Welcome Back

Welcome back to Park Ridge for what is shaping up to be a very successful 2019. Students and staff have settled in well to the new year of learning. Thank you to all of the families who kept an eye out for the school over the holiday period. We have a number of new staff this year and I would like to welcome Rebecca Locking (Year 1 and Literacy Learning Specialist), Laura Bird (Year 3), Meagan Relf (Year 5) and Suzanna Hoffman (Music) and I hope that you have a wonderful time at Park Ridge.


Could parents please note that COMPASS is our main form of communication between school and home. We expect that parents are checking Compass regularly for newsletters, excursion notices and year and school level communications.

New Park Ridge Kids

This week we welcomed thirteen new Yr 1-6 students to Park Ridge Primary. Our friendly, caring classrooms makes it very easy for new students to transition into our school.

Teacher Professional Learning

Over the past two days our staff have been busily participating in mathematics professional learning. Although, our maths achievement data is exceptionally good, we still believe we can take the student achievement to another level. I look forward to sharing this journey with our parent community over the upcoming year. Scott Minetti, our Mathematics Learning Specialist will lead this initiative.

Being at School on Time

For us to achieve the optimal learning outcomes for students, we need to ensure that students are at school on time. This means that students are at their classrooms by 8:45 am. This year we again have classroom doors open by 8:30 in the morning. Students will be able to drop in the bag and get themselves ready for learning. There wouldn’t be too many occupations that would allow you to rock up late each day. We need to develop punctuality in our students. Yes, it is busy outside school in the morning. It might mean leaving five minutes earlier or finding another place to drop off the children.

Friday Morning Assembly

Our school assemblies will begin next Friday 8 February.  Parents are invited to attend all school assemblies. Our assemblies are an opportunity to recognise the great achievements of our students. Our first school assembly will begin next week with student awards being presented by our new school captains. School Captain badges will also be presented.

Entering and Exiting the School

All students and parents entering and exiting the school

from Wentworth Avenue must either use the main school entrance or the entrance next to the Music room. It is not a safe practise to walk past Room 1 and use the school driveway. Students and cars do not mix. For the safety of all, could parents and students please follow this expectation.

Parents ARE NOT to use the staff car park without the permission of the school principal.

Staffing for 2019

Principal – David Mann

Assistant Principal –Adele Gregson, Carrie Chalmers

Business Manager – Di Rogers

Office –Julie Bushby, Jenna McLaughlin, Jacinta Smith

Art – Craig Hall, Andrea Scott

Music – Suzanna Hoffman, Shae Edwards

Indonesian –Shane Merrett

Physical Education –Matthew Davey, Kirsten MacFadyen

Year 6 – Shaun Collett, Lisa Herridge, Olivia Leenheers, Jarrod Hicks

Year 5 – Rebecca Mulhall, Scott Minetti, Pat Gill, Meagan Relf, Julie Woodgate

Year 4 – Erin Scott, Skye Booth, Chris Hossack

Year 3 – Jamie Cooney, Courtney Yates, Laura Bird, Stuart McPherson

Year 2 – Natalie Yates, Kasey Leder, Georgia Lofthouse

Year 1 – Nicole Karanzoulis, Alicia Andersson, Rebecca Locking, Jessica Deans

Foundation – Connie Epstein, Rachel Manning, Caroline Marget. Natasha Searle

Reading Intervention – Anna Christofis, Jean Maxwell

Integration Aides – Trish Decelis, Lynda Veale, Ilsa Caddy, Marie Davis, Luke Schubert, Natalie Wilkins, Stella Vaccaro, Sharon Nyholm, Leisa Miller, Sonia Cross, Maria Nemec

Before and After School Care – Belinda Kirby, Karli Taylor, Ebony Silva

Getting to Know You Nights / Information Gathering

Year 1 – Year 6 Tuesday 12 February 3:30pm – 7:30pm

The Information Gathering session is a most valuable activity both parents and teachers will participate in during the year. It allows parents a chance to introduce themselves and provide the teacher with useful information with regard to their child.  There is an expectation that all parents will make time to see their child’s class teacher.  If the date or time does not suit you then please contact your child’s class teacher to arrange an alternative time.

Information will be sent home to parents next Monday and parents need to book an appointment online through Compass.

Handling the Hot Weather

In Term 1 it is extremely important for students to think when they are outside.  Students must wear a Park Ridge logo hat, drink water regularly and apply sunscreen when participating in activities outside.  Park Ridge is a Sunsmart school and thus we have decided to organise our Year 4/5/6 sport for Friday mornings when the sun is not so strong.  Being sensible in the sun is a priority for everyone. I expect that all students should be at school during hot days. Staying home on hot days is not developing resilience in our children.

Specialist Program

Park Ridge has a very extensive extra-curricula program, including a weekly Specialist program Students are expected to come prepared to participate in activities as required.  This would include runners for P.E. All Specialist begin tomorrow.  Please check with your child to find out what days they are involved in their Specialist program.