Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 11, Friday 30 April 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

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!


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. 


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.

Best wishes,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Tuesday 4 May - Diversity Day - students should wear their school uniform plus an item of clothing or bring an object that represents another culture

Thursday 6 May - Parent afternoon tea in staffroom at 3 pm - all welcome!

Friday 7 May - Y4/5/6 Cross Country & GATEWAYS Journeys session

Tuesday 11 May - Friday 14 May - NAPLAN

Friday 14 May - F/Y1 Zoo excursion

Monday 17 May - Curriculum Day - students do not attend school on this day

Wednesday 19 May - Friday 21 May - Y3/4 Camp

Friday 21 May - Y4/5/6 District Cross Country

Wednesday 26 May - National Sorry Day

Thursday 27 May - Reconciliation Week begins

Friday 3 June - Mabo Day

Wednesday 9 June - Thursday 10 June - GATEWAYS Eureka

Monday 14 June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 15 June - Friday 18 June - Y5/6 Camp Kangaroobie

Friday 25 June - Term 2 ends at 2:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: Monday 17 May is a curriculum day. Students do not attend school on this day

Puppet Zoo Exhibition

Our amazing Y4/5/6 students held their Puppet Zoo drama exhibition on Wednesday, and it was a critically acclaimed success!

The puppeteers, narrators and puppet designers received rave reviews from our F/Y1 and Y2/3 audience members:

  • "I liked the puppet show acting!" 
  • "I enjoyed learning facts about animals"
  • "I am worried about sea turtles being endangered"
  • "We shouldn't litter"
  • "I loved how the cockatoo moved its wings"
  • "I loved feeding the green sea turtle"
  • "They explained about the animals really well"
  • "It was funny!"
  • "Great animals!"
  • "Best zoo ever!"

Well done to our brilliant upper school students and thank you to the junior school students and teachers for being our audience.


Carlie Eriksen

Performing Arts Teacher

Diversity Day

Our Diversity Day is coming up on Tuesday 4th May. Students will attend an incursion run by the Museum of Chinese Australian History and will undertake two programs on the day - Lantern making and Kung Fu. Children will also experience other cultural activities with their classroom teachers throughout the day. Students should wear their school uniform plus an item of clothing or bring an object that represents another culture.

Please make sure you return your child's permission form if you have not yet done so so they can attend this wonderful incursion.

If you would like to share your expertise about your culture through, for example, story telling, craft activities, dance (body movement), painting, drawing, traditional costumes, or a special artefact, we would love to have you present in our Diversity Day!

Please email Shuoyin at if you would like to join us. Sharing time can be varied from 5-40 minutes depending on the type of activity.

Shuoyin Tu

LOTE Teacher

Sporting Schools for Lower School in Term 2

Parkhill Primary School is excited to announce that Sporting Schools has organised for a basketball coach to train the lower year level students. Students from year levels 1- 3 are invited to apply for free basketball coaching sessions.

Please be on the look out for notices that have been sent home this week. There are limited spots available, so the first applicants will be selected. Basketball lessons will be weekly, commencing from Thursday 13 May and will go over four sessions. It will run from 3:40-4:40pm. Please see the notice for more details.

Please note: Sporting Schools will be running sessions for the upper school later in the year.

Bella Crowe

Sporting Schools Coordinator

Donations Required

The F/Y1 sandpit has been busy 'cooking' up a storm of soups and salads and we would love to enhance their culinary creations. If anyone has any old pots and pans sitting in their cupboard that they no longer need, please donate them to the F/Y1 sandpit. Please take donations to the office.

Kerry D'Arcy

Education Support

Scholastic Book Club

Hi Parkhill Families,

Welcome back to Term 2!

Thanks to our families who placed orders from Issue 2. We received most of the orders in the last week of term which were sent home, and the few remaining back orders were distributed last week.

The brochures for Issue 3 are out this week! You can browse the online catalogue Book Club Issue 3 2021. You can place an order at or by using the LOOP app.

Kindly note the cut off date for orders is Friday 7 May.

Every Book Club order earns Scholastic Rewards for the school to purchase additional resources, however there is no obligation for you to make a purchase.

If you would like more information or need a hand with placing an order via the platform, please email me and I will be in touch.

Happy reading!


PFA News - April 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

NEXT MEETING: Thursday 13th May 8:30pm - Email for Hangouts link

We have lots of fantastic events for our school community this term that we’d love for you to be a part of. And we’re always on the look-out for new helpers and connections so feel free to text Rossanne on 0480 171 847 if you’d like to chat about the PFA and what we do.


Tickets for the Mother's Day Movie Night on Friday 7th May can be purchased here:

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets need to be purchased by NO LATER than Sunday 2nd May - 6PM. The exact movie session time will be confirmed closer to the date but will be after 7pm. 


It is great to be able to run the Mother’s Day Stall again this year as the children do enjoy getting a little something for Mum from the school stall. Don’t forget to give them a little cash to spend on the day. Gifts range from $1-10.


We would love a group of 6-8 volunteers to help run the stall. It is a fun morning and a great way for us parents to catch up whilst helping out the school (tea, coffee and biscuits provided). If you are available please sign up via the link below for one or both of the sessions:

Session 1: 8.45 - 10.45am

Session 2: 10.45am - 12.45pm

TRIVIA NIGHT - Saturday 29th May

WHEN: Saturday 29 May at 7:00pm to 11:00pm (7:30pm kickoff)

WHERE: School library

TICKETS:$25. You can purchase a table of 10 or individual tickets.

THEME: Op Shop Glam - There are individual and group prizes so get your table together and start planning now!

Book your tickets here

Thank you to those of you who are already enquiring about donations - we are extremely grateful and we will be sure to mention those businesses in our newsletters, on our Facebook page and on the night. If you require an official Parkhill PFA letter of request then please contact Rossanne 0480 171 847 or



Lots to look forward to this term, please mark the dates in the calendar. You don’t want to miss a thing!


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

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 in-store credits at Rebel to purchase essential sporting equipment and team wear. 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 School’ on your next visit. The credits raised have been invaluable in enhancing the school equipment over the years we have been involved.

After School Chinese Class

If you are interested in enrolling your child in an after-school Chinese class for Foundation-Y6, please contact Olga at

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