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Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Safer Internet Day

As part of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 5 February, the students of 4-28 participated in an online virtual classroom, facilitated by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. They joined 1500 other students across Australia to learn and discuss how to stay safe on the internet by using the 4Rs: Respect, Reasoning, Responsibility and Resilience. At the end of the session, the students wrote their own pledges of what they will do to stay safe online. Students particularly enjoyed seeing their responses to questions and discussion topics displayed on the screen, along with feedback from other schools.

Digital Citizenship School Agreement

At the beginning of every year, teachers and students discuss responsible behaviours that are expected when using digital technologies at our school. After this discussion, students sign a Digital Citizenship School Agreement, which goes home for you to see and talk about with your child. This form should be returned to school as soon as possible.

Headphones

Please ensure your child has a set of headphones to use with digital devices at school. These headphones are securely stored at school for use over the year. Headphones should be named and sent to school in a suitable labelled bag or container.

New Smart TVs

We have recently purchased three Smart TVs to replace aging interactive whiteboards in classrooms. We will be trialling these devices with the intention of gradually replacing all interactive whiteboards. Hopefully, the improved images offered by the Smart TVs will continue to enhance our students’ learning.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL NEWS

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Severe Allergies (ANAPHYLAXIS)

We have several students at Park Ridge who have a SEVERE allergic reaction (Anaphylactic shock) to the following foods:

THESE ARE THE FOODS WE WOULD LIKE TO AVOID IN OUR SCHOOL

Dairy – yoghurt and milk (Cheese is okay for your child to bring to school)

Eggs – whole eggs  (Eggs cooked in cakes, brownies etc. is okay for your child to bring to school)

All Nuts

Kiwi Fruit

Shellfish

Prawn

Seafood

Sesame seeds (In particular, sesame seeds on bread rolls)

Pistachio

Anaphylaxis is an extremely serious condition and we must treat it with great care and concern. We do realise that labels on processed products can be very difficult to read and interpret, but we do ask you to be cautious in food preparation as this condition is very serious if children come into contact with these foods in any way.

Please also ensure that any other family members who might be assisting with preparing your children’s lunch boxes for school are also aware of the foods that we would like to avoid bringing to school.

Our school canteen is currently reviewing the foods they sell and make themselves, to also help keep these students safe.

We want all children at Park Ridge to be safe at school and it is the responsibility of the school and its community to make sure that happens. Even though these children may not be in your child’s grade it is possible for playground equipment to be contaminated by residue on fingers, etc. so we ask all families to help to ensure our school is a safe place for all community members.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION NEWS

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

After the success of the school swimming program in 2018, Park Ridge will again be running school swimming lessons for students in Years 1, 3 and 5 at Paul Sadler Swimland in Rowville during term 4. To assist with our planning, parents can expect an Expression of Interest form to come home soon if you have a child in these year levels.

Development of knowledge and skills relating to survival swimming and basic water safety can significantly reduce a child’s drowning risk and enhance community safety.

Water survival is one of the most important skills a young person can learn and we hope as many families as possible take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

Mr Matthew Davey – PE and Sport Coordinator

Year 5 Media Fun Day

Friday, December 7th, 2018

On Tuesday the 5th of December the Year 5s had Media Fun Day. We all worked hard to make media fun day a success by writing our scripts and memorising our lines. The three things we do on the day are we create animations and the finished product actually looks as if the picture is moving itself. The second thing we do is we have a TV show that we present in front of a green screen like a proper TV studio and the third thing we do is record our own class radio show using microphones. The whole day is full of fun and excitement and we all learnt what it’s like to be in the media.

By Maddy H

Year 4 ‘Engineers at Work’

Friday, December 7th, 2018

HELPING THE HOMELESS

Year 4 students at Park Ridge are enjoying an engaging and creative Design Technology and S.T.E.M unit this term. Students are even using the design process to create a way to help those less fortunate. Each Year 4 class has created a plan to raise funds for the homeless with classes choosing to run a sausage sizzle, sell icy poles, hold a free dress day and raise funds through a book exchange. Students anticipate that the money they raise will help provide emergency shelter, through Wesley Mission in Ringwood, to those who are most in need. The money raised will be  donated to support a local youth residential program giving young people a safe place to sleep.

Our special events will be held on the following days:

Tuesday 11 December: Book Trade* Students are invited to purchase a donated book for a gold coin donation per book. The trade will run from 12:30pm -3:45pm at the podium. Students will be able to purchase books at lunch or after school.

We hope that you are able to support the Year 4 students to raise money to help support this worthy cause that they have become so passionate about.

*If you would like to donate some children’s/teenage books to be sold at the book trade, please send them to Room 3. This is a great opportunity to refresh your home library!