Thursday, March 7th, 2019

The Year 4’s are studying the history of Art, and have just completed the art from Ancient Egypt, which involved studying Egyptian art and hieroglyphics. The culmination was constructing a sarcophagus from clay, and decorating a ‘tomb’.

Some examples are below.

Keep a look out for our upcoming art from the Greek, Roman, Byzantine periods.


Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Wellbeing Wednesdays

Junior School has requested to begin practising Wellbeing Wednesdays again this year.  This will involve your students taking some time out of their day to focus on their wellbeing.  This may be a quick activity to help keep them be more mindful, present, centred and grounded or may involve them doing an act of kindness for another person.

Schools have a critical role in supporting students to make healthy lifestyle choices and to understand consequences on lifelong health and wellbeing. The link between health and wellbeing and positive academic performance is well researched:

  • Healthy students are more alert, engaged and better able to concentrate and learn
  • Physical activity is associated with improved learning and concentration, better mood and behaviour.
  • Developing strong, supportive relationships in schools provides a safer and more inclusive environment for students to engage in their studies and learn.


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.


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.


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:


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




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


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.


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