Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 26, Thursday August 16 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you will be aware we have been working towards re-establishing our school code of conduct and developing a school-wide Essential Agreement. We have been working with the children through the buddy program to find out their thoughts about what school should look like, what their rights are and how they should be conducting themselves throughout the school day in all aspects of the curriculum – this includes the playground. We are keen to find out what you think. Please spend 10 minutes and complete the online survey with your thoughts and ideas so that we can incorporate these into the Essential Agreement. The survey is simple and should not take long to complete. We really need your voice in developing the school wide document.

Follow the link to complete your survey:

The new morning routine seems to be working really well, with children engaged in their classroom program straight away from 9am. The logistics around supervision of the children is much better with the new arrangements in place. I would like to remind you that you are more than welcome to continue to gather on the playground before and after school as usual.


Three-Way Conferences were a massive success and a fantastic opportunity to hear how the children across the school are progressing with their learning goals. For the second time we ran some of the conferences in the afternoon session – like last time if you have any feedback about the structures please do let me know:


Social development involves learning the values, knowledge and skills that enable children to relate to others effectively and to contribute in positive ways to family, school and the community. This kind of learning is passed on to children directly by those who care for and teach them, as well as indirectly through social relationships within the family or with friends, and through children’s participation in the culture around them. Through their relationships with others and their growing awareness of social values and expectations, children build a sense of who they are and of the social roles available to them. As children develop socially, they both respond to the influences around them and play an active part in shaping their relationships.

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Just a reminder that there are expectations around our uniform. It has been noted recently - mostly due to the swimming program - that children are wearing a variety of beanies in the school yard. Beanies are part of our uniform but should be navy blue. Please support the school uniform policy – which can be found on our website – by ensuring your child is wearing the correct items.

Summer: Terms 1 and 4 (Optional Terms 2 and 3)

  • Parkhill logo sky blue short-sleeve polo

  • Parkhill logo royal blue sports polo (Y5 and Y6)

  • Parkhill logo royal blue bomber jacket

  • Parkhill logo royal blue windcheater

  • Parkhill logo special item (e.g. jacket/jumper) (Y6 item)

  • Parkhill print summer dress

  • Plain lose fitting navy blue shorts

  • Plain white socks

Winter: Terms 2 and 3 (Optional Terms 1 and 4)

  • Parkhill logo sky blue long-sleeve polo

  • Parkhill logo royal blue sports polo (Y5 and Y6)

  • Parkhill logo royal blue bomber jacket

  • Parkhill logo royal blue windcheater

  • Parkhill logo special item (e.g. jacket/jumper) (Y6 item)

  • Plain navy blue long trousers or track pants

  • Parkhill print winter skirt

  • Navy tights


  • As plain as possible white or black sports shoes or black school shoes

Sun Protection / Hats

Sunhats are compulsory from 1st September until 30th April (all months containing the letter ‘R’) and any days in between when the UV rating is above 2.

  • Royal blue slouch hat

  • Plain navy blue beanie (Terms 2 and 3 only)

  • Students are encouraged to wear sunglasses (plain blue)

Rain Coat / Parkers

  • Plain navy blue raincoat / parker

Hair accessories

Hair accessories should be as plain as possible in school colours (white, sky blue, royal blue, or navy blue).


  • Watches, small plain stud or sleeper earrings, medical alert items may be worn.

  • For occupational health and safety reasons, it is strongly recommended that no other jewellery is worn by students whilst at school.

Make up and Nail Polish

  • No makeup is to be worn to school by students (unless required as part of curriculum, e.g. concerts).

  • No coloured nail-polish is to be worn to school by students


2018 school fees (Essential Education Items) are overdue – if you have not yet paid this fee please contact the office ASAP. A letter was issued last 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.

Have a great weekend,

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Friday August 17 - Y5/6 Winter Round Robin

Tuesday August 21 - Story time

Friday August 24 - Y4 Captains and Convicts incursion

Monday August 27 - Y1 Como House excursion

Friday August 31 - Father's Day Stall

Monday September 3 - Swimming Carnival

Thursday September 6 - Foundation Hearing Screening & Bring it Breaky

Friday September 7 - Y5/6 Basketball Round Robin (selected students)

Wednesday September 12-Thursday September 13 - School Concert

Tuesday September 18 - Story time

Friday September 21 - Term 3 ends at 2:30pm & Footy Colours Day

Student of the Week

FS - Vivian H

FT - Dabianca M

1B - Max G

1H - Matthew K

3M - Jack R

3R - Shahida M

4G - Michael K

4O - Charlie B

5D - Jamie X

5H - Eli M

6CM - Hava S

6L - Nika R


First Aid

We have had reports of croup, gastro and head lice throughout the school. If your child is exhibiting symptoms of these ailments please keep them home from school until they are well.

Three-Way Conferences

The Three-Way Conference booking times have been reopened for Jan Tuck (FT), Sasha Guy (4G) and Bella Crowe (2C) in September. These booking times will remain open until Monday September 3 at 4:00pm. Bookings can be made at under the event code "d5tyf".

Student Medications

There are times when a child may need to take medication whilst at school. While we are able to administer medication to students, a medical consent form must be filled in and handed to the office before we are able to do this. A medical consent form can be picked up from the office or on our school website -


Please note that we do not carry change at the office. Any payments made in cash must be the correct amount.

The Little School on the Hill

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Stay tuned - ticket information will be coming soon!

Mini Mathematicians and Little Scientists/Big Science Programs at John Monash Science School

Eight very lucky students from Y5 have had the privilege of taking part in unique programs at JMSS. Every second Wednesday afternoon their dedicated parents transport the troupe to the open-plan high school, and stand back as they crunch through cerebrally challenging conundrums with the support of senior students.

James M, Caleb T, Isa S and Phyllis T have enjoyed the Mini Mathematicians program, where they have already solved codes using a wheel cipher and worked through all the possible arrangements of cards in a deck. (Next step: card counting!)

Meanwhile, Ally T, Theia M, Thomas R and Victor S work in the Little Scientists/Big Science group. They’ve worked on an egg challenge - trying to help it with a soft landing, only to see it SPLATter with the majority of the vehicles. (A whole storey high is a long way!) They also learned about surface area and colour, as well as hydrophobic magic sand (look it up!).

But most of all - they have a lot of fun!

Thanks aplenty to those dedicated parents for taking them there (even though the parking isn’t so close) and Dyon Hunt for organising this special opportunity.

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

Keep Our Gorillas Alive

The gorillas are part of our family and we need to help protect them! Did you know that gorillas' habitats are being destroyed? This is because of illegal mining for the chemical ‘Coltan’ which is used in mobile phones.

During our excursion to the zoo we found out that we can help by recycling old mobile phones by putting them in the special recycle bins found at the Melbourne Zoo.

Let’s keep our Gorillas alive!

By Jamie A and Zane C, 2C

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

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Father’s Day Wrapping Bee - 23 August

It's almost time for the Father’s Day Stall Wrapping Bee. Join us in the Roger Beech Hall and get a sneak peek of all the goodies the students will have to choose from.

There are still spots available and we’d love your help! Please follow the link and sign up!

Father’s Day Stall - 31 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. Let's make it a success together.

There are MANY spots available and we NEED your help. Please follow the link and sign up. Thank you!

Please email Kylie at with any queries.

PFA Meeting - 23 August at 8.00pm

All welcome to attend. Vanessa will be hosting the meeting. Please RSVP to Kylie at for the address.

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