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School Curriculum

The six Key Learning Areas (KLAs) of the primary curriculum are as follows:


The aim of the English K-6 syllabus is:

  • to encourage positive attitudes towards learning English
  • to develop students’ ability in using language effectively
  • to enable critical reflection on how language works.


Mathematics in Years K-6 aims:

  • to develop students’ mathematical thinking, understanding, competence and confidence in applying mathematics in problem-solving situations
  • to promote their enjoyment and appreciation of mathematics.

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) – History and Geography

The aim of Human Society and Its Environment in Years K-6 is to develop in students the values and attitudes, skills, and knowledge and understanding that:

  • enhance their sense of personal, community, national and global identity;
  • enable them to participate effectively in maintaining and improving the quality of their society and environment.

Science and Technology

Science and Technology in Years K-6 is aimed at developing students’ competence, confidence and responsibility in their interactions with science and technology leading to:

  • an enriched view of themselves, society, the environment and the future;
  • an enthusiasm for further learning in science and technology.

Creative Arts

Creative Arts in Years K-6 is designed:

  • to enable students to gain increasing understanding and accomplishment in the visual arts, music, drama and dance
  • for students to appreciate the meanings and values that each of the art forms offer personally, culturally and as forms of communication.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education syllabus in Years K-6:

  • develops the knowledge and understanding, skills and values and attitudes needed to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives
  • forms the basis for students to adopt a responsible and productive role in society.

School Rules

Our school rules are clear and easy to remember. They encompass the expectations of safety, respect and involved learning.

  • Be kind
  • Be respectful
  • Be safe
  • Be a responsible learner

Student Welfare

Our students prosper in an inclusive learning environment that fosters respect, responsibility and cooperation. All students have the right to grow in an environment that promotes caring for others, integrity and fairness. These values are core to our successful welfare and discipline program.

Student welfare is the responsibility of all students and teachers and is an integral part of all school and classroom activities.

At North Ryde Public School students are encouraged to:

  • develop self-reliance
  • take responsibility for their own welfare and behaviour
  • contribute to the welfare of others
  • contribute to the life of the school community.

Our Student Welfare Policy includes:

  • expectations of behaviour
  • standards of uniform
  • anti-bullying policy
  • homework policy
  • award systems
  • managing inappropriate behaviour and consequences


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Recognition of Student Achievement

Recognition of positive behaviour

We encourage students to be proud of their good behaviour. All staff provide immediate positive reinforcement to students for exemplary behaviour wherever and whenever it occurs – in their classrooms, the playground, at assemblies, during sport events or while on excursions.

Merit certificates

Merit certificates are highly valued and may be given to students by any teacher for a specific reason. The certificates are presented by the principal at the whole school assemblies each fortnight. There are usually two recipients per class.

Merit award system

Super Effort awards are given for appropriate behaviour in the classroom or playground and may be provided by any staff member.

  • Super Effort Award
  • Bronze Certificate
  • Silver Certificate
  • Gold Certificate
  • Principal’s Trophy
  • 5 x Super Effort Awards = 1 Bronze Certificate
  • 3 x Bronze Certificates  = 1 Silver Certificate
  • 3 x Silver Certificates = 1 Gold Certificate
  • 3 x Gold Certificates = 1 Principal’s Trophy

Bronze Certificates are presented to students by their class teacher. Silver and Gold Certificates are presented by the principal at the whole school assemblies each fortnight. Principal’s trophies are presented by the principal at the last assembly of each term.

Class systems

Although all staff members use the whole school award system, each teacher has their own preferred way of recognising student achievement and positive behaviour within their classroom. This may include the use of peer praise and verbal recognition, class applause, stickers, stamps, awards and the use of special activity time .

Annual Awards at Presentation Day

Special awards are presented at the end of the year at Presentation Day. These recognise academic and sporting achievement, citizenship and special talents.


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Support for Student Learning

English as a second language: For students whose first or main language is not English, we offer specialist programs in developing speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in English. These lessons are held during normal school hours and may be in the Child’s main classroom in a team teaching mode or the students may be withdrawn for a period of time on a regular basis. The EALD teacher is also the member of staff responsible for maintaining visa and passport records.

Reading Recovery Teacher: The reading recovery teacher is specially trained to provide an early intervention reading program in the school for students who are experiencing difficulties with reading in Year 1.The program offers intensive individual daily half hour lessons in order to bring the reading level of these students up to at least average classroom levels.

School Counsellor: The school counsellor is a person specially trained in psychology who assists students who have learning, social or behaviour issues. The school counsellor is at our school one day per week. Parents who have concerns about their children should make an appointment to see the counsellor through the class teacher or school office.

Learning Support Team: Our school has a very active and effective Learning Support Team. The LST meets once a week to discuss the specific learning needs of all referred students. The composition of the LST changes depending on the students being discussed, but has a core team of the principal, an assistant principal (leader), the ESL teacher, the Support Teacher Learning Difficulties/Reading Recovery teacher and the school counsellor. Issues that are dealt with may relate to students with learning difficulties, students with physical disabilities, students with behavioural problems or gifted and talented students.

Parent Tutor Program: To support the reading skills of students, we have a very successful parent tutor program. Volunteer parents and community members are trained to provide 1:1 reading support to students in greatest need. Tutors ensure that students in need receive closely monitored reading support every morning for half an hour.

Child Protection Curriculum: Child protection is a mandatory component of the curriculum and involves lessons about self-esteem, interpersonal communication, assertiveness, feelings, values, decision making, gender roles and relationships. One area of focus is the prevention of sexual assault by giving students the skills to recognise inappropriate behaviour and to say “No” and “Go and Tell“. Parents will be informed of the content and timing of the child protection program each year.


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Student Health

Health Checks: Parents are advised to have their child’s hearing and eyesight checked before their child starts school. A language and speech assessment can be very useful if you have any concerns about your child’s language development. All children should also receive periodic dental checks.

Health Issues or Disabilities: Parents are requested to ensure that the class teacher is notified of any issues that may impact on the child’s health or their learning, e.g. severe allergies, asthma, hearing or vision impairment, speech problems etc. This information will help the school provide the appropriate support for students.

Accidents at School: All accidents at school are considered serious and treated accordingly. While most accidents can be handled with basic first aid by the designated first aid officer, the staff will always consider the welfare of the child and if there is any concern for the child, parents will be notified and in extreme cases medical assistance will be sought and an accident report filed. In the case of head injuries regardless of the circumstances, parents will be contacted.

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Other Information

Please download our School Information Booklet for further useful information about our school.