School Structure

School Size
Ripponlea Primary School is a small school with a current enrolment of approximately 300. Our size enables children to easily form relationships with students and teachers across the school which creates a beautiful sense of connection.  Everyone knows each other's names at Ripponlea -  something that really fosters our sense of belonging and community. We are also able to offer small class sizes.  We may be small in size but we are well resourced and offer our students exceptional learning and extra curricular opportunities.

Multi-age learning
Ripponlea Primary School operates multi-age classes for Year 1 to Year 6. Foundation operates as a single year level. This structure enables us to maximise and enhance curriculum delivery, team planning, student welfare and school space.  The learning is tailored to the child’s needs rather than to their age or grade level.

This intentional approach creates a wonderful dynamic year to year - offering opportunities to make new friends in the years above and below - and strengthening the spirit of cooperation, tolerance and community that we pride ourselves on at Ripponlea.

Multi-age classes provide a range of benefits including student independence, responsibility and study habits. They also mean younger children can learn from and emulate older children in their work, and the older children can benefit from mentoring and leadership roles.

Within the class, students are intentionally grouped for learning and rotate between the younger and older age groups within the class.

Flexible Learning Spaces
An important feature of our approach to learning at Ripponlea Primary School is the way we have designed our flexible learning spaces as vibrant, welcoming and supportive classrooms. Flexible learning spaces support the team approach to teaching, making it easier for teachers to collaborate and students to work together, and to experience a variety of teaching styles.

Our learning spaces can be rearranged in a variety of ways to best suit the range of activities and experiences. For example, a quiet listening space, an active learning space, or a group collaboration and discussion space. This versatility also supports easier rotation between activities and groups, and allows teachers to move freely to support students in their learning.


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