Intensive English Language Program (IELP)
Richmond Primary Intensive English Language Program (IELP) provides intensive English language support for newly arrived students from 5 to 12 years of age. Students with a language and cultural background other than English who have limited or minimal English are eligible to enrol within their first 12 – 18 months of arrival. Children with minimal English who are outside the above criteria may be eligible to enrol in IELC if approved by the IELP Program Manager.
Students generally stay in the IELP for up to 1 year, or longer if needed. Interpreters, Bilingual School Services Officers (BSSOs) and Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) are also available to support families and students.
Classes are small and organised by age. Students access a modified curriculum focussing on learning English as well as the core content of each curriculum area. Students are supported to integrate into mainstream classes through a variety of activities within the school and local community, including excursions and social events. Continuous assessments are undertaken and parents are advised when their children are ready to leave IELP to join mainstream classes. When students exit IELP, a Transition Program is organised so students can successfully continue their education in their chosen mainstream school with ease.
Transport assistance is provided for eligible IELP students who are under 10 years of age and live more than 1.75 kilometres from the school.
Further information can be found on the DECD website at:
or please contact Thuy Pham, IELP Assistant Principal, at Richmond Primary school for further information.
All of our Year 5, 6 and 7 students have the opportunity to join our school choir and a majority of these students perform at the Festival of Music each year. For more information http://www.festivalofmusic.org.au/.
Instrumental Music Program Year 5/6/7
Weekly instrumental lessons are provided to all of our Year 5 students at a heavily subsided rate. Many other opportunities exist for our senior students, also at a heavily subsided rate, to participate in our school bands.
Intervention is highly valued at Richmond Primary.
Students who require intervention in literacy and numeracy are identified through a variety of internal and external assessments and through case management meetings.
Reading intervention focuses on foundational literacy skills, such as phonological and phonics knowledge as well as decoding and comprehension skills. Intervention programs are targeted at needed skills and play an integral role in addressing identified gaps. The learning support teacher and trained SSOs deliver intervention programs.
Numeracy intervention focuses on improving number sense and basic number facts for students who have been identified as requiring assistance. This is achieved by utilising the QuickSmart program for years 4-7. Additionally, numeracy learning within the classroom is provided by a trained school service officer.
Students who are identified as requiring learning support (One Plan documentation) work on individual goals within the classroom and in small withdrawal groups. Class teachers and the learning support teacher meet regularly with parents to discuss and review learning goals.
Enrichment, extension and acceleration may include:
- Differentiation and acceleration: modifying the pace, level and content of teaching, learning and assessment activities in classrooms.
- Curriculum compacting: assessing a student’s current level of learning and addressing aspects of the curriculum that have not yet been mastered.
- ICAS Year 3- 7 Science, English, Maths, Australian Maths Competition and Challenge and other academic opportunities such as Oliphant Science Awards.