ISSUE 05, FRIDAY 11 March 2022
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Dear parents and carers,
This year we have we have an increased focus on wellbeing to ensure that the children at Parkhill feel connected to the school, the staff and each other and that they are prepared with the skills and strategies to manage the complexities of the world they live in. When students have a sense of belonging, they feel safe, respected, included and accepted. This sense of belonging influences academic motivation and provides a strong foundation from which learning can occur. One of the initiatives we are implementing this year is the Respectful Relationships program. This program teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. This approach leads to positive impacts on academic outcomes, mental health, classroom behaviour, and relationships between teachers and students. Bianca Bevilacqua is leading the implementation of this program across the school. Bianca outlines the program and the focus for this term in this week’s newsletter (see below).
Pop up vaccination clinic
Due to our location, the school has been asked to host a pop-up vaccination clinic. These clinics will be provided for families on the 17th and 24th March from 3.30pm until 6pm. Available vaccines are: Pfizer, Paediatric Pfizer and Novavax. More information can be found on the following website
Have a lovely long weekend,
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Please note that these events are subject to Covid-19 restrictions and are subject to change and/or cancellation.
Please see the attached document for information about School Photos. Envelopes were sent home with students this week. Please contact the office if you would like another envelope!
Parent teacher interviews - Next week!
Parent Teacher Interviews will take place next week on Tuesday 15 March and Wednesday 16 March. This year, Parent Teacher Interviews can be booked via Compass. Booking information can be found on Compass.
Please make sure that you are able to access Compass to book these interviews. An email was sent out earlier this week to those who have not yet accessed their Compass accounts. If you have not activated your account you will not be able to book Parent Teacher Interviews, so please make sure you have access!
If you are unable to log in to your account or are having difficulties accessing Compass, please contact the office and we can assist you.
Respectful relationships program
This year, Parkhill is incorporating the Respectful Relationships program into our current Social Emotional curriculum.
What is Respectful Relationships?
Respectful Relationships is a government initiative to promote and model respect and equality. The program supports students to develop knowledge and understanding of diversity, while helping students to strengthen their own sense of self, build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.
Respectful Relationships incorporates 8 key topics, with age appropriate lessons:
- I understand my emotions and what is going on for me and others
- I understand how my behaviour may affect others emotions
- I can use my strengths on purpose, eg courage, determination, creativity
Positive coping and stress management
- I can calm myself down and cheer myself up
- I can work on my mindset through my self-talk – eg having a go even if I fear it might be challenging
Problem-solving and help-seeking
- I can think things through, and consider options and possible consequences as part of making choices
- I can seek help for my self or others and support others when things get tough
Gender and identity
- I can understand that boys and girls and men and women are of equal value and should have equal opportunities
Positive gender relations
- Everyone is entitled to respect, regardless of gender diversity
This term, all year levels are diving into both Emotional Literacy and Personal Strengths. The junior school students have been learning about emotions, what these look like and recognising these emotions, while the senior school students have been learning about positive, negative and mixed emotions and how these differ from each individual.
We look forward to empowering students through the Respectful Relationships program.
Respectful Relationships Leader
Y2/3 has continued their exploration of living and non living things, heading out into the garden to investigate mini beasts and document their findings.
Plant adaptations have continued as a focus for Y4/5. This week they explored water and nutrient transport and capillary action. Check out walking water in the photos.
Y5/6 moved on to explore the concept of animal adaptations. We specifically investigated the role of fat insulation in trapping body heat. Our aptly named ‘polar bear gloves’ demonstrated just how much temperature can drop without this insulating fat layer.
Don’t forget to chat to your child about their latest STEAM exploration!
Dear Parkhill Families,
Thank you to families who placed orders from Issue 1. All orders were sent home during the week. Please note that some books are on back-orders and they will be distributed when the orders are delivered.
Issue 2 is also out now and the brochures were sent home this week! You can browse the online catalogue Book Club Issue 2 2022. You can place an order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or by using the LOOP app.
The cut off date for orders is Wednesday 23 March. Kindly note that orders from Issue 2 may only be delivered after the term holidays. Please keep this in mind when placing your order.
Every Book Club order earns Scholastic Rewards for the school to purchase additional resources, however there is no obligation for you to make a purchase.
If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch with me firstname.lastname@example.org.
naplan 2022 - practice tests
Our NAPLAN practice tests will commence next week. Y3 and Y5 students will begin by exploring the locked down browser: setting up before the test, the interface, the types of questions expected and using the headphones.
Once again, if you are concerned about your child sitting the test, please talk to your child’s class teacher soon.
You can check out the demonstration site at home too. Access at https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site
Flexischools Canteen Unavailable
The Flexischools canteen will be unavailable on the following dates:
- Wednesday 16th March
- Friday 18th March
Parkhill Dads Lawn Bowls Night
Last Friday 18 Parkhill fathers assembled for some much needed human contact at the Burwood Lawn Bowls club.
A quick tutorial from the club helped us understand what we were there for, to work in paired teams to get the big balls as near as possible to the small white one (the jack) over yonder. A mild evening promised good play and as the evening settled in and the field lights fired up it started to drizzle a bit, which along with the bar drinks made for a refreshing end to a muggy day.
As the rain got heavier, we just got better. Our poor bowls were always met with mirth and we even started making shots we’d intended. The half-time pizza was a highlight, letting us huddle together under the eaves and find out who each other’s kids were — “Oh, your spawn is friends with my spawn! Great, mine’s great.” — and to find out how we each spent our working days. There’s been a lot of common experience over the past couple of years, it was the perfect setting to meanderingly discuss it all with old and new friends.
A huge thanks to Ru, Melo and Connor for getting us all out of our houses on a Friday night to be fed and “watered”. Also congrats to Josh who won the club meat platter (caveat: not actually a meat platter). Looking forward to the next dad event in Term 2!
Warwick (Ada and Winnie’s dad)
President: Zoë Littlewood
Vice President: Vacant
Treasurer: Chris Fagan
General Members: Elle Delmee, Vanessa Cowley, Marinda Tanner, Jo Argaet, Sumi Sundram, Iona Tsykalo, Lih-shan Yam, Emma Gullan, Trish King, Telma Tomy
Calling all chocoholics! Our fabulous annual Easter Raffle is back this year and we need your help to make it a fundraising success!
- Ticket books will be sent home after the long weekend. Tickets are just $2 each, 10 tickets per book. Please sell them to all of your chocaholic family and friends! Drawn at the final assembly of term.
- Donations requested! Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, stuffed bunnies, and other Easter gifts. Please add an Easter item or two to your trolley during your next grocery shop and then drop them off at the office by Friday 1st April.
Thanks in advance & good luck!
They cost $70 and provide over $20,000 in discounts to all the things you love to do…dining, attractions, shopping, travel and more! They are filled with up to 50% off or 2-for-1 style offers, they are a great way to discover new favourites and enjoy the value at the same time. The proceeds of the books sold goes to Parkhill Primary School. Please order one now via this link
REMEMBER TO SAY ‘PARKHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL’ WHEN SHOPPING!
Rebel Community Kickbacks Program.
Under this program, Parkhill Primary School can earn 5% of your purchases at Rebel Sports as an in-store credit to spend on our school sports programs.
You can sign up in store or log into your rebel Active Member account when shopping online at www.rebelsport.com.au to attribute the expense to the school.
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