Parkhill Primary School

Issue 22, Thursday August 1 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the winter sunshine!

Y4-6 swimming started strong this week with all of the children being placed in their groups and enjoying their first sessions in the water!


Spending time chatting and listening to our children is one of the most beneficial ways we can connect with their young and developing minds. But how often do you get a ‘fine’ or ‘nothing’ kind of answer?

Check out the link below for some great ideas and questions to help generate productive and thought provoking conversation with your little ones…


Throughout the school children have been tuning in to their learning, asking questions and planning their finding out. Below is the detail of the units of work for the first part of the term.

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Our library reestablishment group has 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 9:15 am


Sporting Schools:

This term our Sporting Schools sport is Volleyball. Sporting Schools aims to foster a lifelong interest in sport among Australian children. Children are encouraged to become more physically active through sport-based activities. Lucky students from our Y1/2 and Y3/4 area will be participating in the program which started last week. Thanks to Miss Crowe for organising this.

Policy links

Through our website you can keep up to date with our current policies. I would like to draw attention to our Bikes and Scooters policy:

Many of you may be unaware of the rules around usage of bikes and scooter in the school grounds. The policy states that bicycles and scooters should not be ridden inside the school grounds between 7am and 6pm on school days.

I have noted recently that more and more children are riding after school around the asphalt – this is dangerous as our playground is a busy place with little ones running around. Please do respect this rule for the safety of everyone on the playground. Other lines within the policy refer to wearing helmets and ensuring that the bike or scooter is safe.

2019 school fees (Essential Education Items)

If you have not yet paid this fee please contact the office ASAP. A letter will be issued this week if you are outstanding on your account. 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.

Drop-off and pick-up

There is supervision on the playground from 8:45am, classroom doors open at 8:50am. Many children are arriving at school very early. We strongly advise that children are NOT left at school any earlier than 8:30am. We finish our school day at 3:30pm and pick up should be prompt. The supervision on the playground is only until 3:45pm to ensure all children are picked up and safely home or with a parent/carer. Many parents enrol their children in our OSHClub program so if they are late the children can attend on that day. There is NO supervision available by school staff after 3:45pm. Please do ensure you are organised for pick up at 3:30pm. Should something urgent occur to prevent this, please call the office.

Please do check out the calendar dates below for the terms events.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Elaine Brady


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Calendar of Curriculum Events

Monday 5 August - F- Y3 Swimming begins & Y4 Convicts and Captains Incursion

Friday 9 August - Y5/6 Winter Round Robin & Y5/6 Migration Session for parents 3 -3.45pm

Thursday 15 August - Story Time

Monday 19 August - Book Week starts

Tuesday 20 August - March of the Fire Ants Incursion

Thursday 22 August - Learning Celebration (more details to follow)

Friday 23 August - Book Parade

Tuesday 27 August - Evening Soiree & Parent Teacher Interviews ( more details to follow)

Wednesday 28 August - Parent Teacher Interviews

Friday 30 August- Basketball Round Robin ( selected students )

Thursday 5 September - Swimming Carnival (please note change of date)

Friday 6 September - Division Athletics ( selected students)

Monday 9 September - Science Week

Thursday 12 September - Story Time

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

Student of the week

F/1C - Ada W

F/1S - Jasmine G

F/1T - Harley G

2/3G - Charlie W

2/3L - Lauren B

4D - Kara G

4O - Anabel W

5/6A - Hannah Y

5/6CS - Travis M

5/6H - Michael K

First Aid

There has been a confirmed case of Influenza A in the Y5/6 area. If your child has any symptoms - fever, aching muscles, sore throat, cough or headache, please keep your child at home and see a doctor.


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

BUNNINGS BBQ - Thank you!

The Parkhill Primary PFA conquered Bunnings at Nottinghill on Sunday. It was a roaring success and it is all thanks to Mark, Sumi and Vanessa for organising it and all of the amazing parents who volunteered their time to cook up a storm.

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WOOLWORTHS - Earn and Learn update - 32,100 stickers collected

Parkhill Primary parents and the Ashwood community collected a grand total of 32,100 stickers for Parkhill Primary School. This is double the amount from last year! With these points, Parkhill has been able to order the following from Modern Teaching Aids - a wooden double sided book stand, a wooden three tiered open back bookshelf, giant dominoes and other games. Fantastic!


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Remember to say “Parkhill Primary School” before you pay at Bakers Delight Ashburton, Chadstone, Oakleigh and Oakleigh Links to have 5% of the sale go towards our school!

The school's 4-digit code is 5565.

Ritchies Community Benefit Card Program

Ritchies' Community Benefit Card Program donates a percentage of the money spent in store to your nominated school or charity. The Parkhill Community helped us earn over $400 in 2017.

Here’s how it works!

  1. Ask for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card at your nearest Ritchies supermarket or liquor store.

  2. Enter the name of the community group that you would like to be the recipient of a donation from Ritchies.

  3. Your Ritchies Community Benefit Card will be issued and can be used, immediately!

Rebel Community Kickbacks Program

Under this program, Parkhill Primary School can earn 5% of your purchases at Rebel Sports as an in-store credit to spend on our school sports programs. You can sign up in store.

Parkhill Primary School currently has $380 credit to spend on sporting equipment at Rebel so as you can see it all adds up!