Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 22, Friday 30 July 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today is certainly crazy! All sorts of colours around the school with hair ties, ribbons, blue, green and red colours; I even saw a bird's nest and an octopus sitting on a child’s head… What is going on??

It is just wonderful to have the children back on-site - they are excited and motivated to see their friends and back in the classroom learning. Crazy Hair Day is the perfect way to end our first week back on-site. 

Returning to school is not always smooth and exciting for everyone. If you are struggling, or your child is worrying about being back on-site, please do contact either your class teacher or myself so we can help.  The ongoing impact of lockdowns on mental health is heavily documented and wellbeing is one of our priorities going into the next few weeks and months. 

I would like to thank everyone for being respectful of the restrictions in and around the school grounds - drop off and pick up have been successful in terms of physical distancing and gatherings - so thank you!

We were able to host a small working bee yesterday outside with a small gathering to begin the works on the front of the school - we are fixing up the benches with the plan to paint them. Thanks to Ross, Elsie, Rob, Emily and Marinda for their help, and of course to Roger for his organisation!  The group worked hard sanding and prepping for the painting stage - and although the sun was shining it was bitter cold! Thanks to Marinda for providing morning tea to top off the morning. 

It was lovely to meet David Wells yesterday. David is the Principal who will replace me when I am on leave.  He spent some time with Michelle, Jo and myself yesterday and had a tour of the school. He will be back to meet the children and the community the week before I leave for a comprehensive handover. He will also join a School Improvement Team meeting to review our school priorities and a School Council meeting in the meantime. On Monday 23rd August we plan to host a community morning tea after drop off so that you can pop in and say hi to David, restrictions allowing. 

We are still not able to hold whole school assemblies at this stage - within two weeks we are hoping this changes. We will be hosting assemblies online for the children for the next two weeks - these will be recorded and a link sent via email to you afterwards. 

Swimming started with a splash! The Y4-6 had their first swimming session at Huntingtower yesterday which was so exciting. This is the first time we have been at the pool since 2019! We have booked a make up session for the upper school for Monday 2nd August - this is to make up for the session missed on Tuesday due to the lockdown - see below for details. Again, sadly parents are not allowed at the pool to watch their child swim at this stage. The only parents who can attend are those of you who are already rostered to help. There is a maximum of 3 parent helpers for each class depending upon numbers and need. 


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…

I hope you have a restful weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Please follow the government's restrictions, please be safe and stay home!

Best wishes,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Wednesday 4 August - Swimming program begins for F-Y3 students

Monday 9 August - ICAS Writing (selected students)

Thursday 12 August - Story Time Session 2

Monday 16 August - ICAS English (selected students)

Thursday 19 August - Y4-6 Swimming program ends

Friday 20 August - F-Y3 Swimming program ends

Monday 23 August - ICAS Science (selected students) & Book Week begins

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

Thursday 26 August - Story Time Session 3

Monday 30 August - ICAS Maths (selected students)

Wednesday 1 September - Thursday 2 September - GATEWAYS Eureka

Wednesday 8 September - Swimming Carnival

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

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

Our Musica Viva and GATEWAYS Journeys events have been postponed until Term 4 - stay tuned!

Crazy Hair Day

Today it was Crazy Hair Day. We were donating towards Cystic Fibrosis which is an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body. On Crazy Hair Day kids made and designed their hair in crazy ways like some kids put colourful strings in their hair, some kids had put colourful spray in their hair and shout out to Jack who took the next step and shaved his head in different patterns.

We ended up raising $236.55! It is so amazing to know that our school could take part in helping people in need! We would like to thank everyone who took part and made a donation and we hope that everyone had fun!

Christos and Penny

SRC Captains

Swimming Program and Lunch Orders

Please make sure you check your child's class swimming time when ordering lunch orders. Lunch orders cannot arrive before swimming, so if your child's swimming session is over lunch time then they will not receive their order until they are back at school later in the afternoon. For some classes this may mean they have to wait until after 2pm! Please factor this in when organising a lunch order for your child. See below for swimming timetables.

Library News

Dear Parkhill Families,

It has been wonderful to be back at school this week. 

Click on the link to browse the catalogue online: Book Club Issue 5 2021.

You can place your order at or by using the LOOP app. 

Please email me at if I can be of any assistance.

Angelita Williams


Choir Returns!

What a wonderful morning of crazy hair, music and, of course, fabulous singing as we welcomed all of our choir students back. We look forward to a great term ahead and can’t wait to perform again when restrictions ease.

Marinda and Kirsten 

Policy Update - July 2021

Our Asthma policy is set to be reviewed in the coming months. 

It details what asthma is as well as triggers for asthma. It is important to remember that asthma can be a life threatening condition so must be managed carefully.

If a Parkhill student has an asthma diagnosis, parents must provide the school with an Asthma Action Plan (with a recent photo), which has been completed by the student’s medical practitioner. These Action Plans will be kept in the first aid room.

Students must have their asthma kit (containing a reliever and a spacer) with them at school. 

The policy details the emergency plan, which outlines and follows the 4x4x4 method. Finally it outlines regular training for staff and the management and contents of the emergency kit.

For more information, you can read the policy on our website.

2021 Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey


Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents/caregivers/guardians think of our school. The Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents/caregivers/guardians (previously known as the Parent Opinion Survey). It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour, student engagement and experiences of remote and flexible learning. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies. Approximately 30 percent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year, the Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey will be conducted from Friday 23 July to Sunday 22 August.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek. Survey results each year help us to plan priorities and initiatives in the school in forthcoming years, including our current priority of communication. Please email Michelle at or call in at the office if you would like more information.

PFA News - July 30

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 – Tuesday 10th August, please join us – all welcome!



Lots to look forward to, mark it on the calendar. You don’t want to miss a thing!


WHEN: Saturday 28 August 2021 at 7:00 PM til late (7:30pm kick-off)

WHERE: School library


THEME: Op Shop Glam – (no dress ups, no worries – there’s fun for all!)

There are individual and group prizes so get your table together and start planning now!

Book your tickets here:



If you're able to spare 15 minutes to one hour to help with setup or packdown of the Trivia event please sign up here:

Many hands make light work.

Saturday at 3pm - Setup tables & chairs

Sunday morning at 10am - Pack away tables & chairs


Mother’s Day Movie Night is such a success and we’re wanting to celebrate the male role models in the Parkhill community in the same way. WE’RE LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER(S) TO ORGANISE AN OFF-CAMPUS DADS EVENING. If you have any ideas, connections or would like to help us out, please contact Rossanne on 0480 171 847.

Let’s make it happen!


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 on 0480 171 847.


2021 T3 YE After-school STEM Lab- Parkhill PS FRIDAY - 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.

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