Thursday, April 4th, 2019

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.


Friday, March 22nd, 2019

On Wednesday 20 March, the Year 1 students stepped back in time to celebrate learning about the differences between the past and today. Students dressed in clothing that children wore to school hundreds of years ago, played games from the past and wrote on blackboards. The highlight of the day was a very special visit from some grandparents who were kind enough to share toys, games and stories from their childhood. The students were intrigued by the beautiful toys and interesting games that were spoken about. We are so grateful to the grandparents who were able to come and share their childhood memories with the Year 1 students.


Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Wellbeing Wednesdays

International Day of Happiness and Harmony

Yesterday Park Ridge celebrated International Happiness Day and Harmony Day.  Our Junior School Council Representatives helped prepare activities for the day and left compliment cards for their classmates.  Classes proudly wore Harmony Day wristbands they made and promoted acceptance and inclusiveness towards all.  Students at lunch time covered the concrete with messages and drawings of happiness and people working and playing together.  There was a sea of happy students creating messages, sharing the spirit of the day.  Thank you everyone.

School Run 4 Fun Colour Explosion

With such a successful event in 2019 we are running another explosion of COLOUR!

The School Run 4 Fun Colour Explosion will be held on Wednesday 1 May.  The Foundation to Year 2’s will be running from 9:00am to 9:40am and the Year 3 to 6’s from 9:50am to 10:30am.  We do ask that students wear a plain t-shirt (no school tops) to school, as they will be covered in powder from head to toe. The day’s focus is on fun and fitness with the added benefit of raising funds for our school.

Your students will be bringing home their Sponsorship Forms and all further

information will be communicated via Compass.  Happy running!


Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Wellbeing Wednesdays – International Day of Happiness and Harmony

Next week there are two days we would like to acknowledge.  The first being the ‘International Day of Happiness’ and the second ‘Harmony Day’ which are celebrated by all 193 United Nations members.  At Park Ridge Primary School we are celebrating these days by spreading kindness, being grateful, being present, centred, grounded and by being inclusive and respectful to all Australians.

New research released reveals that when we feel positive and good about ourselves physically, it can lead to us taking greater care of other areas in our life, shifting momentum to a happier us.

Our Junior School Council will be leading some activities during the day and will be responsible for helping to ensure our day is full of happiness, inclusiveness and acceptance.


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.