Issue 24, Friday 19 August 2022
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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.
Where’s Wally?… red and white has dawned the school. Happy days for all of you Sydney Swans fans… Little glimpses here and there of red stripes but when I turn to stare and check it they’re gone. My eyes are playing tricks on me… I can’t wait for the first performance!
I just love the buzz and hive of activity around concert preparation. It’s been so lovely to see parents painting and cutting. During the staff meeting the teachers were also busy making costumes – if you haven’t had the chance to be involved be sure to pop along to the next working bee on Saturday 27 August.
We had a wonderful cupcake stall on Wednesday and swimming finished for the upper school too.
We are waiting for confirmation of the carnival date which will be in Term 4.
I hear the Trivia Night was a raging success, lots of fun, giggles, chat and the added bonus of the funds raised exceeding $5,000!! Amazing!
There is lots of information available these days around suggested amounts of screen time for children. It is part of life that access to screens is becoming more and more part of our everyday functioning, particularly on the back of lockdown and remote learning. But how does this affect our children? Below are some ideas and articles to help guide you on how you can manage healthy screen time use with your children.
Thank you to Jamie Dimopoulos for organising the Sporting Schools coaching this term. We have some of our Y1-3 students taking part in the basketball clinic for four weeks on Tuesdays. We will be running a Sporting Schools session in Term 4 for the older children – look out for this coming home as the sessions are organised on a first come first served basis.
Have a great weekend.
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Wednesday 14 September is a Professional Practice Day. Students do not attend school on this day.
Where's Wally? - Tickets Available Now!
The students and staff are getting super excited for the upcoming school concert – “Where’s Wally?”
There will be three Performances:
* Monday 5th September 11am (Matinee)
* Tuesday 6th September 6:30pm
* Wednesday 7th September 6:30pm
Tickets are now on sale!
Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased through Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/CBSMX
No refunds will be available, but the school will assist in reselling, should this be necessary.
Please note that NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR FILMING is allowed during performances.
Special note for very little children: For safety reasons, there will be no room for prams or pushers in the hall. Seats must be purchased for audience members who use a seat (e.g. very little children). If your child can sit on a lap for the whole performance (1 hour 20 mins), there is no need to purchase a ticket.
Book Week 2022
We will be celebrating Book Week next week with a special day on Thursday 25th August where students will do an activity in Care groups and a parade after. Students can bring in a copy of their favourite book and dress up as their favourite character. They only need to bring in an item or prop such as a pair of glasses, hat, scarf, etc. This year the parade will involve classes sharing an activity based on a nominated book that they have completed in class. This will enable all students to contribute without the need to dress up. Students can of course still bring a costume to wear in the afternoon if they wish.
News from F/1A
We have been having a wonderful time in our Garden classes this term. For the Foundation students this has been their first time in the Parkhill garden and they have been absolutely loving learning in this beautiful setting. As always, cooking and caring for the chickens have proven to be the most popular rotations. We are so grateful to our wonderful educator Jess for the fun activities that she plans for the class and the wonderful parents who help the students to discover the wonders of nature.
It’s been a huge week in STEAM at Parkhill. We have begun some super ‘hush hush’ work related to Father’s Day and in classrooms students have been exploring glass for National Science Week. In F/Y1 they engaged with convex and concave lenses and then set out exploring with magnifying glasses. Y2/3 discussed how glass becomes mirrored and made their own kaleidoscope, and Y4/5/6 experimented with glass prisms and lenses, testing their effect on light. Thank you to those families who sent in glass inspired items for their children to share in their classrooms!
In other exciting news, Y4/5/6 students were offered an opportunity to take part in the Wild At Art 2022 art competition. Wild At Art is Australia’s biggest wildlife art competition for children. It encourages children to research threatened Australian animals and plants and express this learning through art. 21 enthusiastic students have taken up the offer and will be working on their group and individual artworks in the STEAM room during Wednesday lunchtimes. I can’t wait to share with you their final designs. If your student would like to know more about this competition, ask them to drop into the STEAM room for a quick chat or head to the following website: https://www.acf.org.au/wild-at-art-competition.
Stargazing - Monday September 5th
Volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Victoria will be setting up their telescopes in the school grounds so that we can gaze at the splendours of the Moon and some of the amazing objects visible in the night sky. You’ll get great views of craters and mountains on the Moon, and be able to see star clusters, and other distant astronomical objects. We will start at 6.30pm and finish at about 8.00pm on the asphalt area. Wrap up warm, as September evenings can be quite chilly. If you want to bring along a torch, make sure that the lens is covered with something red, like cellophane. White light is bad for your night vision!
Register your attendance via Compass.
Let’s give our inner Astronomer time to shine!
Call out to any parents or grandparents who would love to come and be a part of our Games Club – who may have a special talent to share, eg. knitting, sewing, arts and crafts, expert Lego builder, card games, hand clapping games, etc. Or even just your time to sit and play games with the children, assisting them in taking turns and packing away properly. Games Club is on every day from 10.30am to 11.00am except Fridays, and there is one teacher on duty who would be with you. So, if you have a valid WWC check and would like to join us for some fun, we would love to hear from you! Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Games Club Coordinator
Hi Parkhill Families,
A reminder that the cut off date for orders is next Friday 26 August.
If you would like to place an order, you will need to do so on the Book Club LOOP platform. It is easy to order and allows you to pay by credit card.
- Browse the online catalogue Book Club Issue 6 2022
- Place an order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
If you need a hand with your order or have any queries, please email me or leave a message at the office.
Each week we receive a donation of bread from Woolworths for our families. The bread donation is usually loaves and rolls. If you are interested in receiving some of this bread each week, please contact the office or fill in the form below and we will add your family to our receiving list.
Please note: quantities of will vary each week.
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Canteen Closure Dates
Please note that Flexischools lunch orders will be unavailable on the following dates due to events at Ashwood High School:
Wednesday 24th August – Student Conference Day
Friday 26th August – Student Conference Day
Tuesday 30th August – Athletics Sports Day
Just a quick thank you to those families who have collected their bread bags and deposited them in the box near the front office. For every 5kg of bread bags we collect we gain 500 reward points to go toward sports and play equipment. Let’s try and maximise our rewards by collecting the capped amount of 2,500 points. Collection will continue until September, so we have plenty of time to achieve this goal. Keep up the good work for both the environment and our fabulous school.
They cost $70 and provide over $20,000 in discounts to all the things you love to do…dining, attractions, shopping, travel and more! They are filled with up to 50% off or 2-for-1 style offers, they are a great way to discover new favourites and enjoy the value at the same time. The proceeds of the books sold goes to Parkhill Primary School. Please order one now via this link
REMEMBER TO SAY ‘PARKHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL’ WHEN SHOPPING!
Rebel Community Kickbacks Program.
Under this program, Parkhill Primary School can earn 5% of your purchases at Rebel Sports as an in-store credit to spend on our school sports programs.
You can sign up in store or log into your rebel Active Member account when shopping online at www.rebelsport.com.au to attribute the expense to the school.
RITCHIES COMMUNITY BENEFITS
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Nominate ‘Parkhill Primary’ as your chosen school.
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Search for us using the name “Parkhill Primary School Community Page”.
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