Issue 32, Friday 20th October 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 wonderful end to a sunny week here at Parkhill.
Last weekend we were treated to a fabulous event here: The Solar Challenge. Parkhill was filled with students from a variety of schools all testing our their solar vehicles. It was wonderful to have our Parkhill space filled with so many visitors from other schools; anyone I spoke to told me how lucky we are to have such large grounds with great amenities.
Another person from a school the other side of town mentioned what a great feel our school has, and she particularly commented on how many parents were here working on the BBQ, food stalls or generally here to support our students. Suffice to say, Parkhill did ourselves proud last weekend!
An especially big thanks to Michelle and our Solar students who brought home two awards for us and their teams: great job! Another big thanks to all the volunteers who were here making putting Parkhill on the “Solar Map”. Please see some snaps of this great event below.
This weekend I look forward to helping out at the Working Bee organised by the Buildings and Grounds committee: if you feel like joining in please come and enjoy some time in the sun with us.
Coming up next week I’d like to remind you of the forum being held on Wednesday 26th October from 7pm in the library. We welcome you along where I’ll be talking about school direction, outcomes of the recent parent survey, and you’ll hear from School Council regarding building works. I look forward to seeing you there.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Student of the Week
The Term 4, Week 2 recipients were:
1/2A – Indie B
1/2B – Nina W
4/5A – Jassy G
4/5B – Edward B
6A – Brendon D
Yearbook Cover Entries Due next friday!
Cover entries for the 2023 Yearbook are due next Friday 27th October. The theme for this year is “My favourite book”, and the cover should include something uniquely Parkhill, along with our four values. Please remind your child if they submit to check their spelling and write their name and class on the back of their A4 design. Cover entries can be submitted via the entry box in the school office.
Next week: Looted Lunches - A Forensic Family STEAM Night
There have been a number of lunch thefts from the staff room and hungry teachers are calling for action. In order to corner the culprit, we need you! Together we will use forensic science to analyse the evidence, compare findings and identify the guilty party.
Places are limited – booking is essential via Compass.
Date: Monday 23rd October
- Session 1 – 5:00pm – max 12 families (please provide consent for one child per family)
- Session 2 – 6:15pm – max 12 families (please provide consent for one child per family)
Location: STEAM Room
Cost: A donation to the STEAM program
Working Bee - Tomorrow!
We have a working bee coming up tomorrow, Saturday 21st October. If you have not been before we encourage you to come along with your children and enjoy making your school look great, socialising and enjoying a lovely afternoon with some delicious afternoon tea treats. See you there!
Loud Shirt Day
This week in Care Groups, students gained a sense of what it would be like to be born with a hearing impairment. As such, it was really lovely to see so much student and teacher support for Loud Shirt Day today! Support that came across loud and clear to anyone, hearing impairment or no. Awesome to see everyone expressing our values of Care and Community. Well done, Parkhill!
Foundation were hard at work in the STEAM room this week as chemists, testing materials. They were hunting for waterproof materials suitable for making a hat for a pool party. Their predictions weren’t quite right but they soon applied testing and observations to determine that foil and contact were the only waterproof options. There was quite a buzz in the room when one student suggested that we could use contact to make other materials waterproof. This opened up so many options for how our pool party hats. I can’t wait to share our finished products with you.
We are super excited about our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair next month-
Theme: Hats off to Reading
Date: 17-22 November
Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks about family sessions and the opportunity for students to win vouchers to use at the Fair.
Scholastic Issue 7
Thank you to families who have placed your orders. We expect orders in the next 2 weeks and they will be distributed when they arrive. If you have selected the ‘Gift’ option, I will be in touch with you to organise pick up.
If you missed the deadline and would still like to place an order, kindly do so by tonight, Friday 20 October.
Please get in touch if you have any queries or need a hand with your order.
We have a number of overdue library books, and I will be emailing notices home next week. We will appreciate it if you are able to look for 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.
“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket”
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.
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
It’s not too late to come join us for a night of laughs. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.
Put your best foot forward… The PFA is doing a SOCK fundraiser again this year! This is a great gift or stocking stuffer idea with fun designs available for every sized foot. Socks are priced at just $7 or $8 per pair and our school will receive a percentage from every pair sold. We will also receive a bonus if we sell over 100 pairs – now that’s a goal worth aiming for! Order yours by Sunday 26th November for pre-Christmas delivery via school before the end of term.
Make sure you use this link when ordering for our school to benefit: https://www.sockablefundraising.com.au/collections/shop-socks?ref=PARKHILLPRIMARY
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