Issue 2, Friday 10th February 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.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Week 2 has flown by, and students have continued an excellent start to the term. It is so nice to see students mixing it up in the playground, sharing play spaces, and feeding our very indulged chickens. Foundation students and Y6 students alike have found playing with their buddies lots of fun.
On Wednesday night we welcomed our community to Information Night where each team shared a little about their level and the year ahead. The school was abuzz with information sharing and questions as parents and carers took the opportunity to visit classrooms and meet our great teaching team. Further communication with your teacher is best achieved through an email or on the yard after school. Should you want to contact teachers between 8:30am and 3:30pm, a call to the office will ensure a message gets through in a timely manner.
As Michelle mentioned last week the Foundation Playground was closed to allow for building works. While this is still in progress, the small area in question has been fenced off and Foundation students can once again enjoy the sandpit, chalkboard and natural play areas.
Hats, hats, hats
A friendly reminder that students are required to wear hats in months containing the letter ‘R’. Many students have not yet transitioned their hat from home to school. While we haven’t had a great deal of hot weather, the U.V. rating is still high, and it is important for students to wear their hats during recess and outdoor activities such as P.E., garden and fitness. Students not wearing hats will be restricted to playing in shaded areas only. Please remember to name your child’s hat, this makes returning misplaced items much easier.
Student Of the Week
The Term 1, Week 1 recipients were:
Foundation: Xavier M
1/2A: Anna A
1/2B: Majdi A
Y3: Oscar S
4/5A: Catherine Z
4/5B: Eshelle A
Y6: Austin I
Thank you to those families who have paid the 2023 Parent Payments for their child/ren. This money goes directly to curriculum consumables and resources for your child as these are not funded by the Department of Education.
If you haven’t paid yet you are able to do this via Compass by clicking on the banner at the top of the Newsfeed that looks like this:
Please make sure that you enter the amounts that you are wanting to pay for as these aren’t prefilled. The only prefilled amount is for the yearbook.
Please contact the office if you have any questions.
In 2023 all of our excursions, incursions, camps, swimming, etc. are classed as Extra-Curricular Items and Activities. These activities enhance and broaden the curriculum and are additional to and outside of what Parkhill provides for free to deliver the curriculum. As per the Department of Education Parent Payments Policy (https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/parent-payment/policy) these activities are provided on a user-pays basis and therefore must be paid for your child to attend.
For those families who hold an eligible financially-means tested card, you may be able to apply for CSEF – Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund which is $125 per student, per year to help cover the costs of these Extra-Curricular Activities. For more information, click here.
If you are requiring financial support or need assistance, please contact the office.
Our newest members of the Parkhill community were in the STEAM room today exploring weather. We headed outside and used our finger frames to gather clues to the ever-changing Melbourne weather. Inside again we brainstormed weather words, talked about the common weather features of our seasons and set about drawing our favourite season. What a great group of budding scientists.
The Foundation playground may be out of action at the moment but good fun is still being had – bubbles at Parkhill is always well received with lots of laughter and smiles!
Dear Parkhill Families,
Welcome back to Parkhill for the start of the new school year, and a warm welcome to our new families. I hope you all enjoyed the summer break.
Scholastic Book Club is starting up for 2023. There are 2 brochures distributed each term, with the first issue sent home this week. Here is the link to the online copy – Book Club Issue 1 2023.
The brochures come in a new and sustainable format with a curated version of quality and affordable books. Scholastic is also offering free books with purchase orders over $30 in the first edition.
It is easy to place an order. You will need to place your order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play and allows you to pay by credit card. Kindly note that cash orders are not accepted.
15% of every purchase on Book Club earns us Scholastic Rewards for the school to purchase additional resources. However there is no obligation for you to make a purchase.
When placing your order, kindly remember to update your new class information. I have included the class names below.
Register on LOOP to receive exclusive sneak peeks, downloads and offers throughout the school year. To register, you will need to set up:
- your details (name, email address and password)
- your child’s details (name, class and school)
- Orders will be delivered to school, there is no delivery charge.
- When the orders arrive, they will be given to your child to bring home.
- Cut off date for orders – Friday 17 February.
If you would like more information or need a hand with placing an order, please email me and I will be in touch.
Choir for 2023
Choir will begin next Friday, 17th February. All students in Y1 to Y6 are invited to join our choir rehearsals on Fridays at 8:00am in the library. Children who would like to see what choir is all about are invited to join us for a trial for our first session. See the Compass event for further details. Looking forward to a wonderful year of singing!
Alicia and Sarah from Y6 will be our Lost Property Monitors for Term 1.
PLEASE label all items of clothing, lunchboxes and drink bottles. This ensures they can be returned smoothly to the owners in the same week. The Lost Property box is located in the Y3/4/5 building kitchen area.
A second-hand uniform stall will follow shortly during Term 1 – date TBA.
Lost Property Coordinator
WHAT IS THE PFA?
Parent and Friends Association (PFA) is a group of parents and carers that want to help our school community thrive and enjoy being involved in events and fundraising.
What do I need to do, I hear you ask.
Simply put, anything you can help with, big or small, is really appreciated.
When we hold events like cupcake stalls, if you can bake or help sell on the day that’s perfect. You could help cook or serve at the Twilight Sports BBQ, or source items for the silent auction.
We welcome everyone’s contribution. Please consider joining as a general member or perhaps stepping into an office bearing role.
If you are interested in learning more about the PFA, please reach out to Zoe 0459 841 337 or email@example.com or come chat when it picks up.
DON’T MISS A THING!
Join our Facebook page.
Search for us using the name “Parkhill Primary School Community Page”.
Then click the “join group” icon.
A group administrator will confirm your association with the school and approve your request.
If you would like to be on our email distribution list and receive communication and minutes from our meetings please email firstname.lastname@example.org