ringwood heights primary school

School Profile

Established in 1965, Ringwood Heights Primary School is nestled in a wooded area in the Maroondah district of the Eastern Metropolitan Region.  The school is set in extensive grounds that provide a wide variety of active and passive play areas including an oval, hard court areas covered by shade, new playgrounds and extensive native bushland.  Our staff profile has changed significantly over the last three years with the school now employing a number of graduates and accomplished class teachers across all levels.  The school takes great pride in being a strong community school with consistent and constructive involvement of parents in all aspects of our school life.

Students are grouped in four areas relating to Levels of Learning: Learning Team 1 – Prep; Learning Team 2- Years 1 and 2; Learning Team 3- Years 3 and 4; Learning Team 4-Years 5 and 6. All class grouping with the exception of Prep are multi-age. The school places emphasis on inquiry and this is interpreted through different programs at each level, including play based learning in the Prep level through to negotiated integrated inquiry learning in the senior classes. Learning and Wellbeing are supported by the You Can Do It and Habits of Mind programs. Specialist instruction is provided in LOTE (Indonesian), Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Physical Education.

Ringwood Heights offers a comprehensive developmental curriculum implemented by a team of dedicated, caring professionals.  We are a leading school in the development of integrated units of work, inquiry learning and professional action learning teams. Student learning experiences occur within a whole school planning framework called "RHPS Throughlines"' incorporating AusVELS. There is a strong emphasis on student voice and action within our units which are delivered over a two year cycle. Our biennial Artist in Schools program is a celebrated community event with opportunities for 100% participation from all our students.

Ringwood Heights Primary School plays key participatory and leadership roles in the Maroondah Network local cluster of schools and the Maroondah Early Years Network. The school has developed a strong partnership with Melbourne University and plays a key role in placing candidates from the Masters of Teaching (Primary Stream) in local schools.

A new Gymnasium has been constructed as part of the Building Education Revolution (BER) initiative.  The recent refurbishing of Junior School classrooms has been completed. New learning spaces provide increased flexibility for learning and collaborating in a variety of ways. Information and Communication Technologies facilities include banks of desktops in classrooms and a shared computer pod, laptops, chrome books and mobile devices (iPads) that are shared between each classroom. Interactive whiteboards are available in every level of learning, in the mini lab and staff room.  

Purpose

Ringwood Heights is a student centred school, which intentionally aligns practice with three key purposes:

Values

Our school values were created after extensive consultation with all students, staff and other community members. They reflect elements of our school that we value highly and strive towards: