Parkhill Primary School Newsletter

Issue 32, Friday 22 October 2021

Principal's Message

Dear parents and carers,

It was so lovely to see students back at school this week. There was great energy, enthusiasm and happiness as everyone reconnected and settled back into school routines. I have been very impressed with the way that Parkhill students have adapted to returning to school and their willingness to embrace our school’s COVID Safe protocols. We look forward to seeing our Y4/5 students on Tuesday, the last cohort of students to recommence in the staged return to school. We request that Y4/5 students enter the school through the oval entrance on Cassinia Avenue to avoid congestion at the front of the school.

Staffing news 

Today we farewell Lucy Magura (2/3C teacher) as she goes off to have her baby. Lucy has been fortunate to be able to say goodbye to her class in person as the Y2/3 students returned this week. Lucy will certainly be missed at Parkhill, and we wish her all the best for this next exciting stage of parenthood. Lucy’s replacement Bharti Sood-Anand has been working in the school over the past couple of weeks and was introduced to the class yesterday. We welcome Bharti to Parkhill.

At the end of the year we will be farewelling Chris Logan (Y6 teacher) and Janet Patton (Education Support) as they embark on new endeavours. Janet is retiring after 17 years at Parkhill.

COVID Safety Arrangements

There have been a number of queries from parents this week about our COVID safety arrangements. It is understandable that people are anxious about the ending of restrictions with case numbers still quite high. Here are the things we have put in place at Parkhill, within the context of Department of Health and Department of Education requirements:

  • Air ventilation – our learning spaces are well designed with excellent ventilation. In addition, windows and doors are open and classes are encouraged to use outdoor learning spaces such as the ample deck areas.

  • Hand sanitiser is provided and used on entry to school and classrooms after each recess break, or at any time as required.

  • Where possible, specialist classes will be taken in classrooms rather than the dedicated specialist classrooms to avoid crossover of cohorts of students sharing the same space. Where the specialist program cannot be relocated, such as Art, the surfaces are thoroughly cleaned between classes.

  • Currently we have designated spaces in the yard for different student cohorts at recess and lunch to avoid mixing as much as possible. At this stage there is no alternate recess or lunch breaks. 

  • Visitors to school are limited to essential school services and operations and are required to provide evidence of their vaccination status. At this stage we cannot have parents or volunteers on-site, as per DET requirements.

It is important that students with COVID symptoms do not attend school and that they get tested. The symptoms to watch out for are: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and runny nose. 


Children, Young People and COVID-19

The Department of Health has developed a fact sheet (see below) for parents and carers, focusing on young people and COVID-19.

The fact sheet includes information about:

  • symptoms and treatment

  • getting a COVID-19 test

  • COVID-19 vaccines, including how to book an appointment

  • wearing face masks

  • resources to support conversations about COVID-19 with children

  • resources to support mental health and wellbeing.

I encourage you to have a look at the fact sheet and share the information with your children.

If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19, you can contact the Department of Education and Training’s COVID-19 phone line on 1800 338 663 (available 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am-3pm Saturday to Sunday, excluding public holidays).

Please reach out if you have any further questions or need support.

Take care,

David Wells

Acting Principal

Children, Young People and COVID-19


Calendar of Curriculum Events

Monday 1 November - Curriculum Day - no students attend school on this day

Tuesday 2 November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Friday 5 November - Virtual Storytime at 2pm (see below)

Monday 8 November - ICAS English (selected students)

Monday 15 November - ICAS Science (selected students)

Thursday 18 November - Scholastic Book Fair begins

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

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

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.

Face masks (for Y3-6) are required for any students attending on-site learning. Please make sure you send your child/ren to school with a face mask if applicable.

Return to On-Site Learning Arrangements

Loud Shirt Day

Imagine living in a completely silent world.


Imagine hearing everyday sounds as though your head is submerged underwater.

This is an unfortunate reality for some people.

Today, we celebrated Loud Shirt Day to raise awareness for hearing impaired children. While we have been doing it tough in lockdown, it’s worth remembering that other people do it tough every single day of the year. Well done to everyone who wore it loud today! It was uplifting to see so many creative and colourful ensembles!


This week, the Y2/3 students were learning about strong materials used in structures and architecture. They found out about materials used in bridges and how these are made.

To celebrate being back on-site, the students created their own bridge using a range of materials like spaghetti, cardboard, paper, foil and popsicle sticks!

We had lots of fun testing these bridges and were so surprised when many of these could hold various items!

Check out some wonderful designs!


Bianca Bevilacqua

Y2/3 Teacher


All students must wear a hat when outdoors at school in term 4. Please make sure you send your child to school with a hat. Hats are available to be purchased via A Plus Schoolwear or via the school office. Contact us at or on 03 9807 2239 to organise the purchase of a hat.

Compass - Coming Soon!

Compass will soon be available for Parkhill families!

You may have already heard about Compass and have been receiving emails through Compass. It is a web portal that neatly organises all of our school communications.

We are excited to be inviting Parkhill families to Compass in about a month’s time. When you are on the portal, you will be able to receive communication from your child’s class teacher, email them, easily manage attendance notifications, and receive your child’s report at the end of the semester. We plan to add more features as we get used to the program.

We will be holding an information session (via video conferencing) about accessing Compass on Monday 22 November in the afternoon, around when invitations are released.

More information to follow.

Virtual Storytime in Term 4

The F/Y1 teaching team are looking forward to welcoming kinder kids from all around the area in our ongoing successful Storytimes. Our next planned Storytime will be Friday 5 November, starting at 2pm.

We will be sending out the link to join our Storytimes to our local kinders, as well as our families enrolled with a prospective Foundation student, next week.

If you'd like to join in, please send through an email to Michelle at or the office. Hope to see you there!

Parkhill Yearbook 2021: Connected Families

The Parkhill Yearbook is officially open and we are tying it together with a theme this year: connected families. We want to honour the special time that we had together in this very unique year of learning. Families will be able to contribute by uploading photos of learning at home. Send us your family moments in learning via the submission portal on the LFH with PPS website.

Students can also submit their cover competition entry through the submission portal - more details in the poster.

2022 Parent Payment Changes

You may have heard that there are changes to Parent Payments for 2022. You will receive your parent payment letter and information via email on Friday 5th November. However, in the meantime, here is some information on the changes.

The Department of Education and Training has sought to clarify the Parent Payments Policy for 2022 to remove any ambiguity relating to parents’ financial contributions to schools. Changes to how schools request contributions have been made accordingly.


Why are parent payment arrangements different now?

The Department of Education and Training reviewed parent contribution practices across a significant number of schools last year and found some inconsistency in the way contributions were being requested and managed. In recognition of this, the Department has now made changes to how schools seek contributions to align practices across the system and ensure consistency. The intent is to ensure parents and schools use common terminology and have a shared understanding around parent payment arrangements.


What is specifically different?

Parent Payment Categories

  • The categories under which contributions will be requested have been changed to align with the purpose of the payment:
  • Curriculum Contributions (previously known as Essential Student Learning Items) support items and activities that help deliver fundamental curriculum or subject learning e.g. General classroom materials and equipment
  • Other Contributions (previously known as Voluntary Contributions) support the school’s operation and function more generally e.g. Parent communication tools and school building enhancements
  • Payments for Extra-Curricular Items and Activities (previously known as Optional Items) provide for items and activities over and above what is needed to deliver fundamental curriculum learning.  These user-pays contributions enhance the schooling experience for students e.g. Optional camps, excursions and events


A new template for communicating arrangements

  • A new template is being used by all schools to communicate parent payment arrangements. The template includes the new category names to clearly define the purpose of parent payment requests and includes a one-page overview of the policy.


New payment procedures

  • Internal invoicing and receipt practices have also changed in relation to the way contributions are processed. Schools will no longer send out statements for Curriculum and Other Contributions.
  • Parents simply view contribution requests at the beginning of the year, then make their contributions using the payment methods provided.
  • Receipts must be issued to families for the contributions that they make directly to the school office. Relevant receipts will be issued for tax deductible donations in compliance with ATO regulations.
  • Invoices and statements may be received by parents for Extra-Curricular Items and Activities. These are often confirmed throughout the year for camps, special events and other activities or items.


The contributions go specifically towards items and activities that help improve your child’s educational experience. Once you receive your parent payment letter, contact the office if you have any questions.

Return to School Resources

As you know, we will be slowly returning to school over the next few weeks with staggered days to help us get used to it again!

Some resources are available on our LFH with PPS website to help you navigate that discussion with your little one. Please let us know if you'd like further support.

PFA News - October 22

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


Due to various restrictions it is unlikely we can proceed with any previously organised events. But should anything change, you can be assured, we will make the most of any opportunity.


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:

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