I would like to thank everyone for your kind words of congratulations over the past few days.
As we move into term 2 I am keen to engage with parent helpers and invite you back into the school and reestablish our community feel. I am aware that there are some families feeling disconnected with us as a result of CoVID and the remoteness of 2020.
Our class reps are working hard to gather classroom helpers, PFA has a few events in the pipeline and Suzanne Carmody is reestablishing our Bring it Breaky get togethers.
We would like to invite you to a term 2 catch up afternoon tea in the staffroom on Thursday 6th May at 3pm. Our afternoon tea is a chance to say hi and chat with me about ideas you may have for ‘marketing’ and promoting our school within the community, with a drive to increase events and parent participation, or just a chance to say hi and have a chat!
We are currently establishing a working group of parents and staff to look closely at our local area census data and strategise for future enrolments and numbers stability. If you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions please do feed them through to me.
Parkhill has always been a school known for its community feel and open door approaches. We are still, and I imagine will continue to, feel the impact of CoVID over the months to come.
We are excited to be planning our term 3 Story Times and kinder visits. Throughout term 3 we run Story Time sessions in our Foundation classes which are open for all preschool children to come along to. The posters advertising this will be made available through the local kinders and our website so keep your eyes open! As we plan for term 4 we are excited to have our onsite transition back!
OPEN DAY/NIGHT AND EDUCATION WEEK
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. Look out for further information coming your way.
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. In the evening the children do a guided tour of the school themselves completing their passport to Parkhill and engaging in activities throughout the learning spaces.
As 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.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Anxiety is part of our survival instinct. When we’re faced with a threatening situation, our brains and bodies respond by kicking into safety mode. Our adrenaline starts pumping, helping us get ready to escape the danger.
However some people, including children, react more quickly or intensely to situations they find threatening, or find it harder to get their anxious feelings under control. Some kids also perceive the world to be scarier or more dangerous than others. The link below offers some tips for helping your children manage anxiety.
It is always good to sit and chat with members of our community - please do get in touch if you have anything on your mind you would like to share or talk through.