Hawthorn West PS Newsletter

20 December 2018
Issue Six
Principal's message
Grade 6 Graduation
Calendar dates  
Important dates to remember
Camp Australia
School security
Hawthorn West Primary School
(03) 9818 2233
2A Wood Street
Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122

Principal's message

News from HWPS

Dear Families,

Today, at our end of year assembly,  we said a final goodbye to our Grade 6 students and wished them good luck for the future.  I would like to acknowledge this outstanding and talented group of young people who have actively contributed to our school community as leaders and role models this year. It has been a pleasure to watch them grow and learn over their time at primary school.


Both staff and parents are certainly very proud of what they have achieved both as individuals and as the 2018 graduating group.


I also had the privilege of introducing our 2019 school leaders to the community at this assembly.

Congratulations to the following students:

School Captains: Jasmine & Ted

Vice School Captains: Caitlin & Flynn

House Captains Bradman: Luke M & Fleur

House Captains Fraser: Charlie S & Sammy

House Captains Freeman: Nik & Lexi

House Captains Rafter: Cash & Sophie

Art Captains: Coco & Kitty

Green Team Captains: Amber & James

ICT Captains: Chris & Ellie

Japanese Captains: Estelle & Yuuji

Music Captains: Josie & Leonardo

Tour Captains: Olivia and Zoe


Thank you

As the year draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of our community for your ongoing contribution and commitment to our school.

Many thanks to our dedicated, caring and professional teachers who work tirelessly to provide the best learning environment for all students.

Thank you also to our School Council President David Wightman and the School Council members for their ongoing support and commitment to improving our school.


Leaving Hawthorn West 

I would like to acknowledge those families who will be leaving our community this year and thank them for their valuable support and contributions to Hawthorn West. Many of the families who are leaving us today have had a long association with the school and volunteered many hours of their time to help make HWPS the great school that it is.

Farewell and best wishes to the following families:

Grade 6 families:

Appleyard, Ball, Borg Cardona, Campbell, Casey, Clarke, Contos, Costigan, Daher, Emelianov,  Gotsbacher, Johns, Liu, Magi, Mansfield, Moore, Peters, Phillips, Ricketts, Roff Smith, Rogers, Roy, Silcock, Tran, Trinh, Twycross, Utrabo Rodrigues Alves, Vyas, Waddell, Webb, White, Wong, Wu, Zhang

Foundation - Grade 5 families:

Connell, Gorski, Kidgell, Lansfield, Mom, Nair, Pole, Pollard, Tang, Twigg, Wang, Xiao


Congratulations to:

  • Jack and Piper who were awarded the 2018 Hawthorn West Primary School Citizenship Award and the Kooyong Student Prize.  These awards were presented at our final assembly today. Jack and Piper exemplify our school values – Curious, Confident, Connected and Achieving Excellence. They have demonstrated exceptional leadership and initiative, been highly engaged in their learning and achieved excellent academic results.  Both Jack and Piper have been actively involved in our HWPS community, worked collaboratively with the other school leaders and been outstanding role models for their peers
  • Noah who was presented with Hawthorn West Primary School Academic and Sporting Certificate for 2018 and was awarded a School Sport Victoria medal  for his outstanding sporting achievements and commitment and dedication to his learning.
  • Spencer, Noah and Miles who competed in the Hawthorn Basketball Association 3x3 competition at the weekend and won the grand final in a free throw play off after the siren.

Finally, it has been a busy year at HWPS with many highlights and outstanding achievements and it is now time for all of us to take a well-earned rest and spend some relaxing time with our families and loved ones.


On behalf of the staff at Hawthorn West Primary School I would like to wish all our families a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays.

We look forward to welcoming you back for an exciting 2019.

Warm regards,



We would like to thank Kay & Burton for their ongoing support of Hawthorn West PS


Grade 6 Graduation

Grade 6 Graduation

Thursday Night Fever - Light, Camera, Action!

The disco lights sparkled last Thursday evening as we celebrated the graduation of our 2018 Grade 6 students with their teachers, parents and special visitors. The evening was a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect on the achievements and contributions of our students and farewell them as they embark on the next stage of their learning journey.

The celebration began with our Grade 6 students sharing a meal together. The formal part of the evening began with a musical performance by our students and was followed by student speeches and the presentation ceremony. A highlight of the evening was hearing our students reflect on their time as a student at Hawthorn West. Their speeches were insightful, heartfelt, funny and delivered with flair.


Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to making the evening a huge success:

  • To our amazing 2018 Grade 6 teaching team: Claire Stoller / Emma Meale, Emily Kurts , Melinda Airey, Tom Christopher and Will Ponsford who worked tirelessly to ensure the night was a success.
  • To the terrific Graduation Committee – Katrina McKenna (Zoe), Cath White (Olivia / Sammy), Jenny Whiting (Flynn), Mim Ingvarson (Kitty), Michelle Bruce (Caitlin), Heidi Fitzgerald (Cash), Soula Papadopoulos (Amber), Ivona Tauiliili (Samantha) and Kirsten McGrath (Sophie) who volunteered their time and talents to help make this a special night for everyone involved.

We are very proud of this outstanding and talented group of young people who have actively contributed to our school community this year and wish all of our Grade 6 students and

their families the best for the future.


Calendar dates


Important dates to remember

Important dates to remember

Curriculum Day – December 21st

Our final curriculum day for the year is Friday 21st December. On that day the teachers will be preparing and planning the curriculum for the first few weeks of next year. This will enable us to start the year with a clear focus on our new strategic goals, targets and actions.

Please note: This is a pupil free day.

Staff Curriculum Days for 2019

 In 2019, all Victorian government primary schools will again be designated four student free days to undertake whole school professional learning.

To assist you with your planning for 2019, please note the following School Council approved student free days for our school:

  • Tuesday 29th January: Setting the Scene - a new strategic plan, PLC Collaboration & Classroom Preparation
  • Friday 8th March: Visible Wellbeing (VWB)
  • Wednesday 20th March: Professional Learning (Reading) with Literacy Consultant Deb Sukarana
  • Friday 20th December: Planning for 2020

Christmas is just around the corner!

If you would like some fabulous, yummy Christmas goodies, please order your Christmas meats from Josh, Luke and the guys at Glenferrie Gourmet Meats using the form below.


Camp Australia

Camp Australia Newsletter

Hi Parents,

Firstly, I would like to personally thank all OSHC parents for being part of the Camp Australia family this year. I can’t believe how fast the last 8 months has gone since I started at Hawthorn West. It has been an absolute honour and pleasure getting to know you and your families this year. I want to wish you all a happy and safe Christmas with your loved ones. Looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2019!

On Behalf of the Camp Australia Team, we want to say a huge congratulations to all the Grade 6 students at Hawthorn West Primary School who have graduated this week. You did it!! Congratulations.

Being a Grade 6 student in Outside of School Care plays such an important role on the rest of the kids so on behalf of the whole team we want to say a special thank for showing great leadership to the younger students in the Camp Australia Family. It has been an absolute pleasure having you as a part of the family and we will be sad to see you go.  

We want to wish the Grade 6 students all the best for their future and we are looking forward to welcoming our new Camp Australia Family members in the new year!  

Bookings are now OPEN for Camp Australia’s latest school holiday programs – STEAM Works. Based on STEAM learning – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math – it will be full of activities that have fun learning outcomes. These include, SUPER science experiments, building solar technology powered vehicles, excursions to the movies, lego discovery centre and scienceworks, designing a yoga mat plus loads more…

To find out when these activities are on during the school holidays and join in the fun, visit: www.campaustralia.com.au/holidayclubs.
Or you can call our friendly Customer Care Team on 1300 105 343 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We look forward to seeing you and your family during the school holidays.

Kind Regards,
Casey and the OSHC Team

School security

School Security over the holidays

It would be a great assistance to the School Council, staff and students if all parents could keep a watch out for vandalism or unusual “happenings” in the school grounds over the holidays. If you notice any unusual happenings, please call the police immediately. Thanks for your help with this.

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