Issue 25, Friday 18th August 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.
What a busy week at Parkhill; week 6 and over halfway through the term.
Last Saturday the PFA held Parkhill’s annual Trivia Night and once more, a big thank you to Zoe and her team for creating another great event. At last count, this event has raised over $5,000 to contribute to resources and facilities for our students. A big thank you to the PFA and everyone who attended the evening. Also, another big thank you to Melo and Winston for touring the grounds with a playground installer last week, looking to add value to our grounds and figuring out opportunities where we can improve and upgrade. Thank you also to Michelle who has secured work on the side fencing and gates to stop cars accessing our football field.
Three Way Conferences were held over Tuesday and Wednesday, with all students having the opportunity to share their goals and learning with their families. We also continued our garden and cookery sessions this week on Wednesday, with these workshops to continue for four weeks over the remainder of term. In 2024, we have plans to capitalise on this amazing resource, with the beginning work of getting the Science Kitchen back up and running happening now. Many great things happening here!
This week I have spent some time both at kindergartens and surrounding schools, promoting our Orton Gillingham training event in April next year. Some of our network schools have been keen to access this training, which is a great benefit for us: as a host school we are offered some discount and free training based around our ticket sales, and our school profile is raised with advertising from various Science of Reading bodies. The Orton Gillingham training complements and extends our knowledge of MSL and will add to our push for enhanced literacy outcomes. See below for more details.
Our leadership team has been working through the strategic vision for the coming years: we have great work planned, and creative solutions to ensure we provide students with the best education possible. Our plans invest in your child’s outcomes via the pillars of literacy, numeracy and school wide culture. Our leadership team is investigating ways in which we can access the highest quality evidence-based training for our staff, all working within our current strategic and financial framework. Planning for 2024 is high on our agenda right now, and as the weeks progress I will have more news to share with you.
Finally a small change but something important: the Y6s this week took their seats (literally and metaphorically) at the top of the school during assembly. Their privileged position on the chairs at the back of the hall this week was reward reflecting their leadership and conduct. I want to commend them on taking up these seats with pride, as an example of what we expect from everyone at Parkhill PS.
Enjoy your weekend everyone –
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Student of the Week
The Term 3, Week 5 recipients were:
FA – Dina M
1/2A – Dusan A
1/2B – Aziz M
3A – Darcy T
4/5A – Owen E
4/5B – Saige Y
6A – Flynn A
Book Week next week!
Next week is Book Week. It is a mysterious and wondrous time of the year where book characters of all shapes and sizes materialise, climbing between book covers and slithering out of pages to meet at the same place every year – Parkhill Primary School!
At 9:15 am on Friday, we are going to celebrate Book Week with a Book Parade in the gym, where these fabulous characters will introduce themselves and do a lap of honour, before tucking themselves back into their pages once again.
Throughout the week, students will also engage in lessons, in and outside of Care Groups, learning about and celebrating books of all sorts.
For parents, this weekend would be an ideal time to finalise costumes and avoid last minute costume panic! Parents are of course very welcome to come and join the celebration and take some photos of their own little book characters!
AFRICAN MUSIC CELEBRATION- FRIDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2:30PM
Please save the date for an end of term African Music Celebration. This term in Performing Arts students are exploring African music through singing, drumming, instrument playing and dancing. Students also had the opportunity to attend an African music today. Please see Compass for more details.
We would like to showcase student’s learning by presenting the songs they have been practising in class for their families in a special African Music Assembly on Friday 8th September at 2:30pm in the hall. To add colour to our afternoon, children will perform in a plain, brightly coloured t-shirt (no writing or logos please). It would be greatly appreciated if you could provide this for your child please and send it to school (with their name written on the tag) on Wednesday 30th August. If you require assistance, please reach out.
Thanks for your support!
Performing Arts Teacher
Y4/5 NGV Excursion
For inquiry, Y4/5 has been learning about Creative Capers! Some of the art styles we’ve been learning about are quilling, origami, surrealist collage, mystery craft, Lee Hobs characters, continuous line drawings and more.
Last week, we went to the National Gallery of Victoria where we got the chance to see many famous artworks from around the world, which we took inspiration from to make artworks of our own. Here are some of our inspired creations.
By Blaze M and Andy P
OG Comes to Parkhill 2024!
Continuing our MSL and synthetic phonics journey in 2024, we are proud to host the Orton Gillingham training at Parkhill Primary School. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone working in education or allied health (such as speech pathology or occupational therapy) to take up this week of training here at Parkhill. The first four days are basic certification with an optional fifth day of advanced morphology training. Hosting a training week also means that we can send our own staff at a reduced rate to this valuable PD. If you know of any people who OG training would appeal to, please book via the links at the bottom of the flyer.
eSafety are running a series of free webinars for parents via their website. Some of the webinars are more appropriate for older kids, but their webinars are very informative and provide excellent insights and information into safety on the internet. Please see the flyer and link below for more information.
Lunch Order Closure
There will be no Flexischools lunch orders on the following dates due to events at Ashwood High School:
- Wednesday 23rd August
- Friday 25th August
- Tuesday 29th 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
What a fantastic night! Started with everyone glued to the screen as we HAD TO finish watching the Matildas go into extra time and then penalties. Definitely a nail biting start to trivia. With a delayed start our host, Trish, powered through the rounds with precision.
It was great to see everyone in their colourful outfit – 100% on theme.
Thank you to everyone who donated items for the trivia, helped setup and run the night. To everyone who came (and helped pack up in record time) and everyone who participated in the online auctions – a huge thank you.
We raised (just over) $5,300!!
IVAN’S PIE DRIVE - forms due back Friday 1st September
Do you like pies? Not that awful Collingwood variety, but the food pies! “Ivan’s Pies” is a fundraiser where you can purchase savoury or sweet pies. There are meat, chicken, vegetable or apple pies, family size or single servings to choose from. Have one for a quick dinner or put them in the freezer for later. The forms are due Friday 1st September. The pies can be collected after school from the canteen on Thursday 14th September from 3pm. Check school bags for forms, alternatively the office has copies.
Father's Day Stall - Volunteers needed
Join us and watch your little people purchase a gift for their special someone. It’s a joy to watch and a highlight on the Parkhill Calendar. Please volunteer your time, it is only a few hours!!!! The signup to the event is https://signup.com/go/aQfPzud
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