Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

This year we have been running Literacy Intervention lessons for selected students across the school. The lessons are supplemental to good classroom instruction; it is the combination of high quality classroom teaching and small group intervention lessons that enable learners to make accelerated progress, catch up with their peers, and continue to perform at expected levels for the grade. The sessions address comprehension, vocabulary development, fluency practice, phonics and word study and writing about reading. Students’ families are informed of the goals of the intervention and are encouraged to read the Take-Home Book with their child and have a discussion. Most importantly, we want families to enjoy their time together, reading, writing and talking!

We would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to the following parents that have offered their time this year to work with specific students. The teachers are so appreciative of the time you have dedicated to the

students you work with and the support you have offered.

Bela P, Kylie A-S, Kelly B, Laura C,  Bronwyn B, Anna H, Carly S and  Fiona P.

Anna Christofis and Jean Maxwell

Literacy Intervention Specialists


Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Communication with the School Community

As part of our ongoing reflection and improvement

strategy, School Council has recently discussed and

reflected on how we communicate our school policies to the wider school community.

Our school policies play an important role in outlining the processes, procedures and structures we have in place across the school to support our core business of

improving student learning outcomes.

It is important that all members of our school community are up to date with the content of our school policies and support their implementation across the school.

At Park Ridge Primary School, we have a comprehensive school policy schedule that guides the development of new policies and the updating of all current policies across a three-year cycle. Some of our policies are

updated yearly as they support the core operations of the school. The Review section at the bottom of each of our policies, shows when the policy is next due for review.

After ratification by School Council, all new and updated school policies are currently uploaded to the school

website and are also communicated to staff and students as part of our internal processes.

To improve our communication with members of the school community, we will be including a newsletter item in the weekly school newsletter that immediately follows each of the School Council meetings that are held throughout the year. This item will outline which policies have been updated or introduced in the previous School Council meeting and direct members of our school

community to where they can access and read these

policies on the school website.

As with everything we do here at Park Ridge Primary School, we would love to hear your feedback about our communication, particularly about the work of School Council, our policies and any further suggestions you might have.

The best way to communicate your feedback is either to speak with one of the school’s Principal Team, Mr Mann, Mrs Chalmers or Mrs Gregson, a member of School Council or send an email to the school’s email address:

We hope you enjoy our first School Policies newsletter item!

New and Updated School Policies

Last month, School Council approved a number of updated and new school policies. These included:

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

Mobile Devices

Performing Arts

Personal Property

Physical Education, Health and Sport



Smoke Free School Policy

Visual Arts.

In previous meetings this year, the following policies have also been updated and approved by School Council:

Anaphylaxis Management


Cash Handling

Community Facility Use

Critical Incident Plan

Curriculum Framework and Student Learning Outcomes Statement

Delegation for Signing of Orders

Electronic Funds Management

Emergency Management Plan

Purchasing Card

School Council including School Council Standing


Behaviour Management

Child Safety Responding and Reporting Obligations

Policy and Procedures


Digital Technologies – Internet, Social Media and

Digital Devices

Health Care Needs

Parents and Citizens Association

Ride to School


All new and updated school policies have been published on the school’s website and can be accessed via the

Policies tab in the Resources section of the site.

Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with these

policies and support their implementation across the school.

If you have any questions regarding any of the

above-mentioned or any of our school policies, including their implementation, please feel free to contact me at school on 9752-8555 or phone the office to make an


UNSW Global Australia

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program for primary and secondary students.

In 2019, we are again offering the opportunity for PRPS students to participate.   The assessments cover Digital Technologies, English, Maths, Science, Spelling and Writing.

Previously these assessments have been conducted in May but this year the assessments will be in September.  Look out for the information and applications in Term 2.


Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Last year in Term 4, our Year 4’s began raising money for Uniting Wesley Homelessness Youth Support.  The 5 classes each came up with a way to raise funds and promote youth homelessness.  There was an icy-pole stand, nail painting, a second hand book stall and an open night for families with a sausage sizzle.  Over $1800 was raised and the efforts were very much appreciated.  We received this letter of thanks.

Dear Year 4 Students 2018,

Thank you for your donation towards Uniting Wesley Homelessness Youth Support.  It is truly appreciated and will enable our staff and volunteers to continue to provide this important service in the community.

With your support, we empower children, young people and families to learn and thrive.  We’re there for people experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction or mental illness.  We support people with disabilities to live the life they choose.  We provide people with opportunities to access training and meaningful employment.

Thank you for your compassionate response to the growing need experienced by young people in the community.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Linossier

Chief Executive Officer

Thank you to the 2018 Year 4 Team for making this donation possible and to all the staff and students who supported their initiative.

You Can Sit With Me

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

‘You Can Sit With Me’ is a kindness and anti-bullying initiative that sees Park Ridge students wearing a yellow wristband as a way of reaching out to others who may be feeling lonely.  The wristbands “tells everybody in your school, you welcome anyone to sit with you no matter what culture, religion, grade or age the person is”.

Two ambassadors wear the wristbands in each classroom every day.  These students volunteer their time and look forward to making new friends.