Issue 1, Thursday 1st February 2024
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The Parkhill Community touch the land and think of the Wurundjeri People and surrounding Clans of the Kulin Nation who cared for the land before us.
We share our gratitude to their Elders past, present and emerging.
As we touch this land we promise to treasure it; taking care of all its people, animals, plants and waterways.
We at Parkhill appreciate this land.
Welcome back everyone!
I hope everyone has enjoyed a great summer break and that you’re all looking forward to an exciting 2024 at Parkhill Primary School! A big Parkhill welcome to new families and all of the Foundation students and families joining our community. Starting school can be daunting, especially for very small folk, but this week I believe I have seen our Foundation students (and their parents!) already exhibiting the important value of courage. We look forward to having you join our proud Parkhill community: welcome onboard! To our returning and new students throughout the school we also extend another warm welcome and look forward to seeing all you will achieve over the year.
Over the school holidays our leadership team received a sponsored Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) place at the summer Datawise training. This training is part of a global school improvement model headed by the work of the HGSE and Kathy Boudett. We were very grateful for this place and our leadership enjoyed this intensive school, seeing it as part of our strategic vision for ongoing improvement over the coming years. Below is the view from our table among a sea of educators, all looking to implement the Datawise system thinking into their schools. A big thank you to the HGSE, Penny Jayne (Global Education Equity Alliance) and the VATL for supporting Parkhill with this sponsorship: we look forward to using our knowledge back here at school.
This year we are also looking forward to many teaching and learning initiatives happening at our school. Our work with the School Wide Positive Behaviour (SWPB) Initiative began this week at our curriculum day with all staff attending. This regional training will continue over this year, with Bianca Bevilacqua heading this initiative as part of her role as School Culture Leader. We are very much looking forward to this evidence-based initiative having a positive impact school-wide.
Hand in hand with the SWPB initiative I have attached a department-based model of a school Statement of Values. This statement of values encompasses expectations around all aspects of our school community: be it student, leadership class, parents or teachers. The education department provides this proforma as guidance for all schools in Victoria, and it is a document that I believe dovetails well into our school expectations. Please find the document attached below for you to read.
Finally, this week there is no 3pm assembly, however I do look forward to seeing you all for assembly on Friday 9th February at 3pm in our hall.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Signing your child in and out of school
Please make sure that if your child is late to school (arrives after 9:00am) or is departing early from school (before 3:30pm) that you come to the office to receive a pass. If the correct procedure is not followed, then our attendance records are not accurate and your child could be marked absent by mistake. Even if an attendance note for an arrival or departure is logged on Compass, you still need to come to the office so we can mark down the correct time for signing in/out.
If you have any questions regarding attendance procedures, please contact the office.
Class Representatives information
Each year the Class Representatives organise a list of contact information for the parents of each class to connect with each other and organise events throughout the year. This information includes parent names, phone numbers and email addresses. This year we will be organising the Class Reps information on an opt out basis. If you would not like your contact information to be shared with the Class Reps, please contact the office by Friday 9th February and we will remove your information from the list.
If you have any questions, please contact the office.
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) applications are open for 2024.
CSEF provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:
- school camps or trips;
- swimming and school-organised sports programs;
- outdoor education programs;
- excursions and incursions.
Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. If you have applied and been granted CSEF in the past, you do not need to renew your application for this year – we will do this for you.
If you have not applied for CSEF before or are a new family to the school and are eligible for CSEF, please contact the office for an application form.
Welcome to a new year of choir! We look forward to welcoming both new and returning choir members in 2024. All students in Y1 to Y6 are most welcome to join us for a two week trial to gauge if choir is a good fit for them before committing for the year.
Choir is held Friday mornings at 8:00am – 8:50am and will begin on Friday 16th February. Please see the Compass notification to sign your child up for choir and we will enjoy a wonderful year of singing together.
Welcome to 2024
As we start the new year, spare a moment to consider joining the PFA 2024.
PFA works with the Principal and School Council with the aim and objectives to:
- contribute to the wellbeing of the school community
- encourage the participation of all parents in the life of the school and the education of their children
- provide opportunities for parents to get to know each other and to be informed about their child’s school
- raise funds for the benefit of the school (optional).
We hold monthly meetings to share ideas and divide up tasks for upcoming events. Everyone’s contribution is valued, no matter the amount. Everything counts! Please speak to any of the PFA members or call me (Zoe 0459 841 337) with any questions.
WE WANT YOU!
DON’T MISS A THING!
Join our Facebook page.
Search for us using the name “Parkhill Primary School Community Page”.
Then click the “join group” icon.
A group administrator will confirm your association with the school and approve your request.
If you would like to be on our email distribution list and receive communication and minutes from our meetings please email email@example.com