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A well supported instrumental music program exists for children from year 3 onwards (strings) and year 5 onwards (woodwind/brass/percussion). Students are able to participate in the school bands, orchestra and ensembles. Additionally choirs consisting of students in years 3 to 7 participate regularly in school life and competitions.

The school encourages student participation in national and state competitions. Gifted and talented activities are facilitated through school and district days of excellence and extension activities at school. Students with dramatic or artistic skills may participate in school music activities and our bi-annual creative arts night. Park Ridge actively promotes student leadership. The school captains and student councillors play an active role in decision-making. We also have sports house captains, playground leaders and peer mediators. School Captains participate in local and state wide student leadership forums. The student council coordinates fund raising activities for charities such as World Vision.

School sport includes inter-school competitions in touch football, netball, soccer, rugby league, AFL, basketball and cricket. Over the years Park Ridge has had success in many of these areas winning premierships in netball, futsal, touch football and rugby league. Sports days include track and field, cross-country running, and swimming, and students have competed successfully at district, regional and state level in many sports. The school has a heated swimming pool and all children have weekly lessons in terms 1 and 4. A commercially operated swimming school conducts learn-to-swim classes and squad training at the pool during the week for interested community members.

 

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