Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 9, Monday 29 March 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Week 10 already! what a busy busy term - at this stage we are finding that children, staff and parents are feeling tired as the end of term is upon us! We had Science Week last week which was so much fun with activities across the school reflecting food technologies curriculum and chemical sciences. 

As the children adjust to being onsite after the 2020 months of remote learning, we are spending more and more time learning about resilience and positive interactions. Last week a fellow principal from a neighbouring school suggested that the children are ‘socially rusty’ and the term is taking its toll. There are some things below that may help you chat with your child about positive mindset and managing hiccups in friendships. 

Making friends is one thing but maintaining positive relationships takes time, effort and lots of learning. Building a friendship depends on a child's emotional skills, self-regulation skills, and social competence. As parents you can play an important role in the development of these abilities.

This article is an easy to access guide with some interesting advice.

On a different note, we have been working closely with Woolworths Ashburton who are donating bakery goods and fresh fruit to the school three times a week.  We are putting together care packages for our families - if you would like to be part of this scheme please do let me know - drop me an email or SMS. There is so much bread and bakery goods it would be wonderful to share what we can with our community. 


Across the school the students have been learning about how we manage problems that may occur.  As a whole school strategy we are referring to The Catastrophe Scale. 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 the children experience any difficulty at playtime or lunchtime they can fill in a playground report. This report is then given to the teacher who can help the child to solve the problem or escalate if needed. The reports are collated by the class teachers. We use the data to ensure that supervision is in the right places, to identify repeat behaviours and put things in place to ensure they are reduced and also to advise our SEL programs. You might want to discuss the reporting system with your child at home.


Follow the links below for some fun holiday activities


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.

Have a wonderful week,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Thursday 1 April - Term 1 ends at 2:30pm. Free dress day!  No coin donation needed.

Monday 19 April - Term 2 starts

Monday 19 -21 April - Camp Connect (selected students)

Tuesday 4 May - Diversity Day

Student of the Week

F/1A - Charlie S

F/1B - Ollie C

F/1C - Yanni M

2/3A - Eshelle A

2/3B - Scarlett L

2/3C - Santanah A

4/5A - Chloe T

4/5B - Charlotte J

4/5C - Nikola A

6A - Ash W

6B  - Emilia  C

Office Update

A reminder that all money taken to the office must be in an envelope. If you would like some spare envelopes for home please drop in to the office and we can give you some.

Please make sure that all payments come directly to the office and not through the classroom. Unfortunately we are unable to give change at the office. All money handed in must be the correct amount. 

Please check that you have CSEF and/or credit on your account before ticking that box on any payment forms or before making a payment. We have a lot of families with credit on their accounts, please contact the office if you are unsure and we can check for you.  Statements are issued at the start of each month.  This will show if you have credit on your account. It also has your BPay information on it too.

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Jo Ravida, Anny Murray & Steph Ravida

Science Week: Food Sciences

F/1 Popcorn Experiment

The F/1s learnt about food sciences by experimenting with popcorn during Science Week. They explored how popcorn kernels change when heated to form popcorn. They also investigated the effects of pre heating and soaking popcorn kernels before heating before getting to taste some delicious popcorn. 

2/3B Making Sherbert!

4/5 Natural Disasters Inquiry

The Grade 4s and 5s have been doing an inquiry topic on natural disasters. We were exploring tsunamis. We would like to share the dioramas we made to create a tsunami. We needed to add protective factors, which would help our towns stay safe. The topic was really fun to explore, and we would love to do an experiment like this again.

by Lucy B

District Sports


On Monday 22nd March, selected students from Parkhill attended district athletics. The events we participated in were: Shot put, discus, high jump, long jump, 100m, 200m, 800m, 100m relay, hurdles, Shuttle Relay and Tunnel ball.

It was a great day. We really enjoyed the sportsmanship shown by all. Everyone who went from Parkhill was super encouraging and so supportive. We would like to thank all of the students who participated as well as the parents who volunteered their time on the day. We have not yet found out about the students who are going into division, but we wish them good luck in the next round.

Overall, Parkhill came 3rd in Division 2.

Asha and Gemma - Have a sportastic week!        

 Dear Parkhill Families,

Thank you for your support by purchasing from Scholastic Book Club as the Scholastic rewards we receive allows us to purchase resources for our school. Kindly note that we are expecting to receive book orders after the term holidays. We will keep you updated with any changes.

If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch with me

PFA News - March 29

Executive committee:

President:  Rossanne Clay                  

Vice  President: Kyle Brown

Treasurer:  Sumi Sundram

Secretary/Communications:  Kylie Touloupis

General Members:  

Elle Delmee, Vanessa Cowley, Trish King

Mini meeting tomorrow Tuesday March 30th at 10am

Dial in if you’re free.

All welcome!



Last minute ticket purchases will be accepted till tomorrow - Tuesday 30th of March.

Cross your fingers on April 1st, winners will drawn at assembly at 2.00pm.



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

School Holidays could be sorted with one click!

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 instore credits at rebel to purchase essential sporting equipment and teamwear.

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’ on your next visit.

The credits raised have been invaluable in enhancing the school equipment over the years we have been involved.

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