Areas of Teaching and Learning
Ringwood North Primary School provides a seven year curriculum and we are currently moving towards the full implementation of the new Australian Curriculum (also referred to as the ‘National Curriculum’). In 2013, AusVELS is being implemented across our school. This is a combination of the Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, History and Science, alongside learning domains of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) in Humanities: Economics and Geography, Communication; Design, Creativity and Technology; Languages Other Than English (Indonesian); Thinking Process and Physical, Personal and Social Learning: Interpersonal Development. Teaching and learning programs provide extension opportunities for highly able students and supports those students requiring further assistance in English and Mathematics.
During Education Week in May 2006, it was announced that Ringwood North PS had won the Victorian Excellence Award for Curriculum Innovation. This innovative curriculum focused upon enhancing the engagement of students in (Years 5 and 6 in their learning through ICT (Information and Communications Technology), media and The Arts. Film Festivals presenting student films or documentaries created by grade 5 and 6 students were viewed at Hoyts cinemas, huge inflatable screens on the school oval or with new technology in the school hall.
Since then, we have continued with innovative curriculum, developing 1-1 iPad programs, further imbedding ICT into our teaching and learning programs, enhancing our transition programs from Kinder to Prep/Foundation Year and Years 6 to 7, introducing Investigations and Challenge Based Learning.
From 2011, we have been recognised as an ‘Apple Distinguished School’.
Specialist programs currently operating at Ringwood North
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- INVOLVEMENT IN INTER SCHOOL SPORT FOR YEARS 5 and 6;
- INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (Optional): Tuition in strings; brass; woodwind; keyboard; guitar at very reasonable rates during the school day.
These programs are highly valued components of the curriculum.
Ringwood North Primary School has trainee teachers working in the school at various times throughout the school year. Whilst most of our pre-service teachers are studying at Deakin University, the school also has links with a number of other universities across Australia.
Camping and Special Events
The Outdoor Education Program is a whole school developmental program which provides children with the opportunity to participate in activities outside the classroom. It includes a school wide, camping program and year level excursions.
The camping program is as follows:
- Prep Breakfast at school
- Year 1 Dinner at school
- Year 2 One night sleep over at school
- Year 3 3 Day/2 Night Base camp - Wandin (Gundiwindi Lodge)
- Year 4 3 Day/2 Night Base Camp - Phillip Island (Koala Park)
- Year 5 4 Day/3 Night Base camp - Beechworth (Old Priory)
- Year 6 2 Day Outdoor Team Building Camp - Phillip Island (Phillip Island Adventure Resort Term 2)
5 Day Tour - Canberra (YMCA Bush Lodge Term 4)
Excursions are organised throughout the year by class teachers.
Please be aware School Council has determined, as policy, that if your child has been sick during the previous 24 hours before camp departure a doctor’s certificate is required on the morning of departure or they are not to attend.