SunSmart Says Get Some Sun for Vitamin D in Winter

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Vitamin D is important for general health, in particular bone and muscle health and is largely created in the body as a result of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV levels drop in Victoria from May to August and the SunSmart manager, Sue Heward said it was important to get some UV exposure at this time of the year. ‘We need to get out for some winter sun when UV levels in Victoria generally drop below 3 and UV is unlikely to cause skin damage or contribute in the risk of skin cancer’ Children need to get outside and play during these cold winter months.

Seven Ways to Help Parents be on Top of Their Game

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

I believe that the art of good parenting is probably one of the most difficult skills to master. Listed below is an extract from an article by Michael Grose, parenting expert, that might get you to develop your parenting skills. Everyone wants to be the best parent they can be, yet it is confusing knowing what to focus on.

Give the Gift of Restraint. Just because you can afford to give your children what they want, doesn’t mean you should. Differentiate between a want and a need, and encourage restraint, goal setting and saving.

Build and Develop Knowledge. You need to keep one parenting eye on meeting kids’ current needs and the other on preparing them for the next stage of development.

Reinforce Self-Regulation. Children need to be able to occupy their own time, wait their turn and follow family rules.

Practise Digital Parenting. Parents need to be digital savvy. The internet is fun and it’s here to stay but it can pose some risks for parents. Digital parenting means providing guidelines for safety without limiting children’s opportunities to learn and communicate in the on-line world. You need to understand the digital world that your child inhabits.

Develop Character Strengths in Children. Studies have shown that character, not cognitive ability is the single most reliable determinant of how a person’s life will turn out..

Practice Reciprocity. ‘We help each other out and we treat each other fairly’ builds belonging and forges greater kinship between siblings. Children helping out around the home is a great place to start.

Encourage Social Risk Taking. Children need to practice meeting and speaking to new friends. Allow your child to mix in a variety of social environments. Scouts, dance classes, soccer etc are great places to practice this skill and forge new friendships.

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Park Ridge Primary is excited to be participating. The Challenge is open to all Victorian children, in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition, but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 7 September 2018. Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 6 are challenged to read 15 books. All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll. To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:

Anna Christofis

Literacy Leading Teacher

The Colour Run

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

The sun was shining, the football players excited and the students were keen and eager to start their laps.  Running through the inflatable start and finish line, covered in coloured powder was an added incentive to keep the laps going.  The music was pumping, the high 5’s slapping, the big ‘Blue Dog’ dancing and smiles from ear to ear.

We had two AFL Football players, visit to encourage our students at the ‘COLOUR Fun Run’.

Mel Kuys plays in the AFL Women’s League, for Collingwood.  She has played football for the last 20 years, starting at Rowville Hawks and has won more than 6 Premierships flags!

Hayden Crozier is another local footballer, who has played 69 games at Freemantle.  He has just been traded to the Bulldogs and was more than happy to sign some memorabilia!

Some student comments – ‘Getting covered with powder was so much fun.  I had it everywhere.’  “Meeting the footy players was awesome, they were famous.’  ‘We got free sunnies and headbands.’  ‘Everyone was cheering others on, even the parents.’  ‘We got an icy-pole at the end!’  ‘Everyone had fun and tried their best.’  ‘Some of our teachers were really fast runners.’

Some teacher comments – ‘Everyone had the best time, what a way to start the day.’  ‘Let’s use water pistols next year!’  ‘Everyone’s manners were beautiful.’  ‘We should do more of these mornings.’

A big thank you to Karli Pignolet and her team for organising the parent helpers on the day and to the volunteers who gave up their time to make this event such a success.

We will announce the total in a few weeks when the online fund raising has closed.  Thank you!

School Colour Run4Fun

Thursday, March 8th, 2018


This year for our Colour Fun Run we will be kicking off the event with Mel Kuys.

Mel Kuys plays in the AFL Women’s League, for Collingwood, and is predominantly a midfielder, but moved to the wing last year.  She has played football for the last 20 years, starting at Rowville Hawks.  Mel had to move around teams as there were not many girls teams around and for the last few years has been captain of the team at Box Hill Hawks.  Mel has won more than 6 Premierships flags and looks forward to meeting you all at out Colour Fun Run!

A reminder to all, every student needs to return a consent form to participate in the event.  If you do not wish to participate in the COLOUR please tick yes to the Fun Run and add a note indicating you do not want to be included in the colour part of the Fun Run.  There will be 2 lanes for students to run through, one with colour and one without.  Please note, school uniforms are NOT to be worn on the day.  Students may come in sportswear or wear a plain t-shirt to enjoy the coloured powder!