Principals Desk

Principals Desk

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Regional Champs

Yesterday, our boy’s football team won the Regional School Sport Victoria (SSV) AFL competition. This is an incredible performance as they now are down to the last eight schools in the State which will be held on Wednesday 22 August. This is the furthest a school team from Park Ridge has progressed in the SSV competition in my time as Principal of our school. The scores on the day were;

Game 1  vs Templestowe PS 39 – 12

Game 2 vs Chatham PS 42 – 2

Game 3 vs Ferny creek PS  55 – 0

Grand Final vs St Peter JE  25 – 7

Fun fact: this team is on a 17-0 winning streak! Mr Davey and the boys should be extremely proud of their efforts to get this far in the competition. A special thank you to all the parents and carers who transported the students and who came along to support the team.

Girls’ Soccer

Last week, our girls’ soccer team participated in the Divisional SSV competition at JW James Reserve in Ferntree Gully. In extremely windy conditions the girls battled hard all day, winning two games 4-0 and drawing one game 1-1. This result allowed them to play off in the finals. Unfortunately Waverley Christian College were too strong on the day winning 4-2. The girls showed the true Park Ridge spirit of giving their best, enjoying the competition and playing fairly. Again, this is a great achievement for our school.

Parent Opinion Survey

Thank you to those parents and carers who have completed the 2018 Parent Opinion Survey. The online survey must be completed by Sunday 26 August.

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Another busy term has come and gone. I think that it is important to stop occasionally and reflect on what we have achieved. Our implementation of the THRASS program continues to gain momentum and we are seeing students in all year levels attacking difficult spelling words with better spelling choices. The teaching of reading comprehension across the school is now totally aligned. We have an agreed pedagogy. Our next school curriculum investigation is how mathematics is taught across the school. Although our student achievement data is very good in comparison to State results, I believe we can improve our delivery to ensure that our students are analytical mathematical thinkers who have the capacity to solve difficult mathematical concepts. The tone and feel in classrooms and the yard continues to be very positive indeed.

Although school is in recess for the next two weeks, hopefully, you can encourage your child to continue to read daily and spend some time outdoors. I came across an interesting quote recently about entertaining children. ‘Less Screen and More Green’

Parent Teacher Interviews

Research shows that parents who take a strong interest in their child’s learning at school produce a child who achieves to their full potential. I hope that parents and carers find the Parent Teacher interviews a valuable experience and get a great snapshot of how their child is progressing a school. I would expect that all families  have an interview with their child’s teacher. I have asked teachers to follow up with any parents who do not attend interviews.

Student Reports

Thank you to all the families who accessed their child’s report on the Compass Platform. Much time and effort goes into writing these reports by the teachers. As Principal, a major focus of looking at the reports is the determining how much growth the students have made in their learning over one school year. I expect students to make at least twelve months of growth. It’s great when students have a light bulb moment and everything clicks together and more than twelve months growth occurs. When growth is not progressing as we like, we then need to analyse the causes. Long absences from school, lack of motivation, poorly targeted curriculum or lack of effort can be attributed to low growth. Any students who are not growing at the rate we like will be receiving an Individual Learning Plan. Please remember that low growth is different to low achievement. Bright students can exhibit low growth.

Principals Desk

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Growth vs Fixed Mindset

Park Ridge Primary is a leading government school in the field of Positive Education. The Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) is now embedded in all facets of our students’ schooling. We want our students to develop a growth mindset with regard to their learning potential. With EFFORT, we want our students to realise that they can achieve. It is important for parents to support this concept. Learn to praise the effort. This doesn’t mean praising mediocre effort. Students are quick to see through non genuine praise. When students say that they are not good at something, we, as adults need to repeat their sentence with the word yet at the end. This statement provides hope and potential growth. Are you a growth or fixed mindset individual.

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Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Open Night

What a great success!

Visitors to our school on Tuesday night were treated to the great educational programs happening across our school. From Digital Technologies to robotics, our teachers opened their classrooms to showcase great learning. I would like to thank Mrs Hossack and staff for organising a successful event. These new technologies will not be available able without the generous donations from our PCA fundraising program. Mrs Hossack has led this initiative from the outset and we are beginning to see a change in the thinking processes of our students. The world is changing and we, as educators, must adapt our teaching to prepare our students for the new opportunities that will arise in their lifetime. Over 200 families attended the Open Night. Thank you for your support. This year, we changed the format of our Open Night after the feedback we received from parents after last year’s event. Although we had more families in attendance, parents seemed to move quickly between rooms.

2019 Foundation Students

School tours for 2019 Foundation families have commenced. Enrolment forms can be collected from the office. If any of our families have neighbours with children starting school next year, could they please encourage them to organise a tour with myself through the office.

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Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Open Night

Our Open Night is coming!

I am looking forward to seeing all of our families at our school on Tuesday 29 May from 6:00 to 7:30 pm where parents can see the wonderful things happening in our Specialist programs and how we use digital technologies to enhance student learning in our classrooms. Parents and students will have the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom to see the wonderful things happening and also participate in a tour around the school visiting other year levels. Families will complete a passport by collecting stamps from each room that they attend. I encourage all families to put this date in their calendar. Completed responses will go into a draw to win your own Botley Robot. This event begins and ends in the school library.

School Standards

This week, our Year 3 & 5 students completed NAPLAN tests in Spelling and Grammar, Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Data from these tests shape future curriculum design at our school. What I like best about NAPLAN tests is that I can see the growth each of our students have made from Year 3 to Year 5. NAPLAN is only one data source that teachers use to measure school achievement. Teachers also use other modes of assessment to monitor and report to parents on student achievement. This week all of our classroom teachers began to moderate students’ writing samples for mid-year reports. Our school has developed a comprehensive set of documents for teachers to use to ensure consistency between classes when assessing writing. I am extremely proud of the standard of writing across the school. In up-coming newsletters I will be publishing some students’ writing samples and I challenge parents to cast their minds back to when they were at primary school and whether their writing was as good as what I am seeing at our school.