Issue 35, Friday 10th November 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.
I hope everyone enjoyed a short break over the recent curriculum day and Cup Day holiday break. Our staff were working hard at school on Monday participating in PD around the new Numeracy curriculum roll out for all Victorian schools in 2024/2025 and working on our expanded vocabulary scope and sequence. Teaching staff also had valuable time to go over assessments, preparing for the end of year reporting period.
This week I have been reflecting on the survey results and specifically around our uniform. It was great to hear that our community love the most recent update to our uniforms and that this is something the students find comfortable and easy to wear. Uniform, however, represents slightly more than just something we wear five days a week: our school uniform is tied to our sense of who we are, what we stand for and our community. In the Public Health Review, researcher Johanna Reidy (2021) found that while uniforms themselves were not responsible for academic success, the wearing of uniform fostered an environment that led to such success. Her article also reported that neat, tidy uniform school wide supported student’s psychological and emotional wellbeing when the uniform was culturally sensitive and appropriate for the setting. PISA studies have noted a positive significant statistical difference between classrooms where students have uniform and those that do not: they found that uniformed schools had significant higher rates of ability to settle into work and higher levels of conducive environments for learning.
My own observations relate to our sense of community and school pride. As the proud principal of Parkhill, my wish is for all our student community to feel connected, safe and to identify with what our school stands for. I believe correct uniform helps foster this sense of pride and achievement and reflects our school values of community.
This week we’ve recruited some student “fashion icons” to help show what correct uniform looks like at Parkhill! Thank you to our volunteer models for your help this week. Please be aware that the school has many options available should you require good quality replacement garments for your child: come to ask at the office and we will be more than happy to help!
On a final note, it was lovely to see you all at our new assembly time this afternoon: it was a jam-packed assembly today and I want to thank all our participants. A special shout out to our SRC for reminding us of the importance of Remembrance Day this Saturday and thank you for your words honouring those who have fallen in war.
Enjoy your weekend everyone,
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Student of the Week
The Term 4, Week 5 recipients were:
FA – Elliot K
1/2A – Jay D
1/2B – Ned S
3A – Gai M
4/5A – Daniel V
4/5B – Vic W
6A – Carmen B
We have had cases of COVID, throat infections and gastroenteritis around the school. Please make sure that if your child presents with any symptoms of illness you keep them home. They must be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before they return to school.
Choir performing at Family Fun Day
The Parkhill Choir has been invited to perform at the Family Fun Day at Batesford Reserve on Sunday 19 November. The event will take place 11am – 4pm with the choir performing on stage at 12pm. Choir members will gather at 11:40am by the main stage to warm up prior to our performance at 12pm – 12:15pm. Children are the responsibility of their parents and need to be supervised at the event which will feature live entertainment, community and kid’s activities, food trucks and roving performers. Students are to be dressed in their school uniform with neat hair for their performance please. All members of our school community are welcome to attend. We would love to see you there!
It has been a jam packed year of planning, updates at assembly, and taking action by painting, painting, painting!
The buddy bench was one of the first ideas we wanted to pursue, ever since we got our roles last year at the end of 2022, and this year, from August to September, we have been taking action. Fast forward a few months of meetings, planning, varnishing and painting, it’s finally here, at Parkhill!
The buddy bench is located next to the soccer pitch, in front of 1/2A, where it is welcome to all students who are feeling a bit down, or just need a friend or someone to play with, and is welcome to any and all students at Parkhill!
However, please remember that this buddy bench is open to anyone, and does not belong to a specific person, and also to please remember to take care of the bench!
A big thank you to the parents and teachers who helped support this role in 2023.
Of course, to Roger, for helping us with the creation, varnishing and painting of the buddy bench, and for also building it and placing it in its spot!
Finally, a huge thank you to Miss Bevilacqua for making this all possible.
We are so thankful for all the support we have gotten as Respectful Relationship Ambassadors, and we all hope you enjoy the buddy bench!
Miranda, Bella and Layla
Second Hand Uniform
There will be two parents at the office to assist with purchasing any second hand uniforms on Friday 17th November from 8:45-9:15am.
Lost property reminder: Please label all items clearly for easy return from our lost property monitors!
Good things come to those who read. Books are like the window to a world of knowledge.
1 week to the Fair.
You are invited to our Scholastic Book Fair Family sessions which will be held from Monday 20 November – Wednesday 22 November:
You and your child will have the opportunity to explore a huge range of affordable books featuring characters and subjects kids love and want to read about, from newly released books and bestsellers to award-winning titles and perennial favourites.
Students will have an opportunity to browse through the books with their class next Friday. After finding their favourites, they can fill out their wish list and bring this home. Payments will be via card only (no cash). I will provide information on the pre-paid function capability next week.
We will love your help during the fair sessions. This includes tidying up the bookcases throughout the fair, monitoring inventory and helping with ‘LAST COPY’ displays on popular items, helping at the cashier desk and packing up after the Fair. We will need helpers in the morning (8:45-9:15am) and in the afternoon (3:15-3:45pm). Please email me if you are able to volunteer during one of the sessions.
Entries closed today and winners will be announced next week. There will be a winner picked from each year level for the colouring and book review activities, and 1 winner each from the junior and senior school for the book fair poster.
Please do reach out if you have any questions about the Fair, or if you are interested in helping out.
We would love to see you at our Book Fair!
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
Colour Run - Next Week!
Colour Run is Thursday 16th November from 2pm. We need helpers to set up, and spray the kids with water or powder paint. https://signup.com/go/DimwwtA
What do the kids need for colour run?
A white shirt.
Optional, but highly recommended items:
Sunglasses – this limits any powder getting into eyes.
Old hat/cap, shoes as clothes and shoes will be wet and save having to wash and dry items before school the next day.
A plastic bag and a change of clothes.
Instructions to sign up for the fundraising portal
NOTE: Chuffed.org only allows one child profile per email address, so please use a different email address for each child OR set up a profile for your family (but you will only be able to assign your funds to one class if this is the case).
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:
Fun, Food & Carols
It’s almost that time of year! Look forward to seeing everyone there.
We are inviting anyone that would like to have a stand to please contact Zoe (0459 841 337) to book. Regular Stands are $20, students stands are $5.
Christmas is on the horizon and ticket books for our annual Christmas Raffle can be found in your child’s school bag on Wednesday! Buy the whole book yourselves or ask family and friends to buy a ticket or two to support our little school.
Donations are also needed to make our Christmas raffle a success! We are looking for a “big ticket” item that people will be keen to win as the 1st prize, as well as lots of smaller treats to make prize hampers. These might be things such as Christmas baskets, wine, chocolates, biscuits and shortbread, small games, Christmas craft packs or other smaller items that can be combined to make a festive prize!
Please drop donations for raffle prizes at the office by Friday 24th November and please get in touch with PFA if you can connect us with a major 1st prize item!
Extra ticket books will be available from the office for keen ticket sellers and we will also be selling tickets at Fun, Food & Carols!
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