Issue 38, Friday 9 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.
We are heading quickly toward the end of the year with Graduation next week!
Swimming Carnival is on Monday at Huntingtower Aquatic Centre. The older children swim from around 9:30 – 11:30am and the younger (F-Y2) children swim from 12:00 – 1:30pm. Please come down and cheer on the children. The swimming carnival is an opportunity for the children to race against other children in their age band. It is a fabulous day of fun for the children showing off their swimming skills. They will be organised into 9 yr olds, 10 yr olds, 11 yr olds and 12 yr olds. This is in-line with the district selection and qualifying guidelines. Not only do the children have fun racing against their peers, we also use the times from our carnival to help us present Parkhill in 2023 at a district level. Children should come to school with their swimming kit, goggles and their swimming cap. Children cannot swim without a cap so please remember to send one in. They should bring packed lunch, water and snacks and maybe a book for poolside while they wait for their turn.
Tuesday is Move Up day. The children will join their 2023 class in their 2023 classroom with their 2023 teacher. The session runs from 9:15 – 10:15am. We are also hosting the celebration assembly for Mrs Tuck at 3pm on Tuesday, followed by our Volunteers Afternoon Tea – please come along and say hi. Afternoon tea will be provided for our volunteers and will be held in the hall rather than the Koori Garden as it will also be part of Jan’s retirement farewell. Catering is intended for volunteers and parents only. Afternoon fruit platters will be available for the children on the asphalt.
Wednesday is Y6 Graduation and by the end of the week we will be beginning to move classrooms in preparation for 2023. On Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th we will be moving rooms and organising the school for next year. The Y6s head off on Big Day Out on Monday.
Over the holiday break there are heaps of things to do in Melbourne: School holidays events and activities – What’s On Melbourne
I hope the weather is good for your weekend.
Calendar of Curriculum Events
students will finish at 1:30pm on tuesday 20 december, our last day for 2022!
We have a new After school care provider in 2023!
It takes a village to raise a child and we are yours! VillageOSHC partners with schools Australia-wide to keep children safe and happy outside school hours as parents work or study. In our care, children make new friends, build on old friendships, get exercise, eat healthy food, embrace their imagination, and have loads of fun in a safe and respectful environment.
Operating Hours and Fees
Before School Care:
7:00am – 9:00am
Session fee: $26.33*
Pay from $3.94 after CCS
After School Care:
3:30pm – 6:00pm
Session fee: $32.95*
Pay from $4.94 after CCS
7:30am – 6:00pm
Session fee: $77.50*
Pay from $11.62 after CCS
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ICAS Awards have arrived
The ICAS Awards will finally be ready for presentation on Monday 12 December, 3:00pm. We will present Credit and Distinction awards, and the remainder of the awards will be distributed to students directly through the classroom.
Christmas Yarn Bombing with Y4/5
Who knew that finger knitting could be so much fun, and festive to boot! Over the past two STEAM sessions Y4/5 have learned to finger knit. They have produced many long strands of knitting that have been spiralled to add colour to our Christmas tree. It has been lovely to see them so calmly involved in knitting, even giving up lunch time to continue the project. While we still have some knitting to do, I think you’ll agree that their work in nothing short of sensational. Pop in to the senior building to check out their work.
Open Choir Rehearsal
A huge thank you to the many parents, grandparents, siblings and friends who joined in our final choir rehearsal for the year. Choir members really enjoyed singing, skipping and dancing alongside their special visitors and sharing the joy of music with them. A special farewell to Nikola, India, Sarang, Pyungkung and Oliver who have been wonderful members of our choir and will be moving on next year. We thank them for their valuable contribution. Many thanks also to Kerry D’Arcy for her attendance at rehearsals and her ongoing support of the choir.
To all of our choir members – thank you for sharing the joy of singing with me every Friday morning. Your enthusiasm and dedication make our rehearsals and performances super fun. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and I’ll see you all for more singing next year.
Fun, Food & Carols, Games Club & Lost Property
I just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work that made Fun, Food & Carols a huge success last week. I was feeling a little ‘meh’ that day, but being amongst our wonderful Parkhill Community, the smiles on the children, seeing older students and teachers return to see us, and lots of Christmas cheer including the wonderful choir, it all made me feel really lucky and thankful to work at Parkhill and be amongst this great community. The STEAM room was abuzz too with new and old families. Merry Christmas to you all, and thanks for all your donations to Games Club/sandpit areas/etc. this year. If anyone has any donations after the Christmas clear outs – please leave at the office or e-mail me directly and I can collect.
Anyone recognise or missing these items which have made it into our Lost Property? There also was some jewellery handed in following our Building and Grounds working bee. Please contact me directly or leave a message at the office, and I can get back to you. Reminder to label all uniform items clearly for a smooth return once found.
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)
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