Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 23, Thursday July 26 2018

Principal's Message

Happy Week 2!! Soon the children’s portfolios will be coming home with the ‘Pat on the Back’ form for you to complete in preparation for the upcoming Three-Way Conferences.

The landscape works are really looking great – please do have a good look around if you get a chance.

The children are all in full flow with their Inquiry units this term and the concert preparation is coming along a treat! A snapshot is coming your way soon…watch this space!


We are again lucky to be able to run a whole school swimming program. Please do complete and return the slip as soon as possible if you have not already done so. It is important to note that even if you are not intending on accessing the program you still must return your form so that the charges are not applied to your account. The swimming element of the curriculum is very important and the swimming program run through Huntingtower is excellent. It is important to note that a school swimming program is just that. It is not club swimming. The program is intended to cater for the majority of students at their ability. Huntingtower has wonderful facilities that suit the needs of Parkhill. All notices are now overdue.

Please see below the times and dates of your child’s program:

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The Art Room is ready!!! We are looking to coordinate a move into the Art Room on Thursday August 2. If you are available to help with the move please do let me know – again we will meet at 9:30am in the staffroom and take it from there. The other move days were so successful as a result of the support we had from the community.

Have a fun and safe weekend,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Tuesday July 31 - Swimming begins for Y3-6 & ICAS English

Wednesday August 1 - 3M Melbourne Museum Excursion

Thursday August 2 - 3R Melbourne Museum Excursion

Friday August 3 - Y6 Creative Convention

Monday August 6 - Swimming begins for F-Y2

Monday August 13-Wednesday August 15 - Three-Way Conferences

Tuesday August 14 - ICAS Maths

Tuesday August 21 - Story time

Monday September 3 - Swimming Carnival

Tuesday September 11-Wednesday September 12 - School Concert

Tuesday September 18 - Story time

Friday September 21 - Term 3 ends at 2:30pm

Student of the Week

FS - Dylan R

FT - Patrick C

1B - Kara D

1H - Lucas V

2C - Zaid S

2N - Peter K

3M - Lily C

3R - Christos P

4G - Ruby D

4O - Whole Class

6CM - Evan L

6L - Ben F

First Aid

Please note that there have been reported cases of the following ailments within the school:

  • Head lice
  • Gastro

Bring It Breaky

Our next “Bring it Breaky” is coming up and we’d love for you to come enjoy breakfast with us.

When: Thursday August 9, 9:00-9:30am

Where: Staffroom

Who: All welcome

Please bring something you would enjoy for breakfast to share (or just bring yourselves).

Lost Property

Our Lost Property box has moved! You can now find Lost Property in the office foyer under the notices' table.

ICAS Science

ICAS Science

Last term 46 students from Y3-6 participated in the ICAS Science Test. The certificates are awarded on the following basis:

High Distinction Certificate - the top 1% of participants

Distinction Certificate - the next 10% of participants

Credit Certificate - the next 25% of participants

Congratulations to the following students who received the following awards:

High Distinction: Matari H (Y4)

Distinction: Hannah D (Y4), Isaac H (Y4), Cormac M (Y5) and James M (Y5)

Credit: Nathan T (Y3), Gemma E (Y3), Angus O (Y4), Joe E (Y4), Matthew C (Y5), Jamie X (Y5), Isabelle Y (Y5), Shannyn Y (Y5), Xavier E (Y6)

Dyon Hunt

ICAS Coordinator

Y5 Parliament House and Old Treasury Building Excursion

Are you interested in how our government is run? Do you know how a law is passed through parliament? Did you know that we, the people, are secretly in charge? We discovered all this and more on our excursion last Friday to Parliament House on Spring St.

After going through security, we stepped beneath the vast dome of the entry hall. Greek columns rose on all sides, surrounded by intricate mouldings laced with ornate gold leaf decoration. We followed the green carpet into the Legislative Assembly where we took part in a role play debate. We are so lucky to be able to use our State Parliament for our learning! After Theia, our Sergeant at Arms escorted in Matthew, our Speaker, the debate was underway. Carefully structured arguments rang out on all sides of the room. Finally, the bill to ban plastic bags was passed. A victory for our government! We didn’t celebrate yet though – the bill would need to pass through the Legislative Council and get approved by the Governor herself before it becomes a law.

Suffice to say our Parliament House excursion was a terrific way to tune Y5 into our government unit. On top of this, we were also able to draw connections from our previous unit on the gold rush as we also snuck in a visit to the Old Treasury Building, where all the gold that made Melbourne rich so quickly was stored. Seeing Ned Kelly’s armour at the State Library was also a highlight.

We made our way back to Parkhill, our questions answered – and a few students perhaps even entertaining the thoughts of being a future parliamentary leader.

Alex Davies

Y5 Teacher

St John Ambulance Visit

On Thursday July 18, St John Ambulance visited Parkhill to deliver a First Aid in Schools training to our students. Through the First Aid in Schools program, trained St John presenters lead students from F-Y6 through tailored sessions on the importance of first aid and what to do in the event of an emergency. Our F-Y4 students learnt about how to identify when there is an emergency, keeping themselves safe, the recovery position and how to call for an ambulance. Y5-6 students learnt about delivering CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the things they can do to assist in an emergency.

Dyon Hunt

Y1 Teacher

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Y6 Creative Convention

Y6 have spent a busy eight weeks exploring creativity and the production process during our Inquiry unit 'Creative Capers.' Most recently students have planned their own creative product and spent the last few weeks producing items to display and sell to our school community. We would love to invite all members of the Parkhill Community to attend our Creative Convention on Friday August 3, between 9.15am and 11.00am. Join us in the Y6 classrooms and ask students about their creations, their production process and perhaps purchase one of our many brilliant designs.

Creative Convention

Friday August 3

9.15am - 11.00am

Y6 Classrooms

Andrea Crane

Y6 Teacher

100 Days of Y1

1H and 1BC students have been counting the days that they have been in Y1 this year and collecting an icy pole stick for each day. Once a total of 10 icy pole sticks were collected they bundled them with a rubber band to represent lots of ten. The target was 100! Monday was our 100 day celebration with each activity having a 100 focus:

* We made 100's and 1000's fairy bread;

* We took a photo of ourselves and used an aging app to make us look 100 years old;

* We did a 100 day dance;

* We read a story of about a granny who was 100;

* We wrote down what we would do if we had 100 legs;

* We counted to 100 using different counting patterns;

* We wrote down all the things we want to do before we turn 100.

Dyon Hunt and Victoria Bruges-Cannon

Y1 Teachers

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Division Netball Round Robin

Sirens sounded, whistles blew and cheers filled the Netball Stadium at Jell's Park on Wednesday July 25, as Y5 and Y6 students from the local area competed in the Division Netball Round Robin. Our fantastic team of twelve worked together to defend, intercept, pass and shoot their way through five games against Mount View, Oakleigh, Knox, Camelot Rise and Brandon Park. Whilst unsuccessful on the day, our team represented Parkhill with great sportsmanship, persistence and teamwork. Many thanks to Sumi for her great coaching and to the many parents who came along to show their support. Go Parkhill!

Andrea Crane

Y6 Teacher

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2018 Parent Opinion Survey


Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 23rd July to Sunday 26th August.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.

The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September. Last year we used the survey results to plan our initiatives through our Annual Improvement Plan.

Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like more information.

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

Wipe for Wildlife

You are sitting on the toilet. You’re reaching for the toilet paper. You’re using the toilet paper. You just realised you are saving the animals.

Did you know Australian animals are losing their habitat because people are cutting down trees to make toilet paper?

The animals that are affected are wombats, possums, birds, koala and owls.

You can help by buying recycled toilet paper. Recycled toilet paper is made from paper from our Visy bins. You can buy two brands of recycled toilet paper from Woolworths. They’re called Icare and Naturale.

Please buy recycled toilet paper to save the animals' habitats. Your bottoms won't mind, I promise!

Lucas K, Samuel J, Alexis R, Elizabeth L, Daniyal K and Zi-Yan W, 2M

PFA News

Committee Members:

President: Vanessa Cowley

Vice President: Katrina Battle

Treasurer: Sumi Sundram

Secretary: Kylie Touloupis

Communications: Eva Conley

General Members: Fiona Crellin, Jason Van Lint, Elle Delmee, Mark Havas, Lisa Jacobson, Anny Murray, Wendy Douglas, Janneke Storteboom, Leanne Knight



Wednesday 8 August - Cupcake Stall

Thursday 23 August - PFA Meeting (evening)

Friday 31 August - Father’s Day Stall

Friday 21 September - Special Lunch Order

Saturday 4 August - Please join us for Parkhill’s Comedy Night

The night is run by a professional comedy booking agent and all acts are professional comedians, some of them quite famous - one is the TV host of Spicks and Specs and another has his own comedy show on the ABC.

The other two acts are well known comedians who tour the international comedy circuit. Vanessa’s sister has seen the headliner in Brighton, UK.

We now have an alcohol licence and will have a bar at the event.

Grab a ticket and a few friends and join us for guaranteed fun!

Tickets are $30 (this is an 18+ event).

You’ll find tickets via the link:

Last year it was great fun and hugely successful and we’re sure it will be again.

Check out the line-up below:

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A FREE ticket for Comedy Night is on offer if you hold a current RSA certificate and are willing to help us out on the night. Please email Kylie at if you can assist. Thank you!

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Monash City Council Community Event

Come and try the Holmesglen Bouldering Wall:

Holmesglen Outdoor Recreation Students will share their tips and show you how to climb the wall. Monash Bicycle Users Group will also be on hand to show how to make

minor adjustments to your bike using the bike station tools.

Where: Warrigal Rd, Chadstone (next to the train line overpass)

When: Saturday 28 July, 2pm-3.30pm

Further information please call Emma Smith, Place Manager, City of Monash 0418 296 366

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