All classes R-7 participate in 2 French lessons per week taught in designated classrooms by our specialist French teachers. Students are encouraged to use the language as much as possible through the Accelerative Integrated method (AIM) which uses a range of gestures to support language learning.

Music practicePerforming arts

All students participate in one lesson per week, provided by a specialist teacher, with a major focus on music, dance and drama. Descant Recorder lessons are offered to Year 3 and 4 students and an Instrumental Programme is offered to Year 5 - 7 students. Instruments include flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass guitar and drums. Together they form the Reynella School Band. We have three choirs: Junior Girls, Junior Boys and Festival Choir.

Learning Assistance Programme (L.A.P.) – International Accreditation attained in 2011

L.A.P. is a school-based programme relying on volunteer helpers to fulfil its task. Each volunteer works on a one-to-one basis once a week for about forty-five minutes – 1 hour with a particular child who has been identified as benefiting from assistance. The main aim of the volunteer is to support development of the child's self-esteem. At Reynella Primary School we have a committed group of volunteers who work with the children in a variety of ways, helping them with reading, spelling, maths, project work, story writing, cooking and craft worK. A close positive relationship usually develops between the students and their particular volunteer. Volunteers can attend workshops at school and also as part of a bigger network of training where they learn new skills and interact with volunteers from other schools. Our L.A.P. volunteers have found the work both stimulating and satisfying. Reynella Primary School recognises the valuable contribution that is being made by these volunteers in the support of education and care of our children. We have a need for more volunteers in our school and would welcome anyone who would like to know more about the program.

Coordination Programme (Fun Club):

Twice weekly the school conducts co-ordination activity sessions for children experiencing difficulty with gross motor skills. The aims of the activity sessions are to help children -

  • develop gross motor skills
  • improve self-concept and develop confidence
  • develop skills needed in the playground and improve ability to become part of friendship groups
  • improve listening and concentration skills necessary for classroom activities

All children starting school are tested - if your child would benefit from participation in the programme we will send a letter to you. The Coordination Activity Programme/Fun Club involves regular weekly sessions, usually two half-hour sessions per week, over a period of time, usually 20 weeks. Children work with adult helpers/normally parents on a ratio of one adult helper to approximately 3 children, depending on the number of volunteers available.

Early Literacy Intervention

Students in the Early Years (R-2) with difficulties in literacy, and who are below our Reading Recovery benchmarks, are supported by a School Services Officer 3 times weekly. Special Needs – Negotiated Education Plans Where students are referred to an educational psychologist or speech pathologist and are eligible for a Negotiated Education Plan, they are supported by School Service Officers on their learning goals. Special Needs – Learning Difficulties Students with difficulties in literacy and numeracy are supported by School Services Officers 2–3 times weekly.