Issue 11, Friday 28th April 2023
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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 to school for a busy first week of term. To start the week, we had our annual ANZAC Ceremony on Monday, which was capably led by our SRC. They read the pieces with dignity and respect for our servicemen. We’ve just finished the week with our Parkhill Cross Country, and this year we had all students from YF-6 running for the first time. It was a lot of fun! Lots of very rosy cheeks at the end and also some proud faces when they made it into the District Cross Country. Grateful thanks to our volunteers on the day, and especially to Dean Sciacca for his organisation of the event.
Farewell Elaine – on Thursday afternoon we bid our farewells to Elaine Mitskinis, or Mrs Brady, our former principal. It was lovely to see parents come along to say goodbye to Elaine after her announcement last term. We wish her all the best in her journey with her family.
Camps – Information about both of our camps went out last term. You can find a parent pack on your Compass newsfeed if you prefer the paper variety, or you can complete all requirements online through Compass Events. Call in to the office if you’d like some help navigating the platform. Please let us know early if you do not wish your child to participate so that we are aware of student numbers.
Building update – we have some progress with a few of the building projects. The handrail in the Foundation playground is almost complete, we are just awaiting the temporary fencing removal. We will be able to have Garden cooking classes in our Science Kitchen again soon, as building upgrades have been completed. It’s great to see basketball teams back in the hall.
We have a few events and excursions coming up, so please be on the lookout for these as they pop up on your Compass newsfeed. Of particular note is a presentation from Dave Vinegrad, who spoke at Parkhill a couple years back. He will be speaking about Restorative Practices, which is a procedure that we follow at Parkhill to help restore relationships after conflict, and help students learn from the misunderstanding. He will be speaking on Tuesday 9 May at 6:00pm in the library.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Flexischools Canteen Closure
Please note that Flexischools lunch orders will be unavailable on Wednesday 3rd May due to events at Ashwood High School.
Getting involved at Parkhill
Being part of a vibrant community is one of the attractions of Parkhill PS. We would like to know about your skills and interests so that we can involve you in activities and initiatives for the school. We encourage all parents and carers to fill in this form (https://forms.gle/Ro3aHsghHHMNCcgn6), let us know what you are interested in, and we will be in touch to seek out your help and involvement.
Parkhill School Council
School Council update
Thank you to those who came to the special assembly to farewell Elaine on Thursday. It was a good opportunity for the school community to say thanks and good luck. In terms of a new Principal, applications closed yesterday for the Principal position advertised at Parkhill. The process now moves into the next phase where applicants are reviewed by the selection panel before moving into interviews as is directed by the Education Department. Please feel free to reach out any council members if you have any queries.
School Council President
Science Discovery Dome - Wednesday 3rd May - Next Week!
How exciting to have the Science Discovery Dome visiting our school next Wednesday. During the day each class will visit the inflatable planetarium dome to complete their study of Earth’s place in space. It is an amazing experience to lie back in the blacked-out structure and experience weather, changing seasons, and Earth’s place in space from a totally different perspective. Students without permission and payment will miss out, so visit Compass Events and ensure your child is booked in.
In addition, I will be hosting two family sessions on Wednesday night, 6:00pm and 6:30pm. During the 30-minute session we will be looking into space and space flight. Booking is essential and a gold coin donation would be appreciated on the night. There are still places available so visit Compass Events or contact the office and reserve your family a place. I can’t wait to lie back with you and enjoy this amazing opportunity.
See you Wednesday!
Solar Challenge 2023
Expressions of Interest are open for students in Y4/5/6 for this year’s Solar Challenge. Students who are selected will make a model solar car or boat with a group. This is a two term long project and requires commitment from students. Please have a chat with your child if they are interested.
Dear Parkhill Families,
Welcome back to Term 2! I hope you all had a wonderful break.
Book orders from Issue 2 were received and sent home yesterday.
The cut off date for orders is Friday 12 May. Book Club orders earn Scholastic Rewards which we use to purchase additional resources for the school. There is no obligation for you to make a purchase.
If you have any queries or need a hand with your order, please feel free to get in touch.
Bread Bag Collection
Hi Parkhill, it’s that time of the year again when I am looking for lots of bread bags. Wonder has once again teamed up with 1500 Aussie schools to help collect bread bags and reduce soft plastic waste. As a registered school the more bread bags we collect the more points we accrue. We can then redeem these points on new sports equipment. Last year we filled 2 large boxes and Mr Sciacca received 6 soft balls to boost his dodgeball ball collection. This year lets aim for 3! So collect away, the more bread or wrap packets we collect the more equipment available to our students!
President: Zoë Littlewood
Treasurer: Chris Fagan
General Members: Adam Keens, Emma Gullan, Lih-Shan Yam, Marinda Tanner, Sarah Bakri, Trish King, Vanessa Cowley
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