Issue 18, Friday 16th 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.
Today we will see the return of our Y5/6 students from their trip back to the 1850s at Sovereign Hill. The costumes look fabulous, and from the reports, it has been quite a different experience, most students have adapted well. Big thanks to our camp leaders for their hard work: Alex, Steph, Jo, Corinne and Daniel; they have definitely earned a big rest!
Our CALD families morning tea was a big success, with special guest Jo J introducing herself, and Angelita leading the group through lots of helpful administrivia. Thanks, Angelita and Jo R, for organising this special event.
It has been great to see Jo Jolly on campus this week, spending time with the Parkhill community each morning. I have enjoyed catching up with her every morning, discussing all matters leadership. We look forward to her incoming principalship from Term 3.
Goodbye – We say goodbye to Rowen Street Kinder as they head back into their upgraded buildings. It has been a successful partnership and I thank Tiffany for her calm leadership of the team on campus. It’s going to be very quiet in the junior building!
We also say goodbye to Steph Zambuni, who has been teaching our Y6 cohort this past term. Her last day of term will be Tuesday. Big thanks to Steph for stepping into the role, and bonding so quickly with the group. Safe travels and bon voyage!
STEAM and Technology classes in Term 3 – Our intrepid STEAM teacher, Andrea, has unfortunately been waylaid and will need to take leave for next term. We have managed to secure Chris Logan, a past teacher at Parkhill, to take over in her absence. He has already started with classes these last couple weeks, so students have already been transitioned to their new teacher.
Parkhill’s Preschool Program – not only is it a tongue twister, it’s also a fabulous transition program that we began last year. In Term 3, we welcome kinder kids to Parkhill, to have special sessions with our brilliant specialist teaching team. As we see Rowen Street Kinder out as they move back into their own house, we will see lots of other kinder kids in to fill the space.
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 weekend.
A Message from our New Principal
Hello Parkhill Community,
It has been a delight to meet with our community this week in the yard, and I am really looking forward to catching up with more of you when I take up the Principal position in Term 3. I have especially enjoyed hearing from you what you love about Parkhill and look forward to sharing that with you as I begin my role here. A highlight for me this week was having time meeting with staff and students, and I enjoyed popping into classrooms to see the great work happening around the school. Thank you to the staff who welcomed me into their classes.
I will be joining the Parkhill community on Thursday 13th July, after a short period of long service leave and I look forward to working with Michelle as I transition into this new and exciting role.
I wish you all a great end to this semester and a safe, restful holiday break. See you all next term!
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Term 2 ends next friday, 23rd june, at 2:30pm. It will be a free dress day for students.
Save the Date - Swimming program
We have a new swimming program this year, taking place in Term 4. More information will be released next term, but the dates for the program are as follows:
Foundation & Y3: Monday 16th October – Friday 20th October
Y1/2: Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October
Y4/5: Monday 20th November – Friday 24th November
Y6 students will take part in a different program later in Term 4 – stay tuned!
Regional Cross Country
In an incredible effort, Somo and Patrick both finished in the top 8 in both their District and Division Cross Country races to make it into the Regional Cross Country this week. The boys ran a great race at Yarra Glen Racetrack supported by their personal cheer squad, with Somo finishing in 24th place and Patrick in 80th. Well done!
Dear Parkhill Families,
“In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.”
Ben Aaronovitch, Broken Homes
Students will be able to borrow from our library over the school holidays. It is the best time to snuggle in with a hot cuppa and read a good book or two.
Overdue book notices were emailed home this week. We will appreciate it if you are able to look for the lost books at home.
Kindly email me if you cannot find your books. I will update the system so that your child will be able to borrow books from the library. If your child has any outstanding loans, they will not be able to borrow from the library.
We are not requesting payment for any lost books. However, if you have lost a book and would like to make a voluntary donation to the library at the office.
Thank you to families who placed orders from Issue 4.
We expect delivery to be made next week and I will advise if there are any delays.
We thank you for your continued support of the Book Club. Your orders earn us Scholastic rewards which allows us to purchase resources for our school.
If you have any queries, please feel free to email me or leave a message with the office.
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
Packing extra clothing
With the rainy and cold winter weather, we often have students getting muddy and wet at play times. While we do have a small supply of clothing to assist students who get particularly wet/muddy, we cannot guarantee that we can provide a change of clothes for students if they need it. We suggest packing an extra pair of pants, socks and shirt into your child’s school bag in the event that they may need a change of clothing throughout the day in the winter months.
G.A.t.e.ways Mid-year Festival
G.A.T.E.WAYS Festival of Workshops is taking place on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th June. Festivals are special programs offering a large range of workshops running concurrently over two days, with the emphasis on challenge and fun. Students studying chemistry might make bath bombs or the easily broken glass from a Hollywood movie set; those for a passion for language might solve cryptic crosswords or participate in a feisty Slam Poetry competition; others might experience the passion of Latin American dance or uncover the mystery of magic tricks.
If you are interested in attending the festival, please see the following link: https://www.gateways.edu.au/programs/festivals/melbourne-mid-year-festivals
Lunch Order Closure
There will be no Flexischools lunch orders on the following dates due to events at Ashwood High School:
- 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, Michelle Wickman, Trish King, Vanessa Cowley, Iona Tsykalo, Jo Argaet
Full details next week…
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