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.


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!


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.


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:



4 weekly


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.

Assistant Principal’s Desk

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Why Do We Tell Children to Read?

We’re always telling children that books and reading are good for them, but have we ever really thought about, or explained to our children, why that’s true?
Books Help Children Develop Vital Language Skills
Reading is an important skill that needs to be developed in children. Not only is it necessary for survival in the world of schools, but in adult life as well.

The more children read, the better they become at reading. It’s as simple as that. The more enjoyable the things they read are, the more they’ll stick with them and develop the reading skills that they’ll need for full access to information in their adult lives. Reading should be viewed as a pleasurable activity – as a source of entertaining tales and useful and interesting factual information.

The more young children read stories and are read to, the greater their interest in mastering reading. Reading out loud exposes children to proper grammar and phrasing.  It enhances the development of their spoken language skills and their ability to express themselves verbally.

Reading exposes children to new vocabulary. Even when they don’t understand every new word, they absorb something from the context that may deepen their understanding of it the next time the word is encountered.

Reading Can Open Up New Worlds and Enrich Children’s Lives
Reading opens doors. Given the wealth of available resources, if children can read well and if they see reading as a source of enjoyment and information, then for the rest of their lives they will have access to all of the accumulated knowledge of mankind.  It truly is magic!

Through books and stories, children can also learn about people and places from other parts of the world, improving their understanding of and concern for all of humanity.  This, in turn, contributes towards our sense that we truly live in a “global village” and may help us bring about a more peaceful future for everyone.

Through stories and novels children can vicariously try out new experiences and test new ideas, with no negative consequences in their real lives. They can meet characters who they’ll enjoy returning to for comforting and satisfying visits when they reread a cherished book or discover a sequel.  Books also give kids the opportunity to flex their critical thinking skills in such areas as problem solving, the concepts of cause and effect, conflict resolution, and acceptance of responsibility for one’s actions.

Reading Can Enhance Children’s Social Skills
A parent or grandparent reading a story aloud can be a great opportunity for adult and child to share some quiet, relaxed quality time together away from the rush and stresses of the business of daily living. They share a few minutes of precious time, plus they share the ideas that are contained in the story.

Reading Can Provide Children with Plenty of Good, Clean Fun

Reading can provide children with endless hours of fun and entertainment.  Stories can free up imaginations and open up exciting new worlds of fantasy or reality. They allow children to dream and may give them a good start on the road to viewing reading as a lifelong source of pleasure; so read to your young children every day.

Inspire your older children to read. Give them access to plenty of reading material that they’ll enjoy and discuss it with them. Sample everything – traditional printed books and ebooks on Internet, classic children’s novels and fairy tales, as well as more modern stories.

If a child wants to hear the same story over and over again, don’t worry about it.  Children take comfort from the familiarity and predictability of a beloved story that they know by heart. There’s no harm in that. Reread old favorites and, at the same time, introduce your children to new stories.  Your child’s mind and heart have room for both.

So Reading Really Does Matter After All
There are so many ways in which reading continues to be both a vital skill for children to master, and an important source of knowledge and pleasure that can last a lifetime. Nurture it in your children.