Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 32, Thursday October 11 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to Term 4 – the sun is being kind to us at the moment. I hope you all managed to find yourself some rest and relaxation over the break – it was lovely to hear all of the holiday tales from the children on Monday.

We have a lot of things happening throughout Term 4 and look forward to your involvement in the upcoming events. Please do check out the calendar of events below.


Coming soon to the uniform shop….

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Please Note: There is no expiry date on the old uniform.


The finishing touches are being added to the Y3/4 building over the next couple of weeks – this includes the safety rails for the Art Room decking, steps to the oval and the completion of the Y3/4 block toilets. The walkway on the asphalt will be painted soon too. It will be so lovely to have full access to the site again.

We plan on holding our official community opening around the Fun, Food and Carols event in December, where we can celebrate the new spaces together as a community. Before then we are expecting Phillip Daladakis to do his opening on Monday 22 October at 9am.


What is bullying?

Bullying has three key features. It:

  • involves a misuse of power in a relationship;

  • is ongoing and repeated; and

  • involves behaviours that can cause harm.

Bullying can also occur online. This is known as cyberbullying, which is using technology such as the internet or mobile devices to bully someone. It can include sending abusive texts and emails, posting hurtful messages and putting inappropriate comments on pictures of others.

Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in our school, whatever the reason. Schools are committed to working with parents, staff and students to prevent bullying and respond quickly and effectively if it does occur.

Always talk to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns regarding your child and their social interactions.


Cross checking... Do the pictures and/or words look right? Do they sound right? Do they make sense?

When reading a book for pleasure or for information, chances are you will come to a word or two you are unsure of. You probably will use the accuracy strategy of cross checking without even thinking about it, because it is second nature to you as a reader to read accurately. Accuracy is not second nature to children learning to read. It is something that needs to be taught using a variety of strategies.

When children are introduced to the accuracy strategy of cross checking. It is important to slow them down when they come to a word they don’t know and teach them to apply the strategy of cross checking so they are able to fix the meaning and not just skip the word. Cross checking requires a person to constantly think and monitor meaning. It is a strategy for ensuring the words and pictures read make sense and match the letters on a page.

How can you help your child with this strategy at home?

1. Listen to your child read. When he comes to a word he is unsure of, remind him to cross check. Ask:

  • Does the word you are reading match the picture or letters written? (They cross their right arm over their body)

  • Does it sound right? (Their left arm crosses over their body making an X)

  • Does it make sense? (Both arms come down with hands pointing to the ground)

*Doing physical movements with each question helps children to remember the questions.

2. If your child is having difficulty with this strategy at home, break down the process:

  • Have her stop reading when meaning breaks down.

  • Tell her to look at the letters and say the sounds or look for word chunks in words.

  • Remind her to use the pictures to help.

3. To make your child aware of using this strategy, give him a piece of paper and tell him to make a tally mark each time he uses the cross checking strategy.


Foundation Transition, Y2 Sleepover, Y3/4 Camp, Y5 Leadership Day and Y6 Graduation and Big Day Out are all around the corner – it’s an exciting term!

Our Being Brave Day is on Tuesday 23 October - check out the information below!

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Monday 15 October - Y1 Toys Over Time Incursion & Y5/6 Division Softball - selected students

Friday 19 October - SRC Sticky Tape Challenge

Saturday 20 October - Solar Car Challenge

Monday 22 October - Friday 26 October - Y5 BioEYES Incursion

Tuesday 23 October - Being Brave Day & Y3/4 Camp Information Evening

Friday 26 October - Y2 Sleepover

Thursday 1 November - PFA Colour Run

Monday 5 November - Curriculum Day (students do not attend on this day)

Tuesday 6 November - Melbourne Cup Day (students do not attend on this day)

Wednesday 7 November - Friday 9 November - Y3/4 Camp

Wednesday 7 November - Foundation 2019 Transition Session 1

Wednesday 14 November - Foundation 2019 Transition Session 2

Tuesday 20 November - Athletics Carnival

Wednesday 21 November - Foundation 2019 Transition Session 3

Wednesday 28 November - Foundation 2019 Transition Session 4

Thursday 6 December - Monday 10 December - Link Dental Van

Thursday 6 December - Fun, Food and Carols

Tuesday 11 December - Move Up Day

Wednesday 12 December - Awards Assembly at 9:15am

Tuesday 18 December - Winning House Lunch

Wednesday 19 December - Y6 Graduation

Thursday 20 December - Y6 Big Day Out

Friday 21 December - Term 4 ends at 1:30pm

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Being Brave Day

Parkhill is Being Brave on Tuesday 23 October.

We are holding a Being Brave day to celebrate being positive, resilient Parkhill people. It is a wellbeing day where we focus on our wellbeing and resilience with activities in year levels, with buddies, a special buddy lunch and a special wellbeing show called “Being Brave”.

Being Brave is a live theatre production which will help students accept change, deal with their emotions and bounce back when things go wrong. The production is inspirational and empowering, providing kids with strategies such as good communication and positive self-talk, to help make them more resilient and able to navigate life’s storms.

Being Brave uses song, dance and drama to tell the story of Fly, a young boy who is on a quest to find the bravest person in the world. This production empowers students and provides them with strategies to build resilience and understand their emotions.

More than 350,000 Australian students have already benefited from Brainstorm Productions multi award-winning educational theatre programs over the past twelve months. Their programs cater to the specific wellbeing needs of students, helping to create a healthy and harmonious school environment. If you would like to know more about Brainstorm Productions, visit their website at

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First Aid

There have been reports of slapped cheek (fifth disease) and conjunctivitis within the school. If your child presents symptoms of slapped cheek or conjunctivitis, please keep them at home.


If you are paying for an excursion/incursion with cash, please bring the cash directly to the office rather than through the classroom.

Y5 BioEYES Incursion

BioEYES, a unique biology program run by Monash University involving zebra fish, is coming soon for Y5 students. Permission notices went home with students at the end of Term 3 - please return these forms ASAP if you have not already. The program will run on Monday 22, Tuesday 23 and Friday 26 October if you are interested in popping in!

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

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Y6 Metro Trains Incursion

Term 4 has certainly started with a bang and Y6 have gotten straight into one of the many high school transition activities that are planned for the term. On Tuesday 9 October, David Hogarty from Metro Trains presented an interactive session on safe and effective public transport for students. He provided students the opportunity to explore travel planners, understand how to use the Myki system and stay safe when travelling to and from high school. Whether or not students use public transport during their journey to high school next year or to socialise with friends, it’s great to see the Y6’s getting ready to tackle the next stage of their lives.

Andrea Crane

Y6 Teacher

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The Endangered Axolotl

What on earth is an Axolotl, you ask? An Axolotl is also known as the Mexican Walking Fish or Salamander. They are critically endangered because of pollution and drained water from farming.

This is how you can help… Please put your rubbish in the appropriate bins, including the recycle bins. You should also turn your taps off to save water.

Together we can all help to fight for survival!

Jasper W, Charlie W and Oscar F, 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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Special Lunch – Thank you

A BIG Parkhill thank you to BBQ bosses, Ross and John, for their skill in sizzling sausages for our special lunch last term. Wendy, Fiona, Sumi, Eva and Kylie had a busy hour filling orders, and with our trusty Y6 helpers to deliver them we were able to ensure a yummy lunch for the kids. Thank you to you all!

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Parkhill Fun Run – Thursday 1 November

We’re three weeks out from our School Colour Fun-Run!

The event will be held on Thursday 1 November. This is a sponsorship-based fundraiser, and we’re looking to raise funds to complement our new rebuild.

Sponsorship forms have been sent home with your child. Jump online at and create a student profile page. Once you do this and raise at least $1 online, you will be entered into the $30,000 Ultimate Family Experience! Students who raise $10 or more will receive a reward. The more money you raise the better the reward, and the more you help the school!

The School Fun-Run is a healthy fundraiser that we hope you’ll get behind. The event sends the right message to students about having fun while being healthy, all while helping the school raise funds. We’re looking for all students to participate and we’re organising a great day for our community, so we’d love everyone to come down on the day.

If you have any questions about the Fun-Run please contact the Fun-Run Office on 1800 FUN RUN. Thanks for supporting the school and we hope to see you at the event!

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