Thursday, July 25th, 2019

2019 Children’s Book Week

Dear Parents/Caregivers and friends,

Each year, across Australia, The CBCA brings children and books

together celebrating Children’s Book Week. During this time Schools, Libraries, Booksellers, Authors, Illustrators and children celebrate Australian Children’s Literature.

The Park Ridge Primary School Book Week Parade is always a highlight of the school year, with students and

teachers making or finding costumes from their favourite books, and dressing up on Parade Day.

This year the theme of Book Week is ‘Reading is My Secret Power’ and at Park Ridge Primary School we have made this theme open where students are encouraged to dress up as a character from one of their favourite books. Students are encouraged to bring either a copy of the book or a copy of the front cover to school.

We invite parents to attend our whole school Book Week parade. This will run from 9:00am – 9:30am.

To continue our whole school celebration of book week have invited Danny Katz who is a Canadian-born author and newspaper columnist who writes for The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and The West Australian. In addition to his editorial roles he has also has written and published a range of humorous books such as the Little Lunch series, The Poppa Platoon series and Spit the Dummy. Danny is an engaging presenter who loves getting the students

involved in his presentations. Danny will run 3 x 1-hour presentations, engaging and involving the students in his talk to inspire the inner author within all of our students.

Book Week: 17 August – 24 August

Due to a number of events and excursions during the official book week we have moved our special events to Monday 26 August to ensure all students are able to participate in the day.

Monday 26 August: Book Week Dress up Day

Book Week Whole School Parade – 9:00am – 9:30am

Special Author Visit – Danny Katz

Scholastic Book Fair: Monday 26 August – Wednesday 28 August

Happy reading and costume creating!

Kind Regards,

Becky Locking

Literacy Learning Specialist


Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Year 3 and 4 Hoop Time

Last Friday was the Year 3 and 4 Hoop Time Day at Dandenong Basketball Stadium. For two years in a row we have had over 100 students across 15 teams choose to participate in the Basketball Tournament – a fantastic

reflection of our students love of sport. The teams have been training for 5 weeks under the guidance of their Year 6 coaches and their basketball skills have improved out of sight.

Everyone had a great time and I can’t wait to see how the Year 5 and 6 students go at the Senior Hoop Time competition next week.

A lot of work goes into ensuring each team is supervised on the day so I would like to thank the parents who gave up their time to coach and/or score for a team.

Congratulations to our All Star Girls team of Milly B, Rebecca J, Talia H, Katalinah T, Kaylee C, Jordynn H, and Maya M who won the grand final and will progress through to the Regional Finals on October 11.

Congratulations also to our All Star Boys team of Jaiden R, Liam F, Dante T, Tyler O, Jakob C, Curtis C and Jasper S who made it to the Grand Final but unfortunately fell short.

Division Netball

On Tuesday 23 July, the Park Ridge Primary School mixed Netball team drove to the Knox Regional Netball Centre to play in the Divisional Netball Finals. We started our day winning our first game convincingly. Our second game against Boronia Heights was a close game, but sadly we lost by two points with the scores being 8-10. Our third game was a better performance where we beat Lysterfield by half a dozen goals.

Sadly, we finished second in our pool and didn’t make the final. Luckily for us, we played in the minor final against Bayswater West. It was a pretty one sided game where we lost and finished 4th. The best on the day were Caitlyn and Kalani and a special mention must go to Mrs Mulhall for coaching our Mixed Netball team.

Written by Leo L and Beau S


Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Helping Children Understand and Deal with Emotions

by Becky L. Spivey, M.Ed.

How does your child react when he or she is sad, angry, worried, or embarrassed? Learning how to manage emotions is an important aspect of emotional development. Children learn to manage their emotions by watching the examples set by significant adults in their lives– parents, teachers, caregivers, etc. When children watch their parents have yelling and screaming tantrums when they’re angry, they are more likely to carry out the same behaviors. Parents can help children learn to manage their behaviors by teaching them to identify their emotions by name and express them in acceptable ways. “I’m sorry. I know you’re angry and upset, but kicking the wall doesn’t help. You can hit your punching bag, scream into your pillow, go out and kick your football, or lie on your bed until you calm down.”

Telling children to “calm down” or “stop crying” when they are being completely irrational is not effective in helping them get through an emotional trauma. Instead, offer your empathy and, as they become calmer, ask them to explain what upset them and triggered their meltdown. Help them understand that everyone has bad emotions that come and go, and even though they don’t last very long, we must learn how to conduct ourselves appropriately when these emotions arise.

Identifying and recognizing the feelings of others, as well as our own, is another essential social skill. Discuss events that happen to them, their friends, and you at home, school, or work. Read stories and picture books with little ones. Watch television shows as a family. These are all excellent ways for children to observe a variety of people in different situations dealing with their emotions and watching how they react (positively and negatively). Discuss how those displaying negative reactions may have handled their emotions more appropriately.

To help children develop emotional security and positive social skills and habits, we must take the time to:

• Notice our children’s positive behaviors (even when they are unaware that we are watching them),

• Praise their accomplishments (regardless of how insignificant),

• Listen to the stories and adventures of their day (with interest),

• Demonstrate patience when they make mistakes (that we’ve all probably made),

• Encourage their talents and interests (even if they are not your own),

• Show consideration for their feelings (even when they are overly dramatic), and

• Show them love unconditionally (because they are your children and depend on your support).

Our emotions shape everything we are, everything we learn, and everything we do. As parents, we take a lot of time teaching our children to fix their own cereal, ride a bike, and make their bed. But how much time do we spend teaching children about emotions and appropriate reactions to them?

Positive emotions are easy to talk about, but what about the child who is angry, sad, afraid, or frustrated? This takes more practice, especially if the child has special needs.

Here is a list of children’s books for targeting a variety of emotions. Talk about characters’ facial expressions, particular situations that the characters share with your child, how they react (positively and negatively), and if they handled their emotions appropriately.

• When I’m Angry – Aaron, J.; Explains anger and how to deal with it. Includes a parent guide.

• Dealing with Hurt Feelings – Adams, L.; What to do when your feelings get hurt or you hurt someone’s feelings.

• Mean Soup – Everitt,. B.; Horace feels mean until he helps his mother make Mean Soup.

• It’s Hard To Be Five-– Curtis, Jamie L.; A five-year-old learns self-control.

• Being Angry – Johnson, J.; Young people discuss what makes them angry and their feelings.

• Annie Bananie – Komaiko, Leah; Annie’s best friend moves out of town.

• Let’s Talk About Being Afraid – Kreiner, A.; What causes fear and how to handle being afraid.

• Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Viorst, J; Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

• I Was So Mad – Mayer, M.; A child tries a variety of ways to dissolve anger.

• Ira Sleeps Over – Waber, Bernard.; Ira’s sister reminds him not to take his teddy bear to the sleepover because his friends will laugh at him.

• Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? – Waddell, Martin; Little Bear learns to deal with being afraid of the dark.

How To Take the Grrr Out of Anger – Verdick, Elizabeth and Lisovskis, Marjorie. Strategies for children on dealing with anger.


Friday, June 28th, 2019

Here are some highlights from our I Sea I Care Ambassador’s for the first half of the year.

I Sea I Care

I can’t believe I have the chance to be an ISIC ambassador. I have wanted to be one ever since my sister got it last year and I am so happy now. I think that my most favourite Workshop so far was teaching the preps at a different school in Term 1 because it was our first Workshop and I enjoyed it the most. My favourite non Workshop would be the 5c competition where students had to bring in the most 5c pieces to fundraise for World Ocean Day. I loved how all the people at school really got into it and bought in as much money as they possibly could. But over all out of everything I think that the dolphin swim was my very most favourite because of all the cool sea life we got to see! I also think that my highlights would be the car trips to and from the workshops because then we would be able to talk about all the fun things we did. Also, all the meetings with Mr Merrett we have because we would always work together and make up cool, interesting and funny things.

By Tahlia P

I Sea I Care

What an amazing experience it is to be an I Sea I Care Ambassador. I have had the opportunity to speak to preps not only at our school but also at Lysterfield Primary. We went down to Beaumaris Life Saving Club and looked at different types of marine life, we searched the rock pools for crabs and other marine life. My ultimate favorite activity to do was the dolphin swim. We had to take a boat out to the Chinaman Hut so we could see all the seals. The seals were playful and funny to watch. We were lucky enough to see four dolphins, one of which was a baby who was only three days old. Next, we went to see the weedy sea dragons, we were able to see two amongst the seaweed.

Then we got back on the boat and went home.

By Amy R

My highlights for I Sea I Care

As an I Sea I Care Ambassador, I really enjoy speaking at assembly as it is fun and we get to tell the whole school important information about the program. A highlight for me includes going to the Beaumaris Life Saving Club which was great, as it was very interesting learning about the animals that live in the rock pools. Another amazing part about being an I Sea I Care Ambassador is that we get to organise the fundraising activites, which benefit the animals and we get to go around whole school and talk about I Sea I Care. The biggest highlight for me was the dolphin swim as we saw a baby dolphin, we got to swim with seals and sea dragons, there were a couple of massive ones and my mum came.  I am very proud of being an I Sea I Care Ambassador and thankful that I am on the program, especially with all the new experiences I have had. I can’t wait for our next activities!!

By Tyler H

ISIC Highlights

My main highlight so far in ISIC is definitely the dolphin swim because of the wonderful sea life we saw.  The workshop at Beaumaris Lifesaving club marine education center was amazing with all the sea life beaming in the sea grass and in the giant rock pools. Teaching the preps at our school was great as well.

By Zoe T


‘I Sea I Care’ is a program that helps the kids to realise the importance of protecting the environment.

At the start of the year, we were told that we had an opportunity to become an ‘I Sea I Care’ Ambassador.  We had to win a speech contest. There were five lucky winners and they were: Tyler Amy, Zoe, Tahlia and myself. Together we are the ‘I Sea I Care’ Ambassadors of 2019.

Our first Workshop was at  Lysterfield primary school. The highlights of that were we got to teach preps! They gave us silly answers but funny, for example when we showed them a picture of a seal, one student said: A DOG!

Our second Workshop was the dolphin swim. The best of that trip was we saw baby dolphins! They were so cute! We all had great fun during the rest of the day.

Finally, during our last Workshop we went to Beaumaris Life Saving Club. Our main highlights of that experience were we got to explore the fantastic rock pools.

These have been our Workshops so far.  We still have two more. It is a real pleasure to inform you about our activities to protect the environment.

By Zian W


Friday, June 28th, 2019

An Inclusive Play Area Update

The Inclusive Schools Fund is a $30 million fund designed to help make Victoria the Education State, providing Victorian Government schools with quality new spaces and more inclusive facilities, based on best practice research and design.  Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, are able to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian Gov​ernment schools.​

We were extremely fortunate to be only one of 93 schools across the state granted funding in October last year, but the process is one schools must be patient for.