Issue 12, Friday 5th May 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.
This week saw students relinquishing their hats and braving the mostly wintry weather. Once again, while out on tours with prospective parents, I was proud of the ways that students attended to their teachers, staff greeted us cheerfully, and noticed the special hum of learning. We truly have an amazing school at Parkhill, with amazing teachers and ES staff, super students, all wrapped up in a supportive community.
Discovery Dome – students enjoyed a special planetarium show on Wednesday with the Discovery Dome incursion in the hall. Lucky we have such a high roof! Families came back in the evening for a special family show. I think we have a few keen astronomers at Parkhill. Big thanks to Andrea Crane, who organised it all flawlessly.
Open Day and Night – in a couple of weeks Parkhill will be opening up to the public in a grand showcase on our Open Day, Wednesday 17 May. We’ll have all classes open from 9:30-10:30am. Classes will be focused on M.A.D.D. (Music, Arts, Dance and Drama) activities to respond to the Education week theme of Active Learners: Move, Make, Motivate. Come along to see us go M.A.D.D.! The products from our daily activities will be our showcase in the evening session from 5:30-7:00pm, along with a special choir performance.
Dave Vinegrad Restorative Practices session – don’t forget we have Dave Vinegrad speaking next Tuesday 9 May about Restorative Practices at Parkhill. Restorative Practices is a procedure that we follow at Parkhill to help restore relationships after conflict, and help students learn from the misunderstanding. All welcome, in the library.
Camps – as the weeks tick on we get closer and closer to our camps. Next Wednesday at 5:30pm, we will be holding an information session for the Y3/4 camp on 5-7 June at Camp Weekaway. Please come along if you are curious about the camp and process, or if you have any unanswered questions. The consent forms and information can be found on the Compass portal, or, if you prefer, a paper copy is also available. Please let us know early if you do not wish your child to participate, so that we are aware of student numbers.
Y6-7 Transition – packs went out to Y6 families this week, along with the application for placement in 2024. Once all forms are in (by 19 May), the applications will be sent through to secondary schools for allocations. Please let me know, or call in at the office, if you have any queries about the application.
Building update – our Foundation playground is open, safe and sound. Students are once again able to make sand cakes and run to their heart’s content up and down the ramp. We still await the return of use of our appliances in the Science Kitchen.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Student of the Week
The Term 2, Week 1 recipients were:
Foundation: Izzah U
1/2A: Annie C
1/2B: Miles S
Y3: Kingston T
4/5A: Scarlett H
4/5B: Andy L
Y6: Hamzeh S
Save the Date - Working Bee
Saturday 27th May from 12pm onward.
Come along with your children, enjoy socialising whilst assisting with garden work around the school.
Afternoon tea is provided. See you there!
Science Discovery Dome
Fabulous scenes of Earth and space were experienced by all students yesterday as they enjoyed the wonders of the Science Discovery Dome. Nick took us on a journey through space and amazed us with information about the Earth and planets in our solar system. Learning about which planets are currently visible in the morning and evening skies was a bonus for those star gazers out there.
The two evening sessions were booked out and together families learned about space flight. We saw representations Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbiting the Earth in 1961, progressing through time to the Moon walk in 1969 and Mars rovers in more recent times. A few students exited the dome stating that being an Astronaut was high on their list of possible careers. What a great ambition to work towards. Many thanks to the families that attended and contributed a gold coin donation.
Keep feeding the passion for all things STEAM.
Anyone lost this purse and key? It was found during the holidays. If it is yours, please contact the office.
A reminder for all uniform and property to be labelled for a swift return. Second Hand Uniform stall details to follow later in the term.
Dear Parkhill Families,
A reminder that Issue 3 is out now and the cut off date for orders is Friday 12 May.
You can browse the online catalogue Book Club Issue 3. You can place an order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or by using the LOOP app.
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, Michelle Wickham, Trish King, Vanessa Cowley
Mother's Day Stall
We would love a group of 6-8 volunteers to help run the stall. It is a fun morning and a great way for us parents to catch up whilst helping out at the school. If you are available please sign up via the link below for one or both of the sessions:
Sign up Link – https://signup.com/go/AMdpEpA
Session 1: 8.45 – 10.45am
Session 2: 10.45am – 12.45pm
MOTHER'S DAY MOVIE & MEAL
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