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WALK, RIDE OR SCOOT TO SCHOOL

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Every October, Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. This year, Walk to School will begin the very first week of next term.  Active travel options are a great way to keep fit and healthy, and can be heaps of fun. You could even meet up with other local families and walk together. If you can’t walk or ride the whole way, simply drive part of the way, and walk, ride or scoot the rest. Park Ridge has participated in Walk to School for quite a few years, and last year we were lucky enough to win. We received an amazing trophy and new scooter racks for the school. The only way we can win is by everyone getting involved, so get your walking, riding or scooting shoes on and have fun!

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL DESK

Friday, August 24th, 2018

Look for good and you will find it!

Science tells us that when you spread good news:

• It makes you happy.

• It makes other people happy.

• It creates an uplifting feeling.

• It inspires other people to do good things too.

Instilling a positive approach through intentional actions is a useful life skill and beneficial for the wellbeing of students, schools and communities.  So, look for the positive moments that are all around you.  There is positive evidence everywhere.

At Park Ridge Primary School, we have introduced ‘Values Spies’.  This is a wellbeing and positive education initiative designed to enhance the positive resources of students by asking them to look for the good in their environment, relationships and in themselves.  These ‘Values Spies’ focus on what is going well in the school yard and what school values are being displayed.  Park Ridge values are Respect, Integrity, Positivity, High Expectations and Resilience.  Our ‘Values Spies’ roam the playgrounds on the look-out and are ready to acknowledge acts that demonstrate our school values.  One of these acts that were noticed was simply a student walking past a piece of rubbish and rather than keep walking as it was not theirs, they picked it up and put it in the bin.  The value displayed, integrity, doing the right thing even when we think no-one is watching.

By focusing energy into seeing the good in their world, students increase their own capacity for happiness and for those around them.  The program builds on experiences of gratitude, savouring and kindness to foster a student’s self-awareness about their ability to seek good in their life.  They will also learn that by spreading good news and positive stories they can enhance positive emotions in themselves and in others.

BUDDIES CYBER SAFETY INCURSION

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Last week all year levels participated in our annual cyber safety incursion presented by the award winning theatre company Brainstorm Productions.  The “Buddies” show is an anti-bullying and cyber safety show that uses educational theatre to provide simple strategies all children can use to develop positive and healthy friendships.  It outlined the dangers and risks our students can be exposed to in a digital world and provides clear and relevant messages for students to take away and consider.  The show received rave reviews from all year levels, who are already looking forward to next year’s instalment!

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS 2018

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Park Ridge Primary School students have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument as part of Rowville Secondary College’s music program. They offer lessons for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone. Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Guitar, Drums and Percusion.

Students have a music lessons once a week, usually in small groups. Lessons are offered to students in Grades 3 to 6, with the exception of lessons in string instruments which are offered to students of all ages. Lessons are either held at Park Ridge PS or at Rowville SC, depending on the chosen instrument. When the lessons are held at Rowville SC, instrumental music staff will walk students to and from their lesson.

Enrolment forms can be collected from our school office.

For more information please contact Mandy Batten, Rowville Secondary College Music Secretary, on 0488 686 303.

OSCH NEW PAYMENT SYSTEM

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Park Ridge Primary School, School Council is introducing a more efficient and easier payment system for Out of Hours School Care.

This system is linked to the OSCH Qikkid system called Qikpay.  This new way of payment will show instantly on your statement along with your child’s attendance in the program.  The majority of OSHC facilities are using this system to manage payments with great success.  You are able to choose the following ways to pay:

Weekly

Fortnightly

4 weekly

monthly

Choice the day of the week to pay

or day of the month

This new system will be commencing on Monday 13 August.  All previous forms of payment that you have been using will not be available after this date.  This new system will give back valuable time for Belinda and Ebony to spend with students instead of attending to administration tasks.

The new payment form can be collected from the office and OSCH.

If you need any further information regarding this new payment system please see Belinda Kirby or David Mann.