Our school is the Northern Territory’s newest school, along with our neighbours at Rosebery Middle School with whom we share a state-of-the-art school campus that is emerging as a highly effective learning community. This is the very first time the NT Government has chosen to establish two purpose built schools on the one campus and we share both some important ideologies as well as physical resources including a Performing Arts Centre, Gymnasium, Library and oval. The two Principals were appointed one year prior to opening the schools so that a combined plan could be fully developed and shared with the teachers as they were also appointed. We opened our doors to 281 students on January 25th 2011 and our enrolments have steadily increased in the period since. At the commencement of the year our students had been at more than 30 different government and non-government schools across both the NT and wider Australia. We believe strongly in acknowledging the language and culture of our Indigenous students who represent around 8% of our enrolment and the approx 10% of our students who speak English as an additional language. Around 28% of our students are also from actively serving Australian Defence Force families and we are also mindful to cater specifically for their unique needs and circumstances. Rosebery Primary School adheres to the NT DET policy on Priority Enrolment. This means that we accept enrolments from the surrounding Rosebery and Bellamack suburbs and we will also be including Zuccoli as that area is developed further. This should not be confused with Rosebery Middle School who cater for students in Years 7-9 across the Palmerston region. Rosebery PS was built with a focus on new architecture which would facilitate a contemporary way of thinking about educating NT students. Our teachers work together, for both planning and teaching, and our students respond to the student-centred programs that have become a feature of their educational experience. The opportunity to open a new school provided the school’s leadership to focus on what should be the program trademarks of a contemporary and responsive community school in the 21st Century. Rosebery Primary School has adopted four key approaches, which we have labelled our “Big Four” in our aim to develop literate, numerate, creative and collaborative students who are well-equipped for future learning and workforce opportunities. The “Big Four” comprise: • Restorative Practices – our underpinning approach to behaviour management and the building of a strong school culture where all community members care for and respect each other. • Kagan Co-operative Learning – a pedagogical approach for how teachers can maximise student engagement in learning tasks for longer and more regular periods of time. • Evidence Based Programming – a philosophy of teachers using real learning and anecdotal evidence to ensure that learning tasks are both engaging and appropriate to each student’s learning stage. • Co-Teaching – our architecture promotes teachers working together in partnership so that each student hears instruction in multiple ways and through rigorous teacher practice habits. Further, Rosebery Primary School commits to two key over-arching approaches to engage students in higher order learning and thinking: • Performing Arts – through the provision of a full-time teacher skilled in the Performing Arts each student participates in lessons and projects immersed in music, singing, drama and dance. Our school is proud to have also developed a strong partnership with the NT Music School to provide group and individual musical extension opportunities for our students. • Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) – the use of technology to engage students in great learning is a feature of all learning plans. Each classroom environment is equipped with two Interactive Whiteboards and each class has access to class sets of student laptops all operational within a fully equipped wireless capable environment. Above all, Rosebery Primary School aspires to be the very best community school it can be – a place where students, staff and families feel a sense of both ownership and membership, with an established common goal to develop students who are ready for success.