Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 19, Thursday June 14 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

It’s Move Week for the Y3/4s next week – the more the merrier! Please come to the office at 9:30 am so we can get things moving if you are able to help.

Y3 Move Day Tuesday 19 June

Y4 Move Day Thursday 21 June


Many people have been asking when or if the drop off zone will be reinstated. After vigorous discussion at School Council and investigation with the Department of Education & Training, the decision has been made to keep the drop off zone on the street going forward. There are many legal implications when drop off zones are on school grounds and this is something that DET are not supportive of. Going forward the space will become staff parking. The gates will be closed at 8:45am to prevent children from walking through the carpark and opened again at 3:45pm once the school grounds are clear. If you would like to discuss this matter in more detail please do come and chat with me. Our main aim as always is to keep the children as safe as possible.

More information can be found at


Many of you will already be aware that Chloe Mansbridge is leaving us at the end of this term to travel and live in Manly with her partner. Whilst this is an awesome opportunity for Chloe, it is obviously a loss for us at Parkhill, and her influence will be missed across the community. We interviewed yesterday to replace Chloe for the rest of 2018 and have appointed Nalina Chandra. Nalina is well known to us at Parkhill and is an excellent teacher. I am sure you will join with me in wishing Chloe the very best for the future and in warmly welcoming Nalina to the team!


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


The power of inquiry learning is when children choose to take action. I love when children from across the school are enthused by their learning and come to see me wanting to do something with what they have learned. Action gives learning a real purpose and has an impact! Just the other day a Y2 student asked if they could raise money through a ‘Guess the Lollies in the Jar’ competition so she could support the World Wildlife Fund. The children have been learning about the impact humans have on the environment and how this affects animals, they have been specifically looking at endangered species. To read more about the power of inquiry learning check out the blog!


I know I am always looking for new lunch ideas and ones which are healthy but also filling – with the added challenge of being something they can eat easily and even carry out onto the playground if needed. The challenge is real, and being a busy mum, it’s tricky to find the time to prepare elaborate lunches! There are many simple ideas about online!

Have a great weekend – stay warm!

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Monday June 18 - Y4 Monash Council Excursion

Tuesday June 19 - Story Time at 2:15pm & Y3 Moving Day

Thursday June 21 - Y4 Moving Day

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

Monday June 25 - Y6 Yakult Excursion

Friday June 29 - Term 2 ends at 2:30pm

Student of the Week

1B - Imran M

1HE - Chloe T

3M - Samuel L

3R - Ravyn D

4G - Ella M

4N - Ava M

5D - Flynn B

5H - Dylan W

6CM - Max D

6L - Leah P

Y3/4 Speaking Competition

Last week Y3 and Y4 students took part in our House Speaking Competition. They wrote and rehearsed speeches on the topic ‘Someone I Admire’ – their speeches covered people from all walks of life including athletes, family members and YouTubers. It was a great opportunity for students to practise and improve their public speaking skills and share feedback with each other. Thank you to all Y3 and Y4 students for their hard work and for being respectful and attentive audience members during our heats and finals. Thank you also to our special guest judge, Dyon Hunt – we know it wasn’t an easy decision!

Congratulations to our finalists, Jimmy D (4G), Minh T (4G), Lazar A (4N), Angela W (4N), Jeffrey C (3M), Luke C (3R), Akira H (3R) and to our winner, Milan T (3M).

Liz Nevill

Y3/4 Coordinator

Divisional Cross County

On June 7 selected students participated in Divisional Cross Country held at Nortons Park. Congratulations to the following students: Lazar (4N), Anjali (5H), Isa (5D), Nyagoa (5D), Max (6CM), Emy (6CM), Isaac (6CM) and Alex (6L). You all did a brilliant job representing Parkhill!

Dora Handby

Y5/6 Sport Coordinator

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.




Auction item purchases have now been finalised. Our first sale was a gorgeous print donated by ‘My Beautiful Abode’ - it was a lovely piece to get the ball rolling. Thank you Sophie!

We were overwhelmed with the support of the Ashwood Community and broader afield, but a special mention needs to be made closer to home - our Parkhill Community. You made the night the success it was so thank you!


Thank you to Kylie B, Julie, Elle, Marinda, Fiona, Eva, Kerrie, Sumi and Helen who baked all those yummy treats that were devoured at this week’s Cupcake Stall. They looked delightful and the Parkhill community were spoilt for choice. Our lucky last customer snapped up the one remaining cupcake and we officially sold out! A BIG THANKS to everyone for your support, we couldn’t do it without you.


How exciting!!! The school disco is just around the corner!

As per previous Parkhill events we are trying to minimise the handling of cash.

Please purchase your $5 ticket via the link:

Grown ups, bring a gold coin donation and join us in the Parents Retreat for hot Drinks and nibbles.

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COMEDY NIGHT (Saturday 4 August)

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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