Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 23, Friday 6 August 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you for your flexibility and fast action around the lockdown. The platforms are up and running again with some areas of the school already running online live teaching sessions with their classes. 

At this stage the restrictions remain the same as the last lockdown including instructions to stay home and reduce movement through our community. 

The five reasons to leave home are:

  • Getting the food and the supplies you need;
  • Exercising for up to two hours;
  • Care or caregiving;
  • Authorised work or education if you can’t do it from home;
  • To get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.

Again, if you need any support accessing your child’s learning or would like help on-site please contact me directly 0413 440 871.

I would like to take this chance to share some exciting news with you. Going into 2022 we will be reintroducing a Science specialist teacher through the development of a STEAM specialist program. Andrea Crane has agreed to take on the role of STEAM specialist which will offer direct learning of the STEAM domains, amalgamating the Arts into her program with a strong focus on Science and Technology. This is super exciting for us!

For many years now you have been asking for the return of a specialist science program, in developing the STEAM program we are able to offer this.

So what are the benefits of STEAM education? STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. ... STEAM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for the students. Making math and science both fun and interesting helps the students to do much more than just learn. 

STEAM seeks to foster curiosity about all topics. Inquiry-based learning, a vital component in many STEAM programs, encourages students to experience as they learn. Instead of memorising facts, students exercise their critical thinking skills as they work through their lessons. 

STEAM is important because it teaches critical thinking skills and instills a passion for innovation. Beyond the benefit of learning science, technology, engineering, art and math, STEAM assists in the problem-solving and exploratory learning that fuel success across a variety of tasks and disciplines.

We will still be running a learning support program, which has been established this year in line with the Department’s tutor learning initiative. 



We are hopeful that we can move the swimming sessions missed this coming week to the end of the program - further information will follow once I have clarity around this. 

Please stay in touch with your class teacher. Specialist teachers are also available via email. 


  • On Monday 23rd August we plan to host a community morning tea after drop off so that you can pop in and say hi to David Wells the replacement Principal - providing we are out of lockdown by then, otherwise we will run a meet and greet online. 

  • Three-Way Conference information can be found below - please book a time to meet with your class teacher. These meetings will be held online.

Best wishes,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Thursday 12 August - Story Time Session 2 - Postponed

Monday 16 August - ICAS English (selected students)

Tuesday 17 August - Wednesday 18 August - Three-Way Conferences - held online, information below

Friday 20 August - Y5/6 Winter Round Robin

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

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

Flexischools Canteen Closure

Flexischools lunch orders will not be available on Wednesday August 25 and Friday August 27 due to events taking place at Ashwood High School.

ICAS Assessments Update

Thanks to those families that have signed students up for the challenge of ICAS.

The Writing test - which was planned for Monday 9 August - will now be rescheduled to Monday 11 October (next term). We all know how COVID likes to keep us on our toes!

Currently, the remaining three assessments will be on their original dates, that is: ICAS English - Monday 16 August, ICAS Science - Monday 23 August, ICAS Maths - Monday 30 August. All test sessions will be held in the morning block.

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

F/Y1 Garden Gurus

The F/Y1s enjoyed their first garden session for the year. We learnt all about different seeds and how to plant them. We also created watercolour pictures of the garden and cooked up some Sunshine Muffins. Thank you to Jess and all the parents who volunteered and helped us have a wonderful first session in the garden. We can’t wait until our next session.

Des Schlack

F/Y1 Teacher

F/Y1 Potato Olympics

To celebrate the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the F/Y1s have taken it upon themselves to create their own mini Olympics… using potatoes.

Each student spent time and care decorating their own potato Olympian. Every potato Olympian was given a name, personality and was assigned specific interests.

After this was decided, the games were ready to begin. F/Y1 students enjoyed hands on maths activities, including events such as weightlifting where each potato’s mass was carefully weighed. Potato Olympians competed in shotput, as the F/Y1 judges measured how far each potato was hurled. And of course, to end the week, the potato Olympians got to prove their worth in the F/Y1-made obstacle courses.

Overall, it’s been a great week where both student and potato alike have been able to prove their agility and math skills.

Bella Crowe

F/Y1 Teacher

Parkhill Community Artwork

During the last round of remote learning students completed a Social and Emotional Learning lesson on communities. The lesson helped students identify Parkhill Primary School as a community with a shared purpose of learning. 

To celebrate our Parkhill Community, we would love to put together an artwork of all the families that belong to Parkhill. To do this we asked each child to upload a black and white photo of their family. If we haven't received your photo yet, please email it to your classroom teacher. If you would love to come in and pose for a photo here at school, please be in contact with me and I can capture you just prior to school starting or a pick-up time.


Andrea Crane

PFA News - August 6

Executive Committee:

President: Rossanne Clay                  

Vice President: Kylie Brown

Treasurer: Sumi Sundram

Secretary/Communications: Kylie Touloupis

General Members: Elle Delmee, Vanessa Cowley, Trish King, Marinda Tanner, Jo Argaet



Lots to look forward to, mark it on the calendar. You don’t want to miss a thing!


WHEN: Saturday 28 August 2021 at 7:00 PM til late (7:30pm kick-off)

WHERE: School library


THEME: Op Shop Glam – (no dress ups, no worries – there’s fun for all!)

There are individual and group prizes so get your table together and start planning now!

Book your tickets here:



If you're able to spare 15 minutes to one hour to help with setup or packdown of the Trivia event please sign up here:

Many hands make light work.

Saturday at 3pm - Setup tables & chairs

Sunday morning at 10am - Pack away tables & chairs


Please email if you can help us out with baking goods or selling treats on the day.

Set up on the day from 3pm, selling from 3.20pm. I promise it’s the shortest event you’ll ever volunteer for - 15 mins of mayhem and then you’re done!


Mother’s Day Movie Night is such a success and we’re wanting to celebrate the male role models in the Parkhill community in the same way. WE’RE LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER(S) TO ORGANISE AN OFF-CAMPUS DADS EVENING. If you have any ideas, connections or would like to help us out, please contact Rossanne on 0480 171 847.

Let’s make it happen!


We’re setting up a committee together for fun, food and carols (which will be Thursday 2nd December) to help create a wider community event for our school and beyond. If you’d like to be part of designing this fun event, please contact Rossanne on 0480 171 847.


2021 T3 YE After-school STEM Lab- Parkhill PS FRIDAY - Learn, imagine, build and explore with our STEM program. Our world-class programs are designed to enrich the students’ knowledge in STEM through the use of K’nex®, LEGO® bricks, coding and robotics techniques making it possible for the students to understand and solve a problem by practical application of theoretical concepts. This is what makes the Young Engineers a pioneer in education.

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