Our Programs

Learning Programs

"The students had a very good time if the laughter and applause is anything to go by.  Our new Challenge course was christened in spectacular fashion with astounding leaps and feats of skill shown.  Well done to the students, it makes our efforts here so worthwhile.  The camp was left in very good order and a big thank you to all concerned for taking care and respecting the camp’s facilities."

Comment from the caretaker at Hamilton Downs after the recent Year 6 camp, June 2013

 VISIBLE LEARNING

Since 2013, we have been implementing the work based on the research of Professor John Hattie. The qualities of the Effective Learner have been worked through with our students and staff and our posters were designed to remind us all of what we at Ross Park do to assist our learning. They are attached at the bottom of this page. They are:

Challenge; Reflect; Question; Share; Persist

 

Ross Park uses the Australian Curriculum and the Northern Territory Curriculum Framework outcomes as the basis for its programs, in the following Key Learning Areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Studies of Society and Environment
  • The Arts - Music, Dance, Drama , Art/Craft
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technology
  • Languages Other Than English (L.O.T.E.)

The school is responsible for timetabling, integrating key learning areas and assisting teachers to select learning experiences and assessment methods from curriculum approved by the Northern Territory Board of Studies.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Students from a background where English is their second language receive support through an ESL program. Support is delivered in two ways:

  • Mainstream Support where the ESL teacher works with the classroom teacher to modify the class learning program and also with the student in a support role within the classroom.
  • Withdrawal Support where students are taken from the classroom for intensive learning experiences with the ESL teacher.

Information Technology
 

Our classes all have a number of iPads and iPad minis. These are used for group work e.g. in literacy lessons, as well as for individual work in and out of the classroom.

Each classroom has at least two PCs that are connected to the Internet and a network printer. These computers are used to support the learning that takes place in the classroom. The school also has digital cameras, including video cameras, scanners and data projectors for teachers to use in class programs. There is an interactive whiteboard in the library.

In 2007, we used the Investing in our Schools federal government's grant to purchase a large LCD screen for every learning area. These are used with a computer for interactive learning. During 2008, 24 laptops were added to the ICT resources for student use. In 2011, an additional 24 Macbooks were purchased and an iPad for each class.

Sets of iPads and laptops were purchased in 2015 so that all classes now have easy access to devices.

They are very popular learning tools in all classes!

Specialist Programs
Each class is timetabled to attend a weekly 90 minute lesson in two specialist programs including Music, Dance/Drama, Science and Health or History. 

Students with special needs access a range of specialist programs coordinated by the Learning Support Unit.

Library
Staff
Teacher: Ms Lisa Wallace,  Assistant Mrs Sharon Bird
 

Borrowing
Each class has a weekly allocated borrowing time. Students are encouraged to exchange their books regularly. The library is open from 8am until 3.30 daily including recess and lunchtime (closed recess Monday).
Computer games, board games and other play activities are available as well as browsing and borrowing. We have an extensive collection of fiction, non-fiction and picture story books for younger and older readers.  If books are lost or damaged a $10 fee is charged as a contribution to a new book.

Once students are above reading Level 30 they are introduced to our Lexile program. Students take an online test to establish their Lexile reading level and are then directed to the shelves where Lexile books are displayed. These books help to develop students’ reading and comprehension skills. When students have read a Lexile book they are encouraged to complete an online quiz that can be accessed at home or school.

Our theme based library displays are updated weekly.

Coffee Table Books

Our coffee table features a different author each week. Picture books for older readers are showcased here.

Junior Fiction

We have a great selection of junior fiction, organised into series and displayed in spinners which allow easy access for our younger students.

Senior Fiction

Our senior fiction books are usually organised in series. Some of our more popular series are Goosebumps, Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Star Wars.

There is also a general section!

Volunteers

Volunteers are always welcome in the library.  

Learning Support Unit
Learning Support Staff include:

  • a full time Special Education Teacher
  • a full time Special Education Assistant
  • a 0.5 (part time) SupportTeacher
  • Special Education Support Assistants (SESAs)

Students with special needs are supported in their classroom environment by the intervention team members. Occasionally these students are withdrawn for intensive skills sessions.

The Learning Support staff employ the following strategies to ensure students with special needs feel safe and included in the school's programs:

  • collaborative planning with teachers
  • weekly meetings with teachers whom they support
  • withdrawal for skills only eg phonics, reading and some maths
  • working in the classroom with students
  • open lines of communication between students, teachers and parents

Swimming
Students in junior classes participate in a two week swimming program that runs in second semester. Lessons are held daily for 30 minutes. Students are bussed to the Town Pool where they are grouped according to swimming ability. Austswim trained instructors supervise the program.

Bluearth
This program incorporates physical fitness with student wellbeing. A number of teachers are trained in the program and it is very popular with our students.

Music
Many musical activities occur at Ross Park. Various choirs and instrumental instruction lessons take place and a number of private tutors visit the school to provide lessons on site.

Languages Other Than English
Learning a second language is an important element in a student's education. The Alice Springs Language Centre delivers 4 languages to primary schools - Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Arrernte. 

The purpose is to provide opportunities for students to develop their intercultural awareness and have an appreciation of different languages and cultures. Students study the language and culture for one semester and then change to a different one. In middle and senior years, students then choose a language they want to learn.