Issue 17, Friday 9th June 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.
Wednesday saw some weary faces returning from Camp Weekaway, with many students and adults due for a big long sleep. I hear that camp was great even though it was quite wet and some activities were held inside, and I heard glowing praise for the students’ conduct at camp. Big thanks to our attending adults: Desiree, Dean, Kerry, Brooke, Marcus and Peter, you have all earned your camp stripes!
As my time as Acting Principal draws to a close, I wanted to thank our lovely community and staff for the support you have provided me. It has been a privilege to be in the role and I have enjoyed the daily challenges that are unique to the position. As Jo steps into the substantive principal role next term, I will continue to support as Assistant Principal. Please continue to share feedback and suggestions, it helps to let me know how I can help.
CALD Families Morning Tea – we are pleased to present a special morning tea next Tuesday for CALD families. It will offer an opportunity to connect to our community and we will also be providing support with administrative concerns, including using Compass, communicating with the school and regular procedures.
Y5/6 Sovereign Hill Costumed School Camp – Y5/6 are eagerly anticipating camp next week at Sovereign Hill, starting Wednesday 14 June. The camp promises quite a change from our regular activity-based camps, with the costumed school for the final two days. Never fear, students will continue with their academic focus and I’m sure the school masters will keep them in line! Adults accompanying out of costume will be allowed to take photos, and the costumed school will also be providing photos after the camp. We will provide details after their return.
Parkhill Specialists visiting Kinders – Parkhill has a very proactive kinder transition program and in this term we have sent our Performing Arts teacher, Carlie, to ten local kinders to share a fun music session. Just recently, our Mandarin teacher, Shuoyin, went out to the same kinders to share a special language session with them. She’ll continue with part two next week. Next term we look forward to our Parkhill Preschool Program, where kinder students will come to Parkhill to enjoy sessions with the Specialist teachers. Thanks to our specialist teachers for making these sessions special.
Performing Arts – starting last week, Marinda re-joined the Parkhill staff to step into the Performing Arts teaching role. This will continue until the end of Term 3 while Carlie takes time to travel with family. We welcome Marinda back to staff at Parkhill. You have to admit, she’ll be great in the role!
Subcommittees and Working Groups – Both our Community Hub and Masterplanning working groups are scheduled to begin in Term 3. The Community Hub working group will be responsible for setting up the Community space shared in the library, evolving into a spot that community members can gather and use for many purposes. The masterplanning working group will begin the work scoping the future direction of our buildings and grounds at Parkhill. Please let us know if you are interested in joining either of these groups.
Have a wonderful long weekend.
Student of the Week
The Term 2, Week 6 recipients were:
FA – Ariya M
1/2A – Jason T
1/2B – Penny A
4/5A – Amara Y
4/5B – Sariaha G
6A – Austin I
Meet our New principal
Our new Principal, Jo Jolly, will be out in the yard every day next week from 8:30-9:00am to meet our students and families. Please keep an eye out for her and introduce yourself!
Y3/4 Camp Weekaway
Firstly, when we arrived at camp we sat down and started to eat morning tea. Straight after that, the camp instructors gave us info on the camp. Then we went into our cabins and moved our stuff into the cabins. Then we went into activity groups. The activities were super fun, like flying fox, possum glider and laser tag, but on the other days it was foggy and raining. This camp was so, so fun. The teachers were super awesome and it made it even better.
Owen E & Michael P-T
On Wednesday Foundation had loads of fun blowing bubbles out in the playground. We blew so many bubbles that we lost count. We learnt that a bubble shape is called a sphere and then on Thursday we did some writing about the bubbles. The students wrote words using the letters that we have learned.
Dear Parkhill Families,
Don’t you love being lost in a good book?
“You can find MAGIC
wherever you LOOK.
Sit back and RELAX,
all you need is a BOOK”
Thank you to families who have placed orders, we expect delivery in the next couple of weeks, just in time for the holidays.
If you have any queries or need a hand with your order, please feel free to get in touch.
There have been cases of head lice in Y3. If your child has head lice, please treat their hair before they return to school.
Second Hand Uniform
We will be hosting a Second Hand Uniform stall on Tuesday 20th June between 8.45am and 9.15am at the front of the school. If it is raining it will be in the library.
In the meantime, if you would like to purchase a second hand uniform item you are welcome to do so from the office at any time. Come in with a gold coin donation and we can see what we have in stock for you!
Second Hand Uniform Coordinator
Lunch Order Closure
There will be no Flexischools lunch orders on the following dates due to events at Ashwood High School:
- Friday 16th June
- Thursday 10th August
- Wednesday 23rd August (TBC)
- Friday 25th August (TBC)
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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