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The SRC is made up of representatives from Years 3 — 6. Children are elected for six months to a year and receive a badge to wear at school. The SRC is involved in many school activities — greeting guests, helping in School Council decision making, organising social events, advising the principal on issues, raising funds for worthy causes, school improvement projects and much more. It is an excellent experience in responsibility, leadership and citizenship for students.
As Eco Rangers we aim to make a difference to the Ross Park School Community by showing other students that we all can contribute to the sustainability of our environment. By being aware of how our actions can impact nature, we can take care of it and enjoy it for many years to come.
The Eco Rangers consists of 12 – 14 students from years 3 – 6. This group of students meets once a week to work on projects which are in line with the mission statement and reflect other activities and events in the school, as well as our school values. An example of this is the Eco Rangers having a Mother’s Day stall where students could make their mother’s a gift using eco-friendly and repurposed products.
To become an Eco Ranger, students go through an election process and are chosen by their peers and facilitating teachers.
The roles and responsibilities of Team Leaders are:
Year 6 students self-nominate and are elected by the Year 3 – 6 classes in their house and staff
Four or Five team leaders per house team (depending on number of nominees and student enrolment numbers)
Two boys and girls at least per house
Uphold the values of Ross Park and to be role models to other students.
Organise and run lunchtime games on a regular basis.
Take responsibility for running and organisation of houses at Athletics and Swimming Carnival
Host and organise special sporting events e.g. teacher vs student sports
Lead House meetings leading up to major/special events.
Assist programs in Junior school e.g. running fitness activities, Jnr Wet n Wild day etc.
The Ross Park athletics carnival is an annual event held each May – June for Transition to Year 6. Rona Glyn Pre-School comes for a period of the day to participate in running races. It is held on Ross Park oval next to the primary school. Students earn points for their house teams to have an overall team winner on the day.
The running and field events that students participate in are aligned to events for primary school students. There are two awards for most outstanding sportsperson and two memorial awards donated in the memory of Bradley Abala.
Students in Year 3 – 6 who perform outstandingly participate in the Alice Springs interschool athletics championships which are usually held in June.
A 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. Back to School credit may be allocated by parents towards the program and this must be arranged in Term 1.
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. It highlights to students the continued importance of swimming in the Australian Curriculum. The events participated in are different stroke events and novelty races.
Our first swimming carnival in the format it is now was first held in 2018 after a long absence of occurring. Students compete for their House teams for the purpose of winning the shield. Students who achieve excellent results at our carnival participate in the Alice Springs interschool swimming championships which is held each March.
Schools participate in a range of sports in school time over the school year to develop their interest in possibly joining clubs outside of the school context. It is organised through School Sport NT who have a regional coordinator for Central Region. The programs are devised through the support of local sporting bodies.
There are annual regional events involving athletics, swimming, cross country, orienteering and 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 range of sports can represent the Central Region of schools in Territory Championships. These sports include:
Track and Field
Territory teams are made from these championships to compete in Australian Championships.
The Centralian Eisteddfod Council encourages talent within our community. The eisteddfod is a platform for growing confidence and provide informed, constructive feedback. 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.
NT music school performances – 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.
Tournament of the minds
Tournament of Minds (TOM) is an enrichment opportunity offered to students in Years 5 and 6 at Ross Park Primary School annually. TOM is a team competition, celebrating creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking as groups work collaboratively to solve an open-ended challenge within the disciplines of STEM, the Arts and Literature. The competition stimulates a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning, rewarding originality and divergent thinking while acknowledging academic excellence and originality.
TOM enhances and develops students’ classroom experience, expecting self-determined learners to drive a long-term project with minimal adult intervention. Students enjoy the freedom to design a project from inception to demonstration, showcasing their ideas on a virtual stage in competition with schools across the Territory. Metacognitive reflection is an integral aspect of the TOM learning experience; students are expected to discuss their strengths and areas for growth, understanding that productive struggle begets true learning, and challenging themselves to push for excellence and innovation.
The Arts at Ross Park
At Ross Park the scope and sequence are designed to meet the needs of students in multi-year level classes and to teach all five arts subjects over a two-year cycle. Visual Arts is taught and assessed by the classroom teacher each year. The four other arts subjects are taught by a specialist teacher and are structured as below.
Odd Years: Semester 1 — Dance / Semester 2 — Drama
Even Years: Semester 1 — Music / Semester 2 — Media Arts
There are two 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. This is an extra-curricular activity that students can choose to be involved in. 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.