Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 31 Friday 6 November, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Can you believe we are nearly hitting mid-term already! The children seem to be settled into their new routines after a successful return to school. 

A few changes were announced earlier in the week regarding drop off. Children are able to enter the school grounds at the beginning of the school day without waiting at the gate from 8:45 am. You can drop them at 8:45 am and they can come onto the playground as we used to do pre-CoVID. The classroom doors will open at 8:50 am.  At this stage parents are still not allowed on school grounds. 


It is with mixed emotions that I share the following news. Mrs Tuck who has been a Parkhill icon for so many years is leaving us in 2021. In term 1 she will take Long Service leave to travel and then retire from the beginning of term 2. Mrs Tuck has been a teacher at Parkhill for 22 years! The school will not be the same without her! I am sure you will join me in wishing Mrs Tuck all the very best for her future adventures. 


Spending time chatting and listening to our children is one of the most beneficial ways we can connect with their young and developing minds. But how often do you get a ‘fine’ or ‘nothing’ kind of answer?  

Check out the link below for some great ideas and questions to help generate productive and thought provoking conversation with your little ones…

Everyone has a bad day from time to time, as adults we are aware of our mood and feeling and are well equipped to manage ourselves around such events. Children often are left frustrated, angry and confused when their day goes wrong. Check the article below for some handy helpful ways and ideas to support your child when they have a bad day!


We would like your help in discouraging children from bringing lots of precious toys to school. Often children bring a favourite toy and it stays in their bag, or something for show and tell or to play with at recess/lunch. These toys are ok for children to bring to school – but please do discourage them from bringing precious things to school.  At school things get broken and lost and children become quite distressed and unable to focus on their day if this happens. 


With lots of parked cars around the streets at drop off and pick up I am seeing more children squeezing between the cars and scooting over the road. Road safety is super important for our children, especially living in busy fast moving communities like ours. There are some fun and informative games online that will spark some interesting road safety chats with you and your child.  Have a look at the site below!

Term Dates 2021


  • Free Dress Fri-Yay every Friday until the end of term 4.
  • The 12th October was originally pinned as a school based curriculum day, this will no longer be the case. The curriculum day has been rescheduled for November 16th.

Please reach out if you need support, help or have any feedback at all to offer

Take care and very best wishes,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Monday 16th November - Curriculum Day - No School  

Tuesday 8 December - Whole School Transition (details to follow)

Wednesday 16 December - Grade 6 Graduation (details to follow)

Friday 18th December - Last day Term 4 - 1.30pm Finish

Student of the Week

F/1C-  Finn P

F/1S - James A

F/1M -  Stephie D

2/3B  - Mariam S

2/3L - Brightyn K

2/3T -  Aussie I

4/5D -  Peter K

4/5H -  Ben F

4/50  - Abigail E

5/6C -  Corey S

5/6G -  Chloe B

School Learning

Leadership Preparation

The Y5 students are preparing for leadership roles next year. 

Students were asked what the qualities of a good leader are, here were some of their responses:

Brave, inspirational, fair, respectful, selfless, team player, honest/ethical and lots more...

PFA News 6 November 2020

Office Bearers:

President: Rossanne Clay       

Treasurer: Vacant

Secretary/Communications: Kylie Touloupis

General Members:  

Elle Delmee, Maria Andrakakos, Sumi Sundram, Vanessa Cowley, Trish King


Thursday 12th November 8.30 pm.



Back with a COVID twist this year is our annual online fundraiser.

If you have a particular talent and want to put it to good use - this is the year for you!

How many hula hoops can you spin at one time?

How many hot dogs can you eat in a minute?

How many baskets can you slam dunk in 5 minutes?

Tell us what you are going to do, get some friends and family to sponsor you and get going!

Everyone that registers for the event and raises over $10 is placed in the draw to win one of 5 prizes.

We are asking for your support through donations via this website. Rest assured that fundraising through this site ensures that 100% of the donations will go directly to the school.


How to fundraise:

Sign up as a fundraiser at



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A percentage of each sale will be collected as a fundraiser for the school.

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