Issue 5, Friday 3rd March 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.
What a wonderful community we have! It was so good to see such a great turnout at our annual Twilight Sports on Wednesday – even the weather obliged and turned up the sunshine. It feels like Term 1 is well and truly in motion with our traditions and ceremonies back to our new kind of “normal”.
I’d like to thank all the families that came along on Wednesday evening, it was a great success. Big thanks to Dean, Shuoyin and Carlie for organising the event; the staff who stayed behind and helped the students to enjoy the sports; the PFA and Parkhill Pirahnas dads’ group who cooked and sold an enormous amount of sausages. It was such a warm fuzzy feeling to be there; I was very proud.
The National Assessment Program has been moved forwards to March and tests will take place for Y3 and Y5 students in two week’s time. The students are currently practising how to use the platform and looking at the types of questions they might encounter. Further details will be released to those families for future planning.
Think U Know
We are hosting a Think U Know presentation next Tuesday in 3A, starting at 5:30pm. This is presented by the police, focusing on cybersafety and security. I have seen these presentations before and this sensitive topic is always handled deftly by presenters. There will be time afterwards for questions. I urge you to come along if you are curious about your child’s (or even your own) use of the internet and technology.
There is still time to nominate for School Council. If you are curious about school governance or would like to be a part of our very productive School Council, please consider nominating.
School Council Subcommittees
Nominations are also open for School Council Subcommittees. Members do not need to be part of School Council to be in a subcommittee. We have a range of subcommittees available to join now. If you are interested, please contact the office or myself, we’d love to have your input.
Finance – budgeting, reviewing school finances, discussing fundraising and finance issues
Buildings and Grounds – improvements to the school’s buildings and grounds, working bees
Policy – governance of the school, policies and procedures
Publicity and Promotions – promoting the school to the wider community
Community Hub Establishment Group – creating a space for the community to gather
No news is good news? But it is encouraging to hear and see workmen around the place. We look forward to the return of our hall and Foundation playground.
New Basketball Chains
I turned around as I was walking past on Wednesday and who did I see up a ladder? Brent Muller; installing basketball chains! He is a man of action. After mentioning it on Tuesday night they are now already installed and in use. Many thanks, Brent; the children are certainly very happy with their new playground equipment.
Have a lovely weekend (last gasps of summer I think)!
Calendar of Curriculum Events
Student Of the Week
The Term 1, Week 4 recipients were:
Foundation: Noah D
1/2A: Louie B
1/2B: Tara N
Y3: Ava H
4/5A: Scarlett L
4/5B: Harley G
Y6: Kara D
Exploring the Earth, Sun and Moon
This term Y3 students have been exploring the relationship between the Earth, Sun and Moon. We have discussed why the Sun and Moon appear to be the same size from Earth and also how the Moon rotates around the Earth and the Earth around the sun. This week we moved onto shadows. The damp weather caused us a few issues – no shadow tiggy for us – however students got busy exploring with shadow puppets. They soon found that the position of the light source changes the size and strength of the shadow. I can’t wait to see how students design their own shadow experiment to prove that the Earth is always moving. Keep your fingers crossed that we get some sunny weather again soon.
The Buildings & Grounds Committee will be having a Working Bee on Saturday 18th March from 12pm onwards. Afternoon tea will be provided. We would love to see you there!
Dear Parkhill Families,
Thank you to our families who have placed orders from Edition 1. We received a shipment of book orders and these were sent home Thursday 2 March. We are still waiting delivery on a few orders and we expect to receive them next week.
EDITION 2 OUT NOW!
Look out for Issue 2 which will be making their way home. For those who prefer to browse online, here is the link. You can place an order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or by using the LOOP app.
The cut off date for orders is Friday 24 March. Kindly note that orders from Issue 2 will only be delivered after the term holidays (in Term 2). 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 would like more information or need a hand with placing an order, please email me and I will be in touch.
Parkhill Dads' Bowling Night!
A warm invitation to all Parkhill dads to come to the Lawn Bowls Night at Burwood Bowls Club.
(Burwood Reserve, Warrigal Road, near top of Highbury Rd, Burwood VIC 3125)
When – Friday, March 24th
Time – 5.30pm onwards
Why – A great way to meet other Parkhill dads over a friendly game of bowls!
What – Bowls, Pizza & Drinks
Cost – $10 per person includes dinner and bowls (drinks can be purchased from the Bowl’s Club Bar)
Please RSVP via the Parkhill Dads’ Whatsapp chat (see below).
A big thanks to Zero Plumbing who has subsidised the cost of the night.
It would be great to see many new faces amongst some of the older ones as well!
Contact us on WhatsApp – https://chat.whatsapp.com/DtYmFR9RjrZ7ayDpYAVy6L or email email@example.com
WHAT IS THE PFA?
Parent and Friends Association (PFA) is a group of parents and carers that want to help our school community thrive and enjoy being involved in events and fundraising.
What do I need to do, I hear you ask.
Simply put, anything you can help with, big or small, is really appreciated.
When we hold events like cupcake stalls, if you can bake or help sell on the day that’s perfect. You could help cook or serve at the Twilight Sports BBQ, or source items for the silent auction.
We welcome everyone’s contribution. Please consider joining as a general member or perhaps stepping into an office bearing role.
If you are interested in learning more about the PFA, please reach out to Zoe 0459 841 337 or firstname.lastname@example.org or come chat when it picks up.
General Member form – 2023 General Members of PFA – Template.docx
Office Bearer form – Parkhill PFA Nomination Form for Office Bearer Positions – TEMPLATE
Our Next Meeting – PFA AGM – 7th March
DON’T MISS A THING!
Join our Facebook page.
Search for us using the name “Parkhill Primary School Community Page”.
Then click the “join group” icon.
A group administrator will confirm your association with the school and approve your request.
If you would like to be on our email distribution list and receive communication and minutes from our meetings please email email@example.com
You can find the links to the lunch orders on the website under Quick Links.