Curriculum Day - Friday 21st May
Friday 21st May will be a Pupil Free Day. Staff will be undertaking Professional Learning around the topic of assessment.
Parkdale Primary School has a compulsory Uniform Policy. A uniform dress code reinforces in students, pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community, and assists in developing pride in representing their school. It promotes equality amongst all students and develops a sense of pride in, and identification with our school. We understand that occasionally children will come to school out of uniform. We ask that if this occurs that the alternative clothing be of a similar colour to the uniform and as plain as possible, e.g. without popular branding.
Please note: Beanies need to be plain navy blue in line with the school colours.
School photos will take place next Thursday 27th May. All children need to wear the full school uniform, NO SPORTS UNIFORM.
Well done to our Grade 3 and 5 students who have completed their NAPLAN tests for 2021.
We are incredibly proud of all our students’ achievements throughout the year.
Congratulations to the PPS children who participated in the District Cross Country today. Our School placed 1st.
Foundation Enrolments 2022
Enrolment forms for Foundation students starting in 2022 have been sent home. Please return these as soon as possible. All enrolment forms need to be returned by Monday 21st June.
Parkdale Primary School’s Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct sets out our behavioural expectations of all members in this school community, including the Principal, all school Staff, Parents, Students and Visitors. It respects the diversity of individuals in our school community and addresses the shared responsibilities of all members in building safe and respectful school communities. The full version of the Code of Conduct can be found on the school website.
As parents, we will;
If your child was to come home with an issue that he/she is concerned with –
You might find your child then very quickly moves on and has dealt with the concern in their own way.
If you feel as a Parent that the concern/issue needs to be brought to the attention of the school; make a time to speak with your child’s teacher. The teacher is there to listen and to help resolve any issues that might arise with students, teachers and parents. If necessary then contact the Year Level Co-ordinator, Assistant Principal or Principal.
Please remember when your children are at school they are under the direct authority of the Parkdale Staff. Any issues which arise will be investigated by the school. Under no circumstances are parents to approach children or Parents in the yard.
No matter how tired I am at the end of a day I rarely go straight to sleep without reading at least a chapter of my book. I love to read and that feeling of being totally lost in the world of the book that I am reading is one that I really enjoy. Through books we can explore different worlds, different times, different cultures and different characters. Books can take us on emotional journeys: they can make laugh and they can make us cry.
In our busy world full of technology and screen time, here are some reasons why we should read every day:
1. Mental stimulation- keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing its power!
2. Stress Reduction- a good book can transport you to another world and distract you from problems.
3. Knowledge - everything you read fills your head with new bits of information.
4. Vocabulary Expansion – the more words you read, the more you gain exposure to and then begin to use in your everyday vocabulary.
5. Memory Improvement – when you read a book you have to remember characters, plots and subplots.
6. Improved Focus and Concentration – when you read a book all of your attention is focused on the story.
7. Reading can help you sleep – reading at the end of the day can relax you, making it easier to fall asleep.
8. Decrease screen time – turn off the TV /phone/computer and read a book.
9. You become an excellent role model for your children – when they see you enjoying a book they are more likely to want to read themselves.
A love of reading is a stepping stone to becoming an enthusiastic learner and a confident reader, writer and speaker. With confidence and enthusiasm, children can enjoy a wonderful world of learning and exploration. These are just some of the many reasons why it is important to cultivate a love of reading in children:
Last week we had a visit from Tim Richardson, the State Member for Mordialloc. He met with our Environmental Leaders to gain an insight into the sustainability at our school. Our leaders spoke informatively about the sustainable actions we take and of the initiatives that they have instigated. They showed Tim where the Grade 3 Hub was located that is housing our newly installed Solar Power system.
A few words from our Environmental Leaders:
Kei F, ‘It was interesting meeting him because we were able to talk about what we did at school and in STEM.’
Danko K, ‘It was nice to talk to Tim because we were able to talk to him easily because we were passionate about what we were talking about. I talked to him about our school garden.’
Josh P, ‘It was cool meeting someone from the State Government. He was really nice and loved hearing about our school and our environmental programs. The photoshoot was funny to do because it was at recess and there were other kids walking through it.’
Mienna L, ‘We all had something different to talk about and I spoke about Nude Food and how it works at our school.’
In Foundation, over the past fortnight we have been revising the short vowel sounds (a e i o u). We have also learnt 3 new sounds – h, f, and l. We have also been learning to make ‘text-to-self connections’, making connections between a book and our own experiences. It is a great idea to ask your child if the story reminds them of something in their life! This strategy helps build comprehension - understanding what they are reading. We have also been practising ‘sequencing’, looking at different procedures and steps involved using special ‘time order words’ such as first, next, last. This week we followed a procedure to make some fairy bread!
Next week as part of our Inquiry ‘Healthy Me’ unit, we are focusing on healthy teeth. We will be sending home a donated ‘dental hygiene’ pack with a toothbrush and toothpaste to assist your child in learning how to brush their teeth thoroughly, following the correct steps.
If you have any shoe boxes lying around the house, please send to school over the next 2 weeks. As part of our Inquiry unit, we will be using these shoe boxes, this would be greatly appreciated.
In Grade 1 this week we have wrapped up our two Maths topics, Subtraction and Chance. We will be moving onto our new Number topic of Patterns, and our Applied topic of Data and Graphs.
We also began our new writing focus this week, learning about Procedural writing. We had a lot of fun following a directed drawing and writing instructions to go with it! We are continuing our Word Study focus on Longer Spelling Right After a Short Vowel Sound, which includes spelling choices of ‘-ck’, ‘-tch’ and ‘-dge’. Keep an eye out for these sound cards in your sound packs over the next couple of weeks.
Just a reminder to please help your child practise singing their concert song at home as we have limited opportunities to practise at school and our recording day is approaching fast!
Halfway through this term, we are rocketing along with our writing topics. We have finished our genre of procedures - which we have loved - and are now beginning POETRY. Over the next couple of weeks we will cover a range of different types of poetry such as acrostic, diamante and rhyming couplets. We can’t wait!
In our Maths groups we have finished our topic of SUBTRACTION and are beginning our new topic of PATTERNS. We encourage as much counting and skip counting practise at home. Essential Assessment is a great maths tool that the students can use for further understanding. (You can find your login details on your child’s reader cover). Our students are enjoying our maths topic of DATA, GRAPHS and CHANCE.
Students have been changing the states of matter by conducting experiments, discussing observations, making hypotheses and asking questions during our Inquiry lessons. We are loving the enthusiasm that the students are bringing to our sessions and the discussions that are being created.
We thank you for your continued support at home with daily reading and ongoing consolidation of Maths topics through Essential Assessment.
The Grade 3 teachers would like to congratulate our cohort of students on successfully completing their first round of NAPLAN testing over the last two weeks. We were extremely impressed with their effort and concentration throughout the four assessments.
Reading: The students have been developing their comprehension by reading various short read texts as a class, in pairs, and individually before answering questions about the text. They have also completed 5 benchmark tests which cover questions on all 12 reading comprehension strategies.
Writing: We have moved on from the persuasive writing genre and spent the last two weeks focusing on poetry. The students have created colour and haiku poems with the correct text structure and using excellent tier 2 words and descriptive vocabulary to make their poems more engaging.
Maths: In our class groups we have investigated the probability of various chance outcomes as well as collected data to draw conclusions by writing statements and questions. The students have completed a fractions pre-test this week which will inform our teaching and learning over the duration of this concept.
Inquiry: Continuing with our ‘We are one’ Indigenous history studies, the students have read and analysed Dreamtime stories, discovered what the term artefact means, and look at the similarities and differences between artefacts made by different cultures.
Wellbeing: Over the last fortnight the students have participated in a fun ‘Play is the Way’ game called ‘Alphabet’ which aims to build students’ communication and cooperation skills, as well as their resilience. During our Resilience Project lesson, we explored the meaning of empathy and describes the characteristics of an empathetic person.
In Grade 4 the students did an amazing job recently completing a range of assessments in Maths, Writing, Spelling and Reading. It was fantastic to see them all showing the school’s Super 6 Values throughout each task and they should be extremely proud of their efforts.
Writing: We have started focusing on better understanding Information Reports. By focusing on writing in the present tense, using factual information and improving our researching skills, the students have hit the ground running with this topic!
Maths: In Applied groups, students are beginning to learn about measuring and labelling angles. In Number groups we have transitioned into building our knowledge of dividing numbers.
Homework: A reminder that Word Study homework is still being assigned through Seesaw, while Maths is being completed through Essential Assessment. Reading is also to be recorded into the student diaries, including the number of pages being read each night.
Finally, please check in with your child to see how they’re going with their concert lyrics. Performance recordings are just around the corner!!
A big congratulations to all Grade 5 students for their efforts during NAPLAN testing this week.
Students completed their final week focusing on Persuasive writing. We have looked at how to structure an interesting and powerful conclusion, which includes the ‘knockout’ strategy.
We have continued to read our Mentor Text “A Long Walk to Water”, delving into the many challenges characters Nya and Salva face along their different journeys. We have also focused on how to form accurate inferences.
Students completed a Post Test for their Maths (Number) topics on Multiplication Concepts and Strategies (Grade 5) and Decimal Operations (Grade 6). Next week students will begin a unit on Division Concepts and Strategies (Grade 5) and Percentage (Grade 6). For Maths (Applied), students will begin a unit on Location and Transformation.
This week students have continued learning about the Scientific Method with a focus on research and how to create a hypothesis.
Congratulations to all those who participated in the District Cross Country today.
|Foundation||Excellence: For demonstrating excellence with your fantastic reading.||Lachie F|
|1||Excellence: For consistently striving to be the best student you can be each and every session.||Emmalin B|
|2||Excellence: For consistently displaying determination and trying his best across all learning areas.||Jacob F|
|3||Respect: For always showing respect to his teachers and peers and making strong choices that support his learning.||Sullivan W|
|4||Excellence: For listening carefully to feedback from her teachers and using it to improve her work.||Sadie B|
|5||Respect: To a student who optimises respect through her actions, behaviour and co-operation with students and teachers.||Ruby McW|
|6||Responsibility: For always taking ownership over her learning and working to the best of her ability.||Kassia H|
|Foundation||Cooperation: For working cooperatively with her peers inside and outside the classroom.||Willow D|
|1||Respect: For displaying empathy and kindness towards your peers and teachers and for finding the positives in all situations.||Isabella W|
|2||Integrity: For always being the best version of ‘you’ each and every day. You are such a great role model Eliza.||Eliza O|
|3||Excellence: For always being a hardworking student who consistently demonstrates an excellent work ethic and pursues her personal best.||Indi H|
|4||Respect: For being kind and considerate towards your peers and teachers. You are a shining example of how to treat others in a respectful manner, no matter who they are.||Ethan B|
|5||Excellence: For always striving to be her best across all learning areas.||Stella B|
|6||Co-operation: For a student who always gets along with his peers and teachers. He is kind, empathetic and|
Camp Australia – Guiding Children’s Growth
We are proud to partner with Camp Australia to provide our Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program.
Camp Australia programs are centered on child enrichment, while ensuring a reliable, engaging and hassle-free OSHC service at our school. Their engaged educators foster a safe, inclusive environment where children can relax, have fun and grow.
Your OSHC – OSHC that inspires
At Your OSHC by Camp Australia, every before school, after school and pupil free day program is tailored to the likes and interests of each child in service. Camp Australia’s educators design enriching experiences to inspire your children’s confidence, independence and imagination. In any one week, they could be participating in science experiments, active play, creative expression and more - they believe in learning through experience so that each child can grow.
Rocketeers – Extraordinary Holiday Adventures
Rocketeers by Camp Australia is a space for children to escape the ordinary and experience the extraordinary during their school holidays. Every school holiday break is a new mission for children to embark upon. With carefully designed programs, directed by the children and informed by family feedback, no two days are the same with Rocketeers. Experiences planned could include games, arts & crafts, sport, excursions, cooking, coding and more.