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.


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.

New OSCH Booking System for 2019

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

We are very excited to inform you that our Park Ridge Primary School OSHC program has subscribed to a fantastic online Booking and Waitlist management program called QK Enrol. We are in the process of setting up this system.  This program will give you access to manage your own account information, where you will have the ability to make bookings requests and allow you to complete and submit an online enrolment form for your child. You can do this and much, much more all within a parent portal called ’My Family Lounge’.

This program will go live from Thursday 31 January, 2019!!!!  Watch out for more information in the coming weeks.

Canteen News

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Due to price increases from Suppliers there have been some price increases on the Canteen Menu.  Please check the new Menu – Spring / Summer 2018/2019 when ordering (this can be found on the School Website).

There will no longer be a Lunch Bag fee for lunch orders.

The preferred method for ordering lunches is online using

If your child forgets to bring their Lunch we will be happy to supply them lunch.  An invoice is given to the child on the day.

Just a reminder that any frozen foods / Slushies / Slices / Hot Chocolate etc will not be sent to the class room with the Lunches.  This items will be highlighted on the Lunch order and will need to be collected from the canteen during the lunch break.

Donna Tkalcevic

H&H Canteens

Assistant Principal

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Wellbeing Wednesdays

This term, each week we are practising Wellbeing Wednesdays.  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.

To begin with all students set SMART goals for themselves to achieve during the term.  Setting goals is a life skill that can help us succeed.  By setting goals we have a clear direction of where we want to get to, like a road map.  It helps us make plans easily and be more likely to achieve what we want to.

Next week students will be creating Positive Affirmations.  These can be words of encouragement we can say to ourselves over and over to help us think and act mindfully.  Positive affirmations can also help us to believe in our potential.  For example, I am able to solve problems and I am clever enough to do things if I work hard!