Issue 36, Friday 25 November 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.
It was wonderful to be able to hold our Athletics Carnival this week. The weather held for the most part for the day – we had to dodge a couple of showers but all in all the day was fine for us. The children were amazing as usual, as were the parent helpers and community support! You rock Parkhill! It was super exciting to see the children competing in athletics events throughout the day.
Colour Run was colourful! What a fun fun fun afternoon! The children had a blast and so did the parents and staff. Thank you to the PFA for putting on this event. So far $7,369 has been raised.
You will have noticed a small site shed set up on the asphalt area. This is the beginning of the access works that will continue over the next couple of months. I mentioned the works a few weeks ago. There will be ramp access added to the hall, from the car park to the asphalt and ramp improvement through our Foundation playground and into the library at the back of the building.
Transition and change is always an unsettled time. It comes with mixed emotions. We had our final Kinder to Foundation transition session this week which was a huge success. Our Y6 students are getting ready for high school transitions with the Move Up/Orientation day scheduled for 13th December.
We announced our 2023 student leaders this week too. Our Y5 students have been talking about leadership with many leadership opportunities available. We have six fixed leadership roles and several rolling positions too. Throughout the year students move in and out of these positions which include Care Group Leaders, Administration Support Group leaders, Sports Leaders, Recycling Monitors, Tech Team, Koori Ambassadors and Respectful Relationship Ambassadors.
The fixed roles of School Captain, Vice Captain and Student representative Council (SRC) Presidents are held by:
Holly G and Orson F – School Captains
Kara D and Carmen B – School Vice Captains
Mia T and Victor V – SRC Presidents
On Tuesday 13th December we are hosting our Volunteers Afternoon Tea. Invitations will come home soon via the children but if you have volunteered any time to support our wonderful school during 2022 then you are invited to come along and enjoy an afternoon tea on behalf of the staff as a way of us extending our thanks to you for your time, support and expertise. The afternoon tea will be held from 3:45pm.
I hope you have a super weekend.
STEAM Transition Program
What a fabulous morning our 2023 Foundation students had in the STEAM room on Thursday. We began our session experiencing the push and pull of magnets and testing various material for their magnetic properties. Students then thoroughly enjoyed using the power of magnets to race cars around a cardboard track. The enthusiasm, teamwork and sharing displayed by all was excellent to see amongst our youngest members of the school community. I can’t wait to see more of these budding scientists next year.
The F/Y1 cohort were lucky to listen to a talk from Ned and Steve who are members of the Hawthorn Football Club and who are both legally blind. The students have been inquiring into the 5 senses and the talk greatly expanded their knowledge.
The students got to try on some glasses that replicated both Ned and Steve’s experiences and they also listened to the special buzzing footy ball. Ned and Steve left with the message “follow your dreams – no matter what challenges you face”.
Special shout out to Jo Argaet for facilitating the talk via her connections with the Hawthorn FC.
Y4/5 "ise" Words
Last week in 4/5A and 4/5B we were learning about ‘ise’ words. We needed to write a paragraph using our brainstormed ‘ise’ words. ‘Ise’ words can be used as a suffix, such as despise, disguise, surprise and enterprise, all ending in ‘ise’.
Here are some examples of our writing pieces.
Layla, Daniel, Chloe and Eshelle
ICAS certificates are on the way!
ICAS certificates are on the way and will be presented in assembly soon. There was a delay with the Mathematics certificates as they worked through an error in their marking algorithm. We will let you know via Compass when the certificates are ready. Certificates from Merit and above will be presented in assembly, with Participation certificates handed directly to students in class. Results and additional data will be available with the certificates.
G.A.T.E.WAYS End-Of-Year Festival of Workshops
G.A.T.E.WAYS is hosting an End-Of-Year Festival of Workshops. This year there are all new workshops designed to engage and inspire high-ability students! This is the final G.A.T.EWAYS program for the year.
These programs are suited to high ability students who are up for a challenge. Click on the year level links below and check out the range of workshops on offer.
Dates: Wednesday, 14 December and/or Thursday, 15 December
Workshops: Students participate in 2 x half-day workshops or a full day workshop for some of the Year 5 & 6 programs.
Venue: Firbank Grammar, Brighton
Time: 9.30 am to 3.15 pm (Registration 9.00 am – 9.15am)
Jan Tuck Day!
Don’t forget Jan Tuck’s retirement assembly and morning tea on Wednesday 30th November. There will be an appreciation table in the foyer for those of you who feel like you would like to acknowledge Jan’s retirement. We will hold the special assembly from 9:45am – 10:15am followed by a morning tea. We would like the children to dress up as Mrs Tuck for those who knew her – a flowery dress and beads, maybe a wig or something that reminds them of her. We are putting together a PHTV episode dedicated to Mrs Tuck and looking to invite past students back to say hi and tell some stories. If you would like to be involved with the event or have contact with any past students who may like to be involved please do shout out! The more the merrier, so they say.
The choir is excited to be performing at our Fun, Food & Carols event on Thursday 1st December. Choir members will meet in the entrance to the Y4/5/6 building at 6pm sharp to warm up prior to their performance which will take place at 6:15pm in the hall.
Choir rehearsals will continue on Friday 2nd December with the final session being held on Friday 9th December. For this session we invite families of choir member to stay for an open rehearsal where you will get to see and experience all the fun that choir has to offer and have the opportunity to hear the choir sing a few of the songs we have been working on this year.
COLOUR FUN RUN
What an amazing afternoon, it was wonderful to see everyone having a great colourful time. Thank you to all the helpers and supporters. Thus far we have raised $7,369, the fundraising portal will be open until the end of the month for any who still want to donate. https://chuffed.org/project/parkhill-colour-fun-run
Winning Class is 4/5A – They will be having a special pizza lunch. Details to follow.
FUN SOCKS SALE FINISHES SUNDAY
Order via this link and make sure you select Parkhill Primary School at checkout for our school to benefit: https://www.sockable.com.au/order
Order yours by 27th November for pre-Christmas delivery via school before the end of term.
Socks are just $6.10 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!
FUN, FOOD & CAROLS
On Thursday 1st December, Parkhill Primary School will be hosting the annual Fun, Food & Carols night for the School Community. It’s a celebration where we come together to eat, laugh and sing before the holidays.
We will hold a sausage sizzle, bake stall, plus other food and gift stands. There will also be a second hand uniform stall and yearbooks will be on sale. Our choir will lead us in singing carols, there will be activities for the kids, face painting and a petting zoo, for a gold coin donation. We’ll also have a special visit from Santa.
We need your help!
You can help by bringing friends and family and spreading the word. You could also help by volunteering using this signup link https://signup.com/go/nwjJouY
Raffle ticket books are available from the office and will be sold at Fun Food and Carols!
CELEBRATING A QUARTER OF A CENTURY OF SERVICE!
This week, we put a plaque on our new fence to recognise the service to our community of Ruth – who has been crossing kids and families at Parkhill since 1996!! Last year was Ruth’s 25th year of work in this role – and the recognition of this milestone was overshadowed by the fact that everyone was home schooling.
Parents on School Council have sponsored the plaque to recognise Ruth’s role in our community and thank her for her commitment – rain, hail or shine! Next time you are crossing Parkhill Drive, remember to give an extra big smile and thanks to Ruth!
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