Reflecting the prevalence of students with complex needs, the school has developed an extensive infrastructure of programs that are tailored to the needs of discrete cohorts. There is an ongoing process of identifying gaps in the services provided to students, developing responses to close those gaps and finding the resources to support those gaps.
In particular, Rangeway PS has a very strong focus on Early Childhood Education as we feel it is the single best investment we can make for our students at RPS to make a difference in the long term standards of achievement with our students.
Rangeway Primary School is a dynamic, collaborative and innovative school which has been recognised state-wide for its excellent programs; which meet the needs of a wide range of students with individual circumstances and educational needs.
With a variety of programs to suit differing needs, Rangeway Primary School caters for students needs across a range of levels and are very proud of our reputation in the Mid West region and the West Australian state.
Early Learning Program
This is a play based program aimed at introducing 3 year old children to school life to support readiness for school. The focus is on the provision of a happy and secure in our environment with the aim of giving each child quality opportunities to develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively.
The program is run 2 days a week (Mondays and Tuesdays) and the maximum number of students able to access the program is 24.
The program commenced in 2014 and is run by Mrs Donna Rowe.
A Year 3 – 6 Student Literacy and Numeracy Extension Program
Rangeway PS has a long standing focus on continuing to extend its students academically. The school runs an academic extension program for selected Year 3 to 6 students in the areas of Literacy, Numeracy and History. Students work in Year 3 and 4 and Year 5 and 6 groupings and are taught by the Extension Program teacher Mrs Jackie Steer in a separate classroom for 2 periods a day.
We offer an extensive Arts program at the school; students engage in learning brass, woodwind and guitar through the school of instrumental music program. Individual students and classes learn drums, ukulele and guitar. In addition, there is an opportunity to belong to the Samba Band and the Choir. Instrumental music students also have the opportunity to participate in the John Willcock College Combined band.
Rangeway PS Boys Didgeridoo Group
One of the innovative programs Rangeway PS has initiated and coordinated under the leadership and guidance of George Scicluna, Arts Teacher is the Rangeway Didgeridoo Indi-Genius program which reflects and celebrates the cultural heritage of its students and families. The program started in 2012 with didgeridoo teachers Rolan Deutukom and Robert Tester. Rangeway PS employs Rolan and Robert to visit and teach at the school every week for an hour. The teachers’ employers allow them to leave their work, as they understand the significance of the program and its place in the indigenous community.
The RPS Didgeridoo Boys Group is fully supported by the local Aboriginal elders who provided permission for the didgeridoo to be taught by two local community members. The program and reputation of the group has grown and the boys have performed at conferences, Reconciliation Concert at Queens Park Theatre, Indigenous Football Round, NAIDOC Assemblies at schools in Geraldton, Bundiyarra NAIDOC Family Fun Day and at the recent GNFL Grand Final opening ceremony with an audience of thousands.
The program is also innovative in the way the George Scicluna has partnered with Bundiyarra to provide opportunities and funding for expert didgeridoo practitioners to further upskill the Didgeridoo Boys Group, Rangeway PS Year 4 -7 male students and primary and secondary students from local Geraldton schools and also to purchase didgeridoos for the students in the program to use.
By learning the didgeridoo, students are also encouraged to attend school more regularly and participate and progress throughout the curriculum. The self-confidence and pride that the boys gain from learning and performing builds their self-esteem and gives them a sense of purpose.
Upper Primary Electives Program
Students in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to participate in a once weekly electives block which covers areas such as Boxing, Film making, Renovation Rescue, Dance, Drama, Arts and Crafts, Circus Skills and Media.
Primary To Secondary Transition Program
We also have a partnership with John Willcock College that enhances student transition called the “New Horizons” program. New Horizons allows students to familiarise themselves with the John Willcock College site, the school ethos, school rules and will allow students to have a successful transition from Primary to Secondary School as they spend a week at John Willcock College in Term 4 of each year.
Explicit Phonics Teaching Program
The school is exceptionally focused on using the synthetic phonics to explicitly teach reading, writing and spelling. Rangeway Primary School is a leader in this area, and many schools and staff members visit Rangeway Primary School to learn how to implement this method of teaching phonics in their schools.
Seasons For Growth Program
Seasons for Growth is a program for children, young people or adults who have experienced significant change or loss. At Rangeway PS we have 4 staff trained in the program who facilitate small groups where participants share their experiences, and support and learn from one another. All students require parent/carer permission to participate in the program. The program is coordinated by the schools’ Chaplain.
Seasons for Growth is based on the belief that change, loss and grief are a normal and valuable part of life. We examine the impact of changes such as death, separation, divorce, and natural disaster upon our lives, and explore how we can learn to live with and grow from these experiences.
The core intentions of this program are the development of resilience and emotional literacy to promote social and emotional wellbeing. The program is educational in nature and does not provide therapy.
The program uses the imagery of the four seasons to illustrate that grief is cyclical, not a linear journey with a clear end. Peer support is a key element of the program, and confidentiality is strongly emphasised.
Under the guidance of the leadership team, RPS has actively sought to develop innovative solutions and partnerships with not for profit groups, local agencies, businesses and educational institutions to enable programs to continue at the school in a climate of diminishing resources. RPS has partnered with a range of organisations to provide educational programs at the school which make effective use of resources out of the school gates.
Early Intervention Programs
RPS places significant emphasis on early intervention programs to address readiness and language and cognitive concerns. Analysis of AEDI data identified that over 50% of RPS students were classified as developmentally vulnerable and developmentally at risk in the areas of readiness for school and language and cognitive domain, significantly impacting on readiness for schooling. Recognising the research on vulnerable families and children from socially and economically disadvantaged areas, RPS was proactive and strategic in developing a successful partnership with Child Australia to initiate the fully outside school funded HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) which is now in its third year at RPS.
The program focuses on empowering parent/carers with the skills and confidence to be their child’s first teacher. Twenty seven four and five year old children currently access the HIPPY program and parent/carers report greater confidence in their own skills in teaching their children pre-literacy skills and teachers report students with greater confidence in entering the schooling system.Additionally RPS has supported parents to run playgroups on site for the past 6 years, commenced an Early Learing Program in 2014 catering for 24 students.
The school is also the site for a Child and Parent Centre school partnering with the Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre to service the needs of vulnerable families and children in the Geraldton area.
Improving the Health of Students
To address the physical health needs of its students RPS developed a partnership with the Rural Clinical School, UWA to implement a health knowledge empowerment program for students. Year 1 and 2 students have already engaged in wound care and hygiene practices lessons with the fourth year medical students. This partnership
Teaching Protective Behaviours
The school has developed a partnership with Chrysalis Support Services Incorporated to provide protective behaviours lessons and workshops for both students and their parent/carers as a means of increasing students’ and parent/carer knowledge of strategies to help them keep safe from potential abuse and bullying.
HIPPY Program – In partnership with Child Australia
- Focus: Parent engagement and empowerment to be their child’s first teacher and to assist in readiness for schooling.
Paving Their Way – Work Observance Careers Development Program for Upper Primary Students
- In partnership with Workforce Development Centre, Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre and GCo Electrical Company
- Focus: Development and engagement with requirements of future career pathways opportunities and training for upper primary students.
Primary to Secondary Transition Program with John Willcock College
- Focus: Improving attendance, retention and participation in secondary school
REAP – Rangeway Education Assistant Program – Partnership with Allied Health Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy program
- Focus: Identification of students requiring speech, occupational therapy and physiotherapy services to support improvement in educational outcomes.
School Health Nurse Visits – Partnership with Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS)
- Focus: Identification and treatment of injuries and illnesses of students in the school.
MOU with Population Health – Community Health Nurses
- Focus: Provision of vision and hearing assessments
- Provision of information about anaphylaxis to parents and staff
National School Chaplain Program – in partnership with YouthCARE
- Focus: Pastoral care for students, staff and parents.