Welcome back to another year of challenge and fun at Mullaloo Heights. I think our return after the summer break was made significantly sweeter by the delay imposed by lockdown. The ease with which are students have all settled into their new classes would certainly indicate so. They are already settling into good routines and establishing effective work habits. They’ll undoubtedly need them as Term 1 is going to be busy; swimming lessons, a swimming carnival and Harmony Day are just a few things we’ll be cramming into this shortened term. As many of our additional activities are scheduled on Thursdays this term, we will be delaying class assemblies until Term 2. Your child’s teacher will let you know when they’ll be presenting their item. We are very hopeful that restrictions ease and we will once again be able to award merit certificates at these. We will keep you posted on this.
As you know, two new members of staff have joined Mullaloo Heights this term. Our new LOTE teacher, Mrs Nelita Hills, is teaching Indonesian to our students in Year 3-6. As with everything, they have embraced this new language and are already making connections to the Asian focus of the Western Australian Curriculum. All we need now is for international travel to recommence so that they can try out their new skills in Bali. In addition, our new chaplain, Mrs Tosari Thomas began work last Tuesday and has already made herself known among the students. If you would like Tosari’s support for your child, please contact school by phone or email her directly (email@example.com). She works on Tuesday and Thursday. Both new staff members have slotted into our school community effortlessly, probably due to very warm welcome given by our students.
We look forward to seeing many of you at our Swimming Carnival in a fortnight’s time. This is always a lovely community event and a great way to start the sporting year. Until then, remember that we have an open door policy at Mullaloo Heights. If you have issues or queries, please don’t hesitate to pop in in for chat. In the meantime, enjoy your weekend.
|Monday, 1st March||Labour Day, Public Holiday|
|Thursday, 4th March||School Photo Day - All years|
|Friday, 5th March||Faction Swimming Carnival - Yrs 4-6|
|Monday, 8th to Friday, 19th March||Interm Swimming Lessons - PP to Yr6|
|Monday, 22nd March||Harmony Day Incursion - 1:30pm PP to Yr6|
|Wednesday, 24th & Thursday 25th March||Parents Evening|
|Wednesday, 31st March||Last Day of Term 1|
|Thursday, 1st April||Pupil Free Day|
|Friday, 2nd April||Good Friday - Public Holiday|
|Monday, 19th April||Term 2 commences for PP to Yr6|
|Tuesday, 20th April||Term 2 commences for Kindy students|
|Thursday, 22nd April||ANZAC Day Service|
|Monday, 26th April||ANZAC DAY - Public Holiday|
|Thursday, 6th May||Assembly - Room 6|
|Tuesday, 11th to Friday, 14th May||NAPLAN - Yrs 3 & 5|
|Monday, 17th to Thursday, 20th May||NAPLAN - catch up|
|Wednesday, 26th May||Faction Cross-Country|
|Thursday, 27th May||Talent Assembly|
Our new kindy and Pre-primary students settled into their life at school with ease last week. Of course, our Early Childhood team have ensured they have wide range of interesting and challenging activities to engage them. Unsurprisingly, each time we visited, the children were engrossed in their work. The same has been true of our older students. That extra week of holiday seems to have motivated them. Here’s a taste for what they got up to.
Our head boy and girl, Zac and Grace, have made an excellent start to their new role. Their first 2 weeks have been spent organising announcements over the PA, ensuring all students with summer birthdays have received an ice cream voucher and helping their Year 6 peers organise sports equipment at lunchtime. They have now been joined by a team of student councillors. Elections took place on Monday, with potential candidates presenting speeches to students in Year 3-6. All voters have cast their votes and the following students were selected as councillors: Lily A, Evan, Ainara, Harriet, Jackson, Indie W, Travis and Mali.
Evan, Lily Harriet and Mali will start their role immediately and their badges will be presented in Line Up on Monday morning. Ainara, Jackson, Travis and Indie will take over in Semester 2 and will receive badges later in the year.
Although only eight appointed, all would-be councillors should be incredibly proud of themselves. Each individual prepared a well thought out and persuasive speech which they delivered calmly and confidently – a daunting task in front of such a big audience. Additional student leaders will be appointed over the coming weeks, including library monitories, peer mediators and Faction Captains.
A new school year means new monitors in the environmental garden. The following students were appointed as a result of their commitment to the garden over the years, spending hours in there looking after the chickens, weeding, watering and guiding the younger students. Emelia, Ashton, Brodie and Ruby are also committed to environmental causes and sustainability, making them perfect candidates for this job. Here a is a picture of them at work.
Rangers Parking and Community Safety – Safety around Schools – 40km ZONE
Vehicles which park contrary to parking signage around schools are a major hazard and impact on the safety of children, pedestrians and other road users in these areas. It is imperative that drivers are aware of, and park in accordance with, the parking conditions which apply near schools.
As part of the City’s continuing effort to provide a safer environment for everyone City of Joondalup Officers conduct patrols of school parking in the mornings and afternoons throughout the school term.
As part of this initiative Officers use patrol vehicles, which have been fitted with Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras, to capture digital images of vehicles which are parked contrary to parking requirements near schools. Any infringement notices, issued as part of these patrols, will be sent via mail to the registered owner of the vehicle.
Please see the link below for a copy of the City’s School Parking brochure which provides additional information in relation to parking near schools. This is a reminder for parents and caregivers of their responsibility in ensuring that they park correctly near schools.
Mobile Phones & Smart Watches
A reminder that mobile phones and ipods etc, need to be signed into the front office at the commencement of each school day. These are stored away for the day and students come back at the end of the day to collect them. Students wearing smart watches must ensure that it is on 'areoplane mode' while they are at school.
Communication to or from parents or carers, during school time, regarding any issues relating to students is the responsibility of the school and will be managed by the school. Parents who need to contact their children during the school day can contact our school on 6206 2100.
Mobile phones/ Smart watches can be effective means of communication between parents and their children before and after school hours. However, during school time, they are a distraction to students and have the capacity to negatively impact on the learning environment and the safety and well-being of students. Please view our school policy for additional information.
Please see below the instructions on how to install the SZapp, which is a user friendly app for parents.
Install now and start using the app to notify us of your childs absence, access newsletters and more.
Use of Staff Car Park
In the interest of safety, parents and students are NOT permitted to access the school through the staff car park on Charonia Road before or after school. Our staff car park is out of bounds to all pedestrian and motor traffic other than staff themselves. The staff car park is not to be used for dropping off or picking up your children.
There are two pedestrian paths/access points either side of the staff car park on Charonia Road to facilitate safe entry to our school. The staff car park in Charonia Road is our Emergency Access point also. This must be free to allow ambulance, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles entry at all times. Please do not block access to the bitumen area.
Thank you to all who have paid their child’s contribution for 2021. Monies collected through this scheme enhance the learning program at MHPS. If you have overlooked payment, please come in and see us at the front office or alternatively, payment can be made via direct deposit into the school bank account.
Bank Account details for MHPS.
For your convenience to make direct deposits:
Mullaloo Heights PS (MHPS)
BSB: 066 040
A/C No.: 19903178
Please include your child’s name as reference.
Eftpos facilities at MHPS.
We have Eftpos facilities available, accepting Visa and Master Card. Please see the front office to make payments.
Crunch & Sip
Our school is a Crunch and Sip School. All students are encouraged to have a water bottle in their classroom, every day: not juice or cordial. Students are also encouraged to bring in a small container of chopped fresh fruit and/or vegetables. Your child is encouraged to participate in Crunch and Sip, but this is not compulsory and your child may choose to only eat at recess and lunch time. If you have any concerns, please speak with your child’s teacher.
Our school is a Sun Smart School. We encourage all students to wear our school bucket hat. Should a student forget their hat or choose not to wear it, they will be required to play in the covered assembly area. Students are encouraged to put on 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen before leaving for school or they can apply the sunscreen at school. Sun screen is available in every classroom.
Student Health Form 2021 (Excursions)
A hard copy of the 2021 Health Form for Excursions has been sent home with students. Could parents/ guardians please complete these forms and return to the Front Office by Friday, 5th March 2021.
Parent/ Guardian Contact details
If you have changed any of the following details, could you please notify the school, as soon as possible;
- Residential address
- Contact numbers – home, mobile
- Emergency contacts
- Email address
If there has been any change in your child’s health, that you may feel the school needs to know, for the safety of your child, for example; If your child has an anaphylactic reaction to anything, an allergic reaction or asthma, please notify our school in writing so that we can update our medical records.
Your school photo day is coming! Every student has received a personalised flyer to take home from Kapture Photography containing your child’s unique codes for ordering school photos online.
KEEP YOUR FLYER SECURE!
The unique codes contained on the flyer will be issued only once.
Order EARLY for sibling photography
Sibling photos can ONLY be ordered online. Once you receive the personalised flyers for your children, it is imperative that you order your sibling photo early to avoid missing out! There is a physical limit in the school schedule to how many sibling photos can be taken. Once the maximum capacity of sibling orders has been reached, no more sibling orders can be placed.
If maximum capacity is not reached, sibling orders close 12pm midday sharp, one business day prior to the first photo day.
The school or the photographers cannot accept late orders for sibling photography. Please do not ask as your request simply cannot be accommodated.
Order EARLY for discount photo day prices
Order your photos within 10 calendar days of photo day to receive discount photo day prices. Late orders are handled separately to the school delivery and incur a $20 custom service charge.
Your school will notify you in a few weeks when team and special group photos are available to view and purchase on the Kapture website. Please note; class, individual and sibling portraits are not available to view online prior to purchase.
Kapture offer a money back guarantee for any parent who is not fully satisfied with their photo package. Should you have any queries before or after photo day, please check the FAQ’s on the Kapture website.
All students will be photographed individually on photo day for school administration records AS WELL as included in their class group presentation available for purchase to all families. Should there be any reason why your child should NOT be included in the photo shoot –please contact the school office.
The Interm Swimming lessons will be conducted at the Craigie Leisure Centre from Monday, March 8 to Friday, March 19 for all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6. An information sheet and the enrolment form have been sent home and they can also be downloaded from our school web page and the schoolzine School app under Forms & Documents.
What a year 2020 was! With bigger things concerning us, Waste Wise unfortunately fell into the background. However, with 2021 now upon us and our ‘new normal’ becoming normal, we are all geared up to get back into recycling with great gusto. Trash Free Tuesday is on the cards for Miss Moore’s year 3/4 class and Mrs Zuchetti’s Pre Primaries will be taking up the challenge later this year. Trash Free Tuesday is all about bringing as little waste (if any!) to school in your lunchbox as possible on a Tuesday. Our other recycling initiatives include the following:
Greenbatch - all number 1 and 2 plastics (for example, juice and milk bottles with their lids, some beauty containers, strawberry and tomato punnets) as well as aluminium cans. We have three bins in the school, one outside the Early Childhood, one at the Gull block recycling area and one located in the Tern block courtyard.
Containers for Change - any container with the 10c refund label can go in these bins (for example, small tetra packs - juice, milk, aluminium cans and any small drink containers - juice, flavoured milk, soft drink) There are two of these bins, one in the Gull block recycling area (this can also sometimes be found in the Undercover area if the canteen is open) and one outside the Early Childhood.
Batteries - this bin is located in the office.
Oral Care - any used, empty and clean oral care products, including toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss can be left in this bin. Later in the year Colgate run a competition to win great gardening prizes so please start bringing in your oral care waste! This bin is located in the Gull block recycling area.
Writing implements - TerraCycle collect used writing implements, including old textas, highlighters, pens and liquid paper. This bin is located in the Gull block recycling area.
We are happy to accept any of the above items from your own home so please feel free to drop them in to the correct bin when you are at the school next. It would also be greatly appreciated if you could talk with your children about what goes in to which bin - sorting through rubbish is NOT a fun job!l
Anyone interested in being a part of the Waste Wise team is more than welcome to email Sarah Zuchetti at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year, an outstanding number of students achieved their 100 Club Badge for reading and Gold badge for Mathletics. These homework programs will continue this year and it is great to see how motivated our students already are. Many have set themselves targets to do even better this year, while others have already achieved 50 or more points in Literacy Pro. Please support your child in this endeavour by encouraging then to complete their home reading or Literacy Pro tasks and Mathletics. Talk to your child’s teacher to find out how best to this.