Inclusion and Diversity

As you know, at Park Ridge Primary School we have a strong culture of respect and inclusion, including respect for each student’s individual learning pathways. These ideals are part of the everyday conversations that we have as a staff group and with our students. Our school is also diverse, something that I know we all value, and something that adds to our students’ emotional intelligence and the breadth of their learning.

From time to time, some of our students may need extra support in relation to their behaviours or their learning. We are committed to ensuring these supports are provided, and making sure all our students are in a safe and supportive learning environment at our school. These may include

developing behaviour management plans and individual learning plans;

including students in learning intervention programs;

regularly talking about respectful relationships and what this means;

regularly meeting with parents in student support groups;

providing social and emotional regulation programs; and

engaging additional services through our well-being team, which includes SSS staff, outside agencies and specialist professionals to support our students when they need it.

School Standards

Over the next two weeks, our Year 3 & 5 students are completing NAPLAN tests in Spelling and Grammar, Reading, Writing and Mathematics. A decision was made yesterday by our leadership team not to get the students to complete the testing online but revert back to the paper tests. 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 and from Year 5 to Year 7. 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.

Open Night

Our Open Night is coming!

I am looking forward to seeing all of our families at our school on Tuesday 28 May from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. 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 specialist areas.

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.