News

YEAR 4 ‘ENGINEERS AT WORK’

Thursday, November 22nd, 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:

Wednesday 5 December: Free Dress day – gold coin donation for those wishing to come in free dress.

Friday 7 December: Icy pole day – Icy poles (Zooper Doopers) will be available to purchase from the Room 2 deck for $1.00 each.

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!

Erin Scott – Year 4 Learning Leader

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL NEWS

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Wellbeing Wednesdays

It is very easy to forget to take the time to relax when we are busy.  Knowing how to relax and what relaxes us, is very important because our muscles need time to recover, and our brains need time to settle and to practise focussing.

Students will make a list of the activities you do that help them relax and think of the things that make them feel calm and peaceful.

Send a Solider a Christmas Care Package

Thank you to all those students and families who have donated items to make care pack for our soldiers.  It is a great opportunity and time for our students to think of others and give generously.

Valet Service

There will again be our Valet Service.  This will involve a number of our Year 5 students who will be greeting parents and students at the school entrances to carry bags and escort your students to their classrooms for you.  Look out for these very eager students waiting to help you out.

Assistant Principal News

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Wellbeing Wednesdays

Next week we will continue with being mindful.   Making time to stop what you are doing to notice the things you can feel, smell and hear in your surroundings is another way of practising mindfulness.  Mindfulness helps us to stop, breathe and focus on the present.  Practising this technique can help us to be calmer and more self-aware, which in turn, helps us to perform tasks better, and cope with daily challenges.

Send a Solider a Christmas Care Package

Last week we mentioned about thinking of others.  Many soldiers will not be home with their families whilst on duty to make our country what it is today.  We are asking each class to donate items to fill a shoe box to post to an active soldier.  Items may include: body wash, nice soaps, hair products, body scrubs, biscuits, a Christmas decoration etc.  These are items not available to the soldiers whilst deployed.   Classes will chat about what can be included as gifts and if we can make 27 boxes, 1 from each class, this will be much appreciated by our defence forces and make ourselves feel good for helping others.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION NEWS

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

As the Park Ridge Gymnastics program comes to a close, I would like to thank Gary Black and his team at Gymnastics 4 Hire for their support in providing equipment and resources to facilitate the program yet again in 2018. As you can see the students have had an absolute ball! Here are some happy snaps from the unit.

Knox Division Summer Sport

After a successful round at the Rowville District Summer Round Robin in term 3, we had a number of sport teams compete at the Knox Division finals last week. Congratulations to the Boys Softball team and Boys Basketball team who both finished 3rd on the day and our Girls Tennis team who finished 8th.

Our Girls Volleyball team made the grand final and unfortunately lost in a tie break set, whilst our Boys Volleyball team were victorious in a tie break set and will compete at the Eastern Metropolitan Regional finals this Friday at the State Volleyball Centre. Well done to all teams who represented Park Ridge at this level of competition, you should all be proud of making it this far.

We also had students compete at the Knox Division Rugby League Gala day. We submitted 3 teams; a Boys Tackling team, Girls Tackling team and a Boys Tag team. I was incredibly impressed with how quickly our players grasped the game of Rugby,  a brand new game for all but one of our students. It proved to be a successful day, with all three teams going undefeated and winning their competitions. The two Tackle teams have won the chance to compete at the Victorian Rugby League Billy Slater Shield later in the term.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL NEWS

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Wellbeing Wednesdays

Practicing gratitude means you are regularly thinking about all the things you are grateful in your life.  Research suggests that practicing gratitude can improve our mental health.  For example, I am grateful for the time I spent with my family.  I am grateful for the warm sun on my skin.

Students will take note of 3 things you are grateful for that day.  It may help them to focus on a person, a place and a thing.  Students will be encouraged to try this at home and think about the things they are grateful for each night before they go to sleep. Here are 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude:

Gratitude opens the door to more positive relationships.

Gratitude improves physical health.

Gratitude improves psychological health.

Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.

Grateful people sleep better.

Gratitude improves self-esteem.

Gratitude increases mental strength.

Send a Solider a Christmas Care Package

Let’s think of others, our soldiers who will not be home with their families whilst on duty to make our country what it is today.  We are asking each class to donate items to fill a shoe box to post to an active soldier.  Items may include: body wash, nice soaps, hair products, body scrubs, biscuits, a Christmas decoration etc.  These are items not available to the soldiers whilst deployed.   Classes will chat about what can be included as gifts and if we can make 28 boxes, 1 from each class, this will be much appreciated by our defence forces and make ourselves feel good for helping others.