Friday, August 2nd, 2019

This week all year levels attended the cyber safety and student wellbeing incursion presented by the award

winning theatre company Brainstorm Productions.  The “Sticks and Stones” show combined elements of student wellbeing and cyber safety, outlining the dangers and risks students can be exposed to in a digital world, whilst reinforcing the need for forming positive relationships within our community.  These messages were conveyed in an entertaining way and all students thoroughly

enjoyed the show!

Shaun Collett

Year 6 Learning Leader


Thursday, July 25th, 2019

This year we have been running Literacy Intervention lessons for selected students across the school. The sessions address comprehension, vocabulary development, fluency practice, phonics and word study and writing about reading. We have seen some pleasing results with some students making 12 months progress within 6 months! We noticed that these students read aloud every night (minimum 5 nights) with their families and recorded it in their diary/reading log.

In a journal article we read recently – Factors That Predict Success in an Early Literacy Intervention Project – it stated that two of the factors that impacted reading growth were the number of words the child read at home and parent involvement in recreational reading.  So we encourage you to keep listening to your children read and follow Mem Fox’s suggestions below!

Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments

1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.

2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times.  Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.

3. Read aloud with animation.  Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring.  Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.

4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.

5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e., with the same intonations on each page, each time.

6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book;  sing any old song that you can remember;  say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.

7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.

8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, finding the letters that start your child’s name and yours— remembering that it’s never work, it’s always a fabulous game.

9. Never ever teach reading or get tense around books.

10. Please read aloud every day, mums and dads, because you just love being with your child, not because it’s the right thing to do.

If families have any of the intervention texts lying around at home (black & white books) could you please return them to your child’s classroom teacher.

Thank you for your ongoing support and happy reading!


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.