Students

Lead­er­ship program

SRC

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.

Eco rangers

Mis­sion Statement

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.

About

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.

House lead­ers

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.

Sports day

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.

Swim­ming carnival

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. 

Inter­school sports

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:

  • AFL

  • Touch Foot­ball

  • Crick­et

  • Net­ball

  • Ten­nis

  • Soc­cer

  • Track and Field

Ter­ri­to­ry teams are made from these cham­pi­onships to com­pete in Aus­tralian Championships.

Eisteddfod par­tic­i­pa­tion

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. 

https://​www​.cen​tralianeisteddfod​.org/

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.