Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 24, Friday 13 August 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Good afternoon! Happy Friday…

It was hard to accept the extension of lockdown earlier in the week, but we do the best with the news and continue to offer the most flexible options we can to cater for the vast array of families in our community.  The introduction of live teaching has been well received and videoing these sessions means that families who find it difficult to access them during the day still have access to the content. 

With a combination of class meeting, live teaching, one to one and small groups, tutoring and support sessions; shortly introducing awesome extension groups across the school, coupled with our Learn from Home packages, teaching videos, Let’s Get Physical grid and STEAM grid options, the program is growing and becoming very comprehensive. I feel very proud of the team at Parkhill, as ever they are going over and above to meet the needs of the children in their class.

If you require on-site supervision you must apply for this by emailing or calling me as per the letter issued on Thursday. Every time we have an extension to the lockdown arrangement and week by week, families should communicate their on-site needs with us. On-site provision is limited and families must fit into one of the following categories: 

  • Children where both parents and/or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made;

  • Where there are two parents/carers, both must be essential workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.

  • For single parents/carers, the essential worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.

  • Children experiencing vulnerability, including:

    • in out-of-home care

    • deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home 

    • identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)

    • where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide on-site supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.

On a personal note I would like to thank everyone in our community for your support. Support in the recent lockdowns, during last year's journey with CoVID and throughout the last few years of my principalship. 

I have made the very hard decision to bring my family leave forward by one week. With the nature of remote learning and my own health I can no longer commit to on-site supervision. David Wells will be on-site from Monday with a four day transition period before my official leave begins on Friday 20th August. 

The School Captains will be interviewing Mr Wells as a means of introducing him to the community. Sadly, we will not be in a position to host the planned morning tea. 

David will in time host online assemblies, etc. once he has had time to find his feet. I feel certain that you will all do everything you can to welcome him to the community. Further communication will be sent out on Monday formally introducing David, including his contact details. 

If you have any questions or queries in the meantime please do let me know. 



Helen at Huntingtower has provided us with additional dates toward the end of term for us to be able to complete the program - information will follow.  We are very happy that, although broken, we are able to offer the swimming program in 2021. 


  • Three-Way Conferences are running next week on Tuesday and Wednesday - information can be found below. Please book a time to meet with your class teacher. These meetings will be held online.

Best wishes,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Monday 16 August - ICAS English (selected students) - postponed, see information below

Tuesday 17 August - Wednesday 18 August - Three-Way Conferences - held online, information below

Friday 20 August - Y5/6 Winter Round Robin

Monday 23 August - ICAS Science (selected students) & Book Week begins

Tuesday 24 August - Friday 27 August - Y5/6 Camp Candlebark

Thursday 26 August - Story Time Session 3

Monday 30 August - ICAS Maths (selected students)

Wednesday 1 September - Thursday 2 September - GATEWAYS Eureka

Wednesday 8 September - Swimming Carnival (tbc)

Tuesday 14 September - F/Y1 Mini Concert (information to come)

Friday 17 September - Term 3 ends at 2:30pm

Y2/3 Koorie Culture Inquiry Action

Lockdown didn't stop our Koorie Culture Inquiry action in Y2/3! 

The Y2/3 students were required to create bush/campfires, water sources, foods, huts, clothing like possum skin, and tools (clap sticks, didgeridoos, spears) that you would see in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples village. Students used natural resources like sticks, leaves, and rocks, as well as recyclable materials such as cardboard and toilet paper rolls, and other materials like clay, play dough etc. 

Since we could not get together for our exhibition at school, we used Google Meet to share our projects amongst the whole Y2/3 cohort! 

To say the Y2/3 teachers are proud is an understatement. Check out some AMAZING examples! 

Y6 Angle Art

This week Y6 has been investigating angles. They started with creating some angle artwork, identifying different polygons and discovering their internal angles.  But how do you do that without a protractor? You make one of course! All you need is a square of paper, steady hands for folding and you're all set. Maths sure can be beautiful!

Sasha Guy

Y6 Teacher

Book Week 2021

Book Week is coming up from 21-27 August 2021.The theme is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. We will once again be celebrating this event by holding a Book Parade on Monday 23rd of August. Students can dress up as a book character and complete activities inspired by the CBCA shortlisted books. Further details will follow. 

I can’t wait to see all the marvelous book characters jump out of the pages and come alive at Parkhill! 

Des Schlack

Book Week Coordinator

Flexischools Canteen Closure

Flexischools lunch orders will not be available on Wednesday August 25 and Friday August 27 due to events taking place at Ashwood High School.

ICAS Assessments Update

Thanks to those families that have signed students up for the challenge of ICAS and your patience while we navigate available days in which to sit the tests!

As you are already aware, the Writing test - which was planned for Monday 9 August - will now be rescheduled to Monday 11 October (next term).

The ICAS English test - which was planned for Monday 16 August - will now be rescheduled to Monday 18 October.

The remaining two assessments will (hopefully) be on their original dates, that is: ICAS Science - Monday 23 August, ICAS Maths - Monday 30 August. 

All test sessions will be held in the morning block.

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

Library News

Dear Parkhill Families,

We hope you are all keeping safe and well at home.

The latest Scholastic Issue is out now! Please click on the link to the latest issue to browse the online catalogue - Book Club Issue 6 2021.

You can place your order at or by using the LOOP app. Remember there is no obligation for you to make a purchase.

The cut-off date for orders is Wednesday 1 September. Kindly note that orders will arrive at school.

Your order earns us Scholastic Rewards, which can be used to purchase additional books and resources for our school. Thank you to the families who have placed an order, we are grateful for your support.

Orders from the previous issue are on the way and we hope to get them home to you when school reopens.

Please email me if I can be of any assistance or if you have any queries.

Angelita Williams


Please see the link for an update to the Parkhill Local Sports and Recreation Club Directory.

PFA News - August 13

Executive Committee:

President: Rossanne Clay                  

Vice President: Kylie Brown

Treasurer: Sumi Sundram

Secretary/Communications: Kylie Touloupis

General Members: Elle Delmee, Vanessa Cowley, Trish King, Marinda Tanner, Jo Argaet

NEXT PFA MEETING – We have postponed this meeting in favour of a time when we are able to meet face-to-face. We will keep you posted.


Lots to look forward to, mark it on the calendar. You don’t want to miss a thing!

PFA TRIVIA NIGHT - Come on your own, you won’t be alone!

WHEN: Saturday 28 August 2021 at 7:00 PM til late (7:30pm kick-off)

WHERE: School library

Currently with various restrictions we are unsure if we will be able to host our Trivia Night but we are hopeful. Thank you to all of you who have responded and said you are still able to make it. Although we are low on numbers, we aim to go ahead to keep up our community connection.

We have a few gaps on tables due to the change in date so we are looking for people who would be happy to fill existing teams. Our goal is a fun-filled night of re-connection with our community so if you come on your own you won’t be alone.

If you would like to come along and do not have a ticket, please email the PFA at or reach out to Rossanne on 0480 171 847.


THEME: Op Shop Glam – (no dress ups, no worries – there’s fun for all!)



If you're able to spare 15 minutes to one hour to help with setup or packdown of the Trivia event please sign up here:  We would be super grateful.

Many hands make light work!

Saturday 3pm - Set up tables & chairs.

Sunday morning 10am - Pack away tables & chairs.


We’re wanting to celebrate the male role models in the Parkhill community and we have three wonderful dads that have volunteered to champion the event. Thank you to Ru, Melo & Connor. Details to follow.



We’re setting up a committee together for Fun, Food and Carols (which will be Thursday 2nd December) to help create a wider community event for our school and beyond. If you’d like to be part of designing this fun event, please contact Rossanne 0480 171 847.

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