Chess Club

The Chess program at Rose Park  Primary School is strongly supported by our school community and is a popular extra-curricular activity for our students.

Chess is a great learning tool for children of all ages to develop basic thinking skills, problem-solving, forward planning, lateral, logical and sequential thinking as well as memory, visualisation and verbalisation. This amazing game also helps to create new neural connections in the brain.

Chess School SA  tutors come into our school on Tuesday and Friday at 1pm each week to provide coaching and practice. Students that do well in the school competition will have opportunity to represent the school in the Chess School SA Interschool competitions; where possible, we arrange for these to be held at Rose Park Primary School. The cost to participate in Chess each semester is $100 per child.

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If your child would like to participate in Chess Club this term please email

  • Beginners Chess (Reception – Year 2)
  • Intermediate Chess (Year 4 – Year 7)


Rose Park Primary School, in partnership with the South Australian Debating Association (SADA), is proud to offer debating as an extra-curricular activity for students in Year 5, 6 and 7 in 2021.

Debating promotes the organisation of ideas, clear and effective expression and the ability to argue convincingly.  Students develop a strong awareness of the world around them, learning why people have views that do not necessarily correspond with their own.  Through the sport of debating, students develop strong research skills within a collaborative environment, formulating arguments to support their team’s case.  Participants learn to work collaboratively in small groups; planning, preparing and presenting their debates in interschool competitions, resulting in improved confidence and reasoning skills.

Debating occurs during Term 2 and Term 3.  Debating practice sessions are held at school, every Wednesday from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.  There are five competition rounds in the Junior Division (Year 5-7) that are held on a Tuesday from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. at a hosting school site. The cost to participate in Debating is $80 per child which includes registration and general stationery. 

If you would like further information pertaining to Rose Park’s Debating Program, please email

After School Sports

Rose Park Primary School is proud to offer it student’s accessibility to a quality Out of School Hours Sport Program. The school encourages a healthy and active lifestyle and sport is a unique way of contributing to this.

We value the opportunity for ALL students to participate in Out of School Hours Sport, regardless of ability. Out of School Hours Sport provides an opportunity to develop sport, social and leadership skills, friendships, teamwork, patience, self-confidence and discipline.

Winter season registrations open in Week 5 of Term 1 each year, and Summer season registrations open in Week 5 of Term 3.

For more information please see the After School Sports Policy and Procedures or email Jo Kinsella (After School Sports Coordinator) at 


Instrumental Music

Rose Park Primary School offers instrumental tuition with Department for Education teachers as part of the Instrumental Music (IM) program. We are fortunate to have teachers in string, woodwind and brass instruments who visit the school on a weekly basis. Students who are enrolled in the IM program take part in one lesson per week. Rose Park PS offers instrument hire with Size Music, at a discounted annual hire rate; there is no charge for IM tuition.  Students can also become a member of the String Ensemble or the Senior Concert Band, and these groups are open to students who may be taking private music lessons (admin fee applies).

Expressions of interest for the IM program will open early in Term 4 each year, to register for enrolment in the following school year. There may be an assessment/aptitude test, and selection process, dependent on demand for places.

Student Eligibility (based on year level):

Strings – from Year 3

Brass – from Year 4

Woodwind – from Year 4

For more information on the IM program, please email Crystelle Ferguson

Private Music Tuition

We also hire space to Learning Through Music, who provide out of school hours private lessons in piano/keyboard, guitar, drums and voice.

Learning Through Music is a dynamic and innovative boutique music company that provides instrumental music programs to schools and lessons in Studios. LTM has an established reputation for providing successful music programs with professional & motivated staff.

Learning Through Music was established in 2000 by Karyn Rutland, an active musician and teacher in Adelaide. Karyn saw the need for professional instrumental music education and was inspired to create a music school to provide quality music programs to schools and accessible professional lessons in Studios for all ages. Karyn was driven to create a music company that could provide professional music education to schools in South Australia, and to offer the many benefits of music to everyone.

For more information, please contact Learning Through Music on 0401 398 120 or click on the link below:

Learning Through Music