Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 20, Thursday June 21 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are all in!!! It has been a busy few weeks of moving and organising but we are finally into the new buildings. Over the holidays, further work will continue on the decking around the building which will give us full access. The landscaping will continue and soon things will be finished. Once the builders are finished, we will have the old Y3/4 block removed and gain the additional play space which we are planning at the moment. I remind you that we have a vision board set up in the foyer to gather your thoughts and ideas about the place space. If you see anything when you’re out and about please take a pic and send it to me – I can print it and add it on the board! I would like to extend my thanks to all of the people who have helped over the last few weeks - we really couldn’t have done this without you!


We are again lucky to be able to run a whole school swimming program – the permission letter came home this week. Please do complete and return the slip as soon as possible – even if you do not intend on participating. The swimming element of the curriculum is very important and the school 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.


It is important to note that there is NO supervision on the schoolyard until 8:45am. Children should not be on the playground before this time and certainly not as early as 8:15am. It is cold in the mornings at the moment and I am seeing more and more students arriving between 8:10am and 8:45am – this is too early! I urge you to find alternative arrangements.


Managing anger in young people is a tricky business. It is always helpful for us as parents and educators to understand what causes anger. Everyone experiences anger. It is a normal reaction to frustration, stress or disappointment. It can occur in children as young as three or four months old. Anger can be quite noticeable in toddlers who often express it through tantrums and other aggressive actions. However, as they grow and develop, most children learn how to deal with some of the frustrations of everyday life. They also learn how to express their anger in acceptable ways. Some anger can be helpful. For example, when expressed effectively, anger can help tell someone else, “Stop. I don’t like that.” Anger can also motivate us to overcome problems and achieve goals. Whether children’s anger is positive or negative depends on how effectively it is managed and whether it can be directed towards positive goals.

When children lack skills for managing anger it can lead to aggressive behaviour. Usually, it is the aggressive action that follows anger that most concerns parents, carers and school staff. Learning to manage anger involves developing social and emotional skills for calming down and having ways to express angry feelings assertively. This means learning to use words rather than aggressive actions to communicate feelings. Parents, carers and school staff have an important role in helping children learn to manage anger effectively.

Further reading, strategies and information is available below:

Have a great weekend – stay warm!

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Friday June 22 - Y5/6 Soccer Round Robin (selected students)

Monday June 25 - Y6 Yakult Excursion

Thursday June 28 - School Disco

Friday June 29 - Y1 Animal Expo & Term 2 ends at 2:30 pm

Student of the Week

FS - Sariaha G

FT - Quinten C

1B - Layla L

1HE - Annabella B

2C - Jayda G

2M - Callan O

3M - Luxe R

3R - Hannah D

4G - Tom H

4N - Whole Class

5D - Joshua A

6CM - Naacer S

6L - Mercades G

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Y4 Law and Order Excursion

“Order!” Bang went the gavel as it thwacked on the bench.

On Monday June 18, 4G and 4N went to visit the Monash Council and Glen Waverley library to learn more about rules and laws. After a long and painful walk to Jordanville Station we caught the train to Glen Waverley and walked some more to the Civic Centre where we took our seats in the meeting room.

Nick, who was a funny guy, told us a lot of things about how the local council runs and the rules that they have to follow. We were surprised to learn that when the mayor and councillors meet every month, they have a set of rules to follow that are 35 pages long! And that was just for that meeting! Once they had a meeting that went until 3am! Every councillor has just three minutes to have their say and there is a timer on the wall that tells them when time is up.

We also learnt that it takes at least six months to change a law, the local council can take people to court, if you miss three meetings in a row you can lose your job, and the mayor is chosen by the 11 councillors.

Over at the library we learnt about the many things they have to offer babies through to adults. We learnt about the rules libraries have to keep the books in good condition so that everyone can borrow and enjoy them. We also learnt about the fines you can get if you forget to return your book on time.

It was a busy, but great day. We asked a lot of questions and found out a lot of new information for our inquiry unit.

4G and 4N

OSHClub News

Wow, how Term 2 has flown! Not long until the holidays now. We have had an awesome term full of new skills, out-of-the-box thinking, leadership, discovery, and fun. Children have enjoyed activities which make them think about the process of what they are doing and have enjoyed the challenges that have been given to them. Cooking, science experiments, building creations, and inventing things are just some of the activities in which children have worked together to create some amazing outcomes that they are very proud of. We are proud to see the children respecting one another and being inclusive of each other's ideas through these processes.

We love how excited the children are about the upcoming school disco! If you would like your child to attend the disco straight from after school care, you will need to fill out a 'Return and Release Form' which is available at OSHClub. Please ask us for more information if you are unsure about this process.

Looking ahead, we just want to remind you that OSHClub does run on the last day of school, Friday June 29, with an extended session from 2:30pm. We look forward to celebrating the end of term!

Although before and after school care finishes on Friday June 29 for a break over the holidays, we are back for the holiday program, which runs from July 2-13 (excluding weekends). We are looking forward to a great holiday program full of exciting incursions, excursions, and fun activities! If you wish to attend the holiday program, please make sure you book in ASAP, as days with incursions and excursions can fill up fast!

If you want to know more about OSHClub, please feel free to drop by the Roger Beech Hall before or after school, or give us a call on 0422 008 915.

Have a lovely week!

Lizzy Taplin (Coordinator) and Mastoora Samad (Assistant)

Learning Chinese is Fun!

To support students learning Chinese at school, last week the after school Fun Mandarin Club combined with the LOTE teacher during lunch time to run a free workshop for Y1 students. During the workshop the students made play dough lollypops to help students practice what they had learned in the classroom. The students practiced colours and how to ask for what they want in Chinese all through play. The Fun Mandarin Language Club creates a unique language program to support students learning Chinese. They are immersed in a Chinese language environment to practice conversation with native Chinese speaking teachers, and develop their Chinese language skills from doing fun activities. If you would like to know more about Fun Mandarin Club, feel free to contact Winnie Zhi on 0433 205 631.

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Winter Fruit Tree Care and Pruning Masterclass

Do you have fruit trees in your yard? Now is a great time to do winter pruning. To learn from pruning professional Duncan from Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services, register for the Winter Fruit Tree Care and Pruning Masterclass on Saturday, 28 July, hosted within our very own Parkhill orchard.

Duncan will share with us:

  • how to prune different types of fruit trees to maximise fruit production;

  • how to set up and maintain espaliers;

  • and much much more.

It’s sure to give you the confidence to manage your fruit trees yourself.

Saturday July 28 2018

10:00am – 2:30pm

Cost - $148.79 per person

***Please note that this event will be conducted regardless of the weather forecast. A sheltered area is available for us to conduct the workshop if necessary.


  • a fun and entertaining workshop on winter fruit tree care (including pruning);

  • a comprehensive set of notes on fruit tree pruning;

  • basic pruning equipment for you to use on the day;

  • fruit trees for you to practice on;

  • tea and coffee facilities.

We will have some equipment available for use on the day, but not enough for everyone.

What to bring:

  • clothing appropriate to the weather (raincoats, warm clothes, hats, etc.);

  • a pair of secateurs you might like to use (if you bring your own we can help you sharpen them);

  • your own lunch and snacks.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jenn Bartle

Garden Assistant

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.




TICKETS - Please purchase your $5 ticket via the link

VOLUNTEERS - Come along and help out at the school disco. There are a variety of different positions to ensure our kids have a great night. To volunteer, follow the link:

PARENT'S RETREAT – Join us in the staffroom for hot drinks and nibbles while your little people dab, floss and groove the night away!

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COMEDY NIGHT (Saturday August 4)

It’s back for 2018! Grab a ticket and a few friends and join us for guaranteed fun!

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

You’ll find tickets via the link:

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