Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 13, Friday 14 May 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week our Y3 and Y5 students have completed their NAPLAN assessment. I am very proud of the way the children have conducted themselves and the efforts they have made to do their very best! Thanks also to you - the parents who support your children through challenging times. 

The week was topped off with a celebration morning tea for the children provided by our class reps - thank you to those parents who came along this morning and chopped, cut and delivered the breakfast food! 

I would also like to thank the PFA and SRC for their work towards fixing our oval steps. The PFA has donated money to fix the steps, the school has contributed and our Student Representative Council is raising funds to complete the payment for this project. Please pop onto the oval and check out the work! Thank you for your support. 

Many of you are asking me about my intention for family leave. I understand that change in leadership causes unrest and people get a little nervous. This can cause unhelpful speculation and negative conversation. My intentions at this stage are to take leave and return to Parkhill quickly. My leave dates include term 4 2020 and term 1 2021.  I continue to work closely with the DET to ensure my replacement takes into account continuity and minimal disruption for all of us. 

Thanks so much to those who have given feedback over the last couple of weeks. For those of you who couldn't attend our afternoon tea on Thursday please send through any feedback via the following link:


In term 3 we will hold our whole school assemblies on a Monday afternoon. Assembly will start at 3pm as usual. We intend to move afternoon tea break back by 10 minutes to allow us more time in the assembly space. 


Calling any parents with grant writing skills!! We are looking for some help - there are many and vast opportunities in the community to access funding through grant applications. The process is a little time consuming and requires certain skills. If you think you could help us in our drive to acquire grants to improve aspects of the school please do shout and let me know! 


Come and join us!! 

On Monday 24 May we will host a WORKING BEE from 3:30 - 5pm followed by a sausage sizzle run by our PFA. This is our first working bee since 2019 and an exciting chance for us to come together as a community! We have a bit of work planned for the playground area, softfall and sand to shovel, weeding and tidy-up of our school grounds before we open up on Tuesday to prospective families. 

You should have received your invitation to our open morning outlining what's happening through the school. Please do come and look through the school - both your child’s classroom and others too.  Come and get a feel for what it’s like in our classrooms! Specialist classrooms are also open during this time.  Come and enjoy a coffee in the staffroom at 9am, classrooms are open from 9:30 - 10:30, and an open evening from 5:30 - 7pm.  This will be on Tuesday 25 May.  

As previously communicated, our open evening is to showcase the very best of Parkhill to both current and prospective families. We ask that this year children attending wear their school uniform with pride and come prepared to talk about their learning in the classrooms. The open evening is a family event - classrooms will be open for you to explore the learning spaces, enjoy a showcase of learning and talk with the staff about the programs offered. There will be student performances, a School Captains address and a Principal’s message at 7pm in the library. Children should not be at school unattended during the open evening. 


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. 


Just a reminder that Monday is a curriculum day therefore there are no students required at school.

Best wishes,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

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

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

Wednesday 19 May - Walk and Wheel to School Safely Day & Library working bee - see below for details

Friday 21 May - Y4/5/6 District Cross Country & Y5/6 Camp payment instalment due & Y2/3 Woolworths Excursion notice and payment due

Monday 24 May - Bring It Breaky - see below for details

Tuesday 25 May - Open Day and Night - see below for details

Wednesday 26 May - National Sorry Day & Y2/3 Woolworths excursion

Thursday 27 May - Reconciliation Week begins

Wednesday 2 June - Y5/6 Camp Information Session

Thursday 3 June - Mabo Day & Y4/5 Monash Civic Centre Excursion (information to come)

Friday 4 June - Wear It Yellow Day - see below for details & Y5/6 Camp full payment due

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

Student of the Week

F/1A - Charlotte M

F/1B - Oscar S

F/1C - Linc M

2/3A - Zoe R

2/3B - Olivia M

2/3C - Quin C

4/5A - Holly G

4/5B - Abigail E

4/5C - Abigail C

6A - Christos P & Hamish L

6B - Harry B

Y4/5 Ecosystems - A Delicate Balance

4/5B created dioramas for STEAM showing different ecosystems. They worked together to demonstrate collaborative learning.

Liz O'Meara

Y4/5 Teacher

School Bell Songs

Has your child recently been humming a familiar classic song or suddenly shown an interest in Queen? It may be due to the songs we play at bell times! We have a fun selection of songs that play when it is time for students to return to class at the end of their break. Our current and previous hits are:

  • April Sun in Cuba by Dragon
  • We Are The Champions by Queen
  • Daydream Believer by The Monkees
  • Boomerang by Jojo Siwa
  • Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams
  • Dreams by The Cranberries

A list of preapproved songs have been given to our SRC representatives to select our future bell tunes - stay tuned for updates!

Policy Update - May 2021

Policy committee has not met for a few months, as we are just in front of our reviewing schedule.

Here’s a blast from the past though - the Visitors policy!

Our visitors policy enshrines procedure that visitors to the school must comply with. Upon entering the school, a visitor must sign in at the office through our Compass kiosk. Any visitors involved in child-related work, eg reading in class or expert speakers, must produce a WWCC.

All parents who visit during the day (excluding pickups and drop offs for scheduled events) are required to sign in to the office.

We have spots available in our humble little policy committee just for you! If you are the kind of person who likes to remind someone they are using the wrong “their” then you have just passed the interview and you’re hired! Send through an email to Michelle at for the details.

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

Wear It Yellow Day; An initiative of Children’s Ground

As part of our Reconciliation Week this year, on Friday the 4th of June we will be encouraging all students and teachers to take part in a yellow themed casual dress day to raise funds for First Nations organisation, Children’s Ground.

The National Reconciliation Week theme for 2021 is ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’. This theme encourages all Australians to take action to achieve equality between First Nations and non-First Nations people. That is why Parkhill Primary has decided to participate in Children’s Ground’s ‘Wear it Yellow Day'. As part of ‘Wear it Yellow Day’, students will engage with Reconciliation Week learning material.

Students and teachers who take part are reminded to bring a gold coin donation and wear a touch of yellow. For more information on Children’s Ground, head to

Bella Crowe

Koorie Ambassador

Working Bee Call Out - Library

A library working bee group will be hosted on Wednesday 19 May from 9:00am-12:00pm. 

We are looking to give the library a spruce up, with sorting, repairing and getting new books wrapped and ready for borrowing.

Feel free to drop by and say hello or come spend the morning with us, we will love to see you!

Kindly RSVP at the office or email me at

Angelita Williams


Walk and Wheel to School Safely Day

May 19th is Walk and Wheel to School Safely Day. While this is completely optional, we encourage all students to walk or wheel to school to get active. Our Learner Profile for this week is "balance" so we are raising awareness around the need to balance risk-taking with safety precaution. On Tuesday in care groups, students will learn about safety measures such as:

  • Wearing a helmet when wheeling
  • Walking or wheeling with an older sibling or adult
  • Staying on the footpath or bike path
  • Crossing at pedestrian crossings and walking bikes and scooters across roads
  • Riding at a safe speed

If your children would like to take part but you live further away, consider driving to a safe halfway point and walking/wheeling from there.

To prepare for Walk and Wheel to School Safely Day, please conduct a helmet check and test the brakes on bikes and scooters - even those that ones that mums and dads will be riding!

We'll see you walking and wheeling on May 19th!

The SRC and Care Group Leaders

Office Update

Payment of Excursions

With an influx of excursions, incursions and camps fast approaching, please note that we cannot give change for any payments made in cash. All cash payments must be the correct amount.

Contact Tracing

Some excursion venues are required to collect contact details and are responsible for managing record keeping for contact-tracing in line with current public health directives. 

Most venues are required to use electronic record keeping that connects with an Application Programming Interface (API) linked provider or a digital system provided by Services Victoria. The Department of Health has strongly recommended that a contact number for each individual student is provided. A school phone number alone is not considered sufficient. Providing contact details for individual students will expedite contact tracing so that individuals can be contacted by the Department of Health if required. 

Parents/carers/guardians are advised that, when required, the school will be providing excursion venues with contact details for students. The phone number on school file for the student will be provided as the nominated contact number.

Venues will be collecting student names and contact phone numbers for a legitimate purpose and are subject to Victorian privacy laws so will handle the information securely and only retain it for the required 28-day period.

2022 Enrolments

If you have a young child looking to start at Parkhill in 2022, please get your enrolment form to the office ASAP!

Bring It Breaky

We’d like to invite you to come to our first 'Bring It Breaky' for 2021 and our first in over 12 months! Bring yourselves, and some morning tea to share.

When: Monday 24th May at 8:45am

Where: Staffroom

Parents/carers and pre-schoolers all welcome.

Chaplain's Corner

Some years ago we had a difficult incident at school. When an external worker arrived to help us manage the situation she asked if I was ok and I said “I will be”. She replied with the familiar phrase: “It’s ok not to be ok.” Now, like me you’ve probably heard it, seen it and come across that sentiment many times. Prior to that time it was like water off a ducks back to me, coming across as trite and unhelpful. But that particular day for whatever reason it stuck. Why am I telling this story?

Well, you see, it’s NAPLAN week for our Y3 and Y5 students (and for those with older children, like me, for the Y7s and Y9s too) and our children will react differently to their testing and their ability, or perceived ability, to perform. Some children, just like some adults, can be pretty hard on themselves. If things haven’t gone how they would have hoped, they may need our reassurance that it’s ok not to be ok. Or, perhaps in this case, it’s ok for NAPLAN not to have gone well. They may need a reminder that they don’t have to be perfect and be given a bit of extra love.


Suzanne Carmody


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

PFA News - May 14

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 get in touch with us using our email


From all of the mums that went to the movie night, we want to say thank you to Helen D & Kylie B for organising a lovely evening for all of us. And special thanks to Wendy D for the donation of the beautiful coffee table books we all received.


On behalf of all our children at Parkhill, thank you to Vanessa and Elle for setting up such a wonderfully run stall with gorgeous gifts for our mums this Mother’s Day. And special thanks to all the other helpers at the stall too:

Marinda T, Elle D, Tamica M, Elsie M, Michelle W, Joanna A, Dan E, Gen H, Wendy D, Buni H, Helen D, Kate P, and Sophie K.

And a big thank you to you, our community! Together we raised a HUGE $1,450!!

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

BYO drinks and nibbles. Group and individual prizes!

Parkhill Primary Trivia night - You can purchase a table of 10 or individual tickets 7:00pm arrival for a 7:30pm start Dress code - OP SHOP GLAM

Thank you to those of you who are already enquiring about donating to our auction event on the night - 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


We are looking for a team of five that could help us setup, manage and shut down the BBQ stand at our school working bee on Monday 24th May from 3.30pm - 5pm. Even half an hour of your time would be greatly appreciated!


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

Supporting our community in building a meaningful Jewish future, by providing quality Jewish educational experiences to students in non-Jewish schools.

Young Engineers- After-school STEM Lab- Parkhill PS - 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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Beyond Online

Dear parents and students of Y1-6, 

Our Term 2 Beyond Online classes begin in the final week of May . These programs run after-school hours and across four consecutive weeks, each connected by a subject area that explores a different concept weekly. Students can join at any time as each session covers a stand-alone concept.  Please note: This is a parent-nominated program. 

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon programs are available.
  • Years 1-4: 4:30 - 5:30 pm - $30 per session
  • Years 5-6: 4:30 - 6:00 pm - $45 per session

Contact G.A.T.E.WAYS on 02 9940 0303 if you have any questions or need assistance with the enrolment process.

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