About our school
Reidy Park Primary School is located in Mount Gambier, South Australia.
Students from Reception to Year 6 attend our school, with a current enrolment of approximately 580 students and 40 staff members.
Reidy Park Primary School, formerly known as Mount Gambier Primary School, was the original government primary school in the city.
Opened in 1878 at Wehl Street South, Reidy Park Primary School was relocated to its present site on O’Halloran Terrace in 1955. The buildings were designed and constructed as two schools; the primary building in the mid-fifties and the junior primary building in the early sixties.
In 1970, the two schools were amalgamated and in 1998 were consolidated on the one site.
Reidy Park Primary School will provide a positive culture where bullying is not accepted. This means everyone, staff and students, have the right to be respected by others, the right to learn or to teach, and the right to feel safe and secure in the school environment.
Reidy Park Primary School complies with the Education Department’s School Discipline Policy.
For more information regarding Anti Bullying policies at Reidy Park Primary School please read the following documents or contact us.
|Behaviour Management Policy||391.35 KB||PDF Document|
|Reidy Park Primary School Anti Bullying Policy||526.5 KB||PDF Document|
Additional Anti Bullying and Wellbeing Information is available from the following websites:
Bullying No Way!
Health, Wellbeing and Special Needs in Education Settings
Reidy Park Primary School outsources a canteen service for families via another local primary school. Families can order items online via the Qkr app and set days have been allocated for each class. Further information on how to access the canteen service is available on the home page.
Governing Council 2021
GOVERNING COUNCIL 2021
Reidy Park Primary School calls for nominations to be part of the 2021 Governing Council.
By joining the Governing Council, you will be:
- Contributing to a sense of community
- Contributing personal expertise and skills to the school
- Contributing to the direction of the school
Having a student focus
- Ensuring that school is a good environment for children
- Helping and supporting students
- Being involved in the children’s education
- Having positive community involvement and asking parents what they need
- Feeling more connected to the school
- Working with other parents
- Advocating for what is important to parents for our children
- Getting to know more about the school and community
- Understanding what happens in school and what the school is trying to achieve
- Gaining an understanding of why decisions are made at school
- Finding out how the school is run and being able to contribute knowledge and experience
- Providing input into policy development and strategic priorities
Testimonial Shylie Harrison, Governing Council Chair
I have been on the governing council of Reidy Park Primary school since 2017 in various roles, but have been in the position of Chair since the start of 2019. I joined the council to get a better understanding of how the school was run in terms of what the governance structure looks like, how the school’s strategies are set, how the budget is managed and what influences, motivates and drivers our teachers in guiding the students to be the best learners they can be. What I love about being on the governing council is hearing about the different types of practices adopted by teachers and how that filters down to successful learning outcomes for the students. I love hearing about the continuous improvements at the school, not only the physical resources but also the professional development opportunities offered to staff and extra-curricular activities offered to students. Above all, I love meeting other parents and hearing of their experiences regarding their children’s learning, and collectively discussing how we as a group can better support the Reidy Park school community to achieve its goals.
Please visit the link below to submit your nomination by Friday March the 5th.
Please note that Governing Councilors are elected to 2-year terms. However, parents of Grade 6 and 7 students are able to resign if students leave the school before this time period ends.
In the event of more nominations than council positions available, a ballot will be held. All parents of students who attend Reidy Park Primary School, will be eligible to vote.
All 2021 Councillors will announced to the community at the 2021 AGM on Wednesday March 17th 2021.
In a large organisation such as our school and its associated parent community, we can expect that things will happen from time to time that will cause concern for someone. When this occurs, it is important that the person with the concern does something about it.
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It is important that ALL families are aware of the guidelines surrounding the storage and administration of medications at school.
Department for Education First Aid and Medication Management Policies require schools to only store or supply medication to students if the following important conditions are met:
- a Medication Authority is completed by a Doctor and given to the school along with each and every separate medication supplied to the school (only one medication per Medication Authority)
- any medication requiring administration during school hours must be contained in its original pharmacy packaging, with the pharmacy label attached (including the student’s name) and be accompanied by the aforementioned Medication Authority
- any medication provided has not passed the expiry date listed on the medication (under no circumstances will expired medication be administered)
- an Action Plan or Care Plan must be provided for any medical condition a student may have that affects them at school
- Prescription medications such as Antibiotics, Epipens, Asthma medication, etc.
- ‘Over the counter’ medications such as analgesics (panadol, heron etc), anti-inflammatory medication (ibuprofen, nurofen etc), as well as vitamins, supplements, topical creams/lotions, etc.
- Student ‘self-administered’ medication, for example, Asthma puffers stored in student bags.
Parent participation in school life is valued. Our school’s volunteers are involved in a wide range of programs and services including coaching sporting teams, helping children in class activities and membership of Governing Council. Please read the accompanying policy for volunteers at our school.
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Reidy Park Primary School’s Governing Council comprises of up to 20 members, including elected parents, one elected staff member, Deputy Principal and the Principal.
Nominations and elections for Governing Council are held at the AGM in Term 1 of each school year. Appointments to Governing Council are made for a two year period.
Reidy Park Primary School Governing Council Meetings are held in the library in Week 3 and 9 of each term from 7.30 p.m.
Governing Council has a number of subcommittees:
- Grounds & Facilities
Parents who are not on Governing Council are also encouraged to join these committees each year.
|Governing Council Guidelines for Website||684.96 KB||PDF Document|
Many parents volunteer their time to listening to children read and assisting with reading activities. Examples include helping children follow recipes for cooking, comprehension and research work.
Excursions and Camps
Parent participation in excursions and camps is essential in enabling the necessary supervision of children in appropriately small groups on such outings.
Extra curriculuar Support
Reidy Park Primary School is fortunate to have many parents share their expertise in subjects such as art, drama, dance and music.
General Classroom Assistance
Classroom teachers welcome parent support throughout the year. If you are able to volunteer your time in your child’s class, please contact your child’s class teacher.
Reidy Park Primary School is very proud of its modern and exciting Resource Centre.
This area has been designed as a flexible learning space, with all furniture and some shelving moveable, allowing teachers to design the space to fit their lessons if they wish to.
Our Resource Centre gives students significant access to fiction collections, catering for our junior through to our senior students. This includes an extensive range of series books for students to borrow for in school literacy programs and for enjoyment at home. Our magazine range is updated monthly and very popular among our students.
Our non-fiction section is current and relevant, and is being more and more supplemented by searchable online resources.
A computer lab is also located in our Resource Centre which is accessed by classes throughout the day and students at lunchtimes.
Students have the opportunity to borrow in their designated class time or in the morning between 8.25 and 8.45am.
Reidy Park Primary School’s Resource Centre is managed by School Services Officers. We encourage parents to come into this shared space at any time.
- Teachers on yard duty from 8.25am
- School commences at 8:45am
- Recess break is from 10:55 – 11:15am
- Lunch is between 12:55 – 1:35pm
- Dismissal time is 3:15pm
Office hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Open daily from 8:30am to 9:30am and 3:00pm to 3:30pm.
School Uniform Shop
Open Monday 8:30am to 9:30am. Uniforms can be ordered and paid for in office hours, however orders will be filled during shop hours.
School Reporting and Policies
The following reporting schedule is followed:
Term 1: Parent – Teacher Interviews
Term 2: Semester 1 Written Report
Term 3: Parent – Teacher Interviews
Term 4: End of Year Written Report
|Attendance Policy||External Link|
|Behaviour Support Policy||External Link|
|2019 External School Review Report||3.02 MB||PDF Document|
|2022 Reidy Park PS Annual Report||28.4 MB||PDF Document|
|2023 Site Improvement Plan||555.01 KB||PDF Document|
|Mobile Phones and Personal Devices review 2024||163.91 KB||PDF Document|
|Permission to have a mobile phone form 2021 Update||191.43 KB||PDF Document|
|RPPS Digital Devices User Agreement 2021 Update||286.01 KB||PDF Document|
|School Context Statement||200.03 KB||PDF Document|
|Use Agreement Consequences 2021 Update||124.9 KB||PDF Document|
Reidy Park Primary School’s Governing Council has endorsed the wearing of school uniform. Our school colours are dark blue and gold.
As a Sun-Smart School, children must wear the school-endorsed wide-brimmed or bucket hats for play during Terms 1 and 4. During Winter months students have the option to wear a school-endorsed beanie.
Click to view our uniform price list.
The uniform shop is open 8:30 – 9:30am Mondays.
Second-hand uniforms are also available for purchase in this timeslot for $5.00 per item.
Uniforms can be ordered and paid for in office hours, however orders will be filled during shop hours.
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STEM and Digital Technologies
Students have various opportunities to engage in STEM learning at Reidy Park PS. These learning experiences have a focus on problem solving, applying the engineering design process and developing various dispositions to be creative and critical thinkers. As students move through year levels they are exposed to various coding devices including Beebots and Lego robots.
Reidy Park Primary School also supports students in becoming highly skilled in the use of information communication technologies (ICTs).
Teaching and learning programs at Reidy Park Primary School, across all curriculum areas, include the use of ICTs to effectively and appropriately access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school.
Reidy Park Primary School promotes safe and responsible use of technology from Reception through to Year 6. “Digital Citizenship at Reidy” informs students, families and teachers of our school guidelines for using technology appropriately to support teaching and learning
|RPPS ICT Use Agreement||941.16 KB||PDF Document|
Students have access to multiple technologies at Reidy Park including our computer room, computer pods, iPads and laptops.
Student Wellbeing and Attendance
Student Wellbeing is a priority at Reidy Park Primary School. Reidy Park Primary School’s commitment to Student Wellbeing is driven by research which clearly shows that children who are mentally healthy are better able to meet life’s challenges. They are also better learners and have stronger relationships.
A whole school wellbeing program, Play is the Way, is actively taught in each class. Play is the Way is a practical methodology for teaching social and emotional skills using guided play, classroom activities and an empowering language.
“The Huddle” has been established to support students who experience difficulties entering or being in classrooms for a range of reasons. This area is managed by our Deputy Principal, who has a counselling focus, our Christian Pastoral Support Worker and our SSOs who work with students with learning issues.
Consistent and regular attendance at school is a crucial factor in supporting a student’s success at school. Our Attendance Policy is attached below.
|Attendance Policy||External Link|
|Behaviour Support Policy||External Link|
Transition to School
Moving onto High School
Zone of Right
Reidy Park Primary School has a “zone of right” which incorporates the area south of Commercial Street and west of Crouch Street South. This area extends to Grant Avenue and Benara Road, across to Crafter Road. Students who live within this zone may enrol at our school.
Families that live outside of our school zone may complete an Out of Zone Application if they believe they have a valid reason for their child to enrol at Reidy Park Primary School. The Principal takes these reasons into account when determining if there is sufficient space at that time to accept the Out of Zone enrolment
|Map of School Zone||44.86 KB||PDF Document|