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“At Parkhill we don’t just enrol students; we enrol families into our community.”

Mr Rodney McKinlay

Principal, Parkhill Primary School

Principal’s Message

I extend to you a warm welcome to the Parkhill Primary School website and thank you for taking the time to visit us.

Parkhill is a community focused school that embraces all members of our community. We have a commitment to maintain our enrolment of around 300 students to ensure that each student and their families are known by staff. Student’s individual needs, personal interests and unique characters are known and supported by staff and enriched by immersing our students in a safe and positive learning environment. We provide for our students a broad and engaging, inquiry based curriculum that is personalized to meet each student’s needs.

At Parkhill, our curriculum is based on the understanding that students learn best by being engaged and active in their learning. Our philosophy of providing our students with a broad and well balanced educational experience ensures that each student has the opportunity to explore and release their individual talents. This philosophy is supported by our extensive range of extra curricula offerings. Specialist classes in Chinese, Art, Music, Performing Arts, Science, ICT, Library, Phys Ed and Gardening, ensures that all Parkhill students have the opportunity to learn in many varied ways. Through these opportunities, our teachers aim to create experiences that inspire students to learn and to continually challenge their personal best.

To further support our classroom and specialist programs, we offer Challenge programs for students who require extension beyond the classroom. As well as this, a Literacy and Mathematics Pathways Program, which includes Reading Recovery, identifies students who require specialised intervention early in their schooling and puts them on the right path to achieving their educational goals. All our students are supported in the classroom with challenging work at their level.

Our commitment to the pastoral care and mental health of our students is further supported with an extensive range of programs that support the emotional needs of our students. Programs such as our Lunchtime Clubs, Healthy Kids, Young Leaders, Care Groups and our Inter House activities, ensure that our commitment to supporting the health and mental wellbeing of our students is paramount.

By browsing through our website, I trust that you will gain a sense of ‘community’ that we pride ourselves on at Parkhill and the emphasis we place on the pastoral care of each of our students. We are proud of our school and our strong community culture, which is best summarised by the School Oath:

I will try to do my best in everything I do

I will respect parents, students and teachers

I will obey the laws and do my best to make the world a better place

I am proud to be an Australian

I am proud to be a student at Parkhill Primary School

This, together with our School values of care, respect, honesty, persistence and unity, lay the foundations for developing knowledgeable, well balanced and confident young citizens.

Following your visit to our web site, I would be pleased to answer any further queries you may have about our school. In doing so, I extend an invitation to you for a personalized tour of our school where you can experience for yourself the unique learning environment that awaits you and your family at Parkhill Primary School; where we embody our vision: “United through learning, we nurture success.”

Principal: Mr Rodney McKinlay

School Profile

 

Purpose

Through working as a united learning community, our purpose is to produce optimistic, resilient lifelong learners with skills for future success as responsible citizens in the 21st century.

School Motto

United through learning, we nurture success

School Values

CARE | Care for self and others and the environment.Demonstrate concern and act responsibly.

RESPECT | Having regard for yourself, others and property.

HONESTY | Being honest, sincere and fair.

PERSISTENCE | Continue towards a goal, even in the face of difficulty.

UNITY | Working together towards a shared goal.

School Oath

I will try to do my best in everything I do

I will respect parents, students and teachers

I will obey the laws and do my best to make the world a better place

I am proud to be an Australian

I am proud to be a student at Parkhill Primary School

Environmental Context

 

Community and Demographics

Parkhill is a small to medium sized school – enrolment approximately 300 students. The size of the school combined with a friendly school community provides a positive, welcoming, stimulating family atmosphere. There is a real sense of belonging and pride. The school’s motto is “nurturing success”. Teachers understand and focus on individual student’s skills, attributes and needs. They are passionate and professional. The school is progressive – a busy and vibrant place. Parents are supportive and involved. Facilities are spacious and attractive. Achievement is recognized and appreciated, effort praised and reinforced.

The Parkhill community is quite socially and culturally diverse. It is expected that this will continue to be a feature of the school’s demographics. Enrolments have been steadily building, with a current enrolment of 278. It is expected that enrolments will increase slightly over the next few years to approximately 300.

Parkhill has a tradition of meeting the diverse educational, social and welfare needs of students and families in creative and flexible ways. Examples of this approach include the Parkhill Community Garden Program, Lunchtime Clubs, Challenge Programs, Specialist Subjects and a wide range of Intervention and Extension Programs.

Parental participation is a key feature of the school. An active School Council and PFA reflect the increasing levels of parent involvement, as does the number of parents who regularly actively support various school programs.

The staff profile reflects an excellent balance of both gender and experience. Staff work co-operatively in teams within levels and in curriculum groups. Non-teaching staff [integration aides, support staff, welfare staff etc] work closely with teachers to maximize outcomes for students. All staff demonstrate a keen interest in, and commitment to Professional Learning.

A dynamic, representative and effective staff Leadership Team provides direction, support and accountability.

The school operates an Out of School Hours Care Program providing excellent daily before and after school care for families. A school holiday program is also available.

As the school is situated in a quiet corner of the City of Monash, it is important that we continue to actively market the school to families, both locally and at a broader level.

Grounds and Facilities

All rooms are well-equipped and conducive to effective learning. The school boasts a series of withdrawal rooms which provide private and flexible spaces for Support Staff [Speech Therapists, Social Worker, Psychologist, Chaplain and Special Needs teachers] and for group work with students.

Currently there are sufficient classroom teaching spaces to meet our needs, but with an emphasis on small class sizes, if enrolments continue to grow, additional learning spaces will be required. The $2.5 million BER (Building the Education Revolution) Federal Government stimulus package has enabled the school to build a Performing Arts centre, a Science/Kitchen Classroom & maximize other teaching & learning spaces. All class rooms are heated and air-conditioned.

The school library is large and well stocked. The library also houses a modern computer laboratory where whole classes can access the computers at the same time. Banks of computers are also situated in each classroom. All are networked & each classroom has an Inter-Active White-Board.

The school also has a large, well maintained Art Room with access to an outside courtyard, a carpeted, air-conditioned hall/gymnasium and a modern canteen. The canteen provides nourishing lunches, with an emphasis on “Healthy Kids”.

The school grounds are well established with attractive gardens, student and community artwork, a large oval, an all-weather soccer ground, various shaded play areas, a separate Prep playground and covered walk-ways between classrooms.

In 2005 the school introduced a vegetable garden program as a curriculum initiative. This program has both a formal curriculum component as well as a community and school wide access component. Students learn about horticulture and nutrition and use Mathematics and English skills in a practical way. Co-operative learning and team building are features of this program.

The garden program also provides “hands-on” curriculum experience in the important “Middle Years” [Students from Grades 4-9] – a time when student disengagement with school can often impede learning.

The garden is open to all sectors of the school community, and has become a focal point for demonstrating the School Values in a practical way – Unity, Care, Persistence, Honesty and Respect.

Educational

Parkhill offers a varied curriculum which is based firmly upon the key areas of Mathematics and English, but extends to include the specialist areas of Visual and Performing Arts, Chinese Mandarin, Physical Education, Library Skills and Garden classes.

The Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) are embedded across the curriculum. Parkhill focuses on thorough planning, explicit teaching and reflective practices as tools for continuous improvement. Staff teams utilize “whole school” planning proformas – to reflect yearly, termly and weekly planning in Mathematics & English, as well as a series of VELS based integrated units of work.

In 2006, the new Education Department assessment and reporting procedures were implemented. These have been refined as staff and parents become more confident and familiar with their requirements.

“Assessment and Reporting” practices have been identified as a key improvement focus area at Parkhill. This will include:

  • Assessment “as, of and for” learning
  • Moderation practices
  • Assessment schedules
  • School-wide tracking of all students, but especially students “at risk”, and appropriate programming.

A strong team approach is a hallmark of education at Parkhill. Teachers work closely with parents, colleagues, speech therapists, integration aides, psychologists, and outside agencies to ensure optimum learning conditions for all students.

Parkhill has been an accredited “Performance & Development Culture” school since 2008.

Technological

All teachers have laptop computers and classrooms are equipped with computers at a minimum ratio of 1:4. Each classroom has an Inter-Active Whiteboard. Careful budgeting enables one third of all computers to be replaced each year – a replacement cycle of three years. Upgrading of printers, software and additional hardware is addressed in the annual ICT budget.

The introduction of new ICT materials to maximize student learning is closely monitored & evaluated. Professional development for staff goes hand in hand with such initiatives.

The school’s website www.parkhillps.vic.edu.au is regularly updated.

Parkhill has a commitment to its students to ensure they are well prepared to learn & live in the technological world of the 21st Century.

School Council

 

Information re School Council Elections 2014

What is a school council and what does it do?
All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council?
For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:

1. A mandated elected Parent category – more than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school.

2. A mandated elected DEECD employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.

3. An optional Community member category – members are coopted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DEECD employees are not eligible to be Community members.

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Why is Parent membership so important?
Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

How can you become involved?
The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might seriously consider standing for election as a member of the school council or encouraging another person to stand for election.

Do I need special experience to be on school council?
No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.

What do you need to do to stand for election?
The principal will issue a notice of election and call for nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March.

If you decide to stand for election, you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.

DEECD employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the school council at that school.

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the notice of election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.

Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.

Remember

  • Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do
  • Consider standing for election to council this year
  • If an election is required, be sure to vote

Contact the principal for further information.

PRIMARY SCHOOL PRIVACY NOTICE Information About The Enrolment Form

Please read this notice before completing the Enrolment Form

The confidential enrolment form asks for personal information about your child as well as family members and others that provide care for your child. The main purpose for collecting this information is so that Parkhill Primary School can register your child and allocate staff and resources to provide for their educational and support needs. All staff at Parkhill Primary School and the Department of Education & Training are required by law to protect the information provided by this enrolment form.

Health Information Health information is asked for so that staff at Parkhill Primary School can properly care for your child. This includes information about any medical condition or disability your child may have, medication your child may rely on while at school, any known allergies and contact details of your child’s doctor. Parkhill Primary School depends on you to provide all relevant health information because withholding some health information may put your child’s health at risk.

Family Arrangements Parkhill Primary School requires information about all parents, guardians or carers so that we can take account of family arrangements. Family Court Orders setting out any access restrictions and parenting plans should be made available to Parkhill Primary School. Please tell us as soon as possible about any changes to these arrangements. Please do not hesitate to contact the Principal, Parkhill Primary School, if you would like to discuss, in strict confidence, any matters relating to family arrangements.

Emergency Contacts These are people that Parkhill Primary School may need to contact in an emergency. Please ensure that the people named are aware that they have been nominated as emergency contacts and agree to their details being provided to Parkhill Primary School.

Student Background Information This includes information about a person’s country of birth, Aboriginality, language spoken at home and parent occupation. This information is collected so that Parkhill Primary School receives appropriate resource allocations for their students. It is also used by the Department to plan for future educational needs in Victoria. Some information is sent to Commonwealth government agencies for monitoring, planning and resource allocation. All of this information is kept strictly confidential and the Department will not otherwise disclose the information to others without your consent or as required by law.

Religious Affiliation If you want your child to receive religious instruction at Parkhill Primary School, a form is sent home annually that requires parental consent and a small fee.

Immunisation Status This assists Parkhill Primary School in managing health risks for children. This information may also be passed to the Department of Human Services to assess immunisation rates in Victoria. Information sent to the Department of Human Services is aggregate data so no individual is identified. Visa Status This information is required to enable Parkhill Primary School to process your child’s enrolment.

UPDATING YOUR CHILD’S RECORDS Please let Parkhill Primary School know if any information needs to be changed by sending updated information to the school office. During your child’s time with Parkhill Primary School we will also send you copies of enrolment information held by us. Please use this opportunity to let us know of any changes.

ACCESS TO YOUR CHILD’S RECORD HELD BY SCHOOL In most circumstances you can access your child’s records. Please contact the Principal to arrange this. Sometimes access to certain information, such as information provided by someone else, may require a Freedom of Information request. We will advise you if this is required and tell you how you can do this. If you have any concerns about the confidentiality of this information please contact the Principal. The Department can also provide you with more detailed information about privacy policies that govern the collection and use of information requested on this form. Please call the Department’s Privacy Manager on (03) 9637 3601 if you would like this information.

Policies & Forms

 

 

You can download excursion forms for upcoming events here!

Swimming 2015

2016Parkhill PS Pricelist Order Form – Updated

Sam Cudmore is our Uniform Coordinator. The Uniform shop room is accessed from the Cassinia Avenue side of our administration building.

Uniform Shop opening hours:

Mondays 3.00 – 4.30pm

Thursdays 8.30-10.00am

 

Uniform Flyer 2014

Uniform Policy 2013

Uniform Policy Requirements

Uniform Pricelist

Canteen Service

New in 2014, our Canteen Service will now be operating out of the new facilities at Ashwood College Café. Our new online ordering service will ensure a convenient and easy to use system for ordering lunches.

Our new agreement with Metro Canteens ensures that:

  • We are able to provide a canteen service 5 days a week.
  • Orders are taken on line from home, from a dedicated computer in our Library or by over the counter ordering at Ashwood College Café.
  • Easy to use payment options are available to our parents.
  • Student Leaders from Ashwood College deliver the orders each day just prior to our lunch time.

To register and order online, simply follow the directions below or call Flexischools on 1300 361 769 or find them at www.flexischools.com.au.

FlexiSchools – How to Register

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