Focus - 20th May 2021



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From the Principal

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

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.

Cross Country

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;

  • Model positive behavior to our child and other children.
  • Communicate constructively with the school and use expected processes and protocols when raising concerns.
  • Support school staff to maintain a safe learning environment for all students.
  • Follow the school’s communication and complaints processes.
  • Treat all school leaders, staff, students, and other members of the school community with respect.
  • Ensure our child attends school on time.
  • Take an interest in our child’s school and learning.
  • Work with the school to achieve the best outcomes for our child.

If your child was to come home with an issue that he/she is concerned with –

  • Stop
  • Listen to your child – remembering that their account is their interpretation only
  • Offer your advice - most times that is enough.

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.

Leanne Bradney

And Now A Word From Mrs Richards

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:

  • Sitting down with a book provides children with a time for quiet and calmness in their busy lives.
  • Stories can stimulate imagination and play.
  • Reading provides parents with more opportunities to bond with their children.
  • Stories provoke curiosity and discussion.
  • Books provide inspiration, thought and reflection.
  • Reading a variety of books exposes children to a wide range of language features and vocabulary.
  • Listening to stories assists in the development of  literacy skills and language development.
  • Exposure to books contributes to the understanding of print concepts (e.g. left to right, top to bottom).
  • Books and stories fill a child’s mind with knowledge.
  • Look at these great new books that are in the process of being covered and placed in our class libraries!

Mr Bainbridge's Bulletin

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.’

School Photographs - Thursday May 27th 2021

What's Happening!


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. 

Grade 1

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!

Grade 2

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.

Grade 3

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. 

Grade 4

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!!

Grade 5/6

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.


Values Awards - May 3rd 2021


FoundationExcellence: For demonstrating excellence with your fantastic reading.Lachie F
1Excellence: For consistently striving to be the best student you can be each and every session.Emmalin B
2Excellence: For consistently displaying determination and trying his best across all learning areas.Jacob F
3Respect: For always showing respect to his teachers and peers and making strong choices that support his learning.Sullivan W
4Excellence: For listening carefully to feedback from her teachers and using it to improve her work. Sadie B
5Respect: To a student who optimises respect through her actions, behaviour and co-operation with students and teachers.Ruby McW
6Responsibility: For always taking ownership over her learning and working to the best of her ability.Kassia H

Star of the Week - May 7th 2021

00GMaggie AFor your amazing efforts with your reading. Well done Maggie!
00JHenry DFor confidently completing his weekend recount writing.
00NDanny SFor working hard to improve his reading, especially that tricky 'g'!
00SNoah EFor impressing Miss Strong with his beautiful manners and having a wonderful week at school.
00SIssy SFor working hard to complete all tasks and displaying a wonderful attitude all week!
00TLucinda BFor your amazing contribution to class discussions. Well done Lucinda!
01BBlake MFor his persistence when writing his alliteration this week. Well done Blake!
01JTeagan NFor working hard consistently in all areas of your learning! Well done!
01MCharley LFor always listening beautifully and following instructions carefully! Great work, Charley!
01PScarlett FFor working really hard in reading groups, demonstrating awesome focus and determination!
01RNina DFor always being encouraging and helpful to your peers in the classroom. Well done.
02BMicah KFor listening to feedback on your writing task and making good choices to improve your work. Well done Micah.
02DDominic RFor showing cooperation skills by listening, sharing ideas and working well on projects with others.
02MJack McWFor always working consistently to complete all tasks. Jack is a reliable, helpful and involved class member.
02NJake HFor excellent effort on home reading and Red Flag Word study. Well done Jake.
02TAsta JFor her enthusiasm towards all tasks and being a wonderful helper and friend!
03DKade McCFor his terrific persuasive writing piece 'All classrooms should have a pet' Well done Kade
03GCaitlyn MFor her ability to take on feedback to make improvements to her written work. Well done!
03HEmma HFor using excellent emotive language choices to make her persuasive writing more convincing. Well done Emma!
03JEvie MFor using feedback to edit and improve her persuasive writing. Well done!
03RRiley CFor her ability to link her reasons and examples during persuasive writing!
04BZoe HFor helping others, and her maturity to make good decisions in the classroom and yard.
04BLily BFor helping others, and her maturity to make good decisions in the classroom and yard.
04HKatie AFor improved focus and work ethic during set tasks. Well done!
04PJasper NFor trying to vary his use of vocabulary to include Tier 2 words, verbs and adverbs within his writing. Keep up the great work Jasper.
04RTaylor CFor a sensational job organising the Grade 4 ipads and laptops this week!
56BMia FFor always demonstrating active listening during all classroom discussions.
56CHarry AFor producing writing of a good standard and generally working to the best of his abilities.
56CParker O'LFor demonstrating persistence, resilience and his valuable contribution to classroom discussion.
56ETessa LFor displaying a high level of focus this week and taking on feedback.
56GKei FFor her wonderful attitude towards all classroom work, setting an extremely high standard for her classmates.
56GAtalay SFor his high level of infectious enthusiasm and the positive energy he brings daily.
56HEmily MFor always coming to school with a smile and working to the best of her ability in all areas.
56HEloise LFor always offering to help out her peers and teachers with a smile and positive attitude.
56SZac WFor always trying his best and being a great role model.
56UNathan IFor the positive energy, enthusiasm and smile he brings to school and our class on a daily basis.
56UIndia SFor trying her best in all class activities and always having a positive attitude towards taking on feedback to improve her work.

Values Awards - May 10th 2021


FoundationCooperation: For working cooperatively with her peers inside and outside the classroom.Willow D
1Respect: For displaying empathy and kindness towards your peers and teachers and for finding the positives in all situations. Isabella W
2Integrity:  For always being the best version of ‘you’ each and every day. You are such a great role model Eliza.Eliza O
3Excellence: For always being a hardworking student who consistently demonstrates an excellent work ethic and pursues her personal best. Indi H
4Respect: 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
5Excellence: For always striving to be her best across all learning areas.Stella B
6Co-operation: For a student who always gets along with his peers and teachers. He is kind, empathetic and
Denver C

Star of the Week - May 14th 2021

00GSeb KFor being a respectful listener and a kind friend to everyone in Foundation G.
00JAdriana SFor always completing tasks with creativity and excellence!
00NRagem OFor his positive attitude and friendly play.
00SGeorgia TFor always working incredibly hard to complete tasks and being an outstanding class helper!
00TKai WFor following class rules and expectations so well. Awesome work Kai!
01BValentina G-RFor being a caring friend in 1B. Thank you for spreading kindness Valentina.
01JAxel MFor being creative and thoughtful when creating your Haiku poems.
01MMaya CFor giving her best effort and showing persistence when writing Haiku poems this week!
01PStella LFor showing great resilience this week and working hard editing her recount.
01RLewis HFor working hard on your reading and building your fluency and comprehension. Well done.
02BAoife DFor putting your best efforts into your learning particularly during our Group Maths topic on Subtraction. Well done Aoife!
02DLevi IFor your efforts to increase your organisation skills and for taking responsibility of your learning. Keep it up!
02MJett SFor his outstanding handwriting. His cursive handwriting is beautiful, the formations are correct and his exit kicks are amazing.
02NAmity HFor always being a positive and friendly student. Well done Amity
02TAbby PFor her excellent efforts with procedural writing! Well done!
03DLevi MFor always having a positive attitude and approaching all learning tasks with enthusiasm. Well done!
03DMinnie CFor completing all tasks to the best of her ability and having an enthusiastic attitude to learning.
03GNicole ZFor her well written persuasive on changing a rule or law. Great work.
03GTaylor L JFor always trying your best at all tasks and for demonstrating persistence when attempting more challenging tasks.
03HSebastian IFor working productively and cooperatively during our applied topic on Chance. Keep up the great work Seb!
03JRose BFor her wonderful effort on persuasive writing tasks. Well done!
03JJaxon TFor working consistently well on all class tasks. Impressive!
03REvie SFor her wonderful effort on persuasive writing tasks and being a positive role model!
04BDayn MFor being consistently being organised, ready to learn and keeping his work space neat and tidy.
04HJames MFor his improved focus and initiative inside the classroom.
04HMadi PFor her determination and positive attitude during all set tasks.
04PScarlett AFor trying hard to build her understandings in maths. Keep up the goodwork Scarlett.
04RLyra MFor displaying strong levels of confidence when becoming involved in class conversations!
56BDan DFor always being a fantastic role model to his peers.
56BEmily DFor making positive and insightful contributions in class.
56CLucy MFor working diligently across all areas and displaying a positive attitude in the classroom.
56CMilan HFor working hard to improve her writing and her excellent behaviour in the classroom.
56ELuke DFor working hard on his persuasive texts this week. Keep it up.
56ETara JFor completing all tasks to a high standard.
56GZali CFor outstanding effort throughout NAPLAN.
56HOliver MFor always being a kind, caring and respectful student and peer.
56SCharlotte CFor being a terrific role model and always trying her best
56SNoah WFor being an outstanding role model and helping others!
56UZoe MFor using various techniques in her persuasive writing to engage her reader.
56USeb MFor his efforts and success in improving his persuasive writing work.

Camp Australia

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.

 – 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.

Click here to find out more about Camp Australia's program at our school, including hours of operation and fees. To attend care, you must register your child. Register now for free.