Issue 37, Friday 2 December 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.
I love Christmas! Fun, Food & Carols last night was a wonderful way to kick off the festive season. It was so lovely to be able to bring the community together with music, singing and food. Thank you to the PFA for their work organising the event. We were visited by Santa himself, which is always a treat. Supported as usual by the Australian Youth Band which again is always a pleasure. They really are awesome! Our beautiful school choir was wonderful and they were indeed the highlight of the night.
The minor work that is happening on the asphalt has moved to the Foundation Playground. There will be no access to this part of the school for the rest of term while the ramp is resurfaced. The Foundation and Y1 children will access their classrooms through the inside doors.
We have our Awards Assembly on Monday from 2:30pm. If your child is a lucky recipient then you should have received an email invitation to the event, however all are welcome to join us. We have been holding our assemblies in the hall which is so nice.
We still have so many fun things yet to come this term. Swimming Carnival, Move Up morning, Volunteers Afternoon Tea, Y2 Sleepover, Graduation, Big Day Out, class parties and I am sure so much more…
I hope you have a super weekend.
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Concert and Suburban Rail Loop Grant
We were excited to find out recently that Parkhill was successful in gaining funding for our recent concert from the Victorian Government through the SRL Community Projects Fund. The support will be used to reimburse the school to recover costs for items such as hiring AV, equipment purchased as well as costuming. Our concert just keeps giving!
Over the past three weeks, Y4/5/6 students have been working very hard on a traditional Chinese painting piece during LOTE lessons. They have been experimenting with the Chinese brush and working with special calligraphy ink. Our focus of this mountain landscape scenery paint is how to create different tones by only brushing with one stroke at a time. I am very proud of all the enthusiasm and efforts that our students have put in. Here are some of their wonderful and soul calming mountain landscape paintings.
Highlights from Y2/3 STEAM
This week in STEAM, we continued our investigation of forces – push and pull. We reviewed our learning and then set about deciding which force was applied when using common household items and toys. Our next step was to investigate how friction effects the movement of objects. This required all students to get involved experimenting and collecting data on how cars travel down a ramp on different surfaces. We measured distance travelled and time on the ramp. This enabled us to identify the surface that created the most friction and that which had the least. How great is it when science and fun come together!
Dear Parkhill Families,
Our heartfelt appreciation for your support with our school Fair. It was wonderful to see so many of you at the family sessions. The kids were super excited about the opportunity to see, touch and connect with books they want to read.
A big ‘Thank You’ also to our students in 5/6A and 6B for helping the younger students with their wish lists, our staff for their support and our lovely parent volunteers (Elle, Julie, Monica, Sharon and Rachel) who assisted during the Fair.
We made over $1,900 in sales. What a fantastic result, we could not have done it without you!
There is still time to order from the last 2022 issue, Book Club Issue 8 2022. I have extended the deadline – please place your orders by midnight today, Friday 2 December.
You can place your order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
We expect orders to arrive in two weeks, just in time for the holidays.
Once again, thank you for your support with the Book Club and Book Fair for 2022! Sales and orders from both the Book Fair and Book Club earn us Scholastic Rewards, and we are looking forward to getting new books and resources for our school in the new year.
As we near the end of the school year, we are making a final call for the return of all library books.
Final overdue book notices will be emailed home in the next week. Please have a good look around for books at home or in the classroom.
Kindly email me if you cannot find your books. I can then update the library system which will allow your child to borrow books from the library when they return to school in the new year.
We are not requesting payment for any lost books. However, if you have lost a book and would like to make a donation to the library, you can do so via BPAY or credit card. Kindly note that this is completely voluntary.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.
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)
THAT’S A WRAP!
FUN, FOOD & CAROLS
It was the first day of summer, there was no winter chill. The sun was shining and there was a buzz in the air. There were sausages and baked goods a plenty, animals to pet and faces to be painted.
When the music played as our choir sang, everyone joined in. As an early Christmas surprise and his helper were to spread good cheer – he even drew raffle prizes!
The year is now coming to an end. From everyone on PFA, we thank you for your support. Such a great community at Parkhill Primary.
Happy Holidays to all!
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