Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 34, Friday 5 November 2021

Principal's Message

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you so much to all our families and staff for the support of every Parkhill student in ensuring a smooth and settled return to school. Term 4 is usually a very busy term with lots happening, and we are pleased that some events and activities are now able to take place with the further easing of restrictions.

As per the DET Operations Guide, we will need to continue to limit access to school to ensure compliance with the current health and safety advice. This means that for the time being we will maintain the drop off and pick up arrangements. Students in Y3-6 are also still required to wear a mask while indoors unless a medical exemption applies. We ask that you please send your children with an appropriately fitting mask. A number of students have been coming to school without masks, and while we are able to provide spares, we only have a limited supply.

Requests for Class Placements 2022

Many factors are taken into consideration when placing students in classes, including student numbers at each year level and achieving a gender balance. If parents have a particular request, these should be made in writing by email to by Friday 12th November. These will then be considered along with those of other parents, staff and students.

If your child is leaving at the end of this year (other than Y6), could you please let us know. Thank you to the families who have already notified us.

Student Leadership

Our Y5 students are currently preparing for leadership opportunities that are provided in Y6 next year. There are a number of formal leadership positions that students can apply for -  School Captains, Vice Captains and Student Representative Council (SRC) leaders. In applying for these positions, the students will consider the attributes of leadership and why they would make a good and effective leader. They will be given time in school to write formal applications and shortlisted students will then interview for these positions. While only a limited number of students will be successful in being appointed to a leadership position, all students when they are in Y6 are considered leaders and will have various opportunities in leadership throughout the year.

Working Bee

With the beautiful Spring weather promoting lots of growth of everything (including weeds), and with the Fun, Food and Carols event on December 2nd, we would like to ensure the school is looking its best. We will be running a working bee on Saturday 27th November from 8am-12pm. Working bees not only help in maintaining and tidying the school, but are also great community building activities. No special skills are required and you can stay for as little or as much as you can. All help is greatly appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend,

David Wells

Acting Principal

Calendar of Curriculum Events

Monday 8 November - ICAS English (selected students) & Y4-6 Swimming

Wednesday 10 November - Friday 12 November - Y4-6 Swimming

Wednesday 10 November - Foundation Transition Parent Workshop 1 (see below)

Thursday 11 November - Foundation Transition Session 1 (see below)

Monday 15 November - Curriculum Day - students do not attend school on this day

Wednesday 17 November - Foundation Transition Parent Workshop 2 (see below)

Thursday 18 November - ICAS Science (selected students) & Foundation Transition Session 2 (see below) & Scholastic Book Fair begins

Monday 22 November - ICAS Maths (selected students) & Compass Information Session

Tuesday 23 November - Friday 26 November - Y5/6 Camp Candlebark

Thursday 25 November - Foundation Transition Session 3 (see below)

Saturday 27 November - Working Bee

Thursday 2 December - Fun, Food & Carols

Tuesday 7 December - Move Up Day

Wednesday 15 December - Y6 Graduation

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.

Choir returns next Friday 12 November at 8am!

Resumption of the Swimming Program

We are pleased to announce that our swimming program will resume again next week at Huntingtower for the remaining 4 lessons that weren’t completed last term for Y4-6. We will update you soon regarding the swimming program for Foundation-Y3 - stay tuned!

The times for swimming are as below:

The groups will be the same groups as last term.


  • Bathers
  • Goggles
  • Towel
  • Plastic bag/swimming bag (for school clothes/wet bathers/towel)
  • Thongs to change into before leaving school and brush/comb (optional)

Students should wear their bathers under their uniform (if possible) as there isn’t a lot of time from arriving at the pool to the start of the lesson.


The ICAS English test will be scheduled after lunch on Monday 8th.

Kinder to Foundation Transition

Our first kinder transition session is coming up next Thursday 11 November at 2pm. We are super excited to meet all the kinder students to their new school!

Our first parent workshop will be next Wednesday 10 November at 2pm as well. We have heard that the second one might be better placed at a later time. If that suit you, please let us know.

We look forward to getting our transition underway, ready for 2022!

Sporting Schools in Term 4

Parkhill Primary is excited to announce that Sporting Schools have organised for a coach from the Ashwood Blasters Cricket program to train the upper year level students. Students from Y2-6 are invited to apply for free cricket coaching sessions. Please be on the look out for notices that have been sent home this week. There are limited spots available, so the first applicants will be selected. Cricket lessons will be weekly, commencing from Wednesday 10th of November and will go over the four sessions. However, there will be a ‘bye’ week due to Y5/6 camp. The cricket sessions will run from 3:45-4:45. Please contact the office for more details.

Bella Crowe

Sporting Schools Coordinator

Scholastic Book Fair!

Save the date for our Scholastic Book Fair which will run from 19-24 November. We are excited to announce that we will be able to allow for parents to attend on-site to check out the Fair and make purchases! More details to come next week!

Note: Visitors to school grounds must comply with vaccination requirements, density limits, face mask requirements, QR code check-ins and practise respiratory etiquette and good hand hygiene. All visitors are required to either have had their first dose by 18 October or, have a booking to receive a first dose by 25 October or, are fully vaccinated by 29 November (unless a medical exemption applies) to attend on-site.

Library News

Dear Parkhill Families,

Issue 7 is out now! The brochures were sent home this week. 

If you would like to place an order, you will need to do so on the Book Club LOOP platform. It is easy to order and allows you to pay by credit card.

  1. Browse the online catalogue Book Club Issue 7 2021.
  2. Place an order at or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
  3. Kindly note that ALL orders have to be placed online.
  4. The cut off date for orders is Friday 26 November.

Again, thank you for your support as every Book Club order earns Scholastic Rewards for us to purchase resources. Remember, there is no obligation to order.

Please do get in touch if you have any queries:

Take care,

Angelita Williams


PFA News - November 5

Executive Committee:

President: Rossanne Clay                  

Vice President: Kylie Brown

Treasurer: Sumi Sundram

Secretary/Communications: Kylie Touloupis

General Members: Elle Delmee, Vanessa Cowley, Trish King, Marinda Tanner, Jo Argaet


The PFA is doing a SOCK fundraiser! A great gift idea with fun designs available for every size foot.

Socks are $9.95 per pair with free shipping!

Parkhill will receive $1 from every pair sold and we receive a bonus if we sell 100 pairs. Now that’s a goal worth aiming for!

Order yours before 19th November for Christmas delivery.

Make sure you order at this link for our school to benefit:


On Thursday 2nd December, Parkhill Primary School will be hosting the annual Fun, Food & Carols night for the school community. It’s a celebration where we come together to eat, laugh and sing before the holidays.

We will hold a sausage sizzle, ice-cream stall, bake stall, plus other food and gift stands. Our choir will lead us in singing carols, there will be STEAM activities for the kids and a free petting zoo. For a gold coin donation you can do face painting, dunk-a-teacher, or jump on the bouncy castle. We’ll also have a special visit from Santa!


We have missed our school connection but now we have a golden opportunity to rebuild, recharge and reconnect. It all starts by helping us make this event fun for our young ones and building a stronger community in the process.

You can help by bringing friends and family and spreading the word. You could also help by:

Lending us any of the following items:

●     2x large eskies

●     Any size marquee

●     Face paints



●     Items for the raffle

●     Items for the PFA bric-a-brac sale


Volunteering using this signup link for:

●     Setup crew

●     Packdown crew

●     Face painting

●     Baking for the bake stall

●     BBQ cook/seller

●     Food seller

●     Dunking machine/jumpy castle monitor

Becoming a stall holder - here are some details:

The market will run from 5.00pm – 7.30pm. If you are interested in being a stall holder, or know of someone who would like to hold a stall, please make contact with Rossanne Clay at or 0480 171 847.


Cost of Stalls:

• Stalls selling non food & drink related items - $20

• Stalls selling food & drinks - $30

• Student stalls - $10

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