Parkhill Primary School Newsletter
Issue 30, Friday 8 October 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Term 4! We are really excited to have students returning to school over the coming weeks and are currently working through the practicalities of the staged return. More detailed information will be communicated next week, including drop off and pick up arrangements. We will also communicate any information regarding the recent announcement concerning ventilation systems for schools once we have been updated.
I am aware that there may be children who are feeling anxious about returning to school, and I invite you to contact me if you have concerns about your child’s return so that we can best understand their needs and support a smooth transition. Much of the focus as the students return will be on re-establishing connections to the classroom and school environment and connecting with teachers and peers. Wellbeing will continue to be a priority.
Term 4 is usually when we start transition activities with Y6 students preparing for graduation and transition to secondary school and where we welcome our 2022 Foundation students and their parents into the Parkhill community. At Parkhill PS we are following the DET Operations Guide for our staged return to school, and therefore currently unable to hold on-site transition for 2022 Foundation students, or cross-campus activities for Y6 students. As a result, we are planning for online sessions, with the hope that there will be opportunity for some face-to-face transitions later in the term. We will certainly keep you posted regarding these very important milestone activities for our students.
Congratulations to Elaine Brady on the birth of her son Patrick last Thursday. We look forward to seeing Elaine and meeting Patrick sometime soon.
Parents Victoria Online Conference
Focusing on the theme ‘Recipes for Great Schools’, the upcoming Parents Victoria Online Conference on Monday 11 October will explore what is needed to create a safe and healthy school environment.
Parents are invited to attend online, to hear from Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Mental Health, James Merlino, and Dr Elspeth Stephenson, a Lecturer in Education and Professional Learning at the University of Tasmania, as part of the opening and keynote addresses.
The conference will also include a collective conversation on consent and the role it plays in creating a safe culture for children. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions and comments throughout the conference.
To learn more about the conference schedule and guest speakers, refer to Parents Victoria.
Date: Monday 11 October
Time: 10am – 2pm
Platform: Zoom (online)
Registrations are essential. To register, visit Parents Victoria.
Take care and have a lovely weekend,
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Monday 11 October - ICAS Writing (selected students)
Friday 22 October - Virtual Storytime at 2pm
Monday 1 November - Curriculum Day - no students attend school on this day
Tuesday 2 November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Friday 5 November - Virtual Storytime at 2pm
Monday 8 November - ICAS English (selected students)
Monday 15 November - ICAS Science (selected students)
Wednesday 17 November - Thursday 18 November - GATEWAYS Eureka (selected students)
Monday 22 November - ICAS Maths (selected students)
Tuesday 23 November - Friday 26 November - Y5/6 Camp Candlebark
Thursday 2 December - Fun, Food & Carols
Wednesday 15 December - Y6 Graduation
Friday 17 December - Term 4 and 2021 School Year ends at 1:30pm
Please note that these events are subject to Covid-19 restrictions and are subject to change and/or cancellation.
Reminder: Hats are required for outdoor play in all months with the letter 'r'. Please make sure to send your child to school with a hat for lunch breaks!
Odd Sock Day
Friday the 8th was Odd Sock Day! While part of the fun was showing off our odd socks during class meets, checking out silly photos and having a laugh, Odd Sock Day was also a vehicle for wellbeing awareness. Teachers took the extra time to check in on their students today, the first full week after the holidays. Parkhill teachers are already very mindful of student wellbeing in this climate, but it can be challenging for students to open up, share and normalise what unfortunately can be a very difficult topic of discussion. And while lots of students are feeling energised after the holidays and excited about the prospect of seeing their friends in a semblance of face-to-face teaching, there are many students who harbour anxiety. Students who are feeling nervous after not having seen their friends for so long. Students with concerns about how they might have fallen behind during remote learning. Students who have questions about what school will look like and what precautions will be taken.
I want to say a big thank you to teachers for facilitating these important discussions and to the children for participating, even though it might have felt a bit “odd” at first. I encourage you to continue this conversation at home. Please know that we are doing our best to prepare students for a return to face-to-face learning and will communicate explicit plans once they are arranged.
Term 3 Footy Colours Day
YF/1s Persuasive Writing - My Dream Pet
This week, the YF/1s have been learning about persuasive writing. After reading the wonderful book ‘Pigeon Wants a Puppy’ the students thought they could use their newfound persuasive skills to write about their dream pet and why they should be able to have this. The pets ranged from fish, puppies, sloths and even aliens. Reasons included promises to look after these animals as well as the benefits of having this pet in their household. I mean, who wouldn’t love to have an alien that ate all their rubbish after all? Well done, YF/1!
Parkhill Yearbook 2021: Connected Families
The Parkhill Yearbook is officially open and we are tying it together with a theme this year: connected families. We want to honour the special time that we had together in this very unique year of learning. Families will be able to contribute by uploading photos of learning at home. Send us your family moments in learning via the submission portal on the LFH with PPS website.
Students can also submit their cover competition entry through the submission portal - more details in the poster.
ICAS Assessments Update
It’s not a real week unless there’s an ICAS change - that’s our new normal!
We are able to postpone English, Science and Maths to a later date when all students are onsite, however, we will need to proceed with ICAS Writing at home as ICAS sets a limited time frame for Writing.
Our new ICAS schedule is as follows:
ICAS Writing - Monday 11 October (this will be held at home)
ICAS English - Monday 8 November
ICAS Science - Monday 15 November
ICAS Maths - Monday 22 November
All test sessions will be held in the morning block.
I’m sure you’re wondering what ICAS Writing at home will look like! Briefly, I will run the test (initially via Google Meet) and we ask you to ensure they are following the ICAS exam conditions (https://www.icasassessments.com/icas-at-home/#important_information). You will also need to download the locked-down browser application, Janison Replay (https://www.icasassessments.com/support-locked-down-browser/ ) onto your child’s device before test day.
Information was sent to families of students sitting the ICAS Writing test detailing these procedures. If you did not receive this information, please let me know at email@example.com.
Dyslexia Awareness Month
Did you know that October was Dyslexia Awareness Month, and the 7th of October was World Dyslexia Awareness Day? Maybe? Maybe not? Watch the little clip below with your children/families - share with friends. Raise awareness that we all have different learning styles and that is okay. Sharing is caring!!
There is also a fantastic Documentary called 'Lost for Words' airing on SBS On Demand, hosted by Jay Laga'aia (presenter from Play School) who is a literacy advocate. It is an empowering and uplifting documentary well worth watching. (I'm sure most of us have exhausted Netflix during these strange times - haha!)
A mantra I use with the children at school and in my life is "We are all a little bit different, and a little bit the same, and that's what makes us special" and "In a world where we can be anything, be kind".
Please do not hesitate to contact us at school if you have any questions/queries/concerns, etc. about your child/children.
PFA News - October 8
President: Rossanne Clay
Vice President: Kylie Brown
Treasurer: Sumi Sundram
Secretary/Communications: Kylie Touloupis
General Members: Elle Delmee, Vanessa Cowley, Trish King, Marinda Tanner, Jo Argaet
At the beginning of the holidays Melo, Ru, Conner, and Sumi set up an amazing afternoon of fun, excitement and trivia, topped with fantastic prizes. A big thank you to all who joined us online for this free school event and a huge thank you to these awesome organisers. Special thanks to our sponsors of the prizes who had generously donated for our cancelled trivia night.
Our clever winners were:
First round for Foundation to Y2
1st Jack C
2nd Rose M
3rd Douglas family
Second Round for Y3-Y6
1st Harley G
2nd Victor VS
3rd Douglas family
Third Round for the whole family
1st Edwards family
2nd Muller family
3rd Blackwood family