ISSUE 03, FRIDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2022
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Dear parents and carers,
Usually at this time of the year we hold our Learning Celebrations where parents are invited into classrooms to see what their children are learning. This event allows us to profile the learning experience of students as well as the opportunity for children to proudly share their work with their parents. Unfortunately, due to the Covid restrictions in place for the remainder of this term, we are not able to invite parents into the physical environment. However, there will still be a celebration of learning through virtual means. Children will collectively share their work through photos which will then be emailed to parents as well as posted on the website newsroom. A more usual Learning Celebration event will be held in Term 2.
Whole School Information Evening
‘When schools and families work together, children can become more engaged with their school work, achieve better academically, stay in school longer and develop better social skills. Effective partnerships enrich wellbeing, achievement and engagement by focusing on student needs’ (Department of Education and Training)
On Thursday 24th March, school council will be hosting a community forum. At this forum we will share a range of school performance data and celebrate areas of achievement and reflect on areas for improvement. This event will also include a Q&A component. More information will follow closer to the date.
Have a lovely weekend,
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Please note that these events are subject to Covid-19 restrictions and are subject to change and/or cancellation.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent Teacher Interviews will take place on Tuesday 15 March and Wednesday 16 March. This year, Parent Teacher Interviews can be booked via Compass. The booking information will be released next week – stay tuned!
Please make sure that you are able to access Compass to book these interviews. An email was sent out earlier this week to those who have not yet accessed their Compass accounts. If you have not activated your account you will not be able to book Parent Teacher Interviews, so please make sure you have access!
If you are unable to log in to your account or are having difficulties accessing Compass, please contact the office and we can assist you.
Full STEAM Ahead!
A BIG THANK YOU
Over the past 2 weeks the Y4/5 students have been exploring plant adaptations using our brand-new microscopes. This engaging exploration would not have been possible without the purchase of a class set of USB microscopes. On behalf of our student body and myself, I would like to extend thanks to the families who contributed to the parent payment donation. With your support our students will have the opportunity to look at science from a different perspective for years to come.
Celebrating STEAM – Expressions of Interest. Our first family STEAM event will be happening on Wednesday 30th March at 6.30pm. For information and to register interest, please click on the link below:
Lotions, potions, and little houses ….are the thing this week in the playgrounds. The children have been creating using nature.
Nature play is when children are provided with the opportunity to engage in unstructured play activities in outdoor settings where natural elements feature, such as logs, rocks and water, as opposed to conventional manufactured play equipment.
Icy Pole Sales
Icy pole sales are back! Sales will begin today after school!
Icy poles are 50c each and the proceeds from the sales will go towards Y6 Graduation.
Expressions of Interest – Parent Class Reps & Coordinator
We are seeking expressions of interest for joining the Parent Class Rep team this year. The Parent Class Rep role is a great way to get to know more members of our Parkhill community, help coordinate classroom volunteers and bring families together through social events. In addition, we are also looking for a new Class Rep Coordinator to lead our wonderful team of volunteers. Full handover and support will be provided including a guidebook. To find out more please email Pip.
Pip Papageorgiou – email@example.com
Flexischools Canteen Unavailable
The flexischools canteen will be unavailable on the following dates
- Tuesday 1st March
- Wednesday 16th March
- Friday 18th March
Ashwood High School Canteen is looking for a reliable mum or dad to work 2 or 3 days a week, 10am to 1.30pm as a casual position.
Would suit someone who needs to drop off and pick up school children, and not work in school holidays.
President: Zoë Littlewood
Treasurer: Chris Fagan
General Members: Elle Delmee, Sumi Sundram, Vanessa Cowley, Jo Argaet, Iona Tsykalo, Lih -Shan Yam, Emma Gullan, Trish King, Marinda Tanner, Alex Cilsby, Emily Meagher, Nadine Philips
Next Meeting: Tuesday, 8th March 2022
What is PFA
Parkhill Parents & Friends Association (PFA) works with the Principal and School Council to
· promote the wellbeing of the community,
· encourage participation in school life,
· contribute to proposals on school policy and
· is a great way to meet other parents
If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out.
Zoë PFA President
Dad's get together
To celebrate the new year and welcome all the new dads to Parkhill. The Parkhill dads have organised a bare foot bowls & drinks evening at Burwood District Bowls Club on Friday the 4th March from 6pm onwards. Getting together has been difficult over the last two years and it would be great to have a night to catch up with a mate and mates we haven’t met yet! For further info please join the WhatsApp group on the link below
Ru (Andy Y4, Jake Y4), Melo (Paddy Y4, Annie Y1) Conor (Quin Y4, Jack Y2)
Does your child love Soccer and wants to join a team?
Sign up now!
Futsal (Indoor Soccer) at Ashburton Rec Centre
6 week competition
Prep – Y6 welcome.
Every Sunday morning in Term 1
Starting Sunday 27th February from 9.30am
Sign up as a team (max. 7 players) OR an individual (we’ll put you in a team!)
Contact Lesley firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up by 16/2/2022 or ring 0409020143 for more information