Principals Desk

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Year 6 Dance Fair

Miss Hoffman, our new Music teacher has certainly stepped up the interest for students in the school’s music program. Last Friday night, a group of very enthusiastic Year 6 students competed in a Dance Fair at Monbulk College. The competition was open to all Year 6 students, with a dance off determining who would represent our school. Our school’s troupe, now progresses to the final in June. Well done to all of the students who participated in this competition.

Year 4 Parent Night

A very enthusiastic group of Year 4 students were on hand to demonstrate their learning of their latest integrated studies topic to their parents. A very effective way to ensure that learning sticks in your brain is to show/teach someone that information. In this case our Year 4 students developed a game of Jeopardy for parents to play. This use of digital technologies is a very effective medium to showcase student learning.

2020 Foundation Students

School tours for 2020 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.

Easter Raffle

Prizes will be drawn at our last assembly for the term on Friday 5 April. Thank you to all the families who have supported this fundraising initiative.

Anzac Day Holiday

Please note that in the first week of next term, Thursday 25 April is a Public Holiday. Students are not required at school on this day. Our Year 6 students will be conducting Anzac Day lessons for our younger classes and an assembly on Wednesday 24 April. JSC representatives will be selling Anzac Day badges $2&$3 and wrist bands $4&$5 for the RSL from this week onwards.

Curriculum Days

Our last Curriculum Day for the year will be on Friday 26 April. Students are not required to attend school on this day.

Last Day of the Term for Students

Our last day of the term is Friday 5 April. Students will dismiss from their classrooms at 2:30pm. The Wentworth Avenue school crossing will be supervised by Sharon, our school crossing supervisor.

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

School Sports

What a day! Perfect weather, supportive parent helpers, enthusiastic competitors and great organisation by Mr Davey. This year’s school sports was a huge success. What I loved to see was the effort being displayed by all of our students. Whether they are talented at athletics or not, they all exhibited the character strength of determination. Our students cheered as loudly for our first place getter as they did for our 20th performer. I was extremely proud of all of our students. A highlight of the day was the teachers’ sack race. Unfortunately I was predisposed and was unable to defend my title but Miss Hoffman narrowly won from Mr Hicks from Year 6.

Excursion Processes

Our Education Department has processes that schools must follow to ensure that all students who leave the school to attend an excursion are safe and accounted for. It is necessary to have a cut off time for the office to process the necessary documentation for students attending excursions. I believe we are very generous, setting the cut off date usually the night before the day of the excursion. This means that our office staff are working after hours to make up excursion handbooks for teachers. These handbooks have emergency contact and signed parent permission information that is needed on the day of the excursion. Student medication is also made available the night before. Thus, we cannot process excursion money and permission notes on the day of the excursion. Mistakes are more likely to happen if we don’t follow processes.

Thank you for understanding why we have excursion processes in place and please see Mrs Rogers, our Business Manager if you are have any financial

difficulties that might impact you paying for your child’s excursion on time.

Issues with other Students

From time to time students will experience conflict with another student. It is important for parents to note that if they feel the need to intervene to help their child to deal with the issue, the only cause of action for them is to contact the school and let either the classroom teacher or our leadership team deal with the issue. At no times should parents confront the other student or their parents to directly fix the issue themselves. Experience says that this doesn’t work and usually causes more issues.

Teachers Continuing As Learners

On Tuesday evening, our teachers and integration aides spent two hours working with Tom Brunzell, Director of Berry Street, revising our wellbeing program and the most effective strategies to engage ALL students in their learning. I am extremely proud of how our school has embraced Positive Education and how it is now part of our school’s DNA. All students understand our school values and how they need to behave to demonstate them in the classroom, school grounds and hopefully at home.

2020 Foundation Students

School tours for 2020 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.

Easter Raffle

Thanks you to all of the families who have donated Easter Eggs to our school’s Easter raffle. PCA will be wrapping prizes this Friday morning. If you are available to help please contact the office. Prizes will be drawn at our last assembly for the term on Friday 5 April.

School Assembly

Normal Friday morning assemblies will resume this week in the Wentworth Building.

Anzac Day Holiday

Please note that in the first week of next term, Thursday 25 April is a Public Holiday. Students are not required at school on this day. Our Year 6 students will be conducting Anzac Day lessons for our younger classes and an assembly on Wednesday 24 April. JSC representatives will be selling Anzac Day badges $2&$3 and wrist bands $4&$5 for the RSL from this week onwards.

Curriculum Days

Our last Curriculum Day for the year will be on Friday 26 April. Students are not required to attend school on this days.

Last Day of the Term for Students

Our last day of the term is Friday 5 April. Students will dismiss from their classrooms at 2:30pm. The Wentworth Avenue school crossing will be supervised by Sharon, our school crossing supervisor.

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

School Cross Country

A beautiful day greeted the students for the annual school cross country. A huge thank you must go to Mr Davey for organising the event. Staff were extremely impressed by the turn out of parents and the effort shown by our students to persist and dig deep to give their best. Cross country running takes persistence and determination. Two character strengths that are needed to thrive in life. Next term our students will be selected to represent our school in the Rowville District event at Jells Park. I am hoping that our students devote some regular time to train over the holiday period as I know that Mr Davey and his team of teachers will be conducting training from now on until the District event.

Easter Raffle

We are now collecting prizes for our Easter Raffle. If each student could donate an Easter egg to the school, the PCA would be able to make over 100 prizes. The raffle will be drawn at our final Friday morning assembly for the term.

Year 1 Olden Days Dress Up

Our Year 1 students came to school on Wednesday dressed up in olden day clothes. Sadly, it brought back memories of my school life many years ago. Chalk boards, hopscotch games and skipping ropes were the order of the day. Their classrooms were set up in a traditional fashion with boys on one side and girls on the other. In the afternoon, we had a very enthusiastic bunch of grandparents on hand to share their experiences of school and life when they were young. A huge thank you

must go to our Year 1 teachers for organising such a wonderful day.

School Assembly

As we are having school photos this Friday, we will not be having a whole school assembly this week. Next Friday we will have two weeks of awards to present.

Curriculum Days

Our last Curriculum Day for the year will be on Friday 26 April. Students are not required to attend school on this day.

Last Day of the Term for Students

Our last day of the term is Friday 5 April. Students will be dismissed from their classrooms at 2:30pm. The Wentworth Avenue school crossing will be supervised by Sharon, our school crossing supervisor.

Parliament and Civics Education Rebate Program

With our trip to our Nation’s Capital, our students were

given the opportunity to participate in a variety of

educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history,

culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian

Government recognises the importance of all young

Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding per student (under the towards those costs). The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion and this rebate was built in to the cost of the camp.

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Preparing to Smash a Day at School

To achieve anything in life we need to be prepared.

For students to be successful at school they need to start the day with a healthy breakfast. Much talk is taking place in the media about the amount of processed sugar students are consuming. I’m not a dietician but I urge parents to read the cereal box. You might be alarmed by some cereals’ sugar content.

Next, the BIG ONE. Get to school before the bell. That means in the classroom and ready before the second bell. Learning starts at 8:45 am. Although we have improved greatly in this area, we still have a small group of late comers each day. Missing just five minutes a day equates to missing 16.6 days of school per year. That’s a heap of valuable learning time missed.

Teachers have got the learning organised during the day but students can’t be at their optimal attention levels if they are tired. Students need ten hours of sleep per night. If students are not able to concentrate in class then valuable information will be missed and not retained in the brain. Like well-tuned athletes, our students need to be prepared to smash a day’s learning at Park Ridge Primary School. Students shouldn’t be accessing screens before bed. I’m all for using technologies, however, plan for use before dinner rather than something to be used before bedtime.

Eating a healthy breakfast, being punctual, reducing to nil screen time before bed and getting enough sleep will go a long way to being successful at school.

Easter Raffle

We are now collecting prizes for our Easter Raffle. If each student could donate an Easter egg to the school, the PCA would be able to make over 100 prizes. The raffle will be drawn at our final Friday morning assembly for the term.

Curriculum Days

Our last two Curriculum Days for the year are Monday 18 March (next Monday) and Friday 26 April. Students are not required to attend school on these days.

Second hand Uniform Sale

A large crowd of eager parents were on hand to find a bargain at the Second Hand Uniform sale on Wednesday. Our PCA do a wonderful job selling preloved school uniforms. Money raised from these sales support our students in our school who are in need of extra financial assistance. This Friday morning after assembly, our PCA will be holding its Annual General Meeting for 2019. Please come along and support this extremely important School Council sub-committee group who do a wonderful job raising funds for the school.

Swimming Team

The Park Ridge Swimming Team competed at the District Swimming Carnival on February 17. The team consisted of 25 students across Years 4, 5 and 6 who all represented our school in fantastic fashion. Outstanding performances on the day included Lachlan C and Blake P who came second in 50m backstroke. Luca I who came first in Breastroke, Madi M who came second in Freestyle and Tyler C who came first in Butterfly. These students all competed at the Division finals on March 6 and a further congratulations should go to Blake P who came second once again, and will go on to compete at the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Finals on March 15, good luck! Mr Davey would like to thank all the students who tried out for the team, you all showed tremendous character and can hold your heads up high.

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

We Encourage Risk Taking

As learners, we grow by taking risks. Risks that are safe and in a supportive environment. Last week, with our Year 6 students on camp, four of our Year 5 students came forward to read out the awards at our Friday assembly. Sophie, Abi, Chloe and Tahlia stepped out of their comfort zone to present the awards. All four students did a wonderful job. Confident public speaking is a skill we want to instil in all of our students before they leave primary school.

Sensational Artists

An important aspect of our Positive Education program is for our students to identify and develop their strengths. Recently, Mr Hall, our Art teacher, has been working with our Year 6 students to develop their drawing skills. Pictured, is Cassie’s portrait of Caira. A very close resemblance indeed. Our Specialist programs gives all students the opportunity to develop strengths outside the classroom activities of literacy and numeracy.

Foundation Picnic

On Tuesday evening, we had an enthusiastic group of Foundation parents and students attend the annual Foundation picnic. Perfect weather was on hand which added to the success of the night. Our Foundation students relished the opportunity to play on the ‘big kids’ playground. As expected, our new students to Park Ridge have settled in very well to their new surroundings and are flourishing in their classrooms. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to chat with families and hear the positive ‘start to school’ stories. All families were appreciative of the opportunities provided by our Preptastic program to assist their child’s

transition to school. Our school student leaders were on hand to assist with the picnic and our new synthetic grass was a perfect location for a picnic.

Easter Raffle

We are now collecting prizes for our Easter Raffle. If each student could donate an Easter egg to the school, the PCA would be able to make over 100 prizes. The raffle will be drawn at our final Friday morning assembly for the term.

Curriculum Days

Our last two Curriculum Days for the year are Monday 18 March and Friday 26 April. Students are not required to attend school on these days.

Labour Day

Monday 11 March is a public holiday. Students are not required at school on this day.