Issue 40, Friday 15th December 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.
Here we are everyone – at the end of Term 4 2023!
What an exciting year for Parkhill this has been, and I feel thankful to be included in the 2023 journey. I think we can all now begin to take a breath and look back on the year that was and our achievements as a community.
This year Parkhill students competed in many creative and sporting events. We sent teams to interschool sports and athletics, and had students go on to regional events. We had top class athletes running for Parkhill, and tennis and pool champions in our midst. Our passionate singers who participated in the NEVR choir sung at Hamer Hall in the city and our solar challenge students created many boats that ripped up the water on Solar Challenge Day! Our garden was tended to by students this term, and students have also diligently looked after our chooks: there’s not a school in inner suburban Melbourne that is as lucky as us to have such a beautiful working farm! As a student body we represent excellence, creativity, and perseverance – I want to congratulate every single student for their own personal achievements over the year.
From our community there have been many amazing events organised by the PFA, School Council and other working parties and groups within the school. I never could have believed that cupcakes could sell so fast, and next year I will ensure I always bring some extra money on the stall days! One thing that does always strike visitors when first coming to Parkhill is the level of active and genuine involvement from parents: thank you to all who organised, volunteered, or came to one of our community events. I would also like to personally thank the School Council leadership group and subcommittees for their support over the past six months.
Finally for our teaching, ES and administrative staff: what an amazing year! I have had the joy of visiting classrooms each morning, and always look forward to saying hello to students and staff alike. Teaching in Y6, however briefly, gave me a wonderful insight into the delightful group of students who now step up to Y7. We are fortunate to have such dedicated and driven staff at Parkhill, and I look forward to launching into 2024 with you all. I would also like to thank the office admin team and Michelle for making every day easy, no matter what curve ball I threw at them!
As every year closes there is also some goodbyes to be had. Thank you to Elaine for your stewardship of Parkhill, and best wishes for your future role in your new school. Thank you also to Andrea for the energy you have brought to Parkhill: I know you will leave STEAM well set up for our incoming teacher, and we look forward to seeing you at Parkhill in other capacities next year.
To close off in this final newsletter, I wish you all the very best for the holiday season and summer break. Enjoy your time off, and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday 30th January for the start of Term 1.
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Term 4 ends on Tuesday 19th December at 3:30pm. Have a great holiday break and see you in 2024!
Student of the Week
The Term 4, Week 10 recipients were:
FA – Xanthe M
1/2A – Mao N
1/2B – Enzo P
3A – Gwen W
4/5A – Somo M
4/5B – Blaze M
6A – Orson F
2023 Student Awards
Our 2023 Student Award recipients were…
End of Year Administration
On Wednesday 20th December our Compass system will roll across to 2024. This means that any students finishing their time at Parkhill this year will be removed from the Compass system, and parents will not be able to access their reports or data. Please make sure that you have downloaded any relevent information for your child before this date if they are exiting Parkhill this year!
Dear Parkhill Community,
I am writing to thank you all for the well wishes I have received as I farewell the wonderful Parkhill.
It has been an incredible journey filled with unforgettable moments and meaningful connections. I am deeply grateful for the support, collaboration, and dedication of our outstanding teachers, staff, parents, and, of course our incredible students.
As I move on to new adventures, I carry with me the invaluable experiences and fond memories created within the walls of Parkhill. I am confident that the school will continue to thrive and reach new heights under the capable hands of our Principal Jo Jolly, passionate staff and community.
Thank you for allowing me the privilege of being a part of Parkhill, albeit wearing many different hats. I will forever cherish the relationships formed and the shared commitment to fostering a nurturing and enriching learning environment.
Wishing you all continued success and growth and a great deal more STEAM ahead.
P.S. I have attached just a few more photos celebrating the wonderful soft pastel Grinches created by students across the school.
The final choir rehearsal of the year was a wonderful celebration where family members came along to join in the fun, singing and dancing along with our choir. A big thank you to families for their enthusiastic participation today and their commitment to supporting the children in choir throughout the year.
We farewelled our fabulous Y6 choir members, Layla, Alex, Kara, Poli, Mia, Holly, Carmen and Bella and thanked them for their dedication and contribution to the Parkhill Choir.
The choir will sing us all into the holidays with a final performance of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree at assembly on Tuesday at 3pm for those who would like to attend.
Thank you to the wonderfull Parkhill community for embracing our choir, regardless of whether your child has chosen to sing in it or not. We appreciate your support!
Next year we will welcome the current Foundation students into the choir as they enter Y1. New choir members from Y2-6 are always welcome to join us too. Looking forward to another fun year of singing in 2024.
The Amazing Race
This term the Y4/5s have been inquiring into world cultures. As part of their inquiry they got to develop their own race around the world. They had to choose nine different destinations around the world to visit and mark these countries and their capital cities on a map of the world. They then researched information about these countries and developed questions that their contestants would have to answer to work out their next destination.
Coles Chadstone Village Opening
It was great to attend the Coles Chadstone Village opening, where Parkhill was fortunate to receive funding support from our new local Coles store.
This funding came about from a partnership between our local Coles, Parkhill and the Stephanie Alexander Garden Program, in preparation for garden sessions next year.
Funding will go towards becoming a part of the Stephanie Alexander Garden Program and also supplies and necessities for our garden.
Thanks go to Coles and the Stephanie Alexander Foundation for this opportunity.
Smile Squad is coming to Parkhill in Term 1, 2024
Dear Parkhill Primary School families,
The Smile Squad team from Link Health and Community are coming to our school soon. Smile Squad is the Victorian Government free school dental program. This means all students can get a free dental check-up, preventive services, and treatment at school.
How to access free dental care
We need your consent before we can provide services. Consent is usually provided by a parent or guardian.
Sign up to Smile Squad at: https://bit.ly/smilesquadvic
OR use the below QR code:
Please complete and submit the consent form by 30/12/2023. Paper copies of the consent form are available. Please contact the school office if you would like to request one. The electronic consent form can be translated into more than 100 languages, and the paper form is available in 13 languages.
Smile Squad dental packs
All children deserve a healthy smile, and the Smile Squad free school dental program is working hard to help make sure this happens. Your child(ren) will soon receive a free dental pack to bring home. The dental pack contains a toothbrush, full sized toothpaste, and an oral health brochure. Please take the time to read the brochure. It’s full of helpful hints and tips to help your whole family eat well, drink well and clean well – for life.
Standard strength toothpaste
Smile Squad provides standard strength fluoride toothpaste that is generally used by ages six and over, unless recommended by a dental or trained health professional. If your child is under six, please talk to a dental or trained health professional to find out if your child might benefit from using this toothpaste. You can also choose to put the toothpaste away until they turn six or give it to someone else in your family to use.
Do I need to attend my child’s appointment?
No, you do not need to attend your child’s appointment. You can attend if you would like to, and you can take your child to the community dental clinic if you prefer.
The Link Health and Community Smile Squad team look forward to seeing you soon.
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
A HUGE THANK YOU to the families, school and teachers!
The support and generosity of this community has made it an amazing year.
Best Wishes from PFA.
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