Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 37, Thursday 28 November 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

Week 8 is almost complete and we are nearing our Whole School Move Up day - which is super exciting. On Monday 9th December children will come home with a letter outlining their class teacher for 2020. On Tuesday 10th December the children will spend the morning session in their new class. This is a super exciting time of the year.

It is important to note that the compilation of classes takes a very long time and goes through a rigorous process where all staff members in the school have input. Balance of standards, behaviour and social interactions are considered in the process. The children are asked to choose four friends or people they work well with and are guaranteed at least one in their placement. Once children are placed they will not be moved.

On Monday 9th we also have Fun Food and Carols - so a very busy time!


Members of the Masterplan Group went into the city today to meet with DET and GENTON (architect) to complete the initial planning stages of the $4 million for our RBH development. It was exciting to hear that we are now able to move into the schematic design phase of the process where we get to pick and choose what this space will eventually look like.

Below is an overview of the Masterplan for future works for our campus - this document is ever evolving and changing.

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I have had some very worrying reports recently regarding road safety outside of school - please ensure you use the crossing to cross the road, as adults we must role model these behaviours to the children. I also ask that you use the drop off zone correctly. The space at the front of the school is for dropping children. It is a no standing no parking zone at 3:30pm. In the morning you can stand and drop - again no parking, in the afternoon you CANNOT stand or park in this space. We have so many children walking around the community during our drop off and pick up times, not just students at Parkhill, but siblings too. I am very concerned that something not nice will happen if we don’t be more cautious.

The area is restricted by signage - please make yourself familiar with the regulations here.

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

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Have a wonderful weekend.

Elaine Brady


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Calendar of Curriculum Events

Thursday 5 December - Library Contacting Books Working Bee 1.30pm

Monday 9 December - Y4 CERES Excursion; Fun, Food & Carols; Reports go home

Tuesday 10 December - Move Up Day

Wednesday 11 December - Awards Assembly (selected students) & Volunteers' Morning Tea (details to follow)

Thursday 12 December - Soiree 2.30pm (selected students)

Friday 13 December - Last day for Flexischools Canteen orders for 2019

Tuesday 17 December - Winning House Lunch

Wednesday 18 December - Y6 Graduation

Thursday 19 December - Y6 Big Day Out

Friday 20 December -Term 4 ends at 1.30pm

Student of the Week

F/1C - Dylan R

F/1S - Aria G

F1T- Owen S

2/3G - Joshua M

2/3L - Daniyal K

2/3M - Addison G

4D - Hamish L

40 - Edward T

5/6A - Angus M

5/6CS - Lenna S

5/6H - Aston H

Y5 John Monash Science School Excursion

On Tuesday 26th of November the Y5 students spent the morning at John Monash Science School participating in STEAM challenges and science experiments.

Students started the day with STEAM challenges. The students were given plastic cups, paddle pop sticks and MAB blocks. The first task was to create the tallest tower supported by one cup. Chloe, Connor, Angela and Hannah were able to create a metre-tall tower to claim the tallest tower. The second task was to create the widest tower supported by only one cup. For students to be successful, this challenge required balancing the weight of materials. Aidan, Jimmy, Lazar and Sam had other ideas in mind. They weaved the paddle pop sticks together and rested the platform on top of the cup to claim the widest tower of 28cm.

To finish off the challenges, students had to combine both height and width to create the tallest tower that had a part of the building sticking out of the side. This was awarded to Ruby, Ella, Millie and Odessa with 69cm tall and 24cm wide.

The second part of the day was the science experiments. Students were spilt into 4 groups to participate in different domains of science. Group one looked at DNA and created their own DNA replication. Group two investigated acid and bases by looking at the colour it produced when using a PH level indicator. Group three created sherbet lollies and group four constructed a mechanical hand. What a fun day, science learning was high and students were engage from beginning to end.

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Choir Connections

Rehearsals continue for Fun, Food and Carols on Monday 9th December so prompt arrival of students is still very much appreciated.

Next week a notice will go home with the details for meeting place, performance times etc.

We have been having so much fun in choir all year, Marinda and I decided that we didn’t really want it to end and we thought it would be terrific fun to finish the year with a special celebration for the choir students. So, for the remainder of the year our rehearsal schedule is:

Friday 29th November Rehearsal for Fun, Food and Carols

Friday 6th December Final rehearsal for Fun, Food and Carols

(Notice home to parents with all the important details)

Friday 13th December Rehearsal fun with games and activities

Friday 20th December Choir Breakfast Party – parents and special friends welcome to stay

For our Choir Breakfast Party I will be looking for volunteers to help provide some nourishing breakfast food and to set up tables in the morning and pack down at the end of the party. If you are able to help out please email me

As always keep an eye out for Facebook updates over the next few weeks for important reminders.

Marinda and Kirsten

2019 Yearbook

Pre sales are open for the 2019 Yearbook. Order using the link below to get your Yearbook before they go on sale at Fun, Food & Carols.

Help in the Library Required

Do you love to cover books?

We have some wonderful new books just waiting to hit the shelves!

There will be a working bee in the library on Thursday 5 December at 1.30pm.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Volunteer Morning Tea

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PFA News 28th Nov 2019

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

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Congratulations to students and staff for participating in the 2019 Parkhill Primary's Colour Fun Run. It was a great event and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The PFA and the school thank you so much for your fundraising. A grand total of $11 661 was raised, which is outstanding! Congratulations to F/1C who raised the most out of all the classes. F/1C will receive a special prize soon.

If you did fundraise it is now time for your child to choose their thank-you prize. Your child's chosen prize depends upon how much they raised in total. Please fill in this form to select the prize by Friday 29th November. Don’t forget to press “submit” at the end of the form.

Please note that the prizes are subject to availability. The prize collection date will be notified via email, the school newsletter and Facebook.

If you have any questions, please email


Would you like to hold a stall at this years Fun, Food and Carols? If you are interested in selling homemade goods, craft, 3D printed items, fresh produce, food, anything at all secure your spot now! It costs $30 to have a food stall, $20 for a non-food stall and $10 to run a stall if you are a student. If you are interested, please email the PFA and a full information sheet will be sent to you.

CAKE STALL at Fun, Food and Carols

There will be a PFA cake stall at Fun, Food and Carols. If you are a keen baker of cup cakes, cakes or other treats, cake packs were handed out in assembly last Friday. If you do have a cake pack and do not intend to bake, please return it to the office. For those who would like to bake more than one item, cake packs will be left at the office. Please drop off your cakes staffroom on Monday 9th December.( Please not there is a incorrect date on the cake packs that went home).

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VOLUNTEERS DRINKS - Save the date - Thursday 5th December

Have you baked a cupcake for the stall? Or helped out a Mother’s or Father’s day stall? Or cooked a sausage at the Bunnings BBQ or at school? Well, it is time to celebrate the volunteers with some end of year drinks at the Notting Hill Hotel on Thursday 5th December.

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The PFA is looking for items for the Christmas Raffle. If you would like to donate, please hand them into the office or email the PFA l

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