How we teach and support
Our entire teaching staff is dedicated to the detail and we want to ensure every child achieves to their own potential.
This means ensuring we have a robust system of teaching and support that not only caters to the average (or middle student) – but also the advanced student or the student that needs some extra support.
For learning to take place we need to ensure that every child feels safe, happy and confident within themselves – and so a huge emphasis is placed on a strong wellbeing and support program that achieves just that!
In every class at Park Ridge Primary School we have students who are advanced learners. All students have individual learning goals that are developed in consultation with the teacher and are designed to extend every child to their maximum potential. For advanced learners the teachers will provide work that is at their ‘point of learning’. In some cases this may be as simple as students borrowing books from higher year levels or completing investigations that include skills from the next level in the curriculum. It may also involve lateral extension where these students are encouraged to think more deeply about a topic or present their thinking in a different way. Our advanced learners also participate in the International Mathematics Olympiad for special learning activities in a mathematics to extend their learning.
Students who show potential are also encouraged to sit the International Competitions and Assessments in Schools, (ICAS), tests in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Maths, Science and ICT. All students can get a detailed report to help them with further learning as well as receive a certificate that can be used to help with entry into their preferred, possibly a select entry, secondary school.
In every class at Park Ridge Primary School we also have students who have extra learning needs. These students will have individual learning goals targeted to their own learning needs. They will also have Educational Learning Plans (ELP’s) that will be discussed with parents outlining the steps and activities so that parents can also help their child achieve to their maximum potential.
We have intervention programs across the school for those students who have not met the achievement benchmarks. These students work in small groups, with a specialist teacher trained to help student get back on track with their learning. All students who participate in these programs are continued to be monitored by leadership after they leave the program for the rest of their schooling.
Kinder to Foundation Transition
The Preptastic Program is a transition program designed to assist children with the transition from Kindergarten/Childcare to Primary School. The program aims to get children and parents familiar with our school facilities, meet the foundation teachers and experience fun, engaging learning activities that introduce them to the environment and structure of school. The Program typically runs for seven weeks, in the fourth term of the previous year to the child starting School. Children will spend one hour a week at school participating in many different activities including Art, Music, Library, Physical Education and Classroom activities. The program has proven in previous years to be a huge success, preparing children for the many years of learning ahead.
Year 6 to Year 7 Transition
At Park Ridge Primary School we acknowledge that students at all levels need to feel safe and secure in their learning environment in order to learn effectively. We recognise the challenges associated with moving from Year 6 to Year 7. To ensure a smooth and enjoyable movement for students and families out of our school, through the provision of appropriate transition program, our school will:
– develop and maintain strong links between Park Ridge Primary School and Rowville Secondary College as part of the transition process
– provide the Assistant Principal (well-being) time to coordinate and manage the enrolment process to secondary school
– follow the enrolment process and current procedures as detailed by the Department of Education and Training – provide time for transition co-ordinators from both government and non-government secondary colleges – to meet with their future students and their Year 6 teachers upon request
– complete relevant documentation of student information for future secondary schools
– provide information about secondary school information nights and visits to parents / carers
– provide opportunities for students to visit their future secondary school.
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