Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 29 Thursday 22 October, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

What a super day it was today with the children dressed up as their favourite book character. 

Thank you to everyone for being so accommodating of the staggered pick up arrangements - the spaces outside of the school are less cluttered with more space allowing for physical distancing. I would continue to urge you to park away from Parkhill Drive as the Roger Beech hall end does get quite busy with cars parking. 


It’s concerning that many of our students as young as Y3 are actively engaging in social media practices. I wonder how many parents are aware of their child’s online activities and how many platforms they are accessing. Many children in our upper school are known to have a variety of accounts. 

I ask you to have a check of your child’s device – ask yourself how often do you check their device history and are you aware of what they are doing online. We hear lots about online safety and how to help our children access the online world safely. 

There are many places you can find information about what legal ages apply to what platforms and guidelines for parents to help support their children. Online activity is something that is monitored at home but has a huge impact on the playground at school.


We are heading into 2021 soon. We are starting to think about planning for the year to come and discussions have begun about class compositions and the school structure.  Our school structure will be as follows: 

3x F/1 classes

3x Y2/3 classes

3x Y4/5 classes 

2x Y6 classes

If you have anything you would like to share with me regarding your child’s placement in 2021 please do email it through. It is important to note that these requests can not always be honoured and should focus on your child’s learning. Individual teacher requests are not appropriate.  

We are using an algorithm-based class maker this year which allows us to input the children’s friendship choices and relevant data before our classes are created. It will enable us to cross check more easily and also produce fairer classes. We will of course check the classes manually before finalising. 


Resilience … it’s a familiar word, isn’t it? But what does it really mean? 

When we talk about resilience, we’re talking about a child’s ability to cope with ups and downs, and bounce back from the challenges they experience during childhood – for example moving home, changing schools, studying for an exam or dealing with the death of a loved one. Building resilience helps children not only to deal with current difficulties that are a part of everyday life, but also to develop the basic skills and habits that will help them deal with challenges later in life, during adolescence and adulthood.

Resilience is important for children’s mental health. Children with greater resilience are better able to manage stress, which is a common response to difficult events. Stress is a risk factor for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, if the level of stress is severe or ongoing.

How well do you know your child?


  • Tomorrow is a Public Holiday - school will be closed. 

  • The 12th October was originally pinned as a school based curriculum day – this will no longer be the case.  The curriculum day has been rescheduled for November 16th.

Interesting reading:

Please reach out if you need support, help or have any feedback at all to offer

Take care and very best wishes,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Friday 23rd October - Grand Final Public Holiday                                   

Tuesday 3rd November - Cup Day Public Holiday                                   

Monday 16th November - Curriculum Day - No School  

Friday 18th December - Last day Term 4 - 1.30pm Finish

Student of the Week

F/1C - Scarlett H

F/1S - Jassy G

F/1M - Michael P

2/3B - Andy L

2/3L - Jake L

2/3T - Sarang K

4/5D - Shahida M

4/5H - Stephanie S

4/5O - Lachlan S

5/6C - Vivaan M

5/6G - Aidan K

School Learning

With Inter-school sport not possible again this term, we have set up a Virtual Sports Challenge that you can do at school or from home. Try & earn as many points as you can for your school, by completing the challenges. You can enter as many times as you like up until the end of November. The school with the most points will win an RH Summer Sports Kit valued at $150. Good Luck!

We Have Some Visitors!

We have a beautiful Tawny Frogmouth Owl on the school grounds. It has a nest in the Foundation playground and the children are being fantastic making sure the family is safe whilst enjoying its beauty.

 Dear Parkhill Families,

A reminder that the cut off date for orders is next Thursday 29 October.

If you would like to place an order, you will need to do so on the Book Club LOOP platform. It is easy to order and allows you to pay by credit card.

Browse the online catalogue Book Club Issue 7 2020.

Place an order at or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

All orders have to be placed online as we are not accepting cash orders. 

Thank you to those families who have placed orders. 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 need a hand with placing an order or have any other queries, please email

Chaplains's Corner

Christmas is coming…

We will be aiming to provide Christmas Hampers, free of charge, for any families that need them.

If you need a Hamper can you please get in touch with us by either filling in the form below or simply emailing me

Please register your interest by Friday 6th November.

If you need a regular hamper rather than a Christmas Hamper please get in touch as we can organise those as well.

PFA News 22 October 2020

Office Bearers:

President: Rossanne Clay       

Treasurer: Vacant

Secretary/Communications: Kylie Touloupis

General Members:  

Elle Delmee, Maria Andrakakos, Sumi Sundram, Vanessa Cowley, Trish King


Thursday 12th November 8.30 pm.


If you were the lucky winner of a Rebel Sports pack during Father’s Day Trivia, we haven’t forgotten you!

As soon as its safe to purchase and distribute, they’ll be coming your way.

Hamper recipients – yours will be arriving on your doorstep shortly!

Don’t forget about Rebels Givebacks Program. This program has been crucial in supporting the upgrade and purchase of sporting equipment throughout Parkhill for many years. Please see the flyer below to find out how you can play your part.



We are still on the lookout for one of our amazing families to step into the Treasurer’s role.

The PFA cannot continue without a treasurer, so please consider helping out.

It’s a great time to ‘try before you buy’ with so few events happening in our COVID calendar year. Have a chat with one of the team or jump onto one of our monthly calls. We would love more volunteers to brainstorm new ideas, and connect us to the others in our community.

PMI Music Institute

Primary Music Institute are now able to offer guitar and drums lessons on-site at Parkhill PS this term. This is in addition to the keyboard/piano lessons already being offered to students.

The easiest way is to enrol via their website:

Here you will also find further information on the lesson options too.

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