Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 23, Friday 28 August, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Hi everyone!  Week 8 here we come… we are certainly travelling fast through the year! 

Some of you may already be aware that Mrs Guy (Y5/6 teacher) has been diagnosed with cancer. She recently had surgery and will soon enter into her rounds of treatment. As a result Sasha will be taking some sick leave to help her through this time. Crystal Campoverde will be replacing her in the classroom. I am sure you will join me in wishing Mrs Guy and her family all the best. The love and support coming from the community has already been so super. 

There have been so many super learning tasks submitted online this week - a few features below. I keep saying to the staff that the reason we are teachers is because we love the children - without children school is not a super place to be! I love looking at the work samples that are submitted!  This makes me smile!


F1s made shadow puppets last week and made a shadow puppet show about the story of Cinderella. The puppets were extraordinary and the puppet shows were entertaining and engaging

It’s super to celebrate the different way that you guys are submitting tasks - there is no one way and it’s wonderful to see them all!

Net Construction Challenge!

WALT: construct our own net for a 3D shape of your choice and create the shape from the net. 

WILF: an accurate net that produces the desired 3D shape.

This week the Y4/5s have been exploring three-dimensional shapes. We identified what we needed to make nets in order to construct the shapes. We ensured that we included edges, faces and vertices. Check them out below!

Footy Colours

It is at this time of the year that we usually start to celebrate the end of the AFL season and have our annual Footy Colours Parade.  Next week, via the classrooms your child’s teacher will be asking you to send in a photo of your child, or the family in your favourite colours.  They can be AFL teams, Soccer, Basketball or any other team you barrack for.  The photos will be entered into a virtual Footy Parade for the last day of term.

Learn From Home Packs

The Learn from Home packages will be made available from 10am every Monday. Please keep the work that your child completes so that you can return it to school once we are back onsite.

I hope you are all well and that you are staying safe. Please reach out if you need support, help or have any feedback at all to offer:

Take care and best wishes,

Elaine Brady


School Council Corner

School Council convened (virtually) last week on Thursday night for our monthly meeting. Our meeting covered a vast range of items, with progress on home-schooling ‘phase two’ unsurprisingly high on the agenda. We heard from Elaine and other teachers on Council how the implementation of work in Term Three is a continuous process of listening, consulting and planning. Of course we are all witness to this in our homes with our kids individually, but it is good to understand the ‘big picture’ approach being undertaken by our teachers and school leaders. Council members want to extend their thanks to all our wonderful and dedicated Parkhill teachers. The meeting also heard updates from the School Finance Committee, and the Parents and Friends Association. On the PFA in particular, it is great to see a new group of parents involved and actively working on bringing together the school community in activities like the upcoming Fathers’ Day Trivia!

Also during the month, School Councillor’s participated in a School Governance Workshop, facilitated online. The workshop helped in building a common understanding of the role of governance in Victorian schools, and areas for our School Council to make improvements. We have developed and adopted a new set of Standing Orders as a result of this.

Your School Council members are always willing to discuss issues with you and bring items to attention during meetings. 2020 members are: Eva Conley, Chris Logan, Kirstin Majidi, Liz O’Meara, Pip Papageorgiou, Jo Ravida, Tania Rose, Clare Sherman, Michelle Smith, Sumi Sundram, Kylie Touloupis, Freya Wong and Elaine Brady.

Take care in these final weeks of Term Three,

Dan Edwards

Have you noticed the new format of our Newsletter?

We have freshened up our newsletter and are excited that you can now access our newsletter in ANY language! Simply scroll to the bottom of this newsletter, click 'select language' choose the language you would like to read the newsletter in and that's It! 

Home Learning Update

The Eureka Stockade:

Over the last few weeks students in Y5/6 have been exploring the Gold Rush and its impact on Australia. Last week we brought this learning together with the recreation of the Eureka Stockade. Check out some of our creative results.


The 5Es is an inquiry based teaching model used to assist students to develop knowledge through active participation in learning tasks. Students are encouraged to move through five stages; exploring concepts, problem solving, seeking information and then applying this learning to new situations.

At Parkhill we use the 5Es to guide student learning in both maths and STEAM. Lessons are made up of five stages as students are guided through a series of activities to build their knowledge. Online these 5 stages will occur over a week. At times students may struggle. This should be celebrated, encouraged and supported because it is through challenges and mistakes that learning occurs.

The 5 E sequence:

ENGAGE: The teacher tunes children into the lesson concepts. Prior knowledge and any knowledge gaps are identified as students question, respond or engage with the activity.

Exploring Enlargements

EXPLORE: During the exploration phase, students actively explore the new concept through learning experiences. Students tackle the concept and look for ways to solve problems.

Explaining Enlargements

EXPLAIN: This is the teacher led phase which helps students build new knowledge. It is also the opportunity for students to clarify their understanding or gain additional information to take their thinking further.

Elaborating Enlargements

ELABORATE: Students apply their learning to a new situation. It usually involves an alternative investigation to reinforce newly learned skills.

EVALUATE: During this phase, teachers observe or assess student understanding. Students may also reflect on their own and peer learning


Imagine…. A delicious jar of cookies on top of the fridge. What would you do? Well if you are Ormie the pig, of course you would try to eat them but getting to them is not as easy as you think. Finally, just when you think you can eat the cookies, the jar falls and gets stuck on your head. Oh no, what can Ormie do to get the cookies? 

The F/1s had some great ideas. Just look at the pictures and writing they did.


Here are 2 fantastic sports raps from week 6’s LOTE assignment         

PFA News 28 August 2020

Office Bearers:

President: Rossanne Clay       

Vice President: George Andrakakos

Treasurer: Maria Andrakakos

Secretary/Communications: Kylie Touloupis

General Members:  

Elle Delmee, Wendy Douglas, Donna Edwards, Sumi Sundram, Vanessa Cowley

Next Meeting: Thursday 10 September 2020 8:30pm



WHEN: Saturday 5th September, 2pm - 4pm (Father's Day weekend)

WHERE: In your home via Zoom (details will be sent once you purchase your ticket)

TICKETS: $10 per household

Book now on trybooking:

BEFORE THE QUIZ:  You will receive an email with the Zoom login details. If you have not received this email 24 hours before the event, please contact us on

During this time when we might be feeling disconnected with each other, the PFA are creating events where our school community can ‘click to connect’ and come together online and have some fun. If you have any ideas please feel free to share them with us at