About Rosewood Downs Primary School
Rosewood Downs Primary School is located within the community of North Dandenong, approximately 5 kilometres from the commercial centre of Dandenong and 40 kilometres east of the Melbourne CBD.
Currently in its 40th year, Rosewood Downs now accommodates approximately 370 students in unique architecturally designed buildings, complemented by extensively landscaped grounds.
The school has a high percentage of students from multi-cultural backgrounds with 47% of students representing some 36 different ethnic groups. The great majority of these students are Australian born and reflect the strong multi-cultural influence on the past development of the area.
Rosewood Downs is structured around four units each housing four teaching areas. These open plan units have evolved into flexible learning spaces designed for the needs of the group of children occupying them. Outside spaces also become a crucial part of this flexibility and include our vegetable gardens; indoor/outdoor classroom areas for stories, play readings, investigations and craft activities; a performing arts area attached to Unit B, and quiet areas for eating, contemplation and non-physical activity. Other features include our internal courtyards that create a sense of light and openness, and bring our gardens indoors. The specialist areas of Music, Physical Education, Information and Communication Technology, Library and Art are independent classrooms.
We offer a comprehensive and rigorous school curriculum and have a strong emphasis on the overall health and wellbeing of all our students. We are a KidsMatter school and teach social and emotional learning as part of our curriculum. We are also very proud to be a partner school of The Resilience Project.
Rosewood Downs has created a friendly, caring and purposeful, responsible and cooperative school climate where children, teachers and parents work together towards the realisation of common goals.
Unit A is our very exciting and active junior school unit. It consists of three Prep classes and an area specifically set up for dramatic and Developmental Play. We have worked hard to create an engaging and safe learning space to help ease that transition into school life for our Prep students.
Every day is full of hands-on learning in Unit A! Our students participate in a number of valuable learning programs including Letters & Sounds workshops, literacy rotations and mathematic lessons. We also have an extensive Social and Emotional Learning program that teaches our students personal values, social skills and resilience.
Our Prep students also have a number of specialist subjects outside of the classroom including physical education, music, art and LOTE.
In Unit A we teach our students how the brain learns through our Think Plus program. We also use growth mindset language to help students persevere when faced with challenges in their learning. Students know that they have to ‘keep trying’ and/or ‘practise’ in order to reach their learning goals.
Prep students have the choice of playing out in the yard with the whole school, or retreating to their own Prep playground that is located right out the front of the unit. This is a safe place for all the students to play, where they can enjoy spending time with other students their own age.
Our Prep students take part in a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) every week in addition to the normal physical education lesson. This program aims to give students experiences in seeing, hearing, and touching through carefully sequenced activities such as hopping, climbing, balancing, crawling, throwing, catching, and sliding.
As well as learning through formalised lessons, Rosewood Downs PS believes it is important that children also learn through play. Our Prep students experience hands on and interactive activities through Developmental Play. These activities are designed so students can play a variety of fun and educational activities, which allows them to develop oral language and social skills.
In Prep, our students are paired with a Grade 5 as part of The Alannah & Madeline’s Better Buddies Program. The older students help their Prep buddies to feel safe, valued and connected to their school community here at Rosewood Downs.
Unit B is a very exciting unit and our senior students are actively involved in a variety of extra curricula activities throughout the year.
Grade 6s take their leadership roles and responsibilities very seriously. We have student leaders in the following areas; School Captains, Junior School Council Officers, House Captains, Art Captains, Music Captains, Sport Captains and Environmental Captains
Our Grade 5 students are always enthusiastic to take on their roles as buddies for the new Foundation students. They understand their responsibilities and are always there when the foundation students need a helping hand.
The whole Unit also attends a camp to the city. Over 3 days and 2 nights our Grade 5 and 6 students take part in many activities including vistis to the Shrine, the MCG and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
The teachers in Unit B are also very passionate about supporting, challenging and extending their students’ learning. Students are nominated for accelerated Mathematics and Literacy program which is being run by teachers from Lyndale Secondary College.
As Unit B contains Rosewood Downs’ senior students, we have created strong ties with surrounding secondary schools. These include Lyndale Secondary College and Cawatha College.
The Grade 6 Transition Program provides students with the opportunity to experience many aspects of secondary school life. Activities throughout the year include:
- Lyndale Science- participation in regular science lessons held at Lyndale Secondary College
- Open Days – students attend full days at Carwatha P-12 College and Lyndale Secondary College, taking part in a variety of secondary school subjects
- Orientation Day – students spend a day at the secondary school they have been accepted into for Year 7
- Excursions to see musicals performed by local secondary schools in the lead-up to the performance of the Rosewood Downs musical
Each year, we have a school musical in which all Grade 6 students actively participate. This provides students with a rewarding and engaging experience in their final year at Rosewood Downs. The musical also has strong links to many aspects of the literacy curriculum.
Whilst the musical is presented and performed by the grade 6 students, it is really a whole school collaboration. Many of the other grade levels take part in a variety of musical activities that promote and enhance the performance, particularly the grade 5s who make programs, badges, tickets and work out the economics.
Unit C would like to welcome all the grade 3 students plus all new families into the unit and would like to congratulate all the students on the enthusiastic start they have made to the year. There are lots of fun, exciting and engaging activities planned for the students in Unit C this year and we are all looking forward to a great 2015.
The Unit C camp, to Phillip Island, will be early in term 2, from 29 April to 1 May. There will be more information coming home in the early weeks of this term. Last year’s camp for Unit C cost $230 and we will endeavour to try and keep the cost to a similar amount this year.
Thank you to all the families who have brought tissue boxes into school already as they are obviously very useful. If there are any parents who are interested in helping with class activities, e.g. reading, could you please express you interest to your child’s teacher or to Mr Pepper.
Looking forward to a great year.
Every Term, Unit D children investigate a topic from of a variety of subject areas such as Humanities, Civics and Citizenship, Science and the Arts. These topics allow children to explore and understand the relevance of the world in which they live. This term, the Grade One’s have a focus on Biological Science with their topic ‘Wings and Things’. The students will be investigating living creatures and their habitats. The Grade Two’s will be focusing on Physical Science with their topic ‘Smooth Moves’. Where students will be investigating a number of forces such as ‘push’, ‘pull’, ‘gravity’ and ‘friction’.
The students in Unit D partake in a weekly Social and Emotional lesson (SEL), on Monday mornings. Our focus for term 2 will be on Courage and Emotions. These lessons allow children to develop their emotional intelligence, resilience and social skills and are an important part of our curriculum. They link closely with many of our school programs, including ThinkPlus, Kids Matter and The Resilience Project. Along with our SEL lessons, students also practice mindfulness several times a week using the programs Smiling Mind and Mind Yeti. Mindfulness helps our students to build their stamina and recognise and control their own emotions.
Unit D have been fortunate enough to have purchased some new Developmental Play equipment and the children are all looking forward to their weekly sessions this term. Our Developmental Play lessons incorporate toys to develop creativity, problem-solving skills and important social skills such as cooperation and teamwork.
This term Grade One and Two students are very excited about their upcoming Camp Oasis experience. The Grade Two students will be heading to Camp Oasis in Mt Evelyn on Monday 8th May, on their first overnight camp and the Grade One students will be joining them for the first day. Camps are an integral part of the school curriculum as they enable students to explore, extend and enrich their learning and their social skills development, in a non-school setting. The students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of fun activities, including the flying fox, crate climbing, candle making and a visit to the Reptile House.
Stomp Dance Company are back at Rosewood Downs in term 2 and all Unit D students will have the opportunity to participate in several fun and energetic dance workshops. These workshops will be run by the highly trained and skilled Stomp Dance Company instructors and will focus on improving fitness, co-ordination, motor skills and teamwork.
The Unit D teachers are looking forward to working with all our students and families for an exciting, busy and productive term ahead.