Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 26, Friday 27 August 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to thank everyone in the Parkhill Primary School community for the warm welcome I have received since taking up the Acting Principal role, and Elaine Brady for her support and considered planning to ensure a smooth transition. As I have settled into the routines and ways of doing things at Parkhill PS, I have been incredibly impressed with the commitment, dedication and professionalism of the staff in catering to the needs and interests of students across the school, particularly through the challenges of remote learning. 

I would also like to acknowledge the amazing efforts of the Parkhill PS families in supporting your child/ren with their learning and ensuring they remain connected to their teachers and peers. The recent news that Victorian primary school students achieved the best NAPLAN results in the country this year, despite spending more than 120 days learning from home since the pandemic began, is a strong validation of the success of the continuity of learning programs through the lockdown periods and the effort and support of teachers and families. Individual student NAPLAN results are not yet available to schools, and we will provide information to families once we receive this. While this success is worth acknowledging, supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students is always our first priority. The Department of Education has developed a number of resources for families to support students’ mental health and wellbeing, which can be found on the links below.

I am looking forward to working with the Parkhill PS community over the next 8 months, and am particularly looking forward to meeting the students and families face to face when we are all back at school. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time if you have anything you would like to discuss. 

Take care,

David Wells

Acting Principal

Calendar of Curriculum Events

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

Math Manipulatives

Manipulatives are the physical items we give students in classrooms to help them model their mathematical thinking. Blocks, bears, counters, scales, rulers and clocks for example can help children take very abstract mathematical concepts and make them easier to understand. Many maths areas such as time, probability, fractions, patterns, and regrouping numbers are complex, but by making manipulatives available, students are able to connect their learning and develop deeper understanding of concepts being taught. Rather than focusing on teaching a sequenced mathematical equation, manipulatives will help children develop an understanding of the ‘why’ of maths and equip them to take their understanding to new situations. 

Here are the top 5 things manipulatives do for our students: 

1. Math Manipulatives make abstract concepts concrete.  

2. Math Manipulatives boost engagement in learning. 

3. Math Manipulatives enable students to test and confirm their thinking.  

4. Math Manipulatives help students solve simple and complex problems through modelling.  

5. Math Manipulatives help students understand mathematical language and symbols as they learn to document what they have found using manipulatives. 

While we are in remote learning, we encourage students to explore math concepts using manipulatives. Whether students are in Foundation or Y6, these tools can support students to understand math concepts and then connect them to abstract representations or equations.  

Your home has a wealth of manipulatives - buttons, spoons, pasta, analogue clocks, dice, Lego for example. Encourage your child to engage with manipulatives during their next online maths lesson. 


Andrea Crane 

Learning Support Teacher

Library News

Dear Parkhill Families,

Just a reminder that the cut-off date for Issue 6 orders is next Wednesday 1 September

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

Scholastic has added a temporary option for you to have your books delivered to your home. You must choose the home delivery option on the order summary page if you would like your books sent directly to your home address.

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

Please get in touch if you have any queries or need a hand with your order

Stay safe and well,

Angelita Williams


Scavenger Hunt Exercises

Out of ideas on how to keep your kids active while playgrounds are closed? Give some of these scavenger hunt exercises a try!

PFA News - August 27

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)

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