3 to 5, from Year 5 to 7 is based on student matching rather than cohort matching and like-school comparisons are based on the SEI (Socio Economic Index). The SEI is an index of socio-economic disadvantage and has five dimensions - education, occupation, Aboriginality, family income and single parent family.

Proficiency Band

state

like schools

school

state

6-10

33%

21%

9%

61%

37%

19%

36%

25%

12%

31%

20%

11%

55%

38%

20%

5

42%

27%

19%

15%

21%

16%

31%

29%

21%

30%

28%

19%

28%

27%

21%

4

19%

24%

21%

22%

23%

23%

27%

33%

34%

20%

27%

23%

11%

18%

18%

3

4%

21%

27%

3%

11%

16%

4%

9%

18%

14%

17%

21%

5%

9%

14%

2

1%

6%

17%

0%

6%

15%

1%

3%

7%

5%

5%

15%

0%

5%

13%

1

0%

1%

6%

0%

2%

9%

0%

2%

6%

0%

2%

9%

0%

3%

13%

like schools

state

school

like schools

Punctuation

school

Spelling

state

Writing

like schools

school

state

like schools

school

state

Reading

like schools

Number

like schools

school

state

like schools

year 3 results

school

Proficiency Bands Test results are reported on a scale from Band 1 to Band 10. The achievement scale represents increasing levels of skills and understandings.

Proficiency Band 8-10

15%

16%

7%

25%

22%

11%

16%

14%

6%

10%

11%

6%

17%

18%

9%

7

34%

28%

14%

29%

21%

12%

14%

21%

11%

34%

30%

17%

42%

36%

22%

6

29%

27%

22%

24%

26%

20%

52%

40%

32%

37%

34%

24%

19%

21%

18%

5

19%

22%

31%

8%

19%

25%

14%

19%

24%

12%

16%

26%

20%

19%

22%

4

3%

6%

17%

8%

9%

17%

5%

4%

16%

7%

7%

16%

0%

5%

16%

1-3

0%

1%

8%

5%

3%

14%

0%

2%

10%

0%

2%

10%

2%

2%

12%

like schools

state

school

like schools

Punctuation

school

Spelling

state

Writing

state

school

state

Reading

like schools

Number

like schools

school

state

like schools

year 5 results

school

In Year 3, Band 2 represents the national minimum standard for this year level.

Proficiency Band

Number

Reading

Writing

Spelling

state

school

state

like schools

school

state

like schools

year 7 results

school

In Year 5, Band 4 represents the national minimum standard for this year level.

Punctuation

9-10

21%

27%

11%

16%

19%

8%

24%

16%

7%

9%

17%

7%

13%

19%

9%

8

39%

30%

15%

40%

35%

19%

20%

29%

18%

36%

32%

19%

27%

18%

12%

7

22%

28%

27%

31%

27%

26%

31%

26%

21%

31%

27%

28%

36%

13%

26%

6

11%

12%

25%

9%

14%

23%

20%

22%

31%

20%

16%

22%

18%

20%

25%

5

4%

3%

15%

4%

4%

16%

4%

6%

12%

4%

6%

13%

4%

7%

12%

1-4

2%

0%

5%

0%

3%

6%

0%

1%

9%

0%

1%

9%

2%

3%

15%

In Year 7, Band 5 represents the national minimum standard for this year level.

Western Australian Science & S & E Testing 2010 (WAMSE) In 2010 testing took place in the Science and Society & Environment learning areas for all Year 7 and 5 students in all Western Australian schools. Comparative data against like schools is yet to be published. Further information regarding this data will be available in 2011. 3

National Reporting Requirements ATTENDANCE RATE AND STAFF RETENTION RATE In 2010 staff members remained the same across year levels K - 7 and some rotated classes. Current staffing allocations for the MHPS are detailed in the table below. NO.

FTE

1

1.0

Deputy Principals

2

1.4



3

2.4



ADMINISTRATION STAFF Principals

Total Administration



teaching STAFF



Level 3 teachers

3

2.8



Teachers

35

25.9



Total teaching staff

38

28.7



SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF



Clerical/administrative

4

2.4



Gardening maintenance

2

0.9



Other non-teaching staff

12

7.3



Total school support staff

18

10.6

59

41.8

Total

STAFF QUALIFICATIONS All the teaching staff meet the requirements to teach in Western Australian schools and are registered with the Western Australian College of teaching. STAFF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING All teaching staff have engaged in professional learning linked to the system priorities and school priorities and included: Reporting to Parents, Curriculum Management, Drug Awareness, Medical Anaphylaxis, CMS, Instructional Intelligence, Lexile, Mathletics, Wastewise and Bluearth. PARENT, STUDENT and TEACHER SATISFACTION Results of teacher and student surveys conducted in Semester 1 reflect the positive outcomes of our teaching and learning programs, which are designed for students’ needs and interests. All parties reported favourably to all questions.

ANNUAL BUDGET EXPENDITURE 2010 A copy of the complete budget is available on request.

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STUDENT ATTENDANCE RATES

school

state



2009

95.6%

92.9%



2010

95.1%

92.9%

DESTINATION HIGH SCHOOLS Mount Hawthorn Primary School had 47 students in Year 7 in 2009. 77% of students will attend a Government High School in 2010; 12 students to Churchlands, 16 to Mt. Lawley, 7 to Shenton College, 1 to Applecross Senior High School and 3 to Perth Modern School.

What a SENSE-ational Year!

Year 1 Room 1

WE SAW: ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ DVD, ANZAC Cottage, Zoo animals, play called ‘the Bremen Town Musicians’. Elephants Toothpaste, a science show. WE TASTED: Home made bread, vegetable soup, home made ice cream, crocodile meat, kangaroo meat, watermelon, Easter Eggs, birthday cupcakes. WE HEARD: ‘Come Play a Part’ for Simultaneous Singing Day, the Dockers Song, The ANZAC Song, The Canadian National Anthem. WE TOUCHED: Fish skin, bark, gumnuts, rough and smooth surfaces around the school. WE PLAYED: Snowball, POP, Heads Down Thumbs UP, Blockbuster, SNAP CRACKLE POP, Buzz Off, Bluearth, Around the World, Sports for the Carnival. Carwash, Galaxy Maths, The Computers. WE VISITED: Our Year 4 buddy class, ANZAC Cottage, Perth Zoo, Hills Forest, Menzies Park, Beatty Park. WE LEARNT: Dinosaurs, African savannah, platypuses, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, birds, toucans, rainforests, Australian animals. O O O Room 1 enjoying delicious juicy watermelon

Virtues Circle Year 1 Room 3

In Year 1, Room 3 we practise the Virtues – the Virtues are what’s good about us. We start each day with a Virtues Circle which reminds us to be the best we can be.

Hills Forest Adventure

The theme for our Assembly was based on the Virtue of Friendliness. We sang a song called “Friendly Feet”, we talked about what makes a good friend and we sang and danced with our Year 6 buddies. It was awesome! O O O

by Molly, Year 1 Room 2 On Monday room 2 and room 11 went to the Hills Forest and how room 2 and room 11 got there was on a bus and it took an hour to get there. What we did was we did a treasure hunt and it was fun. I held a joey. We saw the snotty gobble tree and we saw the jarrah tree and lots of other things too. It was a great excursion because we got to learn lots of things about the forest. And it was really fun and interesting. O O O

Year 4/5 Faction Cricket, Football and T-ball This year Faction sports were trialled for year4&5 sport. It added that extra edge to the faction competition and the children very quickly improved their game skills as they worked hard for their team. Menzies won the cricket, Axford won the footy and as this goes to press the T’ball is yet to be decided. However we are all winners when we work together and do our best for our faction. O O O

National Solar Schools Program The 2008 Australian Government’s Green Vouchers for Schools programme offered grants to schools to assist them in improving their energy and water efficiency. The objectives of the Green Vouchers for Schools program was to provide a practical, on-ground opportunity for schools to improve their energy and water efficiency, and to increase student awareness of energy and water efficiency solutions in schools. The National Solar Schools Program has now replaced the Green Vouchers for Schools program. On behalf of the P&C, Alistair Putt, one of our parents applied for, and gained a $50 000 Green Voucher Grant. This grant was used to install a series of solar panels on the roof of the computer laboratory. Another Western Australian Solar Schools grant of $12 000 will be used to further increase the number of panels. The Year 4 and 5 classes, under the leadership of Carolynne Thomas and Jeff Thompson will be involved in teaching and learning programs based on energy efficiency as well as the monitoring of energy return to the grid. O O O 5

We Know How to Stay Safe Year 1 Room 11 We have been learning about Safety Houses in Room 11 and this is what we found out. What is a Safety House? - It is a place where you can get help. Where can you find a Safety House? - Look for the Safety House sign on a fence or letter box. Who can use a Safety House? - Anyone who is going to or coming home from school can use one. When do you use a Safety House? - When you are frightened by strangers, bullies or animals or when you are lost or hurt. How do you use a Safety House? - Knock on the door and ask for help. It’s a really good idea to know your parents’ phone numbers or have them in your bag. We watched a Safety House play which we really enjoyed and some of us entered the competitions that were run during the Safety House Week. Ba-Nang won a prize! We think we know a lot about Safety Houses and we’re glad that we have some in Mount Hawthorn, but we hope we never have to use one! O O O

Edu-Dance

Father's Day

By Alexandra and Arden Year 7 Room 21 Edu-Dance is a dance program girls and boys from Kindy to Yr 7 and can assist in choreography for school productions, musicals and end of year concerts. Edu-Dance is not a ballroom dancing program but a creative dance program with the emphasis being fitness and fun. Mount Hawthorn students take part in these classes every week of term 4 and present a performance of what they have learnt at the end of the term. Our students love this program for its fun and energetic vibe. Mrs Voysey, our Edu-Dance teacher, has been encouraging our student to achieve their personal best. Some of the dances taught by Disco Duck, Smooth Criminal, The Bartman, Blue and Blame It on the Boogie, all of which are so much fun to be a part of. O O O

School Canteen The school canteen changed 5 years ago to be a healthier canteen and follows the regulations set for all schools. It is a really healthy canteen and all of the children at the school enjoy the food. The menu ranges from fish and chips to sushi and from spring rolls to cheesies. At the school canteen you can order a lunch and/or buy something from the canteen at recess or lunch such as cheesies or juice boxes. The WA Health Traffic Light System Healthy Choices WA Food and Nutrition Policy uses a ‘traffic light’ colour system of food categorisation to identify and promote foods and drinks. Our school canteen follows this system perfectly and is therefore one of WA’s leading canteens in healthy foods. Under the traffic light system, food and drink is classified into categories based on their nutritional value, energy density and levels of saturated fat, added sugar, salt and fibre. For example, green light foods are healthy foods that can be sold and eaten all day, orange light foods are foods that are not that unhealthy but are still classified as a sometimes food. And of course there are the red light foods. These foods are snacks like biscuits and cake and are only allowed as a treat only once a week. Everyone appreciates the canteen ladies who work very hard. They really enjoy their job and have been doing it for ages. All the children really appreciate their hard work. O O O 6

By Adam and Henry Year 7 Room 21

Kalamunda Historical Village Year 2 Room 7 Excursion  In Term 1 of 2010, the students from Room 7 attended the Kalamunda Historical Village as part of our Society and Environment studies to observe and participate in activities from the past.

Science Week 

Year 2 Room 6

Room 6 had great fun with their buddy class Room 15 Year 5 during Science Week. They conducted four experiments. The most exciting experiment was the Dancing Sultanas. For this experiment the children put sultanas in a cup and poured lemonade over them. The sultanas then started to move and each pair had to focus on one sultana and observe and draw where it moved. The other three experiments were Lemons, Minties and Classroom materials. All the children, teachers and the two parent helpers had great fun and also learnt lots about Science. O O O

Mother's Day

At the Historical Village, all the students with the teachers and the parent helpers: • Ground wheat for the animals and made signs for the fruit boxes • Learned how to wash clothes and use a wringer to squeeze out the water • Sorted the fruit into different sizes in the fruit packing shed. • Washed utensils in a bowl using homemade soap. • Did ironing with an oldfashioned iron • Tore up newspaper like they used to do in the olden days. In the olden days they used the newspaper as toilet paper. • Learnt about the farm machinery that was pulled by horses. • Went to the old Kalamunda Post Office to post our letters to our mums and dads. • Had lots of fun blowing bubbles with home-made bubble blowers. • Saw the kitchen, the baby’s bedroom, and the lounge room in the old homestead. • Had a lesson in the original school room. It was a fantastic day. We all had loads of fun, learning and playing with our classmates. O O O

Book Week 2010

Year 2 Room 4

This year’s theme for book week was ‘Across the Story Bridge’’ The students enjoyed listening to ‘The Terrible Plop’ read to them by Ms Gower. They used scenes from the story to create a ‘story bridge’ that we put up in the classroom. In class we read ‘Mr Chicken Goes to Paris’, and have followed up with both technology and maths activities. We all thoroughly enjoyed the performance of the ‘Musicians of Breman’, and compared the differences in the storyline between the performance and the traditional folktale which we read in class. The highlight of the week was dressing up as character from a favourite book! O O O

Jesse from Toy Story

Luke Skywalker

The Birthday Fairy

Harry Potter

‘Megs’

The Grand High Witch

King Arthur

A princess from the ‘Tiara Club’

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Bluearth Fridays

Year 3 Room 5

We started the year with enthusiasm and curiosity as to what Bluearth was all about. Josh was our instructor and before we knew it he had us running, tagging, chasing, throwing, catching, jumping, hopping, skipping, dodging, imagining, relaxing, stretching, breathing, straining, hurting, laughing, yelling, squealing, balancing, encouraging and experimenting. We learnt fun, new and exciting games and different ways to stretch our bodies. We learnt balancing positions and how to just be totally still and silent. We have learnt how to challenge ourselves and give everything a go. Everyone is included and involved come rain or shine. Some of us even do these games and balancing poses at home. We tell our family about the cool games we’ve learnt to play.

Buongiorno everyone! 

Signora Delia Curetan

We have been having a great time in Italian class this year. All students seem to be interested in learning about a foreign country and it’s culture, language and...food - Italian food: buonissimo! :) I have certainly enjoyed sharing my passion and knowledge of Italy with the students at Mount Hawthorn Primary School. I wish you all "Buone Vacanze" - Happy Holidays and "Buon Natale"- Merry Christmas! O O O

We sometimes get to do the sessions with the children from Room 3 in the Ed support. We enjoy partnering up with them because we don’t get to see them very often and it’s good to get to know them. We like Josh because he is friendly. He does a ‘Donald Duck’ voice sometimes which is quite funny. When he is serious he gets us to think about our actions and intentions. We had Bluearth sessions during the sports carnival and the whole school (and some parents too) were able to participate in some Bluearth games and get a taste of what we enjoy every Friday! Josh and Mrs Murphy join in the games and we like it when Josh is our partner because he’s really fast and good at the games. We look forward to Fridays because they are our Bluearth days. OOO

Above: Year 3 and 5 students with their "bellissimi" menus in Italian. Right: Some of the remarkable posters students created on their "Italian city".

Year 3 Class Excursions

Year 3 Rooms 8 & 10

The Year 3 classes have been on three excursions this year. In Term 1, we went to Herdsman Lake and Lake Monger to study our water systems and also to find as many minibeasts as we could as part of our Minibeasts theme. At Herdsman Lake, we went scooping for minibeasts. Some groups found dragonfly nymphs, water fleas, wire worms, scuds and even gobies. We saw a lot of bird life such as swans, black ducks, coots, crested grebes, black ducks and welcome swallows. We were amazed when we actually saw a tiger snake swimming in the water. We learnt that not all tiger snakes have bands of yellow. They can be plain black. At Lake Monger we drew charcoal sketches of the flora and fauna of the lake. We learnt that Lake Monger is a lot smaller than it once was. In Term 2, we all went to Perth Zoo as part of our studies of the Year of Biodiversity. We wanted to learn more about how humans could live more in harmony with the fauna and flora in our environment. We learnt about many species that are endangered because of the lifestyles of humans but most importantly, we learnt how we could help to prevent this happening in the future. We learnt about the different habitats of fauna and how to plan a fauna friendly garden by using nesting boxes, ponds for frogs, bird baths and leaf litter to encourage lizards to come and live there. Back at school, we planned a fauna friendly school environment. The Pompeii exhibition at the Perth Museum was our destination for our Term 3 excursion as we have been studying Ancient Civilisations. We learnt how the eruption of Mt Vesuvius (near Pompeii, Italy) in 79AD destroyed the city by covering it in ash. However, the city was perfectly preserved and archaeologists who worked on the site found many wonderful pieces of history such as gold coins, gladiator shields and helmets, ovens, furniture, pips and seeds from foods, burial urns, frescoes, mosaics, statues, jewellery and even some carbonised bread. We saw body casts of Pompeian people who suffocated under the ash. We learnt a great deal about how the rich and poor people of Pompeii lived. O O O

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Fantastic Four's Fremantle Literature Year 4 Room 17 Centre Focus Alison Lester, world renowned children’s author and illustrator with books published in over 20 countries, inspired and delighted year 4 students when we visited her at the Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre. Alison shared with us the amazing stories of her childhood in regional Australia and how her adventures became the basis of her many award-winning publications. As well as explaining the process of adventure to the written word, all the students participated in an Alison Lester art class where they each produced an illustration worthy of one her books. Another author and illustrator; Franc Lessec; visited the Fantastic Fours at school and shared her latest work “Ned Kelly and the Green Sash”. This motivated us to write persuasive text describing Ned Kelly as a hero or a villain. To celebrate an exciting term of studying Natural and Social Systems through honeybees the Fantastic Fours researched and then prepared treats with honey as a key ingredient. Parents and students enjoyed an afternoon tea sharing the wonderful creations. One recipe even made the school cookbook. With all of these activities to inspire us no wonder we are so FANTASTIC!

Masterkids Rule 

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Year 4 Room 12

Throughout the year Room 12 have been gardening and cooking up a storm. MasterChef has nothing on the dedication and knowledge displayed by all the students to plant, care for and harvest crops from our Organic Vegetable Garden. We were all very excited with our first harvest of pumpkins, leeks, cucumbers, tomatoes, spring onion, silverbeet, bok choy and more. With such an abundance of produce we researched what gastronomically adventurous (Harri’s words!) food we could make from it and after great debate we had several cooking sessions and made Mia’s Greek Salad, Leek and Corn Fritters, Pumpkin Soup, Kate’s Baked Pumpkin and had our own MasterChef Challenge where we all selected a bok choy from the garden and designed our own recipe – they were all delicious and it gave us a chance to show off our cooking skills at home. Next, we made Vietnamese Rice Flour Rolls with lots of help from parents and this is where we discovered Ciara’s Dad Andreas who is a chef. This led us to our greatest cooking achievements were we cooked Ricotta Filled Ravioli with Pumpkin Sauce and Gremolata, even making our own pasta. Following this success Andreas and his boss Kenny returned this time both in their chef whites and we cooked Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce with a Shortbread Biscuit base.

Jump Rope On June 23rd Mt Hawthorn Primary School had its Jump Rope For Heart ‘Jump-Off Day’. Children came dressed in red to symbolise the importance of keeping our heart healthy by staying active. Mt Hawthorn children worked hard to raise a substantial amount of money to go towards vital funds needed for cardiovascular research and community health programmes.

It was better than being on MasterChef as we got to eat everything we cook and try great new foods. What next well we have planted our spring garden with peas, beans, swiss chard, carrots, lettuce, rhubarb and spinach and once we harvest you never know what we will create. All we know is that it will be fresh, full of nutrients and most importantly DELICIOUS! Just ask Mr Mackesey! O O O

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Skipping and jumping tabloids were set up around the school and children worked with their buddy class to celebrate the end of the Jump Rope For Heart Programme which they thoroughly enjoyed. O O O

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The children in Rooms 1 and 13 enjoyed a fun afternoon of Buddy Activities for Science Week 2010. They were divided into 3 groups with their buddy partners to engage in some hands on tasks with Mrs Nicholls leading the day demonstrating the making of Elephant Toothpaste. This was quite a dramatic experiment as we can see from the attached photo. Mr Gryta took his group outside to formulate a secret bubble mixture and then test to find the success of their experiment. All the budding scientists had fun recording the number of bubbles that they blew and the distance the bubbles were carried in the wind. This was also proof as shown in the photo that Science is lots of fun while learning can happen at the same time. “Skittles Science” made up the third activity of the afternoon. Skittles lollies were placed in a dish in a triangular pattern to determine the effect of adding water and a sugar cube to the Skittles. The children learned how to make up a fair test that was a little too tempting at times with the colourful skittles. O O O

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Recycling, Reusing and Reducing  Year 5 Room 14 By Imogen S. This year it was my class, Room 14’s responsibility to look after the compost. Students who were suited to the job got out at 9am, to put the buckets out. They are placed in the under cover area and on the two verandas. At 2:15pm they are emptied, washed and stored in the garden shed. The big black compost bins are located next to the undercover area and behind the Harbeck Centre. All through the year there has been rubbish in the compost. The rubbish is coming from people not taking care to place only organic material in the buckets. This results in US having to pull out rubbish covered in rotten fruit and maggots. Please take notice of the signs put up above and on top of the compost bins. Term 3 was actually the first time that some finished compost had been put on the veggie garden and the plants have grown significantly ever since. I think it is great to get out of class and get some fresh air but I am not sure about the smell. O O O

By Emily W. Over the course of 2010, room 14 has been in charge of the paper recycling. Each room was given a box and once a week the boxes are taken down to the junior teacher’s car park. Once there, they are emptied into the large paper recycling bin. The boxes are recognized by their bright blue and green colours. It is disappointing when our class sees paper in fine condition, in the bin, when it could be reused. Once a fortnight, the large bin is emptied by a recycling truck. Our class is doing this is because the year 4/5’s have a focus on sustainability. We want to reduce the amount of wasted paper. We hope by setting this example, other people will follow our footsteps. I think recycling is a great way of saving the environment. O O O

Sculptures by the Sea by Sophie M, Year 5 Room 15  On the 10th of March, we went to Cottesloe Beach to look at the sculptures by the sea. I went with my class on the bus. Mrs Bodycoat, Mr Pearson and all the parent helpers came as well. First, we looked upstairs at all the mini sculptures. My aunty had a small sculpture there but someone bought it so it wasn’t there. I liked the one that when you blew on it, it span around. When we went down stairs to the grassed area where we met Holly Pepper, one of the artists. She told us how to make the pods. Then we got to make one with a friend. You got the straps from bricks and cut them in half, weaved them together and did that twice and then joined both halves together. After lunch, we went down to the beach in groups. I was in Mrs Bodycoat’s group with Mia, Grace, Rose and Hannah. My Aunty had another sculpture down on the beach called Pearl Arm. My favourite sculptures were the pearl necklace and the bottle top sculpture. On the way back to school we saw Mrs Bodycoat’s house. When we got back to school we had to do maths which was NOT fun, but I still had an awesome time down at the beach! O O O

Our P&C Our P&C is a voluntary organisation and is your opportunity to have a voice and participate in the education of your children. With the support of many volunteers from the school community, the P&C provides amenities and services for our children, and the income from your voluntary contributions and from fund-raising throughout the year (such as the fair, recipe book, quiz nights and discos) is used to enhance the facilities and learning environment of the school.

By Isabella E. At our school we have a yellow bin for the recyclables. Every fortnight on a Tuesday this bin goes out for recycling collecting. It is sad to see that some people put their rubbish into these special bins. There are a few things that can’t go in our yellow bin: Styrofoam, coffee cup lids, plastic bags and other dastardly products. There are a lot of things that can go in these bins including plastic milk cartons, cool drink cans and glass. In class we have been focusing on “What Goes In My Yellow Bin”. We have learnt that the recyclable numbers for the town of Vincent are 1, 2, 3 and 5. Look on the bottom of your plastic to see if it gets recycled. In my opinion I think yellow bins are a great way to reuse unwanted recyclables. O O O 12

This may be in the form of resources for the school, books for the library, an excellent five-day-a-week canteen service, the uniform shop, support for incursion learning programs such as Safety House and Bluearth, resources for the Education Support Centre, or through improvements to the physical environment of the school. In 2010 the P&C funded shade sails over the junior primary playground and a major upgrade of the fort playground. The new fruit trees near the BBQ area represent the first phase of an exciting 5-year planting program, and installation of air-conditioning in the new buildings is planned for the near future. A major achievement for this year was the production of the Mt Hawthorn Primary School recipe book, just in time for Christmas! Looking forward, we will continue to support school priorities such as the provision of interactive whiteboards and the development of the kitchen garden program, and planning is already underway for the major event of 2011 – the school fair! New faces are always welcome and any contribution that you can make will be much appreciated. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Faction Carnival

by Jackson and James Year 7 Room 21

On the 9th of September Mt Hawthorn Primary School had their Faction Carnival at Menzies Park. Some of the games played at the carnival were Pass ball, Leaderball, Bean Bag Shuttle, Tunnelball, Corner Spry. There were also Flat Races, Baton Relay and the very exciting Grand Relay. The teachers also prepared us to do Blue Earth for half an hour which was a lot of fun. The winner of the Faction Bonus Points was Axford as they were a very cooperative team and worked hard on their war cries. The winner of the Athletics Carnival was Menzies. All the factions participated well and it was a fantastic day! O O O

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Mount Hawthorn Primary School P&C Association Inc. For all those parents and friends new to the school or those wanting to know a little about how it all works here is a snapshot of your P&C. Affiliation to the P&C is through a $1.00 annual subscription at the AGM. This gives you voting rights but is not compulsory. The Executive members are nominated and elected at the AGM held in the first term each year. The P&C Executive reports to the general P&C meeting and liaises with school executive and teaching staff in the coordination of the P&C affairs and joint projects. Highly energised sub-committees conduct the majority of works delivered by the P&C and report to the Executive through a nominated convenor. Canteen — operates 5 days per week and is run as a commercial operation. Volunteers also help at busy times. Fund-raising — many events over the year. Footy tipping will be back in 2011 and the major fund-raising event will be the biennial fair in November.

Camp was Great Fun for Year 7s 

by Alison Year 7 Room 21

After catching the bus to Ern Halliday Recreation Camp, the year seven students were split into groups to participate in some very challenging activities such as lost pilot, flying fox and many more. The year sevens endured a lot of pain and built up a large fatigue. On the first night of camp we had dinner and there was a large variety to choose from. After dinner we played more team games at the gym and enjoyed a warm cup of Milo and some crunchy biscuits. We slept well that night. The next morning we had breakfast and started our day with a room inspection and more tiring but fun games such as abseiling and the coastal bike tour. After a delicious afternoon tea we were all ready to get back into the team games and then prepare our acts for the talent quest. Then it was time to roast marshmallows YUM!! The day went quickly but there were still more laughs to come with the talent quest, soon enough it was time to settle down and go to sleep. An early start to the day meant we were going home soon and we were absolutely gutted but we still had an awesome time at the great escape playing mini golf and then at AQWA watching all the fascinating sea creatures of Australia before finally going home to see our dearly missed families. O O O

Grants — liaison with the school to bid for funds to support school projects and improvements to grounds and amenities. Grounds — watch out for busy bees and continuation of the grounds planting plan in 2011. Safety House — Safety House always in demand and integral part of student awareness program. Uniforms — added support in this area for 2011 would be fantastic. We are always looking for people who have something to contribute so keep the following dates in mind.

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National Science Week

by Jessica M, Year 6 Room 19

The 14th of August to the 22nd was National Science Week. It was a week that most people in Room 19 will not forget soon. With a ‘Fun Science Show’, Science Week buddy activities and a science project due, it was a week jam-packed with explosive Science. Firstly we did three science activities with our Year 1 buddies from Room 3. They were; ‘Creamy Shake’, which is when you turn cream into butter just by shaking it, ‘Moo Goo’, which is when you use curds from milk and bi-carb soda to make glue and we made ‘Alka Seltzer Rockets’ which is when you use an alka seltzer tablet and water in a film canister and watch it take off like a rocket. You could even use the same tablet over five times! Everyone had lots of fun and learnt lots. The year 6’s also had a science project due about natural and processed materials. We had to choose and an experiment, study it at home and then perform it in front of the class. We had to explain what was happening and why it was happening. The experiments demonstrated included; how to suck an egg into a bottle, the haunted glove, bouncing egg, genie in a bottle and fizzy rocks. Some were clever, some were messy but they were all interesting and informative. To finish off the week we watched the ‘Fun Science Show’ which was performed by 12 students from years 5, 6 and 7. The show featured experiments like; oil lava lamps, flying teabags and elephants toothpaste. It was a great show to watch and the experiments were exciting. I questioned some people about their favourite thing they saw or did in Science Week. Here are some of the responses. “I liked the lava lamp because it looked awesome,” replied Nina. “I liked doing science activities with our buddies,” exclaimed Bridget and Melissa. All-in-all I think that Science Week was really fun for everyone and that we all learned lots.

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Year 6 Public Speaking Competition! Matthew H. and Harriet F. Year 6 Room 18 In term 2 there was a public speaking competition involving the Year 6 class. Students had to be in the top 6 of their class to qualify for the finals, and as there were 2 classes competing there were to be 12 finalists in total. In one of the classes there was a tie so there were actually 13 finalists. The lucky thirteen were: Matthew, Harriet, Harvey, Elise, Angus, Tim, Jessica. Moseley, Harry Harding, Blair, Nina, Harry Broun, Griffin, Lily Cocks and Matthew G. Both the students and teacher judged the elimination round, however during the finals the judges were Ms Elvin, Miss French, Mrs Bodycoat, Mr Pearson and Mr Thompson. The judges were looking for good eye contact, confidence, fluency, and volume, audience response as well as a couple of others. Some of the finalists’ speeches were: About Orang-utans by Harry B, 5 Ways to Die in the Tower of London by Nina who beheaded her brother (a picture of her brother at least), How to Be a Teachers Pet by Lily Cocks, Old Fashioned Medical Procedures by Matt H who brought in real grubs and McDonalds by Harriet who brought in a cheeseburger. In first place was Harry Broun with his fabulous talk on Orang-utans, in second place was Angus Rowe who spoke on Skateboarding and in third place was Matthew Haddon who did a gross talk on Old Fashioned Medical Procedures. All in all it was great day for everybody.

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Year 6 Bridge Project The Year 6 students were given three weeks to make a three dimensional model of a bridge. It was allowed to be based on an already existing bridge with a few alterations, or they could completely make up a bridge design from scratch. They had to make a list of materials they needed for the bridge and record the procedure, then give a presentation to the class. O O O

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Freedom to Create Pablo Picasso once said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Tri-athlon News On Sunday February 7th many children from Mt Hawthorn Primary School took part in the Sanitarium WeetBix Kids Tryathlon Perth event. Mt Hawthorn Primary was honoured for its dedication to encouraging students to live a healthy, active lifestyle and we were awarded the ‘Weetbix Breakfast of Champions’ for registering the most children of any school for the event. O O O

How true! Young children have such freedom in creativity because they see what is in front of them without judgment or preconceived ideas. They translate objects and images into wonderfully naive pictures that are often full of emotion and joy. My objective for the Art Department this year has been to capture this notion of childhood creativity and enhance the abilities of your clever children so that they may keep growing as artists. My plan is to give them the skills that allow them the freedom to make mistakes, the freedom to discover and the freedom to express ideas. My hope is that they can take these skills and freedoms with them throughout life and remain as artists always. Already this year has seen artworks ranging from plaster figurines to watercolour Triptychs, clay dragons to sunflower bags and illustrated maps to paper Mache mini beasts. Given the wonderful new facilities at the school the profile of art can only grow. There is potential for all sorts of experiences, such as drawing, ceramics, glass, wax, textiles, sculpture and yes….paint, paint and more paint! In closing I would like to congratulate all my students on a wonderful year filled with new experiences, creativity, production and excellent behaviour. And don’t forget ……“You don’t need an eraser!” O O O

ANZAC Day Assembly Our School Council 

Michael Jenkin, Chair

It is a requirement of the School Education Act 2004, that our school has a School Council. The Council cannot intervene in school management but nevertheless, is an important part of the school community. The Council assists our school in a number of ways including: Establishing and reviewing objectives, priorities and policy directions (such as the Behaviour Management Policy); Helping to plan our School's financial arrangements; Evaluating the School's performance; and Promoting our School in community. I am sure you will agree that we are privileged that our School boats the quality of teachers and support staff that it does. The enthusiasm, skill, and dedication of these amazing people is a large part of what makes our School is the special place that is. But it is more than that. Our motto of "Together Towards the Future" encapsulates the partnership between our children; the teaching and support staff; we as parents; and those in the broader community staff that is so critical to our success as a school. That success was recently recognised by the Department of Education when our School was awarded "exemplary status" – making us one of the first primary schools in WA to achieve this coveted designation. In recent times, and indeed right at the moment, our School is benefiting from upgrades and improvements to its buildings and facilities. As welcome as these additions to the School fabric are, without the strong partnership I referred to earlier, our School would be little more than a collection of buildings. I know that the members of the School Council feel privileged to be able to make a contribution to our amazing School. All of us, in our own way, can make a contribution to the future of our young people and this is one of the key things that makes our school so special. I look forward with confidence to another outstanding year at the Mount Hawthorn Primary School. 14

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NAIDOC Week By Tayla Year 7 Room 21 On the 23rd and 24th of June 2010 we had NAIDOC week. The first thing we did on that Thursday morning, was go into the under cover area where we were introduced to the Noongar people and then we had the smoking ceremony. The reason for the ceremony was to keep away all the bad spirits.



Rottnest Island Trip By Alex and Chaz Year 7 Room 20

In the second term of this year, instead of going to Cape Leeuwin, the Year 7s went to Rottnest for a day trip which was great fun. It all started off when everyone had to meet at 8:00 out the front of Hillarys Boat Harbour. From there we took the exciting boat trip 18km out to Rottnest Island. FYI lots of people got sea sick because of the rough water. When we arrived at Rottnest we were split up into two groups. The first group went down to one of the 7 salt lakes on Rottnest Island where we learnt lots about the flora and fauna on the way to the salt lake. When we got to the main salt lake we tried to find some red sea monkeys but our group didn’t find any. The other group went and had some morning tea before going exploring - The first houses on Rottnest, the watch tower, the boat house and the prison cells on the beach. They learnt a lot of information about the houses and the history of Rottnest. After we switched activities (which the other group was more successful in finding sea monkeys) we met up to have lunch, WE WERE ALLOWED TO HAVE WHATEVER WE WANTED!!!! Most people went to either Sub-way or Red Rooster to get their lunch. After we were all famished and bloated we went to take a tram trip up to the gun towers on top of the hill. The tram trip took about 20 minutes and took us past the Rottnest airport.

Then we were split up and into a group with our buddies to do the activities. That day we did lots of fun activities such as boomerang throwing, colouring, watching how to make a stone axe out of natural resources, watching a movie on indigenous seasons, rock painting, spear throwing and we had a talk about the bush where we learned a lot about it. The axe making was very interesting. He used a mixture of natural resources found in the bush, a wooden stick and a stone. He used the stone as the blade of the axe and the wood as the handle, he melted the natural resources to a sticky type of glue to hold the stone to the wood. Later they told us they were going to China to perform a dance as they were opening an Australian museum. Then we all said goodbye. OOO

When we arrived we were met by some of the volunteer tour guides who took us underground to the ammunition chamber and to the gun tower above, it was amazing how huge the bullets were and that the ground was made out of a special material so it would not catch sparks. After we finished we sketched the view of Rottnest Island, Tina’s of course was amazing and everyone was crowding around her. We took the tram back to the main square where we were allowed 10 minutes to buy as much more food as we could afford, some people (Lucas) brought a cap gun and others just bought lollies. The teachers lost track of time so we had to rush all the way to the dock where we had to stand in line to board the ferry. Stepping off the ferry we were greeted by our parents and we were all ready to head home after a very tiring day. That day was great fun and was one of the best memories of year seven. We will never forget it! O O O

The Magic of Music Lives On What a year it’s been in Music!! For the first three terms this year, music was held in classrooms which was challenging but lots of fun and a great way to get Mrs Hardman as fit as a fiddle. The children coped so well with this and helped out with transporting the instruments. Now, with our new music room open for business, there is great excitement in the air. Lots of singing, playing, creating, moving and listening to music continues. The Hawthorn Hummers performed beautifully at the ANZAC Ceremony and have since then performed a marvellous Medley of Musicals for the school and at Burswood Theatre. They wowed the audience at school with a ‘Glee’ rendition of “Lean On Me” for the Parent Open Morning and will perform at the Christmas Concert which will undoubtedly be brilliant. Many solo singers have shone and made the choir performances absolutely fabulous. The Band and Orchestra also performed at Burswood Theatre impressing the audience and putting Mt Hawthorn in the spotlight as a school of great musical talent. The Orchestra, led by Mrs Symmington, also performed at the Open Morning with confidence and show cased the exceptional talent of our String students. The Band, led by Dale Pointon had a fantastic time at camp earlier in the year. They also performed at the Band Festival and shone as one of the best school bands. In September, the whole school met in the undercover area for Music: Count Us In. This is an Australia wide initiative where by over 500 000 students from across Australia sing the same song at the same time. This year’s song Come Play Your Part was a big hit with the students and many performed the song on a variety of instruments. Well done Mt Hawthorn on keeping the magic of music alive. Keep on singing, playing, moving and grooving. O O O 15