Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 38, Friday 3 December 2021

Principal's Message

Dear parents and carers,

Last Saturday we held a very successful working bee where we were able to paint the admin/library building as well as complete extensive weeding across the school. We had 46 adults involved and a large number of children all working hard to improve the physical appearance of the school. This number of people is extraordinary, particularly given the population of Parkhill. We were able to complete the painting project with the volunteer support of the Edge Church and the donation of all paint by Taubmans. A special thanks is extended to Noel from the Edge Church for his painting expertise and for coordinating the painting and especially for giving up his weekend to support Parkhill. Congratulations to School Council on this achievement and to Dan and Wendy in particular for their organisation and coordination of this project.  While the completion of the painting was a major achievement, the building of community spirit, pride and commitment cannot be understated.

2022 teachers

2022 teachers have now been confirmed and these are listed below. We are all looking forward to a wonderful year of teaching and learning across the whole Parkhill cohort from Foundation to Y6:


Following the easing of restrictions and advice from DET, transition activities have commenced. We are looking forward to welcoming our 2022 Foundation students on State-wide Transition Day next Tuesday 7th December. On this day all of our students will be moving up to their 2022 classes for the morning session.

Have a lovely weekend,

David Wells

Acting Principal

Calendar of Curriculum Events

Tuesday 7 December - Move Up Day

Thursday 9 December - Second Hand Uniform Stall - see below

Friday 10 December - Y2 Sleepover

Wednesday 15 December - Y6 Graduation

Thursday 16 December - Y6 Big Day Out

Friday 17 December - Term 4 and 2021 school year ends at 1:30pm

Please note that these events are subject to Covid-19 restrictions and are subject to change and/or cancellation.

Pre-Sale for Parkhill 2021 Yearbook

Pre-sale for the Parkhill 2021 Yearbook is now open. Please click on the link below to secure your copy.

They will be delivered to your child in December.

Lunch Orders

There will be no Flexischools lunch orders available on Tuesday 7 December due to transition at Ashwood High School.

Please note the last day for Flexischools lunch orders is Friday 10 December. You will still be able to order lunches from Classroom Cuisine.

Second Hand Uniform Stall

A Second Hand Uniform stall is will be held on Thursday 9 December at 3:15pm at the front of the school. The purchase of the uniforms is a gold coin donation.  

A HUGE thank you to Kylie T (mum of Yianni and Mia) for her sorting and organising of the donated uniforms. It is a massive job and totally appreciated!

Kerry D'Arcy

Integration Aide

Petting Zoo Fun!

Playground Activities

What a hot week!! Some ways we tried to keep cool during recess/lunchtimes - different play areas set up in shady spaces for cool, calm play. The large mindfulness colouring is a big hit for all ages across the school as a cooling pit stop along with a quiet reading and drawing spot.

Keep cool and carry on!!


Kerry D'Arcy

Integration Aide

Library News

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 are being emailed home. 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. Thank you to those of you who have already replied. 

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 do get in touch if you have any queries. You can email me or leave a message with the office.

Orders for Issue 8 are now closed. We expect to receive the last order shipment in the next 2 weeks (before the end of term).

A big delivery came in for Issue 7 and the first batch of Book Fair re-orders - these were all sent home with students on Wednesday 1 December. My appreciation to Trish King for assisting with the checking and distribution of the book orders!

Please email me if I can be of any assistance or if you have any queries.

Take care and happy reading!

Angelita Williams

Compass Snippets

Compass access was sent out last week to parents. If you haven’t joined us on Compass yet, have a search through your email inbox!


Compass will be our central platform to communicate, with many features added as we go along. At the moment though, you will be able to receive communication from your child’s class teacher, email them, easily manage attendance notifications, update your details and receive your child’s report at the end of the semester.

Please note that we will no longer be using Flexischools/Flexibuzz for our communications next year, so make sure you are able to access your Compass account.


To login in, follow these steps 


Any questions, please ask Michelle on

PFA News - December 3

Executive Committee:

President: Rossanne Clay                  

Vice President: Kylie Brown

Treasurer: Chris Fagan

Temp Secretary/Communications: Trish King

Temp Council Liaison: Elle Delmee

General Members: Vanessa Cowley, Marinda Tanner, Jo Argaet, Sumi Sundram, Kylie Touloupis

If you would like to be on our email distribution list and receive communication and minutes from our meetings please email



We were very sorry that it could not go ahead but we were also grateful to have been able to salvage some things due to some quick thinking of our PFA. We hope you have enjoyed the bake sale and your children were able to enjoy the petting zoo. Remember the raffle will be drawn Monday 13th December. The PFA would like to thank everyone for their support, time and energy in the preparation and planning of Fun, Food & Carols and thank you to so many of you who were prepared to give time on the day. There are far too many parents, staff and community members to be named here but we know who you are.



Thank you to everyone who has sold raffle tickets to grandparents, friends, neighbours… or just bought the whole book yourself! Originally planned to be drawn at Fun Food & Carols, this will now instead be drawn at the last assembly for the year on Monday 13th December. So if you haven’t sold any tickets or you had forgotten to return your ticket stubs and money to the office, there is still time! Please return ASAP and no later than before school on the Monday of the draw.



We are looking for new members to help us fill roles for next year. If you have a passion for helping our school community thrive and enjoy being involved in events and fundraising, please consider joining as a general member or perhaps stepping into an office bearing role. The positions available are President, Secretary, PR & Communications, and Vice President. 

From the PFA President

Dear Parkhill Families,

At the upcoming Parents and Friends Association (PFA) meeting, I will no longer represent the school PFA as president. I have enjoyed my role with the PFA team and made special friendships through it. Helping to raise money and build community connections through events and ongoing PFA activities have been part of the fun.

It is an exciting time as committee roles for secretary and communications are also up for re-election, plus we have a new treasurer, Chris Fagan. We welcome interest from all members of the school community to evolve and continue the PFA activities moving forward.

Being part of the PFA provides a unique opportunity to add enormous value to the school, students and community through providing fundraising for much needed amenities and also social activities that bring together families and students that help foster the wonderful Parkhill community.

As of writing this letter, there are currently no expressions of interest, so if you would like to find out more about the role of President please reach out with any questions.  Rest assured that I will still continue to be an active member of the PFA general committee you will be closely supported as a new committee member in your new role. Please see below for more information on each role.

Thank you everyone for your support of the PFA over the years


Kind Regards,

Rossanne Clay

PFA President

0480 171 847


The following roles are vacant in 2022:



●       To chair the monthly meetings and Annual General Meeting.

●       To regularly consult with and keep the Principal and School Council informed of the activities of the PFA and to update the PFA of the School situations and its impact (if any) on the plans of the PFA.

●       To provide a President’s Report to the PFA and at the end of each term of office.

●       To coordinate events/activities in conjunction with the Secretary and general committee members.

●       To address a new group/parent body whenever necessary to promote new interest and new members.

●       To be approachable by all members of the school communities.  


●       To assist the President and step in if required.

●       To be approachable by all members of the school communities.


●       To prepare the agenda in consultation with the President.

●       To distribute agendas for meetings.

●       To record the minutes of committee meetings.

●       To write up the minutes of each meeting and distribute copies for members and interested parties to read.

●       To confirm the minutes of previous meetings.

●       To communicate relevant information in the weekly school newsletter.


●       To help create, disseminate and manage relevant PFA communications to the school community through all PFA channels and help manage Parkhill Community facebook page.


●       To attend PFA & Council meetings as liaison


Please contact Rossanne on 0480 171 847 or if you are interested.

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