Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 21, Friday 23 July 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy Friday! 

I am very proud of the efforts, commitment and dedication of our whole community throughout the last two weeks. The transition to remote learning has been very smooth and although it comes with its challenges I believe that everyone is doing their very best. 

Further in the newsletter is a celebration of student work samples from across the school. 

The restrictions remain the same as published earlier in the week. I have some repeated information below as a reminder. 

Our learn from home packs will be available on the website - this is for those of you who prefer the paper packages

We are offering some on-site supervision - same as previously. This is limited to those of you who qualify through the department’s criteria: 

  • Children where both parents and/or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made.

  • Where there are two parents/carers, both must be essential workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.

  • For single parents/carers, the essential worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.

  • Children with a disability where family units cannot support learning at home.

  • Children experiencing vulnerability, including:

    • children in out-of-home care;

    • children deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home;

    • children identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service).

If you require onsite supervision at any stage please email me with your needs for Monday and Tuesday If you require any help or support with access to the online platforms again please contact either your class teacher, myself or Michelle. 

When further information is available regarding the restrictions I will be in touch. I am very much hoping to see everyone again on Wednesday. 


  • The Y4-6 swimming session that was originally scheduled for next Tuesday will be rescheduled. We will let you know when once it is confirmed from the swim school.
  • We will be running a second working bee with a focus on the front of the school - watch out for more details coming your way but please do save the date: 29th July 9:00am.
  • In term 3 we are holding our whole school assemblies on a Monday afternoon. Assembly will start at 3pm as usual. We intend to move afternoon tea break back by 10 minutes to allow us more time in the assembly space. The movement of our assembly was in response to feedback we received and is a trial. The children are more attentive and can participate on a different level on a Monday afternoon. To try and help support parent participation we will publish the dates of upcoming assembly items so you can arrange to attend. It is super important to remember that primary schools are busy places and things do change! 

Please note week 1, 2 and 3 have been postponed until further notice!

Please follow the government's restrictions, please be safe and stay home!

Best wishes,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Friday 23 July - Parent/Guardian/Carer Opinion Survey open

Tuesday 27 July - Swimming program begins for Y4-6 students - RESCHEDULED TO A LATER DATE, TO BE CONFIRMED

Thursday 29 July - Working Bee & Story Time Session 1

Friday 30 July - GATEWAYS Journeys (selected students) & Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday 4 August - Swimming program begins for F-Y3 students

Friday 6 August - GATEWAYS Journeys (selected students)

Monday 9 August - ICAS Writing (selected students)

Thursday 12 August - Story Time Session 2 & Musica Viva Timmy and the Breakfast Band Show

Friday 13 August - GATEWAYS Journeys (selected students)

Monday 16 August - ICAS English (selected students)

Thursday 19 August - Y4-6 Swimming program ends

Friday 20 August - F-Y3 Swimming program ends

Monday 23 August - ICAS Science (selected students) & Book Week begins

Tuesday 24 August - Friday 27 August - Y5/6 Camp Candlebark

Thursday 26 August - Story Time Session 3

Monday 30 August - ICAS Maths (selected students)

Wednesday 1 September - Thursday 2 September - GATEWAYS Eureka

Wednesday 8 September - Swimming Carnival

Tuesday 14 September - F/Y1 Mini Concert (information to come)

Friday 17 September - Term 3 ends at 2:30pm

Crazy Hair Day!

Next week the SRC is holding a school-wide Crazy Hair Day!

Crazy Hair Day has been a Parkhill Tradition. We come together with crazy hair to support sufferers of cystic fibrosis - the inherited genetic disorder that adversely affects children and young adults.

We are holding Crazy Hair Day next Friday 30 July whether we are together in remote learning or together in person at school! Please bring a gold coin donation to help raise money for this worthy cause. What a great way to add some smiles and fun for our kids at this time!

Swimming Program

Please find attached the permission form for our Swimming Program. This program is for all students. If your child is not attending the Swimming Program, you still need to return the form stating that they are not attending the Swimming Program.

Due to remote learning, you are welcome to photograph your signed permission form and email it to the office. Payments can still be made via BPay. If you do not know your BPay details, please contact the office.


F/Y1s Inquiry Into Water

In line with the F/Y1s inquiry into water, we have been learning about the Water Cycle. An experiment we conducted this week to test our knowledge on the ‘collection’ phase of this cycle was to make rain gauges. Luckily we chose the rainiest day of the week, which lead to some very interesting results. Some of us collected plenty of rain, while others gauges were taken down by the wind. This was all part of our reflections as we wondered how we could improve the rain gauges for next time. What clever scientists we have here at Parkhill!

Bella Crowe

F/Y1 Teacher

Y2/3s Show Don't Tell

This week the Y2/3s have been learning about the Seven Steps writing technique, Show Don't Tell, which makes the reader feel part of the experience! They used picture prompts from Dreamtime stories such as The Rainbow Serpent and Tiddalick the Frog, which connects with our Inquiry unit, Koorie Culture.

Check out the amazing writing samples from our superstar writers!

Lucy Magura

Y2/3 Teacher

Y4/5A Wow Words

This week, Y4/5 students were trying to find examples of “Wow Words” in their reading and consider what made their chosen words interesting. Students were able to clearly explain their thinking!

  • Flynn: Jostle "Another word for push"

  • Miranda: Alliance "Love how it says alliance instead of team, it really makes the sentence stand out"

  • Kara: Hollow "It’s an interesting way of saying empty."

  • Benji: Pound "Because it is a currency that Australia doesn’t use."

  • Holly G: Panic "If someone was looking around with panic in their eyes it would engage the audience."

  • Ezra: Wild "Because it's a way to say an animal is not tamed but wild and people are like crazy and angry that's why its interesting."

  • Ayesha: Arcane "Because it sounds cool."

  • Martin: Fundamental "It sounds like a weird word and I've never seen it."

  • Matthew: Delay "Keep not doing something."

  • Holly L: Devouring "I thought it was strange why the author used that word because devouring is a bit negative."

  • Seb: Sprinted "I don’t know why the author used “sprinted” instead of dash or something like that."

  • Alicia: Moon girl "It's interesting because it's a girl who has been chosen to be a guardian and she has moon powers."

  • Zaid: Wow "It shows the people are amazed."

  • Hamzeh: Swerved "Interesting word for crashing."

  • Maryam: Tyrannosaurus Rex "The reason why I think this is interesting is because it's a cool name and it's to do with dinosaurs."

  • Noah: Ushered "Because it is unusual and a better way of saying: showed them the way."

  • Chloe: Scold "It makes it clear that the person is getting told off instead of just yelled at."

  • Lucas: Terrifying "Makes you scared."

  • Oscar: Crunch "It makes it interesting because it makes the door feel heavier and the sound loud.”

Alex Davies

Y4/5 Teacher

Y4/5B Social and Emotional Learning

This week our Learner Profile at Parkhill Primary School was 'Care'. We have thoroughly discussed what care means and how we can show care to other people and our environment. We have thought about times when we have given care and how that care made us feel. We have also thought about times when we have received care and how that care made us feel. It has been lovely to see all the ways Parkhill Primary School students show care! 

Here are some of the ways 4/5B show care:

How do you show care with family at home?

- I sometimes help with putting the washing on the line (Carmen)

- Having a fun chat at the dinner table (Jayda)

- I help grandma out the door (Mia)

- I make sure I’m not too noisy when everyone is doing their work from home (Peter)

How do you show care in the classroom?

- I listen to the person talking (Anna)     

- Respect other people’s opinion because everyone has their own opinion (Eli)

- Help people when they don’t know what to do (Jack)

- Lend things – like pencils (Lucas)

- When someone wants to be in my group, I say yes (Raf)

- I stay on task (Will M)

- Looking at the teacher (Xavier)

- Not treating my school or school things badly (William W)

- I try my best with my work (Kick)

How do you show care in the yard?

- I pay attention to my friend’s needs (Austin)

- Don’t step on plants (Charlotte)

- Playing with people I normally wouldn’t (Cormac)

- I pick up my rubbish (Joshua)

- If someone is in an argument, I will help them solve the problem (Mali)

- Looking after preppies (Sarah)

Brigitte Memmolo

Y4/5 Teacher

Y4/5C Mathematics

This week in maths, Y4/5 have been focusing on decimals! We have been using the 5e’s model to conduct our learning. For engage and explore, we began with looking at decimal numbers, and identifying what the numbers include. We then followed this learning by specifically tuning in to specific decimal numbers and the place value of each digit. The children were required to create an anchor chart of their learning. They needed to include key decimal concepts, and make it clear for viewers to see!

Jamie Dimopoulos

Y4/5 Teacher

Y6 Immigration

Y6 have been looking into push and pull factors that make people emigrate to another country. Students brainstormed some pull factors for Australia around education. Glad to see that we are getting it right here in Australia!

Students also had to design a travel brochure for a fictional country. We all need a holiday, but for now we can only dream!

Sasha Guy

Y6 Teacher

2021 Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey


Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents/caregivers/guardians think of our school. The Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents/caregivers/guardians (previously known as the Parent Opinion Survey). It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour, student engagement and experiences of remote and flexible learning. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies. Approximately 30 percent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year, the Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey will be conducted from Friday 23 July to Sunday 22 August.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek. Survey results each year help us to plan priorities and initiatives in the school in forthcoming years, including our current priority of communication. Please email Michelle at or call in at the office if you would like more information.

Library News

Dear Parkhill Families,

We hope this finds you all safe and well during this lockdown. 

While we are on remote learning, you can browse the online catalogue Book Club Issue 5 2021. Scholastic offers a wide range of great value books across different reading levels and interests.

You can place your order at or by using the LOOP app. The cut-off dates for orders is Saturday 31 July. Kindly note that orders will arrive at school.

Your order earns us Scholastic Rewards, which can be used to purchase additional books and resources for our school. Thank you to the families who have placed an order, we are grateful for your support.

Orders can be placed via the Book Club LOOP platform. Remember there is no obligation for you to make a purchase.

Please do get in touch if you need a hand with your order or have any questions

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