Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 34, Thursday November 7 2019

Dear Parents/Carers


We are already racing towards mid term 4. I would again like to thank the parents who have been chatting with me about the restructures for 2020 and those who have arranged meetings with me. Please do contact the office if you would like to talk through the restructures and, again, now is the time to let us know if you have any considerations for your child’s learning going into next year.

Kinder to Foundation transition began today, which was super exciting! I am able to share with you the F/1 team for 2020. Des Schlack and Bella Crowe will continue to support the programs in the F/1 area, with Anne McGregor leading the team next year. Anne is a very dedicated, experienced member of staff. Anne has been team leader in our Y2/3 this year and is excited about being part of the F/1 team in 2020. Jan Tuck will be teaching in the Y2/3 team going into 2020 – The rest of our staffing model is not yet ready to share.

The processes we have in place at Parkhill for grouping children is very thorough and includes input from all staff across the school – we value the knowledge our Education Support staff, Specialist and Classroom teachers have about the children and how they learn best. Social grouping often has a massive impact upon this. If you have any thoughts which you would like to share now is the time to do so.


Resilience … it’s a familiar word, isn’t it? But what does it really mean?

When we talk about resilience, we’re talking about a child’s ability to cope with ups and downs, and bounce back from the challenges they experience during childhood – for example moving home, changing schools, studying for an exam or dealing with the death of a loved one. Building resilience helps children not only to deal with current difficulties that are a part of everyday life, but also to develop the basic skills and habits that will help them deal with challenges later in life, during adolescence and adulthood.

Resilience is important for children’s mental health. Children with greater resilience are better able to manage stress, which is a common response to difficult events. Stress is a risk factor for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, if the level of stress is severe or ongoing.


Interesting reading:

Athletics Carnival:

We have our Athletics Carnival coming up on 19th November!! As always we are looking for helpers!! The day relies heavily on parent support for us to be able to manage all of the events – if you are available please drop me an email so I can add you to the list! Many many thanks.

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

Have a wonderful weekend.

Elaine Brady


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Calendar of Curriculum Events

Wednesday 6 - 8 November- Dental Van

Tuesday 12 November - Choir Spectacular 6 -7 pm (selected students)

Friday 15 November - Colour Fun Run (please note new date)

Tuesday 19 November - Whole School Athletics Carnival

Wednesday 20 November - Y5 Leadership Day

Sunday 24 November - Dads & Kids Sports Day 4.00pm - 6.30pm

Monday 9 December - Fun, Food & Carols

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

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 - Whole Class

F/1S - Olivia M

F1T- Zerrin A

2/3G - Ivy C

2/3L - Victor V

2/3M - Hayden K

4D - Ben F

40 - Jeffrey C

5/6A - Jake K

5/6CS - Bob N

5/6H - Isabelle Y

Y4 Excursions

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Term Four Garden News

The children made a delicious Beetroot and Mint dip this week. We had an abundance of snow peas which went delightfully with the Zingy Mint!

So easy to make and very delicious!

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Beetroot and Mint Cream Cheese Dip

  • 1 x 450g can baby beetroot, well drained

  • 250g tub Philadelphia Spreadable Cream Cheese

  • 4 tablespoons roughly chopped mint

  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

  • Snow peas

  • Crackers

  • Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1

Combine in a food processor the beetroot, cream cheese, herb, salt and pepper and process until smooth. chill in the refrigerator.

Step 2

Spread dip on a cracker and them top with a snow pea.

Choir Connections

Only one more Friday rehearsal till our Choir Spectacular. We have a lot to cover in rehearsals to please continue to arrive promptly!

Choir Spectacular

The Parkhill School Community are all warmly invited to attend the Choir Spectacular Tuesday 12th November from 6pm – 7pm.

We are looking forward to showcasing our performance items and giving the audience an insight into what happens during our choir rehearsals.

Choir students need to arrive at 5.45pm SHARP.

What does my child/ren wear for the performance?

For both the Choir Spectacular and the Community Day ALL students are requested to wear their summer school uniform, shorts/skorts with the NEW school polo.

This means no summer dresses, winter skirts, tracksuit pants or leggings. If this presents a challenge for any family then please email

A notice will be sent home with choir students tomorrow with more details.

Fish Required!

This is the final reminder for our colourful fish. If you child is not a wave holder they have been given a special task to create their own fish. Please bring your fish to this week’s rehearsal.

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Community Day

The notice going home on Friday provides information regarding the meeting place and times for the Community Day at Batesford Reserve. Please read this notice carefully.

If you have any questions please email


Marinda and Kirsten

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PFA News

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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PARKHILL COLOUR FUN RUN - Rescheduled to Friday 15th November 2.30pm

Due to the recent rain and the scheduled rain for Friday, the oval is resembling a swamp. So, the Colour Fun Run has been rescheduled to next Friday. According to the Bureau of Meteorology it “should” be 20 degrees and sunny!

This also means that you can get some more donations! Our aim is to reach $12 000! So far, $6 769 has been raised and F/1C is STILL in the lead for donations!!!! However, it F/1T is super close! To start fundraising for your child, sign up here and share the link with friends and family!!!!!!! The more your child fundraisers, the better choice in their prize of Lego or sports equipment!!! GO PARKHILL!!!!!


Children will be able to earn a thankyou reward for their fundraising efforts (Get Active and LEGO) and there will be a special surprise reward for all children in the class that raises the greatest amount of money.

Depending on how much is fundraised, your child can choose one awesome prize from that category. After the Colour Fun Run a link will be emailed for your child to choose their prize (subject to availability).

BRING A WHITE T-SHIRT for the Colour Fun Run

On the day of the Colour Fun Run, pack a light coloured or white T shirt into your child’s school bag. This is an extra fun way to show-off the colours from the dye on the day. There will be an early afternoon brain food break, then straight after, the fun run will begin at 2:30 pm. Parents and Guardians are most welcome to come to cheer on their loved one.

FURTHER INFORMATION for the Colour Fun Run

Detailed instructions on how to sign-up to start fundraising and potential prizes are attached below. And don’t forget, for each child in your family a different email address must be used to sign-up. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the office or Vanessa on 0439 356 931.

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. An invite will be sent out soon.

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CUPCAKE STALL - Wednesday 20th November

The next cupcake stall is on Wednesday 20th November. Please lock it in your diaries! If you are interested in baking some cupcakes, chocolate crackles etc., please email

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