Parkhill Primary School

Issue 26, Thursday August 29 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

Week 7 has been a wet one!! Spring is certainly on the way…


What to do when you are trying to manage a child with anxiety… as a parent we are always trying to find ways to help make life easier for our children, to help support their needs and ensure they are happy and resilient. When working with children who suffer with anxiety this challenge is much harder. The link below offers some really good advice about how to help your child if they happen to suffer with anxiety. Have a read!


We have successfully appointed our architect and met with them yesterday. The plan is to redevelop the RBH – including the toilets (eventually). We have given a small brief to the group which included the following:

  • Keep the science kitchen as is, the stage and music rooms, everything needs to be accessible, toilet facilities, durable (commercial) kitchen in the hall

  • Fittings and fixtures, straightforward systems eg electricity and lighting, heating and cooling, ventilation

  • Provision for maintenance of building - consideration for the future of the building

  • Need the storage facilities as is… if not more

  • Need to keep hirers and not interrupt their access to building

  • Provision of a full-sized basketball court, possible avenue for revenue, we don’t have enough space at the moment to fit everyone in for whole-school events

  • The hall building could extend out the front into the car park and into the playground area – but not into the garden or areas with established trees etc.

  • Solar panels and sustainability where possible throughout the build

  • The materials palette must be in keeping with our most recent building works to ensure the campus has a sense of connection.

In a nutshell we are looking to keep everything that is currently there as well as growing the space to incorporate a basketball court. If you have any other ideas or thoughts regarding the work please drop me an email so we can consider every voice.


Again our three way conferences were a huge success – it was lovely to see so many families engage with the process. I am keen to hear your feedback! As you know we have trialled both a parent teacher interview and a new model three way conference this year. Please do email through your thoughts regarding the three way conferences so we can critically analyse the process:


Our library reestablishment group have been meeting through term 2 to plan how we go about getting our library back into play. We have recently carpeted the area and are now looking to cull our non-fiction stock. There are boxes and boxes of dated non-fiction texts. We are planning a working bee to cull the collection of any materials that are pre 2000. If you are able to help support the working bee please let me know – there will be a morning tea as thanks on the day.

Working Bee: Monday 2nd September from 9:15am


Toys at school

We would like your help in discouraging children from bringing lots of precious toys to school. Often children bring a favourite toy and it stays in their bag, or something for show and tell or to play with at recess/lunch. These toys are ok for children to bring to school – but please do discourage them from bringing precious things to school. At school things can get broken and lost and children become quite distressed and unable to focus on their day if this happens.

Swimming Carnival:

We have our swimming carnival approaching soon. The day is split into two parts – Y3-6 Carnival in the morning and F-2 in the afternoon. It is on Thursday 5th September, if you are keen and able to help please let me know. The Carnival is a testament to the program offered at Huntingtower and a great opportunity for the children to ‘show off’ their skills!

Dental Van:

Please return your dental van visit form if you wish for your child to visit the dentist – the forms are due back on 16th September.

Please do check out the calendar dates below for the term's events.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Elaine Brady


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Calendar of Curriculum Events

Friday 30 August- Basketball Round Robin ( selected students )

Monday 2 September -Library Working Bee 9.15am & Bring it Breaky in staffroom & The Wellbeing Show - Whole school

Wednesday 4 September - ICAS Science (selected students)

Thursday 5 September - Swimming Carnival (details below)

Friday 6 September - Division Athletics ( selected students)

Monday 9 September - Science Week

Tuesday 10 September - Evening Soiree

Thursday 12 September - F/1C & F/1S Rippon Lea Excursion & Story Time

Friday 13 September - F/1T Rippon Lea Excursion

Tuesday 17 September - ICAS English (selected students)

Wednesday 18 September - MADD Day

Thursday 19 September - ICAS Maths (selected students)

Friday 20 September - Footy Day, Term 3 ends 2.30pm

Student of the Week

F/1C - Eddy C

F/1S - Sariaha G

F/1T - Fiona Z

2/3G - Sam J

2/3L - Emily B

2/3M - Martin K

5/6A - Indi W

5/6H - Viktoria K

Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all the students who have participated in the swimming program held at the Huntingtower School over the previous weeks. It has been excellent seeing the students having fun whilst also learning very important water safety and survival skills.

To celebrate the end of the program the students from Foundation–Y6 will participate in a Swimming Carnival. Every student will get a chance to compete and show off the skills they have learnt throughout the program.

WHERE: Huntingtower Sports & Aquatic Centre, Huntingtower School, 77 Waimarie Dr, Mt Waverley.

WHEN: Thursday 5th September

Y3 to Y6 - 9:30am – 12:00pm. Buses depart school at 9:00am and return at 12:45pm.

Foundation to Y2 - 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Buses depart school at 12:30pm and return by 3:30pm.

WHO: All students from Foundation–Y6 who have participated in the swimming program.

COST: Nil (Covered in the payment made for your child’s swimming program).

NEEDS: Students should come prepared to swim as they have done throughout the program.

One-piece bathers – Girls who wear one-piece bathers will be given the opportunity to change at school.

Two-piece bathers – Boys and girls wearing two-piece costumes should wear their bathers under their school uniforms.

They must bring goggles, a towel and a change of underwear. Please ensure these items are in a separate waterproof bag that can be taken to the pool.

A drink bottle to be carried throughout the morning. Asthma puffers should be carried if needed.

Parents are encouraged to attend but must organise their own travel arrangements.

2/3 Bush Tucker

Each week a keen group of green thumbed students and Mrs Guy have been working towards establishing an Aboriginal bush tucker garden. Sam, Jess, Lloyd, Tyson, Theia and Chloe have been busy clearing, planning and designing a garden that will be full of delicious native bush tucker that will attract birds and insects.

The team has also come up with many great ideas about how to make the garden an artistic representation of Aboriginal culture and values that reflect a strong connection to the land.

We still have a lot of work to do though and in the coming weeks we could do with some parents who may be able to help us with some digging and evening out of the ground for paths.

See Mrs Guy if you are interested in helping and keep your eye out for more updates and some great Parkhill TV footage shot by Eddie.

Choir Connections

The choir students have been busy rehearsing two new songs for our next choir performance which is now confirmed for Friday 6th September at 3pm.

The term has flown by and it has been wonderful to see the choir students bursting through the doors with smiles on their faces even when it has been pouring with rain and blowing a gale outside.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our assembly performance.

Marinda & Kirsten

Bring it Breaky

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

When: Monday 2nd September, 9:00-9:30am

Where: Staffroom

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

Who: All welcome




Just a friendly reminder if you have any uniforms at your place that have been worn home when your child has fallen in the mud/had a bathroom accident etc. can you please send the clean clothes back to school.

That helps us keep the next child warm and dry.

Also if you have any old uniforms (especially pants) at home that no longer fit your children please do bring them into school.


Suzanne Carmody


PFA News, 29th August 2019

Committee Members

Office Bearers:

President: Vanessa Cowley

Vice President: George Andrakakos

Treasurer: Sumi Sundram

Secretary: Nadine Phillips

Committee Members:

Shadow Treasurer: Fiona Crellin

Communications: Eva Conley

General Members:

Jason Van Lint, Elle Delmee, Mark Havas, Lisa Jacobson, Wendy Douglas, Janneke Storteboom, Leanne Knight, Kylie Touloupis, Donna Edwards, Katrina Battle

If you would like to be on our email distribution list and receive communication and minutes from our meetings please email

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FATHER’S DAY STALL - Friday 30th August

Join us and watch your little people purchase a gift for their special someone. It’s a joy to watch and a highlight on the Parkhill Calendar. Please volunteer your time, it is only 2 hours!!!! There are only four more spots to fill in the 11:00 - 1:00pm timeslot. The signup to the event is

The stall will open at 8:45am to ensure that the Y6 students participating in the basketball competition have an opportunity to purchase something. The gifts will range from $1 to $10.

Please email Nadine at with any queries.

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CUPCAKE STALL - Wednesday 4th September

The next cupcake stall is on Wednesday 4th September. Please lock it in your diaries! If you are interested in baking some cupcakes, chocolate crackles etc., please email

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IVAN’S PIE DRIVE - forms due back Tuesday 3rd September

Do you like pies? Not that awful Collingwood variety, but the food pies! “Ivan’s Pies” is a fundraiser where you can purchase savoury or sweet pies. There are meat, chicken, vegetable or apple pies, family size or single servings to choose from. Have one for a quick dinner or put them in the freezer for later. The forms are due Tuesday 3rd September. The pies can be collected after school from the Roger Beech Hall kitchen on Wednesday 11th September.

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PFA MEETING - Wednesday 11th September - 8 pm

All attendees are welcome. The focus of the meeting will be the Colour Run. Vanessa will be hosting the meeting so please RSVP to Nadine at for the address.

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COLOUR RUN - Friday 8th November - SAVE THE DATE

How good was the Colour Run last year?! Not only was it a positive experience for student fitness but it was a super successful fundraiser. So, it is on again in 2019. Watch this space for more updates.

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