Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 12, Friday 7 May 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

It was wonderful to see many of you at Thursday’s afternoon tea - thank you for your ideas and feedback. We will issue a community survey soon to gather the thoughts of those of you who could not attend. 

The school was a hive of activity this morning with the Mother’s Day Stall being held in the library space. It was just lovely to hear the chit chat and buzz of the children coming through. A massive thank you to the PFA and parents who helped out this morning - your help is always very much appreciated! 

I am sure there are many of you who are looking forward to the Mother’s Day Movie night tonight - have fun!


Now in its 77th year, Education Week aims to positively profile and celebrate the strengths and achievements of Victoria's government education sector.

Education Week 2021 will run from 23-29 May and the theme is 'Building Connections'. The theme celebrates the connections between schools and local communities and strengthens bonds with families and carers. During Education Week we will hold our open morning and open night events. Open day includes an open classroom session from 9:30am - 10:30am, and an open evening from 5:30pm - 7pm.  This will be on Tuesday 25th May.  Our open morning invitation will come home soon via your child and the open evening event is advertised below. 

The morning is full of learning activities in class and around the school, showcasing various aspects of the school. We hold school tours with our captains, sessions in the garden, and throughout our specialist program as well as in the classroom. 

This year, in response to parent feedback, we will not be running our usual Passport to Parkhill activity for children.  Our open evening is to showcase the very best of Parkhill to both current and prospective families. We ask that this year children attending wear their school uniform with pride and come prepared to talk about their learning in the classrooms. The open evening is a family event - classrooms will be open for you to explore the learning spaces, enjoy a showcase of learning and talk with the staff about the programs offered. There will be student performances and a Principal’s address at 7pm. Children should not be at school unattended during the open evening. 


Thank you for those who shared ideas with me - I leave this for you to think about: many of you know Mrs Tuck retired this year.  We are looking to hold a celebration of her time as a teacher at Parkhill. Currently Mrs Tuck is travelling Australia and unable to join us, however on her return in term 3 we are planning a special day in her honour. We are trying to pull together a PHTV feature length episode - if you have any photos or memories you would like to share please send them through to the office for us to collate. In the meantime if you have any ideas for celebration that you think we could add to our special day please do let me know. 


It is important to remember that you are always welcome to meet with your class teacher and I encourage you to make appointments throughout the year to touch base and talk about your child’s learning progress.

Best wishes,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Tuesday 11 May - Friday 14 May - NAPLAN

Friday 14 May - F/Y1 Zoo excursion

Monday 17 May - Curriculum Day - students do not attend school on this day

Wednesday 19 May - Friday 21 May - Y3/4 Camp

Wednesday 19 May - Walk and Wheel to School Safely Day & Library working bee - see below for details

Friday 21 May - Y4/5/6 District Cross Country

Monday 24 May - Bring It Breaky - see below for details

Tuesday 25 May - Open Day and Night - see below for details

Wednesday 26 May - National Sorry Day & Y2/3 Woolworths excursion

Thursday 27 May - Reconciliation Week begins

Thursday 3 June - Mabo Day

Friday 4 June - Wear It Yellow Day - see below for details

Wednesday 9 June - Thursday 10 June - GATEWAYS Eureka

Monday 14 June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 15 June - Friday 18 June - Y5/6 Camp Kangaroobie

Friday 25 June - Term 2 ends at 2:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: Monday 17 May is a curriculum day. Students do not attend school on this day

Student of the Week

F/1A - Oliver B

F/1B - Abhinav R

F/1C - Darcy T

2/3A - Blake S

2/3B - Michael P

2/3C - Keira M

4/5A - Justin M

4/5B - Lucas K

4/5C - Najim S

6B - Lucy F

Diversity Day

What a busy Diversity Day! The students enjoyed a morning full of fun activities across many cultural backgrounds, such as making lanterns by using red packets, learning about flags from all over the world, making Russian Matryoshka dolls, and so much more. Students learned many Kung Fu movements and it sure did make everybody tired by the end of the session. Everyone should have gained some more muscles too after all the Kung Fu practice in the morning. 

Shuoyin Tu

LOTE Teacher


NAPLAN assessments are scheduled for next week from Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th. Y3 and Y5 students will sit an assessment each day to the following timetable:

We are working to arrange a special breakfast treat for the students to celebrate the beginning of their NAPLAN journey. (If you are available to help out, please get in touch with Pip Papageorgiou.)

Please help us by limiting interruptions at the above scheduled times and bringing your Y3 or Y5 children to school rested and ready for the tests!

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

Wear It Yellow Day; An initiative of Children’s Ground

As part of our Reconciliation Week this year, on Friday the 4th of June we will be encouraging all students and teachers to take part in a yellow themed casual dress day to raise funds for First Nations organisation, Children’s Ground.

The National Reconciliation Week theme for 2021 is ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’. This theme encourages all Australians to take action to achieve equality between First Nations and non-First Nations people. That is why Parkhill Primary has decided to participate in Children’s Ground’s ‘Wear it Yellow Day'. As part of ‘Wear it Yellow Day’, students will engage with Reconciliation Week learning material.

Students and teachers who take part are reminded to bring a gold coin donation and wear a touch of yellow. For more information on Children’s Ground, head to

Bella Crowe

Koorie Ambassador

Parkhill Primary School Care Groups

The Amigos! Best of the Best! Team Amazing! You may have heard some of these names bandied around by your kids on a Tuesday after school. These are just a few of the student-selected names of our care groups this year.

What are Care Groups?

While they sound very new, Care Groups are actually an evolution of our long-running buddy program.

In previous years our buddy program saw classes paired together into 'buddy grades' and students matched and paired together. While this old system worked very well in some cases, we found that it lacked flexibility. For example, older students were automatically expected to be 'leaders', but not all students are always developmentally ready for this role. Also, as 'buddies' students spend all their time building a relationship with only one other person. This sort of strong 1:1 relationship is actually highly beneficial for a child just starting school, which is why we have retained this model for our Foundation and Y6 classes. But other students are ready for a more diverse experience. A key difference of care groups is that non-F/Y6 care groups are comprised of a mix of Y1s to Y5s. And rather than being matched and paired, these students are all given structured opportunities to build relationships more broadly. Rather than having set roles that a younger student/older student pairing packs them into, more students are able to experience the role of leader, expert or carer. Another benefit is that teachers can build and strengthen relationships with students across the whole school as care group members and their friends interact with their care group teachers in the yard!

In short, our aim is to foster student connectedness.

So what does it look like?

Every Tuesday at 3:00pm, all the care groups spend the rest of the school afternoon together in structured sessions that centre around special events and the Learner Profile of the week. We've made wreaths for our ANZAC Day service while learning about 'Principled', and students co-created their own Acknowledgement to Country while learning about 'Communicator', just to mention a few things. Lessons are discussed and planned by our Y6 Care Group Leaders and the SRC under the guidance of Alex Davies, so the students have a strong voice in care group activities. Additionally, the care groups model allows further opportunity by providing groups for other whole-school activities like Twilight Sports and Diversity Day.

It's been terrific watching care groups evolve this year. Students have come up with some of the best and whackiest names for their care group and some individuals have even been inspired to design logos! We're definitely very excited by the differences these small changes have made and the opportunities it presents for students at Parkhill.


Alex Davies

SRC Coordinator and Student Voice Action Team Leader

Working Bee Call Out - Library

A library working bee group will be hosted on Wednesday 19 May from 9:00am-12:00pm. 

We are looking to give the library a spruce up, with sorting, repairing and getting new books wrapped and ready for borrowing.

Feel free to drop by and say hello or come spend the morning with us, we will love to see you!

Kindly RSVP at the office or email me at

Angelita Williams


Walk and Wheel to School Safely Day

May 19th is Walk and Wheel to School Safely Day. While this is completely optional, we encourage all students to walk or wheel to school to get active. Our Learner Profile for this week is "balance" so we are raising awareness around the need to balance risk-taking with safety precaution. On Tuesday in care groups, students will learn about safety measures such as:

  • Wearing a helmet when wheeling
  • Walking or wheeling with an older sibling or adult
  • Staying on the footpath or bike path
  • Crossing at pedestrian crossings and walking bikes and scooters across roads
  • Riding at a safe speed

If your children would like to take part but you live further away, consider driving to a safe halfway point and walking/wheeling from there.

To prepare for Walk and Wheel to School Safely Day, please conduct a helmet check and test the brakes on bikes and scooters - even those that ones that mums and dads will be riding!

We'll see you walking and wheeling on May 19th!

The SRC and Care Group Leaders

Office Update

Payment of Excursions

With an influx of excursions, incursions and camps fast approaching, please note that we cannot give change for any payments made in cash. All cash payments must be the correct amount.

Contact Tracing

Some excursion venues are required to collect contact details and are responsible for managing record keeping for contact-tracing in line with current public health directives. 

Most venues are required to use electronic record keeping that connects with an Application Programming Interface (API) linked provider or a digital system provided by Services Victoria. The Department of Health has strongly recommended that a contact number for each individual student is provided. A school phone number alone is not considered sufficient. Providing contact details for individual students will expedite contact tracing so that individuals can be contacted by the Department of Health if required. 

Parents/carers/guardians are advised that, when required, the school will be providing excursion venues with contact details for students. The phone number on school file for the student will be provided as the nominated contact number.

Venues will be collecting student names and contact phone numbers for a legitimate purpose and are subject to Victorian privacy laws so will handle the information securely and only retain it for the required 28-day period.

2022 Enrolments

If you have a young child looking to start at Parkhill in 2022, please get your enrolment form to the office ASAP!

PE Basketball Clinic

This week in PE, the Y6 students participated in a basketball clinic run by Warrick Giddey from the NBL team, Melbourne United. The students were taken through many drills concentrating on dribbling, passing and shooting. On a beautiful Autumn day, they certainly enjoyed the knowledge passed on from Warrick, and of course the free giveaways. Thanks Warrick, we all had a great time!    

Dean Sciacca

PE Teacher

School Cross Country

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time to assist with School Cross Country today. 

The children had a wonderful time and did their best. The top 8 girls and boys from each age group will go through to District Cross Country to be held at Jells Park on Friday 21st May 2021.

Again, thanks to all the parents, teachers and students for their participation!

Liz O'Meara

Y4/5/6 Sports Coordinator

Garden Class - Easy Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls


  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 packet of rice noodles (prepare according to directions on pack)
  • 1/2 medium iceberg lettuce, leaves shredded
  • Radishes, sliced
  • Fresh herbs such as chives and mint, chopped finely
  • 24 rice paper wrappers (found in Asian section at most supermarkets)

Dipping sauce (for 4 small bowls)

  • 4x4 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 4x2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 4x2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 4x2 teaspoons honey


  1. Prepare vegetables as described above.
  2. Prepare rice paper wrappers as described on the packet.
  3. Fill by placing a small amount of the filling ingredients (start with noodles) on the wrap. Fold wrap as per diagram.
  4. Mix sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
  5. Enjoy!

MS Read-a-thon

Website link:

At the website you can write book reviews and rate books. We say we’re reading for a good cause.

Money raised will help fund vital support services.

The Read-a-thon takes place in August. From the 1st till the 31st of August.

Click on the website link and start reading!


By Zoe and India

Bring It Breaky

We’d like to invite you to come to our first 'Bring It Breaky' for 2021 and our first in over 12 months! Bring yourselves, and some morning tea to share.

When: Monday 24th May at 8:45am

Where: Staffroom

Parents/carers and pre-schoolers all welcome.

Donations Required

The F/Y1 sandpit has been busy 'cooking' up a storm of soups and salads and we would love to enhance their culinary creations. If anyone has any old pots and pans sitting in their cupboard that they no longer need, please donate them to the F/Y1 sandpit. Please take donations to the office.

Kerry D'Arcy

Education Support

PFA News - May 7

Executive Committee:

President:  Rossanne Clay                  

Vice  President: Kylie Brown

Treasurer:  Sumi Sundram

Secretary/Communications:  Kylie Touloupis

General Members:  Elle Delmee, Vanessa Cowley, Trish King

NEXT MEETING: Thursday 13th May 8:30pm - email for Hangouts link.


We have lots of fantastic events for our school community this term that we’d love for you to be a part of. And we’re always on the look-out for new helpers and connections so feel free to get in touch with us using our email


Hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day. Today has been full of events for our special mothers. We’re looking forward to seeing you at our Mother’s Day Movie tonight and we hope you enjoy your special Mother’s Day gift from our Mother’s Day stall.

TRIVIA NIGHT - Saturday 29th May

WHEN: Saturday 29 May at 7:00pm to 11:00pm (7:30pm kickoff)

WHERE: School library

TICKETS:$25. You can purchase a table of 10 or individual tickets.

THEME: Op Shop Glam - There are individual and group prizes so get your table together and start planning now!

Book your tickets here

BYO drinks and nibbles. Group and individual prizes!

Parkhill Primary Trivia night - You can purchase a table of 10 or individual tickets 7:00pm arrival for a 7:30pm start Dress code - OP SHOP GLAM

Thank you to those of you who are already enquiring about donating to our auction event on the night - we are extremely grateful and we will be sure to mention those businesses in our newsletters, on our Facebook page and on the night. If you require an official Parkhill PFA letter of request then please contact Rossanne 0480 171 847 or



Lots to look forward to this term, please mark the dates in the calendar. You don’t want to miss a thing!


Thank you for your continued support. Did you know 20% of every Entertainment Membership goes directly to Parkhill Primary?

Follow the link and support us today:


If anyone in the community has an RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate) to help behind the bar at future events or is, was or wants to be a DJ (to help us raise the roof!) we would love to hear from you! Please email to get in touch.



Our fundraising partner Ritchies IGA supermarkets have launched their new revamped community benefit program. Every month Parkhill will receive a % from our members’ spend. Please download the Ritchies loyalty app today and start saving! Don’t forget to mark ‘Parkhill Primary School’ as your favourite Community Recipient. Our school has received a whopping $7,638.68 from Ritchies since the program inception. See the flyer at bottom of the newsletter for details and QR codes.

Thank you!


Rebel Community Givebacks is a program designed to allow schools to earn in-store credits at Rebel to purchase essential sporting equipment and team wear. Parkhill is rewarded with 5% back on sales linked to a member or student who is a rebel active member. So please, remember to mention ‘Parkhill Primary School’ on your next visit. The credits raised have been invaluable in enhancing the school equipment over the years we have been involved.

After School Chinese Class

If you are interested in enrolling your child in an after-school Chinese class for Foundation-Y6, please contact Olga at

Supporting our community in building a meaningful Jewish future, by providing quality Jewish educational experiences to students in non-Jewish schools.

Young Engineers- After-school STEM Lab- Parkhill PS - 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.

Beyond Online

Dear parents and students of Y1-6, 

Our Term 2 Beyond Online classes begin in the final week of May . These programs run after-school hours and across four consecutive weeks, each connected by a subject area that explores a different concept weekly. Students can join at any time as each session covers a stand-alone concept.  Please note: This is a parent-nominated program. 

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon programs are available.
  • Years 1-4: 4:30 - 5:30 pm - $30 per session
  • Years 5-6: 4:30 - 6:00 pm - $45 per session

Contact G.A.T.E.WAYS on 02 9940 0303 if you have any questions or need assistance with the enrolment process.

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