Foundation Grandparent’s Afternoon

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The Foundation students finished their very busy term with a Grandparent’s Afternoon and it was wonderful to see so many grandparents attend, some travelling from the country or from the other side of Melbourne. The children very proudly shared their Work Books, writing and poetry books.  They completed a THRASS codebreaker activity alongside some mindful colouring. The afternoon finished with the reading of a book and you guessed correctly…it was all about grandparents.

It was an afternoon that will be long remembered by both the children and their grandparent’s.

Reading Success Shared in The Age Newspaper

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Hopefully many of our community members saw the wonderful article Minding the gender gap: how schools are trying to stop boys falling behind that was published on page 2 of The Age newspaper on Monday this week, which highlighted some of the work we have been doing around engaging our students in reading. The article focused on the range of intervention programs and strategies we have been implementing to support our students and the rejuvenation of the library and individual classroom libraries to provide a broad range of engaging and appropriate texts. While the article focused on engaging boys in rich literature and supporting the development of their reading skills, it has been great to see all of our students benefiting from this whole school focus. If you missed the article you will be able to locate it via The Age website at


Thursday, September 21st, 2017

On Monday this week, Mrs Chalmers and I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 National Wakakirri Dance Competition State Finals at Hamer Hall. It was an incredible evening, filled with spectacular performances from a range of primary school students across the State. All schools who performed on the evening had won a Wakakirri award at their performance evening which deemed them eligible to perform at the State Finals. Our Wakakirri team performed brilliantly in the competition demonstrating enthusiasm, a strong sense of teamwork and community spirit. It was also evident that a strong growth mindset and a lot of time and effort had been spent perfecting their performance since their performance night at the Frankston Performing Arts Centre earlier this term. It was wonderful to see our students shine on stage and relish the opportunity to perform at such a prestigious venue. We were presented with our Best Media Story Award at the end of the evening which is on proud display in the school foyer.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Mrs Ferris for coordinating our school’s performance and to Mrs Marget, Mrs Epstein and Miss Karanzoulis for their support throughout Terms 2 and 3 and on the evening. Thank you also to Mr Hall for creating the wonderful props and Louise Smith who organised and provided the costumes for our performance. It was wonderful to see such a large group of parents, carers, grandparents and special friends supporting our students on the evening. I know our students felt very special to have such love and support on this special occasion.

Year 6 Interschool Sport Day 2

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

On Friday last week, students in Years 5 and 6 participated in the second day of the Interschool Sports Competition. Our students competed in a range of sports including Volleyball, Rounders, Tennis, Softball and Cricket. From all reports, our students demonstrated excellent sportsmanship skills and their best efforts throughout the day. Their growth mindset approach to improving on their performances the week before saw our teams achieve the following results in their respective competitions:

the Boys Volleyball and Boys Rounders teams won the Premiership

the Girls Volleyball and Girls Rounders teams finished runners-up

the Boys Tennis team finished 3rd

the Girls and Boys Cricket teams finished 4th

the Softball team finished 5th

the Girls Tennis team finished 7th

Thank you to the Year 5 and 6 Teaching Teams for their help with training and for supporting our student teams and to our parent/carer helpers who came along to support our students on the competition days. Once again, Mr Davey has coordinated a fantastic event and ensured maximum participation for our students.

Digital Technologies

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

This week the Year 6 students have had a great time learning about robotics. They have started using Edison Robots and learnt how to control them using barcodes to program the robots to follow a line, bounce off borders, avoid obstacles and to obey clap commands. The students worked in small groups so that they could help each other and debug programs. We all have experienced times when technology has not behaved as we have expected so being able to solve problems and make modifications is a vital skill. By actively using these robots, the students have gained a better understanding of how robots in the real world operate. Did you know that Amazon efficiently fills their millions of orders using robots to retrieve items by following line markings and barcodes on the warehouse floor, and obstacle avoidance programs to stop running into each other? Computers in cars use sound sensors, similar to those of the Edison Robot, to detect problems with their engines misfiring so as to prevent damage. Next week, the students’ knowledge will be built upon by learning how to program the Edison Robots to follow a light source and be controlled by infra-red remote control, while in the future they will use an ipad app to create their own algorithms or programs to control the Edison Robots. At Park Ridge Primary School we a committed to equipping our students with the skills and computational thinking needed for the jobs of tomorrow.