At Ross Park we recognise that highly effective teaching is the key to improving student learning throughout the school. We have established and outlined clear expectations concerning the use of evidence-informed teaching practices in all classrooms. All teachers understand and use effective teaching strategies to ensure that every student is engaged, challenged, and learning successfully. Staff collaborate regularly to ensure the implementation of effective pedagogical practices is consistent across the school. Leaders work alongside teachers to draw on a range of evidence to evaluate and continuously refine pedagogical practices to maximise their impact on student learning.
The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (2011) outlines the knowledge, practice and engagement required from teachers to ensure they know the students and how they learn (Standard 1) and create and maintain supportive learning environments (Standard 4). While these may look different across teachers, classrooms, and students, the need to create safe, supportive and responsive learning environments that provide all students with a chance to thrive is the key to success.
Ross Park Instructional Model
Whilst no Instructional Model captures the complexity, art, sacredness or science of teaching, these models are the foundation upon which consistent practice can be built across the school. The RPPS Instructional Model translates research into practical strategies and processes, and provides multiple opportunities for educators to reflect on aspects of their practice that could further impact student progress.
Our Waterholes represent the key components of our lesson structure (or series of lessons), and our Billabongs represent essential places to stop to ensure the learning journey is robust and meaningful.
School Wide Positive Behaviour and Engagement – SWPBE
Ross Park Primary School is committed to the implementation of a whole school approach to Positive Behaviour support for engagement and learning. We strive to provide an inclusive, supportive and safe learning environment, by developing an understanding of our values, and encouraging all students to live these values throughout the community.
Our approach aligns academic and behavioural systems to create an emphasis on explicitly teaching, monitoring, and rewarding appropriate behaviour for learning. This creates a positive school culture where all students can achieve their best. It is vital that these behaviours support engagement in learning and are not taught in isolation.
At Ross Park we have established a dedicated team to guide and review the implementation of SWPBE across the school. The team is a representation from across the school. The team accesses internal and external support in order to effectively drive the SWPBE effort.
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Learning Through Doing – LTD
Learning Through Doing is an engaging and hands-on approach to teaching mathematics. It includes:
- Whole School Programs
- Yearly Overviews
- Lesson Plans
- Assessment Tasks
- Hands-on Resources
We’re very excited to partner with LTD, to support engaging and meaningful learning in our maths lessons. LTD is an evidence-based program that aligns with our school’s Instructional Model, and introduces concepts through whole-class, small group and individual instruction.
Read Write Inc- RWI
Read Write Inc is an evidence-based program that teaches students phonemic awareness, phonics and grapheme correspondences, vocabulary, reading and spelling through blending and segmenting handwriting and sentence writing with regular assessments and data tracking to ensure students are taught at their point of need.
Read Write Inc has the following attributes:
- Explicit – clear, direct teaching
- Systematic – follows a plan, methodical and routine
- Cumulative – each skill is built upon the previous skill
- Sequential instruction – begins with basic concepts and progresses to more difficult concepts and elements
Read Write Inc is implemented in all classes from Transition to Year 2, and underpins intervention programs in Years 3-6.
In 2024, we are very excited to be embarking on the Street Science School Partnership Program. Street Science are experts at making science education seriously FUN and will help us build on our existing STEM culture, providing many more engaging learning opportunities for our students in this space. We recognise that science is not just an academic subject but plays a vital role in the development of each and every student, regardless of their personal or professional ambitions.
Street Science are dedicated to inspiring equity in STEM through this Partnership Program, elevating both students and educators within school communities to remove barriers to quality education and improve attitudes and outcomes.
As part of the Program, students will access live Street Science shows and enjoy hands-on experimentation through Classroom Kits matched to different science units throughout the year. Students and teachers will enjoy participating in a regular streamed science show online, and teachers will have access to high quality curriculum resources and digital content for classroom use.
The activities and resources related to this Partnership have strong curriculum links back to the classroom, will help prepare out students with STEM-skills for their futures, and promise to be a whole lot of fun! Full student participation is strongly encouraged so that they can all engage and be inspired by the opportunities that this Partnership provides our school community.
The Resilience Project
Ross Park learners are engaged in Social and Emotional Learning, integrated into daily programs and also as a distinct lesson. Students all use The Resilience Project Schools’ Program where they explore Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. Teachers’ Book Club text is The Resilience Project, recognising the need for adult wellbeing as well as children’s.
In 2022, Ross Park Primary School joined the Eco-Schools family, being recognised for our efforts with waste and recycling initiatives by being awarded a Bronze Award.
So who are Eco-Schools?
Eco-Schools is a well-established sustainability education framework active in 74 countries worldwide. Developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), Eco-Schools is a curriculum-integrated and participatory initiative, offering students a valuable platform to engage in active citizenship within their schools. This program extends its benefits not only to the schools but also to the broader community.
Northern Territory Learning Commission (NTLC)
The Northern Territory Learning Commission (NTLC) is a unique initiative in Australia that fosters collaborationbetween schools, the Department of Education and students. It empowers students as “partners in learning,” representing over half of young Territorians in public schools.
Students in Years 5 and 6 hold a two-year term as learning commissioners, with students in Year 6 becoming ambassadors to those in Year 5, supporting their contribution and ease with new learning. The NTLC at Ross Park contributes directly to strategy development at the school, region and system level, with the aim that it leads directly and authentically to ensure continuous improvement. The NTLC’s success lies in its commitment to student engagement and leadership, making it a model for best practices in the public sector.
The Ross Park Athletics Carnival is an annual event held each May – June for all students in Transition to Year 6. Rona Glyn Pre-School join the ‘big school’ to participate in running races which is always a highlight for children, families and teachers. The Athletics Carnival is held on Ross Park oval next to the primary school. All students earn points for their house teams to determine an overall winning team on the day. There are two awards for most outstanding sportsperson and two memorial awards donated in the memory of Bradley Abala for students who demonstrate exceptional skill and sportsmanship. Families are welcome to join us for all or part of the day and it is a wonderful community event.
The running and field events that students participate in are aligned to skills that students practise as part of their athletics lessons during PE and also correlate with events at the Alice Springs Interschool Athletics Carnival. Some events, such as High Jump, are held prior to Sports Day due to pressure of time. School Sports Day can be the beginning of a pathway for talented athletes to represent first their school, then move towards Territory representation if this is a goal. Students in Year 3 – 6 who perform outstandingly may be chosen to participate in the Alice Springs Interschool Athletics Championships which are usually held in June.
Our swimming carnival is an annual event held in October – November for students in Year 3 – 6. It is held at the Alice Springs Aquatic Centre. It complements the learn to swim program which is for students from Transition to Year 2 and highlights to students the continued importance of swimming in the Australian Curriculum. The events range from different stroke events to novelty races and shorter distances across the width of the pool. All swimming abilities are catered for and the day is huge fun!
Students compete for their House teams, all earning points for racing with the goal of their house winning the shield. Students who achieve excellent results at our carnival may be offered the opportunity to participate in the Alice Springs Interschool Swimming Championships which is held each March.
A two-week swimming program is held each year for Year T‑2 students. A parent contribution is required to cover the cost of pool entry and qualified swimming instructors who teach the lessons. Back to School vouchers may be allocated by parents towards the program and this must be arranged in Term 1.
All schools have the opportunity to participate in a range of sports in school time over the school year to develop student interest and engagement in possibly joining clubs outside of the school context. Interschool sport is organised through School Sport NT who have a regional coordinator for Central Region. The programs are developed with the support of local sporting bodies. There are annual regional events in athletics, swimming, cross country, orienteering, gymnastics and tennis. Some sports also organise gala days prior to the commencement of their sporting season in conjunction with School Sport.
Students who excel in a particular sport can opt, if chosen, to represent Central Region Schools in Territory Championships. Northern Territory teams are formed from the regional championships to represent the Territory in Australian Championships. There is a cost involved in all of these opportunities and students must have forms signed by the principal to endorse their selection as a positive role model for Alice Springs and Ross Park.
The sports include:
- Touch Football
- Track and Field
The Centralian Eisteddfod Council encourages talent within our community. The Eisteddfod is a platform where performers are nurtured to grow in confidence and are provides with informed, constructive feedback from experienced adjudicators. The Centralian Eisteddfod is designed to encourage participation, to inspire and to recognise excellence and to present new challenges each year. The Eisteddfod Council believes that this will promote the creative and performing arts, nurturing awareness and appreciation.
Each year Ross Park has numerous class, group and individual entries ranging from choral or prepared readings, scripted performances, choir performances or singing as a soloist. Students who participate grow immeasurably in confidence and enjoy the process of choosing, practising and committing to a performance with all that entails. Their faces glow with pride when they have achieved performing on a stage and seen the outcome of months of hard work and preparation.
There are two ‘opt-in’ choirs at Ross Park; a junior choir made up of Year 3 and 4 students, and a senior choir made up of Year 5 and 6 students. Rehearsals are held in class time once per week. The choirs regularly perform to the school community in the fortnightly assembly. They also perform to the wider community in events such as the Centralian Eisteddfod, Desert Song Festival and the Todd Mall Markets.
NT Music School
NT Music School is a government (public) school within the NT Department of Education. Our mission is to provide instrumental, ensemble and choral tuition, music education services, support, events and programs to government schools throughout the NT. Instrumental lessons are offered during school hours for students in Year 4- 9 on flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, trumpet, trombone and percussion. Lessons are free with a $100 contribution requested on placement in the program. Instrument hire from $100 available through NT Music School. Sports Vouchers accepted to assist with cost of hiring instruments. Choir is by audition only and rehearsals are held after school.
Ross Park Concert Band
Ross Park Concert Band was formed in 2023 and is growing before our eyes with some very talented musicians. Rehearsals are at Ross Park on Tuesday mornings at 7.30am and are run by Matthew Owen from the NT Music School. Students will be invited to participate when they are deemed ready to do so.
NT Music School Performance – The Beat
The Alice Beat Festival is the NT Department of Education’s annual performing arts showcase held at Araluen Theatre. Performances feature primary and secondary students from schools across the Alice Springs and Barkly regions. Ross Park students can be involved in various ways, including being a part of the massed choir, as a host, a vocal soloist, or as an instrumentalist in one of the NT Music School’s ensembles.