Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 27, Friday 3 September 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope everyone had the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the lovely early Spring weather this week. Despite the wind, the warmth and sunshine certainly lifted spirits in these challenging times.


Remote Learning and Student Voice

As we heard earlier this week, the current restrictions will remain in place and we will continue with remote learning for the remainder of term 3. While we wait for the release of the return to on-site learning plan expected next week, we continue to focus on providing a meaningful remote learning program with an emphasis on wellbeing as well as ongoing academic growth. Over the course of this and previous lockdowns, the staff at Parkhill PS have continued to evaluate and reflect on their practice. Student feedback has had a significant influence on the evolution of the remote learning program at Parkhill. Teachers have introduced, modified and adapted activities based on the feedback provided through student voice surveys. When students have a voice in their learning, they are more likely to experience self-worth, engagement and purpose in school. Whilst there is no perfect model that caters for the exact needs of every family, we continue to be committed to providing a remote program that is flexible and responsive to the needs and wants of our students.


Wellbeing Fridays

In the last two weeks this term, we will be introducing wellbeing days. Each Friday, teachers will provide a range of fun activities that focus on building physical and mental wellbeing. Participation in activities is encouraged, however students will not be required to upload responses to tasks and teachers will not be providing feedback. The intention is to ease the pressure on everyone at the end of each busy week – students, parents and teachers.


Where’s Polly

During the extended lockdown last year, you might remember the Spoonville phenomena taking off worldwide. This proved to be a great way to connect people through COVID-safe means and built community spirit. Let's remind our kids that they are part of a school community that cares, even when they can’t see their friends. Dress a toy in Parkhill uniform or colours and place it in a window for children to spot on their walks/scoots/runs/rides. For extra entertainment, look out for a Parkhill Wally (a “Polly”) in Parkhill shades of blue! 

Many thanks to the Connected School working group for initiating this great idea.

Foundation 2022

It might still seem like a fair way off, but the school is currently planning for the 2022 school year. A lot of time and energy goes into ensuring that staffing, resources and programs are ready for the new year.  A reminder to families that have a sibling, friend or neighbour who is wanting to join our 2022 Foundation class next year, to contact the school as soon as possible to organise an enrolment form.

To all our Parkhill dads, I hope you have a great Father’s Day this Sunday.

Take care,

David Wells

Acting Principal

Calendar of Curriculum Events

Thursday 9 September - F/Y1 Ripponlea Virtual Excursion

Friday 10 September - Y2/3 CERES Virtual Excursion (9:30-10:30am)

Friday 17 September - Term 3 ends

F/Y1 - How Tools Have Changed Over Time

The F/Y1 students continue to inquire into the past and how things have changed over time. To put this to the test, students selected an activity that compared an item from the past with an item from the present. Activities included sweeping compared to vacuuming; writing the alphabet on paper versus typing on a computer; or beating an egg with a whisk compared to an electric beater. The conversation was very interesting regarding which item was easier to use. It was nice that there were also some shiny houses after this experiment. Well done for investigating items from the past compared to the present, F/Y1s! 

Bella Crowe

F/Y1 Teacher

Hands-on Learning in Y2/3!

This week the Y2/3 team incorporated student feedback to make our learning tasks as hands-on as possible! We even included live teaching lessons outside for reading! 

As part of Maths, students used manipulatives such as buttons, pasta and Lego to help subtract with regrouping. Students learned about area by building rectangular or square shaped forts and worked out how to measure the space inside using informal and formal units. The Y2/3s have also been inquiring into reduce, reuse, recycle, and did an amazing job at reusing and repurposing materials! We had such a range of creations - bird feeders, pet homes, pot plants made from recycled materials, vases, clothes... you name it! 

Lucy Magura

Y2/3 Teacher

ICAS Assessments Update

Starting to feel like Groundhog Day! New week = new ICAS reschedule!

ICAS have extended the dates for tests in NSW and Victoria, so we are able to stretch out our maths test to align with the Monday routine. This avoids a potential GATEWAYS clash.

Our new ICAS schedule is as follows:

ICAS Writing - Monday 11 October

ICAS English - Monday 18 October

ICAS Science - Monday 25 October

ICAS Maths - Monday 8 November (as the 1st is a Curriculum day)

All test sessions will be held in the morning block.

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

GATEWAYS Eureka Update

GATEWAYS Eureka has been postponed until the following dates:

Wednesday 13 October - UPPER (Y4-6)

Thursday 14 October - LOWER (Y1-3) 

PFA News - September 3

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

NEXT PFA MEETING – We have postponed this meeting in favour of a time when we are able to meet face-to-face. We will keep you posted.


Thank you to our forever flexible and patient Trivia Night ticket holders. Unfortunately the time has come to call it and as you’ve probably already realised TRIVIA NIGHT IS CANCELLED and will not be rescheduled so we invite you to REQUEST A REFUND.

Unfortunately, this is not an automatic process so here’s what to do: 

If you are the ticket holder on Trybooking please email by Friday 10th September and we will issue the refund ASAP. 

Thank you for your on-going support. As we need to process the money, we will assume any refunds not requested by the 10th of September are a donation to the school. 

We really appreciate the time and effort you put into your tables and your costumes. Just for fun we would love to see what you had planned!

Rossanne Clay

(President of Parkhill PFA)

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