Issue 19, Friday 23rd 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.
And we have arrived: end of Term 2. That was one busy term. I’d like to thank our whole wonderful Parkhill community for your generous support of my Acting Principalship: students, staff and families. Everyone has been very kind and understanding throughout. I look forward to what next term will bring us.
Y6 teaching position – Unfortunately there has been a delay in finding a suitable replacement for Steph to fill the Y6 position. We will continue to search for a teacher fit for the role over the break, and when successful, will announce the new staff member through Compass. Be assured that there will certainly be a teacher in the class by the time term resumes on Tuesday 11 July.
Parkhill’s Camp 2024 – following our Y3/4 and Y5/6 camps from this term, we have been discussing solutions to smaller camps in the future. Next year, we plan to combine our camps with a Y3-6 camp in Parkhill’s camp week. We still have yet to finalise what this camp week will look like, but so far we have booked a later date than usual in November, taking advantage of the warmer weather, and we are also planning to hold the Y2 Sleepover in the same week.
Enjoy the holidays with family and friends, stay safe and warm!
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Monday 10th July is a curriculum day. Students do not attend school on this day. Term 3 begins on Tuesday 11th July.
Y1/2 Social Emotional Learning
The Y1/2 students have been learning to problem solve, when glitches and little problems arise on the playground.
This term, we have been using the ‘Wheel of Choice’ to learn different strategies to solve these issues. This week, the students practised using an ‘I message’ to talk about these incidents.
The students role played various scenarios, using an ‘I message’ to come to a solution. We used puppets to practise this skill!
Our Inquiry Expo
In our inquiry learning we have been learning about the First Fleet and the 1850’s, we did an expo to share our knowledge. There were lots of food and great dioramas and models. The Foundations, Y1/2s, Y3s and parents came in to look at the work we did. The Y4/5s got lots of awesome feedback from the students, teachers and parents.
All the kids put so much hard work into their creations and it really paid off. We had massive model ships, great tasting food and lots of costumes that the kids loved.
There were some really fun activities to do like the treasure hunt and games that the convicts played outside. In the hub there were walking mannequins telling facts about Mary Wade. Some of our Y4/5’s got to have a wander around our exposition. It was lots of fun thank you for all your support.
By Connor and Edward
Showcasing our performing arts students
Next term we would like to showcase the skills of our students who learn musical instruments or have dance or drama lessons by having them perform an item at assembly. If your child is interested in performing a solo or in a pre-rehearsed group with their friends, please ask them to prepare over the holidays and express their interest to me at the beginning of Term 3.
We look forward to seeing what Parkhill students can do!
Performing Arts Teacher
There have been reports of head lice throughout the school. If your child has head lice please make sure you treat their hair before sending them to school.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Second Hand Uniform stall this week, we will have another one in Term 3 but remember you can ask the office anytime if you require something earlier.
See photo below of all unnamed items, umbrellas, purses, lunchboxes and water bottles. If the items are not claimed by end of the term, they will be donated to charity.
A message from the Lost Property Monitors, Sarah and Alicia – ‘PLEASE label all items that are brought to school so we can return them properly!”
Lost Property Coordinator
Dear Parkhill Families,
Orders from Issue 4 were received and sent home mid week. Thank you for your continued support with our Book Club and we hope you enjoy reading them over the holidays.
“Reading… a vacation for the mind”
Another term draws to a close and it marks the end of the first half of the year. We wish you all an enjoyable and relaxing break. It will be a wonderful opportunity to get some reading done especially on cold, rainy days – my best kind of holiday!
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
- Friday 25th August
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
Tickets for our Annual Trivia Night are now on sale! Join with parents of your child’s classmates or gather your “smartie” friends for what is guaranteed to be a fun and colourful night! Tickets can be purchased via www.trybooking.com/cieuc – either per person or for a table of 10.
“What is a smartie party?” you ask!? You need to come dressed head to toe in one colour! Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed “smartie” (or rebel “skittle”) and the best dressed table. Your table might like to choose a colour theme or aim for a whole rainbow of smarties! BYO food & drinks.
To make this night a fundraising success, we are also asking for donations towards silent auction items. The PFA can provide a letter for you to use when approaching your local businesses or retailers for vouchers or items. Just let us know by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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