Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 13, Thursday May 16 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to congratulate all of our Y3 and Y5 students for completing their NAPLAN assessment so positively – well done!

Thank you to those of who have given feedback around the daily structure this term. One of the discussion points that has been raised is the food eating arrangements – children have three opportunities during the day to eat: morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. During morning tea most children have a snack they can carry out onto the playground. Something with no wrapper or in a small container. At lunchtime the children sit on the decking and eat their lunch together. This time is supervised by myself and Michelle Smith with several integration aides. The children eat for 10 minutes – this has not changed – then they go and play once they have finished eating and their space is left tidy. The children cannot carry their boxes around the playground and are encouraged to leave their boxes in their class tub. At afternoon tea children take a hand held snack outside with them, often a piece of fruit similar to brain food in our old structure.


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!


Anxiety is part of our survival instinct. When we’re faced with a threatening situation, our brains and bodies respond by kicking into safety mode. Our adrenalin starts pumping, helping us get ready to escape the danger. There are different types and different triggers for anxiety.

As a follow on from last week’s article, the below link gives three great ways to help strengthen and protect children and young people from the effects of anxiety.


Now that the weather is turning colder and winter is definitely here, I have noticed more and more students wearing variations to our uniform, including hoodies and jumpers that are not from the Parkhill Uniform Shop. I wanted to share with you what the uniform expectations are. We have plenty of second hand uniform available should you need this – please pop into, call or email the office for details!

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Education Week:

During Education Week (20th – 24th May) we will hold our Open Day/Evening (22nd May). Open Day runs from 9am – 10:30am. The classrooms will be open for families and prospective families to visit and our school captains will host tours. In the evening we open the classrooms from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, with a gathering in the hall from 6:30. We will be showcasing our STEAM program and have performances from the choir and more… please do come along and join us.

On Friday 24th May the SRC are organising a dress up day with the theme ‘Celebrating Careers’. See below for more information.

Essential Items Payments (School Fees):

2019 school fees (Essential Education Items) are due – if you have not yet paid this fee please contact the office ASAP. It is important to note that the school has to subsidise any fees that are not paid by families. These subsides are paid out of our curriculum budgets.

Ongoing meetings with teachers:

It is important to remember that you are always welcome to meet with your class teacher and I encourage you to make appointments throughout the year to touch base and talk about your child’s learning progress.

Elaine Brady


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Friday 17 May - District Cross Country (selected students)

Monday 20 May - Y2/3 Woolworths excursion

Wednesday 22 May - Open Day & Night

Friday 24 May - Education Week Celebrating Careers Day

Wednesday 29 May - F/Y1 Zoo excursion

Monday 10 June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Wednesday 12 June - Bring it Breaky

Wednesday 19 June - Friday 21 June - Y3/4 Camp Weekaway

Friday 28 June - Term 2 ends at 2:30pm

Student of the Week

F/1C - Sarang K

F/1S - Saige Y & Rebecca L

F/1T - Owen E

2/3L - Kick R

2/3M - Jayda G

4D - Henry B

4O - Julia R

5/6A - Matthew K

5/6CS - Amy N

5/6H - Eli M

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John Monash Science School - Science Exhibition Night

You are invited to John Monash Science School’s Science Exhibition Night on Thursday 21st May, see the flyer below for details.

Our very own Y5 Little Scientists (Joe, Ella, Angus and Ruby) will be presenting the results of their project, and you can also see a showcase of what the specialist school has to offer.

Michelle Smith

Assistant Principal

We Want Our Students to Tell Us What They Think!

We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing, and quality instruction, and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.

Students from Y4 to Y6 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool. It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.

Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. All responses to the survey are kept anonymous in the response file. Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file. This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.

This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school over the period Monday 27th May to Friday 7th June. The survey only takes up to 20 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.

The survey results will be reported back to the school before the end of term 2. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only so that no individual student can be identified. Data suppression rules are used for schools with low student numbers per year level.

If you would like more information, please speak to your child’s teacher or visit:

Choir Corner

Our next choir performance will feature during Open Night. The details are as follows:

Performance Date: Wednesday 22nd May

Location: Roger Beech Hall

Performance Time: 6:30pm

Children will be rehearsing at 2:30pm on Wednesday 22nd May in preparation for the performance that evening so please remind them to go to rehearsal during afternoon play. There will also be an announcement over the loud speaker.

We look forward to sharing our favourite songs from term 1 and a new addition to our repertoire.

If you have any questions email

Marinda & Kirsten

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

TERM TWO KEY DATES - Please lock these dates into your calendar!

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MOTHER’S DAY STALL - A massive thank you!

Thank you to everyone who made the stall a success last Friday. The students were amazing and were so thoughtful when choosing their gift for their special person. To all the parents who helped source, wrap and sell the gifts, thank you! It could not have happened without you. All funds raised to go Parkhill Primary.

BOGAN BINGO - Saturday 1st June - 7:30pm

You may be asking - what is Bogan Bingo? Well … one of the hosts calls out the bingo numbers and his budding DJ plays songs from the 80’s and 90’s that rhyme with those numbers. Then throw in some jokes, trivia, air guitar, Cold Chisel and your finest bogan dress ups and you have a bonza of a night planned. Tickets are $25 per person (BYO drinks and snacks). Organise a group of Parkhill parents or friends and get your tickets now via


The PFA are looking for donations for the Bogan Bingo night. These donations will be used as prizes which will be raffled off, won or auctioned during the night. Prizes can range from alcohol, food, house and garden items, whatever you think parents would enjoy. All funds raised go to Parkhill Primary.

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Entertainment books are now available for you to purchase. They cost $70 and provide over $20,000 in discounts to all the things you love to do...dining, attractions, shopping, travel and more! They are filled with up to 50% off or 2-for-1 style offers, and are a great way to discover new favourites and enjoy the value at the same time. The proceeds of the sold books goes to Parkhill Primary School. Please order one now via this link:

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Woolworths Earn and Learn promotion is running again starting May 1st. Parkhill has been registered to benefit from this generous program - last time we collected over 17,000 stickers, an amazing effort which helped purchase much needed sports and robotics equipment for our school programs. Let's see if we can smash that this year and collect even more!

There is a Parkhill collection bin at our local Ashwood Woolies and there is also one placed in the office. If you can please collect a sticker sheet from Woolworths or the office to attach your stickers to before handing them in that would be very helpful. We cannot submit stickers that are not attached to a sheet - from previous experience kids find this quite a fun activity so let's get them doing the sticking for us. You can photocopy blank sheets if you need more.

The promotion runs from 1st May to 26th June and all stickers collected provide our teachers with the opportunity to order any resources they need from the Modern Teaching Aids website, a well known and valued online resource portal for all Australian education services.

Please ask all friends and family to contribute as many stickers as they can to the Parkhill cause.

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