From the PRINCIPAL'S DESK
Welcome back to Park Ridge for what is shaping up to be a very successful 2017. Students and staff have settled in well to the new year of learning. Our arborist has removed a number of trees and mulched our garden beds. New softfall has been spread over the playground area. Our front of the school is nearly completed with the final planting taking place when we have some suitable cooler days.
We have a number of new staff this year and I would like to welcome Jenny Ferris (Music), Natalie Yates (Year 2), Natasha Searle (Year 3), Kasey Leder (Year 3) and Stella Vaccaro (Library) and I hope that you have a wonderful time at Park Ridge.
From next week, our school newsletter and excursion and incursion notices will only be accessible through Compass. This change of process will save the school a heap of money in paper and printing costs. Like any change, it will take a little while to adopt the new way but in time I am sure that we will all manage. Information on how to use the facilities of Compass was sent home yesterday. If this change causes any issues to you, please speak to your child’s class teacher at the parent teacher interview
Teacher Professional Learning
Our staff are continually developing their teaching craft. We are always looking for better ways to deliver the curriculum and improve student learning outcomes. Our Year 3-6 teachers focused their learning time on developing a sequential spelling program and how we can use digital technologies to engage students and meet the requirements of the new Victorian Curriculum. Our Year F-2 teachers and support staff participated in a new initiative to the school call THRASS. THRASS is a teaching tool that develops students’ ability to read, write, spell and develop a neat handwriting style. I am very confident that we will see a huge growth in student learning outcomes. An information session for parents with students in years F-2 will take place later in the term.
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ICA is an independent, skills-based assessment program for primary and secondary students. In 2017, we are again offering the opportunity for PRPS students to participate. The assessments cover Digital Technologies, English, Maths, Science, Spelling and Writing. How to Participate: If you would like your child to participate, please collect a permission slip from the office. [...]
Last year our Developing Resilience Parent Information Evening was a huge success with attendees asking us, “When will the next evening be held?” Come along and listen to world-renowned, international speaker Tom Brunzell, who will be sharing more research-based strategies and tools you can use straight away to: Develop your child’s resilience Help your child [...]
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Today we started off with a visit to Old Parliament House, then we headed off to the Electoral Commission Office. The Year 6 Students are now experts on the Australian voting system. After lunch we visited the Royal Australian Mint. We had the opportunity to make our own $1.00 coin for $3.00! We completed our [...]
A busy day visiting Parliament House. Bill Shorten had a quick chat to us all. Then we were very fortunate to have morning tea with Alan Tudge. Then we headed off to the Australian War Memorial. It’s been a busy day! The Year’s 6′s are looking forward to Bowling tonight!
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