Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 25, Friday 20 August 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

What a super busy week this has been. David and I have spent the week in comprehensive conversation, handing over the important details about Parkhill. It has been a massive week sharing details of our school and community. David has been on-site meeting the staff and children who have been in and was part of our School Council meeting last night. 

Thank you to those of you who have already contacted David to say hi and introduce yourselves - I feel confident more of you will do so next week. 

The addition of live teaching to our platforms has been well received and I would like to thank those of you who have given positive feedback to the staff around this addition. 

It was wonderful to hear that many of you engaged in our Three-Way Conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you missed this and would like the chance to speak with your child’s class teacher please do contact them directly via email to arrange a time. 

The restrictions continue to be the same going into next week. If you are a family who requires on-site supervision please contact David directly to discuss your needs. This needs to be updated weekly to accommodate changes in restrictions and guidelines. 

On-site provision is limited and families must fit into one of the following categories: 

  • Children where both parents and/or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made;

  •  Where there are two parents/carers, both must be essential workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision;

  • For single parents/carers, the essential worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision;

  • Children experiencing vulnerability, including:

    • in out-of-home care

    • deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home 

    • identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)

    • where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide on-site supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.

I guess we are starting to feel the pressure of home learning again and that juggle of your own work and the children’s learning never gets easier. There are a few tips, tricks, and tools you can try implementing to keep your kids motivated.

Here are three ways to get your children excited and motivated.

1. Motivate with goal setting. Goals are a critical component of learning. They motivate by letting children know exactly what it is they need to do for learning to happen.

2. Motivate with rewards and praise. We already know that praise and reward are better motivators than punishment. 

3. Motivate with meaningful feedback. Timely and thoughtful feedback is a massive motivator! When your child has achieved their goal or made a step forward, take note! Give feedback about how well they have organised themselves and how proud you are of how they achieved it. You can comment on the strategy they have used or the progress they are making. 

As parents you are uniquely placed to motivate your children at home. Carefully read the communication coming home from the class teacher and check your child’s learning tasks so that you are well placed to answer questions if they need help, or redirect them back to their class teacher for support. Set up a learning space in the home for your child, with pens, pencils and learning materials ready and accessible. 

It is my plan to pop back into school to say goodbye to the children once the restrictions allow and I hope to see some of you on the playground then. In the meantime I hope you are all able to stay safe as we navigate our way through this lockdown. 


  • If you receive a close contact SMS or a positive CoVID result please ensure you let the school know as soon as possible.

  • We continue to work with Helen at Huntingtower to secure dates later in the year to ensure that the children can complete their swimming program this year - information will follow. We are very happy that, although broken, we are able to offer the swimming program in 2021. 

Best wishes,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Monday 23 August - Book Week begins & Virtual Book Parade (see below for details)

Tuesday 24 August - Friday 27 August - Y5/6 Camp Candlebark - postponed

Wednesday 1 September - Thursday 2 September - GATEWAYS Eureka (TBC)

Wednesday 8 September - Swimming Carnival - postponed

Tuesday 14 September - F/Y1 Mini Concert (information to come)

Friday 17 September - Term 3 ends at 2:30pm

Book Week 2021 - Next Week!

Book Week is next week. The theme is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. We will be having an online Book Parade this year on Monday 23rd August during the 10am class meets. Students are asked to come dressed up in their book character costume to this meet and upload a photo of themselves dressed up in their book character costume to their teacher. We will also be exploring the CBCA shortlisted books throughout the week. After the book parade a Book Week Activity Grid will be made available and students can choose fun activities based on these books to complete at home. 

I can’t wait to see all the marvellous book characters jump out of the pages and come alive at Parkhill! 


Des Schlack

Book Week Coordinator

F/Y1 Sound Words

These are some of the amazing writing pieces that F/1A students created when learning about using sound words (onomatopoeia) to make their writing really sizzle. Many of them wrote their sentences on paper to keep on practising their handwriting while learning at home.

Anne McGregor

F/Y1 Teacher

F/Y1 Character Descriptions

The F/Y1s have been learning to describe characters. Here are some of our character descriptions.

Des Schlack

F/Y1 Teacher

F/Y1: Inquiry Action: 5 Ways to Save Water Poster

The F/Y1s have been learning about water. Last week for their action they made posters to encourage people to save water.

Des Schlack

F/Y1 Teacher

Y2/3 Inquiry

This week, the Y2/3s were tuning in to their new inquiry unit: reduce, reuse, recycle. One of their tuning in tasks required them to audit the packaging in their pantries. They sorted items into groups according to the material of the packages. They did a fantastic job, and we are proud with how engaged they are to learn more about reducing, reusing, and recycling.


Nicole Arapoglou

Y2/3 Teacher

ICAS Assessments Update

Thanks once again to families who have signed up students to ICAS and your enduring patience and support with our change of sitting dates.

We will reschedule all tests to October, according to the following schedule.

ICAS Writing - Monday 11 October

ICAS English - Monday 18 October

ICAS Science - Monday 25 October

ICAS Maths - Friday 29 October

All test sessions will be held in the morning block.

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

Library News

Dear Parkhill Families,

Happy Friday. Book Week is upon us, and there is no better time to have a browse through the latest online catalogue - Book Club Issue 6 2021.

Orders can be placed online via or by using the LOOP app. Remember there is no obligation for you to make a purchase.

A note about delivery options

In response to the extended lockdown, Scholastic has added the temporary option to select home delivery when placing your Book Club order. The order default is to the school address, so you must choose the home delivery option on the order summary page if you wish to have your order delivered directly to you.

Kindly note that if you select the home delivery option, you will be charged a $7.50 delivery fee. Orders placed with school delivery option selected do not incur a fee, and these will be sent to school.

The cut-off date for orders is Wednesday 1 September

Your order earns us Scholastic Rewards, which can be used to purchase additional books and resources for our school. 

Please email me if you need a hand with your order or have any queries.

Happy Reading,

Angelita Williams


OSHC - Last Day of Term

We are pleased to inform you that PARKHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL OSHCLUB will be offering an extended After School Care session on Friday 17th September, 2021.

The session will run from 2.30pm to 6.00pm at the cost of $43.00 (before any applicable Child Care Subsidy). Many families are eligible for Child Care Subsidy, which reduces the out of pocket cost of outside school hours care. To establish what level of CCS you may be entitled to please contact the Centrelink Family Assistance Office on 13 61 50.

Please note that the pre-existing After School Care bookings have been automatically transferred to the associated Early Finish Time.

How to book

Please log in to your account online at to access the iParent Portal.

  • Select the bookings tab
  • Select the date in which you would like to book (press the ‘+ Booking’ button)
  • Select the child/ren that you would like to book into the session
  • Underneath the Room select the After School Care - Early Finish 
  • Acknowledge the terms and conditions
  • If you require further assistance, please contact your Service Coordinator on 0422 008 915.

    PFA News - August 20

    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!

    If you could please take and email us a photo, we would love to upload that to our newsletter. Please send us your photos to by 28th August.

    Rossanne Clay

    (President of Parkhill PFA)



    Elaine, we wish you and your family an easy and joy-filled maternity leave. It's sad for our community to not be able to farewell you properly, but we hope to be able to do so soon, once your little bundle arrives. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you around the playground when we're back on site.

    Best wishes,

    Parkhill PFA


    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 0480 171 847.


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