Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 34 Friday 27 November, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers

I have some great news to share!

As of Monday 30th November we are able to invite you onto the asphalt areas to collect your children from school! Parents are still not allowed in the classrooms or school buildings except to access the office using strict number guidelines and with approved face coverings. 

  • Drop off will return to a ‘use any gate’ option but remains strictly at 8:45 am. 

  • Pick up will return to 3:30 pm for all students. 

  • You are welcome to collect from the asphalt area only. This does not include the decking. 

  • Teachers will remain in their classrooms.

  • Parents are not allowed in the buildings except for the office space - see above

  • Drop and go/pick up and go is strongly recommended.

  • Please do not loiter in the school grounds longer than needed.

We are able to have the children together from Monday in a whole school assembly, but are not yet able to invite parents onsite for these. We are also able to have the kinder children join our whole school ‘Move Up’ day - which is just fantastic!

As the term progresses, I feel sure we will be able to further ease the restrictions at school and work towards establishing our ‘norm’ as we head into 2021.


Our school staffing placements for 2021 will be:

Physical Education: Dean Sciacca

Art: Karin Moorhouse

Performing Arts: Carlie Eriksen

LOTE: Shuoyin Tu

Learning Support: Andrea Crane

F/1: Anne McGregor (team leader), Des Schlack and Bella Crowe

Y2/3: Lucy Renshaw (team leader), Bianca Bevilacqua and Nicole Arapoglou (graduate teacher)

Y4/5: Alex Davies, Liz O’Meara and Jamie Dimopoulos (graduate teacher)

Y6: Chris Logan and Sasha Guy

Sasha Guy continues to be on sick leave for term 1 2021 - her replacement is yet to be confirmed. It is important to note that staffing placements are always subject to change. Michelle Smith will lead the 4/5/6 team.

The children’s class placements will be released soon in time for our ‘Move Up’ day in December. 


This year our awards assembly will look a little different.  After careful consideration, discussion and consultation with the students in our upper school we have made a few changes. This year we will be awarding the following awards through the school:

Academic Endeavour - one recipient per year level

Academic Excellence - one recipient per year level

LOTE - one recipient from the lower school (F-3) and one recipient from the upper school (4-6)

Visual Arts - one recipient from the lower school (F-3) and one recipient from the upper school (4-6)

Performing Arts  - one recipient from the lower school (F-3) and one recipient from the upper school (4-6)

Phys Ed - one recipient from the lower school (F-3) and one recipient from the upper school (4-6)

Scientist of the Year - one recipient from the lower school (F-3) and one recipient from the upper school (4-6)

Citizenship Award - Y6 recipients

Young Writers - award recipients

There will also be an honourable mention to our 2020 School Captains.

The awards assembly will be recorded and a link will be sent to recipient families to enjoy.


Belonging improves mental health, wellbeing and learning!

All children need to feel that school is a safe place where people will care about them, where their needs for support, respect and friendship will be met, and where they will be able to get help to work out problems. When these needs are met children develop a sense of belonging at school. Belonging is very important for children’s mental health and wellbeing. Children who feel that they belong at school are happier, more relaxed and have fewer behavioural problems than other students. They are also more motivated to learn and be more successful with their school work. Research into children’s mental health has found that a sense of belonging and connectedness at school helps to protect children against mental health difficulties and improves their learning.

A sense of belonging is crucial for adults too:


You may have noticed that family statements weren’t sent out this year. With all the changes we went through with Covid-19, remote learning and lots of email correspondence, we decided not to send them. There are a number of families who may have forgotten to pay the 2020 parent payments. If you are not sure whether you still have any outstanding charges from 2020 on your account or you’d like to make a payment, please contact the office.  

Term Dates 2021


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

Tuesday 8 December - Whole School Transition (details to follow)

Wednesday 16 December - Grade 6 Graduation (details to follow)

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

Thursday 28 January - First day Term 1 2021

Student of the Week

F/1C - Blake S

F/1S - Indianna W

F/1M - Callam D

2/3B - Felix C

2/3L - Orson F

2/3T - Somo M

4/5D - Emily B

4/5H - Campbell K

4/5O - Aimer S

5/6C - Luke C

5/6G - Victoria R

Yearbook Sales

Our 2020 yearbook has now been rushed off to the printers and is now available for purchase.

We are offering the yearbook in two formats this year: online (viewable only) and a printed copy.

There will be a very limited amount of printed yearbooks for sale, so if you are keen you will need to act soon. Printed yearbooks are $10.50.  Printed yearbooks are only available for purchase online through Trybooking (these will not be available for purchase from the office). 

You will not have to purchase the view-only version, this will be made available for everyone.

You can order a 2020 printed yearbook here

Our yearbook cover this year was illustrated by Ashlan

Credit from Cancelled Events

Due to Covid-19, some student events this year were cancelled, e.g. Y5/6 Interschool Sport, Y3/4 Camp, Y5/6 Camp and District Athletics. For those that paid, some families opted to have these refunded monies put back onto their school account so it could go towards future charges. Please let me know if you'd like this money to be put towards the 2021 parent payments. Or, of course, they can be left on your account for any future events too. 

If you would like a copy of your statement or more information please contact me by ringing the school office on 9807 2239 or by email

Jo Ravida

Business Manager

School Learning

Fun at Games Club!

It has been fantastic to see so many children enjoying all the activities on offer at games club.

PFA News 27 November 2020

Office Bearers:

President: Rossanne Clay       

Treasurer: Vacant

Secretary/Communications: Kylie Touloupis

General Members:  

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


We've missed getting the community together this year in support of our lovely school. Don't miss the chance to provide feedback for the 2021 calendar.

Click the link to have your say and let us know what events you'd like to see happening at Parkhill.

Thanks in advance.



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