Book Week

HWPS is celebrating Book Week! The theme this year is Australia! Story Country. Book Week is a chance for us to celebrate one of our favourite things – reading.

Students will receive a Book Week Quiz on Monday and if they return the Quiz to the box in the office by Thursday, the lucky winner will receive a $20 gift card prize from Readings.

All week, teachers will be reading the short listed books and completing activities in our LRC. Click here to read the list of winning books of the year – 2016 for some reading inspiration.

Friday is the big final celebration where all students are invited to dress up as a book character for the HWPS Book Week Parade in the afternoon. Watch out for some Harry Potter fans in the Gr 5/6 teachers!! Who or what will you dress up as?

Gr 5 Buddy Mini Olympics

Each week, our Grade 5 students have a Leadership session where they alternate between visiting their Foundation Buddies with a session of Leadership Skill building.

The 4 building blocks of Leadership are Presentation Skills, Responsibility, Organisation and Teamwork. Students have been taught skills under these 4 headings and for the past few weeks, they used all this knowledge to plan a Mini Olympics for their Foundation Buddies.


The Foundation students had an absolute ball!

IMG_0820Their events included parachute, an obstacle course, relay races, skipping, bean bag throws and sprints. What a terrific afternoon!





Congratulations to all Grade 5 students! You really achieved your Leadership goals and it was a pleasure for the staff to watch you all being so engaged, organised and responsible for your buddies. We are very proud of you all.




Our fabulous HWPS students competed in the Tournament of Minds on Saturday at Deakin Uni. We wish them every success and look forward to hearing their results shortly. A big Thank You to Brianna McIntyre for coordinating the 3 teams each week and for attending the competition on Saturday.

The 3 teams completed the problem solving programme based on Language Literature. Each week, the students have prepared independently (without teacher, adult or other student input allowed) and on Saturday showed their hard work for the ‘Long Term Challenge’ to the judges. Teams also completed the ‘Spontaneous Challenge’ on the day which required rapid interchange of ideas, the ability to think creatively and well developed group cooperation skills. A fantastic day and we hope each student has learned many new things from this experience.

Grade 6 Graduation

This little message is just to let you know that the Grade 5/6 teachers have already started organising the Gr 6 Graduation. HWPS Tradition involves the Grade 5 families and students helping to run the Graduation Night. Early in Term 4 we will be assembling a small team of parent helpers to help the teachers with some of the organisation and setting up of the event on the night. 

Term 4 homework has also been tweaked for students and they will have a small task each fortnight linked to Graduation as well as a Leadership session in school where they will  practice for the ceremony, vote on food, colours etc. and become prepared for the night.



Our Spelling Program has been more exciting this year. We have a fortnightly cycle that we work from. Firstly, we choose 5 new words from our writing that we want to learn to spell. We might also choose words from our Just Right books or the Word Wall that we are interested in learning to spell too.

We focus on the spelling Strategies – Sound. Meaning. Visual. Connecting. Checking

Some of our Spelling activities where we practise SOUND and VISUAL strategies include:

  1. Practising the L-S-N-C-W-C (Look, Say, Name, Cover, Write, Check) technique.
  2. tapping out syllables – ask your child what the trick with syllables is (each syllable must have a ….)
  3. Writing the tricky part of our spelling words in different colours
  4. Rhyming words and spelling patterns

MEANING strategies

  1. identifying the base word (if applicable)
  2. Word building – adding prefix, suffix, past tense, plurals etc

Another way to learn more about our spelling words is to look them up  in the dictionary. What is the synonym or antonym for a word?

Throughout all our investigations, we ask students to record generalisations about what they have discovered. The aim is to have the 5 words spelt correctly several times over the fortnightly spelling cycle.

We have been excited by the Channel 10’s Great Australian Spelling Bee program. You can try out their spelling words here! Our partner testing at the end of each cycle is not as suspense filled as this program!

Athletics Day

Add this date to your calendars! On Wednesday the 3rd August, the 3/4 and 5/6 Communities will have their annual Athletics Day.

Leading up to the day, we have begun practising our skills for the events such as 100m sprint, long jump, discus and shot put and high jump.

All the students have been broken into groups that represent countries in the Olympics. Each group is awarded points for their placement. E.g. 1st Gold = 3 points. 2nd Silver = 2 points. 3rd Bronze = 1 point.

Everybody is very excited about the upcoming event and they can’t wait to put their practice into play!

Sports reporter: Max Z

Caine’s Arcade

Our short Design, Creativity and Technology unit this term is based on inspiration from this video about Caine’s Arcade.

We are working in partners across our 56 Community following a design brief to create an arcade style game for our clients – the Foundation students. A part of our Homework this cycle is to source the materials we will need to build the game. Please do not buy any products for this project. We are encouraging sustainable practises by finding things we can recycle from around the home and school. Lucky we have lots of boxes from the recent furniture purchase! Stayed tuned for more updates on our progress and the (Caine’s) Hawthorn West Arcade Grand opening!



Welcome to Term 3

On the holidays while students were at the beach, the snow, or just chilling on their couch, the 5/6 level was getting new furniture! BFX won our business because we liked their Happy Stools and stand up tables. The E-chairs look great in the bright orange with the blue and silver Wave tables. Our favourites are the Happy Daze booths with the long table and the Jelly Bean couches and blue square ottomans are comfy.

Journalist: Sian C

Photographer: Zach M

We would love to say a huge THANK YOU to all the families who were able to help the teachers unpack the new furniture and setup the classrooms in the holidays. We are very grateful for your time and it was terrific to have your support. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the homerooms just yet, scroll down through the Photo Gallery below.


56C Homeroom


56M Homeroom


56B Homeroom


56M booths in action


56B Homeroom


56 Break out Space


56W Homeroom Booths in action



56B conference table


56B stand up tables in action


Visitors checking out 56M Homeroom


56W Homeroom


56W E-Chair and Happy Stool combination




Australian Ballet Incursion

BalletOn Monday 30th May, we were lucky to have four students from the Australian Ballet Ensemble – Visiting Schools Program: Out There – come to visit us. Individually our classes were taught basic ballet dance moves. We had to remember different positions both in the way our body was positioned as well as the position in the room. Our teachers showed us great skills and strength in the different dance moves. You have to be very fit and agile to be a Ballet dancer.Ballet 3

After lunch, all the Ballet students performed a short version of Sleeping Beauty. They had amazing costumes with each person performing multiple characters. We could see some of the dance moves they taught us in the workshop in the performance. All in all, it was a great day for all students who attended. Thank you to the Australian Ballet. We really enjoyed our time.Ballet 2

NEW DATE! Clip ‘N’ Climb

Dear Grade 5/6 HWPS,

Hurry up and get out of the cold at Richmond’s Clip n’ Climb!

Our grade 5/6 family get together has now moved to WEDNESDAY 15th June at 6pm.  We apologise to the families who could have come to the event on the previously advertised day.   Sorry we didn’t have the numbers to go ahead.

After the climb stay on for a delicious pizza dinner at the Mountain Goat Brewery.

Please note we cannot make a group booking for the climb so you will have to jump online and book yourselves. We have not reserved any places so please book ASAP so you don’t miss out.

To book please go to the Clip n’ Climb website:

You will need to pay for dinner directly at the Mountain Goat Brewery if you choose to stay on.

Please contact us if you are staying for dinner and haven’t already notified us.  We’d like to know approximate numbers ahead of time.

We look forward to seeing you all there and hope to see those families who can’t make it to this event next time.  Stay tuned for our exciting event planned for Term 3!

Regards from your Grade 5/6 representatives organising this event,

Kate Pickworth

Mel Pitcher

Lily Spear