Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 2 Friday 5 February, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers

Happy Friday! We have seen a very busy week with the decanting of the resources from the Roger Beech Hall ready for the demolition to begin on Monday. We are excited to eventually have the works going ahead after the delays that 2020 brought. I am told the building will be completed within 12 months which will mean by 2022 we will be free of building works again!

Thank you to those who have offered portable basketball systems in the meantime - as you will have noticed the children have lost the basketball court at this time. 

Next week we have our information evening - see details below: 


Information Evening will be held on TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY. We stagger the sessions across the school to allow families to attend any meeting.  

Information sessions – Tuesday 9th February

F/1 - 5.30pm

Y2/3 - 6.00pm

Y4/5 - 6.30pm

Y6 - 7.00pm

The sessions will be held in the classroom blocks.


At Parkhill, we use Essential Agreements to drive the culture in our learning and working environment. Essential Agreements are co-created by all stakeholders and outline what behaviours we aspire to in order to make the learning environment and culture positive, supportive and productive. Essential Agreements help us to go beyond the rules and think about the ‘why’. 

Parkhill Primary School:  Community Essential Agreement

We care for ourselves, each other and our environment.

We show respect by speaking with kindness and listening to understand.

We value learning time.

We show unity by helping each other and ourselves.

We are honest and take responsibility for our actions.

We are persistent and have high expectations.

We strive to be positive role models.


Throughout the school our focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) continues. The children will bring home a STEAM activity grid next week. This is a selection of activities that you can do with your child at home with suggested links. The activities do form part of the homework schedule but are not compulsory and are really just to scaffold engagement in hands on learning at home.


You will see the scale in classrooms during our information evening on Tuesday. The students have been learning about how we manage problems that may occur.  This is a visual way for us to scaffold conversation around how ‘big’ the problem is and helps us to have discussion around the strategies we can use to help us.

This resource is one that you can use at home too.


If you are unable to order online then your order can be faxed or email to



Children must wear a hat in term 1 – they are not allowed to play outside, and must stay in the shade if they do not have a hat.  

Building Works

Please use the main entrance to come onto school grounds - do not wander through the car park as this space is out of bounds for children. You are still welcome to use the Cassinia Avenue entrance from the side of the school. 

Face Masks

In line with the restrictions we ask that all adults wear face masks when entering school buildings.  Physical distancing should still be honoured at all times.

Wear Red Day

Next Friday 12 February is Wear Red Day. Students will come to school wearing their school uniform and a red accessory to help raise funds to beat heart disease. Students can bring a gold coin donation.

Have a wonderful weekend

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Tuesday 9 February  - Information Night

Friday 12 February - Wear Red Day - wear something red on your school uniform, bring a gold coin donation

Friday 12 February - Brainstorm Productions - The H Team

Thursday 11 March - School Photos

Tuesday 16 March - Twilight Sports

Friday 19 March - Bully No Way Day

Thursday 1 April - Term 1 ends

Student of the Week

F/1A - Whole Class

F/1B - Penny A

F/1C - Angus E

2/3A - Anna O

2/3B - Chloe L

2/3C - Mariam S

4/5A - Oscar W

4/5B - Mia T

4/5C - Victor V

6A - Hannah D

6B  - Max P

Acceptable Use Agreement for Parkhill

Your child will have received a copy of the Acceptable Use Agreement from their class teacher this week. Please take the time to discuss with them the contents of the agreement, and safe use of technology. It is important that families, including students, sign the agreement and that it is brought back to school before technology can be used in classroom programs.

You can access a copy of the Agreement here:

Expressions of Interest – Parent Class Reps 2021

We are seeking expressions of interest for joining the Parent Class Rep team this year. The Parent Class Rep role is a great way to get to know more members of our Parkhill community, help coordinate classroom volunteers and bring families together through social events. To find out more please email us or chat to us in the school yard.  

Chris Doulkeridis & Pip Papageorgiou -  

Brainstorm Productions - The H Team, Friday 12 February

Parkhill is looking forward to another Brainstorm Production next Friday called The H Team.

‘The H Team' is a live educational theatre performance that follows the story of Cal and Mindi, who are accidentally transported from the safety of the 'H Zone' and left without their positive mindsets. Peer pressure and social media make Mindi anxious, competitive and impulsive. Cal is being bullied, and becomes isolated and obsessed with junk food and video games. They must learn to resist the lure of advertising and excessive screen time, stand up to bullying and make healthy decisions.

‘The H Team' is part of our student wellbeing curriculum and has been developed by teachers and psychologists. This exciting live theatre experience gives students knowledge and confidence to cope with difficult emotions and critically evaluate negative messages from advertising and the media. They will learn practical strategies that can be used to build positive relationships, stay safe online and take care of their minds and bodies.

Brainstorm Productions is one of Australia’s largest and most respected theatre in education companies, performing to over 360,000 students every year. They offer a range of programs to help schools build healthy and harmonious environments, addressing issues such as cyber safety, bullying, resilience, diversity and inclusion. If you would like to know more about Brainstorm Productions, visit their website:

Icy Poles!

Starting next Friday, Y6 will be selling icy poles, alongside the PFA. This will assist us in raising money for Graduation. Help support the Y6 cohort by bringing a gold coin or two and purchasing an icy pole from them on Fridays, after school. They will be sold from the 'Hub'.

Book Club


Hi Parkhill Families,

Here’s a quick guide to Scholastic in the handy Parent’s Guide to Book Club.

If you have any queries or need further information, please email me

PFA News 5 February 2021

Office Bearers:

President: Rossanne Clay   

Vice President: VACANT     

Treasurer: VACANT

Secretary/Communications: Kylie Touloupis

General Members:  

Elle Delmee, Wendy Douglas, Donna Edwards, Sumi Sundram, Vanessa Cowley, Trish King


We have two positions available on the committee and we are looking for new recruits.

Being part of the PFA provides an opportunity to add enormous value to the school, students and community through fundraising for amenities and by creating social activities that bring families and students together fostering the wonderful Parkhill community.

You will be supported in these roles by the school and current PFA members. Come to the meeting and see what we’re all about. No strings attached!

Next Meeting: Thursday 11 February 2021 8:30pm

                           Thursday 11 March PFA AGM 8.30pm

Please RSVP to



Please join us on Friday 12th February 9.00am in the Parkhill Staffroom for a chat, nibble and cuppa to meet your fellow F/1 families.

To help with connection and to keep us all in the loop, please join the WhatsApp Chat using the below QR codes for your year level.

We look forward to meeting you!

Term 1 Menu Classroom Cuisine

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