Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 10, Thursday April 4 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Last week of term 1 – it has really flown by! Thank you to those of you who have come to chat with me about the new day structure we are trialling in term 2 – please do read below and come chat if you have any questions.


Throughout the term we have been closely monitoring incidents in our playground. We have noted that there is a trend in when the incidents are happening. Most incidents interestingly happen towards the end of lunchtime – generally within the last 15 minutes or so. Reflecting on this data and in consultation with staff we have decided to trial a new day structure. The new structure will accommodate three breaks within the school day.

The day will be split into four learning blocks and three breaks. The morning block will run from 9am–10:30, with morning tea break being 10:30–11:00. The middle learning block will be 11:00–12:30, with lunch from 12:30-1:00. The third learning block will run 1:00–2:30 with afternoon tea being 2:30–3:00. The school day will end at 3:30 as usual.

The session from 3:00–3:30 will primarily be used for Social Emotional Learning, Buddies and Assembly. The time allocation of core curriculum areas will not be affected by the restructure, and in fact the hope is that it will increase learning time because teachers are not spending so long unpacking the incidents that occur during the second half of the hour break.

Children will be encouraged to eat the Brain Food during afternoon tea break in term 2.

We are trialling the system throughout term 2 where we will continue to track the data.


Follow the links below for some fun holiday activities


Holidays are the perfect time to get STEAM-ing!! As well as using the STEAM grid from term 1 I have added a few great idea generating web links below:


Essential Items Payments (School Fees):

2019 school fees (Essential Education Items) are due – if you have not yet paid this fee please contact the office ASAP. It is important to note that the school has to subsidise any fees that are not paid by families. These subsides are paid out of our curriculum budgets.

Freaky Friday:

Don’t forget to come dressed in something FREAKY tomorrow and bring along your gold coin donation!

SRC Badges:

The SRC badges will be presented in our assembly tomorrow – please note this assembly is at 2:00. School finishes at 2:30 on this day.

Ongoing meetings with teachers:

It is important to remember that you are always welcome to meet with your class teacher and I encourage you to make appointments throughout the year to touch base and talk about your child’s learning progress.

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events - Term 2

Tuesday 23 April - Term 2 begins & Y5/6 Camp Kangaroobie begins

Wednesday 24 April - ANZAC Ceremony

Thursday 25 April - ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Friday 26 April - Y5/6 return from camp at the regular school pick up time (3:30pm)

Friday 3 May - Y4/5/6 House Cross Country

Friday 10 May - Mother's Day Stall

Monday 13 May - Curriculum Day (Students do not attend school)

Tuesday 14 May - Friday 24 May - NAPLAN

Wednesday 22 May - Open Day & Night

Monday 10 June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Wednesday 19 June - Friday 21 June - Y3/4 Camp Weekaway

Friday 28 June - Term 2 ends at 2:30pm

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Head Lice

There have been reported cases of head lice throughout the school. If your child has head lice, please treat the lice before sending your child to school

NAPLAN in Term 2

NAPLAN will look a little different this year. Parkhill students in Y3 and Y5 will be sitting the National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy from 14-24 May and they will be completing it online.

We’ll be spending some time getting used to the special locked-down browser and also learning about how to take a test over the first few weeks of Term 2 before the tests begin.

More information will be forthcoming to families involved. You can also go to the National Assessment Program website ( where you can find a demonstration site that mimics what the tests will look like.

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

GATEWAYS at Parkhill, starting Term 2!

Parkhill is very excited to be joining the GATEWAYS family next term as a host school. GATEWAYS is an extension program for student who like a challenge to stretch their learning beyond the classroom.

We will be hosting a few different Journeys programs throughout the rest of the year and will be inviting students showing good potential to join those programs.

More information will be forthcoming, but if you’d like to know more, head to

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

Writing Competition

Last week we held our first ever lunchtime writing competition. The student response was overwhelming with over 80 students giving up their time to enter. Students had to write a Sizzling Start based on a picture prompt. Entries could contain words and pictures and be no longer than a page in length. Congratulations to all students who entered, your writing was wonderful and enthusiasm infectious.


Boom! Crash! Ahhh it’s a storm! The thunder roared loudly. The roar was loud! I was scared. What will happen? Help! There’s a storm coming this way! Phew. I’m safe, the storm is over. Yay!

Gemma F/1S

Oh no! There’s a storm coming but it’s no ordinary storm - it looks like a cyclone, a hurricane, a tornado, a typhoon and all the other storms ever to exist, except the clouds are brown which is not a normal cloud colour at all! I said “I have to get to a safe place now!” I screamed. Look, there’s a shelter there, I hope I can make it in time, I thought. “Well better to be safe than sorry” I said. So I dashed like the wind to the shelter. I was getting closer and closer. 5 metres, 2 metres, 1 metre and I was just about to touch it but the storm got there first. “Nooo!” I screamed, so I started running as fast as a cheetah.

Shania 2/3G

The sunny morning. The birds chirping. It’s ought to be a wonderful day, all of a sudden, the sunny morning turned into a dark afternoon. The birds were no longer singing and as you looked ahead there it was right before your eyes - you could hear the dull clouds thundering and purple strikes as purple as grapefruit. The screams of innocent people. The amazing green mountains were no longer there. All I could see was pitch black.

Milan 4D

Grey clouds swallowed the clear pleasant sky, spelling despair and misery for animals being tossed and turned around, with no control over the direction it was going. Thunder and lightning work hand in hand to light up the sky and fill it with sound. Hatchlings squawking out to their surroundings for mother and father before their nest would blow away. A wolf was lying down howling at the storm. Others rush, but none would help. A stream of red escaped the wolf’s tummy and drained into the muddy soil. Its fur was twisting and turning, flopping and flapping. The wind had total control. Grass and leaves followed the fur's lead and swayed violently from side to side. My hair blew behind me and raced full force at my face. “OOOwww! What was that?” My eyes were throbbing with pain as I looked around for the culprit. My car is as broken as a bone when snapped in half. I don’t want the full force of the storm, so I better start running.

Cormac 5/6A


Roof, roof! “I can’t get down” said the dog. The owner is devastated. His dog is in the air! “I can't jump high enough.” It is too late, he is in space. The sky is black. They are separated. A helicopter sweeps him down.

India F/1T

Ahhh! What is happening to me? I’m lifting off the ground and floating away from Beth. I don’t think I’ll survive much longer. Then Beth looks at me and screams…

Jasper 2/3M

I felt the ground disappear from my paws. I watched as everything shrank. I yelped and squirmed but no help came. Suddenly everything disappeared behind a huge white cloud. Then a plane started to come near my black and white body…

Hannah 4O

The dog drifts up higher and higher, and begins to see the twinkling, white lights of the stars. Then he floats up until he’s in space. The dog quite liked this floating sensation, but he began to miss earth. The great big grass paddocks where he could gallop around free, the sunny beaches where he could swim through the icy cold waters of the ocean. But most of all he missed the love of his family, all the pats and cuddles with them and even the baths, which he hated, but they made him think of his family. He felt something wet fall down his furry face, it was a tear, and then came more until he could not bear it. He stopped crying after a while, and then realised he was in the black, starry mist of outer space.

Odessa 5/6H

Des Schlack

Writing Coordinator

Mini Mathematicians and Little Scientists, Big Science at John Monash Science School

This first term some of our intrepid Y5 students travelled to John Monash Science School with willing mums and dads to join in the groups Mini Mathematicians and Little Scientists, Big Science run by the high school students.

The teams were: Mini Mathematicians - Sam B, Aidan, Matari, Tom; and Little Scientists, Big Science - Ella, Ruby, Angus, Joe.

Here’s what they had to say about their experience:

Sam: “I like the Mini Mathematicians program because it gives us a challenge. One time we had to work out a code using a wheel and you could set it to make letters correspond to other letters.”

Tom: “I liked the tree diagrams, they were non irreducible tree diagrams.”

Ruby and Ella: “They were so friendly and kind and I learnt a lot about biology, the study of life. It was really fun making our egg parachute thing. Unfortunately the egg cracked.”

Matari: “In maths you get to learn probability and statistics and graphing homeomorphic irreducible trees of degree 10.”

Joe: “It's really fun to learn how to do the studies of life and engineering. We had to make a parachute for an egg and we had to use fake money but we couldn't buy everything.”

Aidan: “You learn a lot but sometimes it's a bit frustrating. Once you understand it it's easy.”

Angus: “It was a good program. We got to experiment with fun things like nitinol which is a cool wire that if you knot it first and then drop in boiling water it will straighten.”

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

Garden News


Our students have been enjoying harvesting and eating the last of our cherry tomatoes.

The Y2/3 students crafted some amazing mini beasts entirely out of veggies. The glue was cream cheese!

Why not try this during the holidays? Here is a link for the recipe :

The Y4's concocted a delicious warm tomato salad:

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We are very grateful to Bunnings Chadstone for donating some much needed gardening gloves and tools. If we had bought these items the cost would have been over $700. The students were very excited about wearing fresh, clean gloves rather than the old, stinky gloves that they have had to endure.

We also need to thank Scotsburn Nursery which is at 300 Perry Rd, Keysborough VIC 3173 for their generous donation of seedlings which we have been able to plant for our winter crop. The Y2/3s have been able to plant broccoli and bean seedlings and will look forward to harvesting these veggies later in the year.

Don't forget to check out our Community Garden Instagram page!

Anne McGregor

Garden Coordinator

STEAM - Bee Bots

The Y1s have been learning about programming and using Bee-Bots. They can now make the Bee-Bots follow a simple path.

Choir Connections

Wow! What an assembly it was. We couldn’t be prouder of our choir students and how beautifully they sang, it was amazing to see over 50 students on the stage singing with joy!

For our very first performance we thought they nailed it!

We know that there were a few choir students who weren’t able to make the assembly performance on Friday. Parents, if you could please let your child/ren know that they haven’t missed out. Our next performance will be an evening performance during Open Night which is held during Education Week in May and we will be featuring the songs we have learnt this term and possibly a new song in our growing repertoire! We hope by having an evening performance this will also give parents who weren’t able to make assembly the opportunity to see our choir in action.

Choir rehearsal is still scheduled for tomorrow morning and we are looking forward to celebrating our first performance and finishing the term with some fun singing activities.

We would also like to let all parents/carers know that if your child/ren would like to attend choir, our doors are always open and we would love to see you on Friday mornings. Simply fill in a form from the office and come along to rehearsal.

A very big thank you to all the parents who have supported their child/ren to attend choir and for your lovely feedback. We love our Friday rehearsal and we have even more exciting plans for Term 2.

Marinda & Kirsten

PFA News

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

TERM TWO KEY DATES - Please lock these dates into your calendar!

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Our Mother’s Day stall is coming up in Term 2. We still require around 10 volunteers to spend the morning in the hall wrapping up the gifts. If you are interested, please sign up using this link
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We would also like volunteers to help with one or two sessions - 9:00-11:00 or 11:00-1:00. You will either sell the items to the children or help them bag up and label their goodies. It is a great morning as the kids are so excited to get something special for their mum or other special person in their life. Please sign up via this link

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CUPCAKE STALL - Wednesday 1st May

Please email if you can help us out with baking goods or selling treats on the day. I promise it’s the shortest event you’ll ever volunteer for - 15 mins of mayhem and then you’re done!

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PFA MEETING - Wednesday 1st May

A PFA Meeting will be held in the stage area of the Roger Beech Hall from 2:30pm on Wednesday 1st May. We will be discussing and coordinating the Term 2 events. Come along to offer your support or just to meet some parents from the school.

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