Ethos

At South Halls Head Primary School

Our aim is to work closely with our community to provide an outstanding educational experience for students.

Purpose

The main function of an effective school is teaching and learning. Students strive to succeed. Students are encouraged to take risks, to accept challenge and to learn from mistakes. School staff support students by providing an orderly, safe and encouraging environment. They put social and emotional support structures in place to ensure all students are confident and happy.

Culture

The school culture is based around the concept of a ‘Village’. It is defined by the following characteristics

  • All students, parents and staff know each other well.
  • Each person shows genuine concern for the care and welfare of others.
  • We care for our school and our physical environment.
  • We care for members of the wider community eg the elderly.
  • We participate in community-building activities eg Clean Up Australia.
  • Teachers and parents model good behaviour and good citizenship eg Code of Conduct.

We Believe Children Learn Best When –

  • There is a partnership between the school and the home.
  • Individual needs and differences are recognised and supported.
  • Teaching practices encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • A strong literacy and numeracy base is established for each child.
  • They are happy, well nourished, rested and physically fit.
  • Positive values are implicit in the school environment.
Every child is special. Parents, teachers and the community
work together to raise a healthy, happy and successful learner.

Students –

  • Respect teachers, other adults and one another.
  • Have pride in their achievements and the achievements of others.
  • Accept challenge.
  • Are resilient, confident and independent.
  • Are eager to learn.
  • Show leadership skills (Years 5-6).
  • Care for others and the environment.

Teachers –

  • Have high expectations of students.
  • Make students aware of what is expected of them.
  • Plan and implement meaningful learning experiences.
  • Provide ongoing feedback to students and parents.
  • Systematically evaluate and assess and use this information to plan for improvement.
  • Give encouragement and praise.
  • Build positive, personal relationships with students.
  • Articulate clear boundaries for student behaviour.
  • Are passionate about teaching and learning.

Parents –

  • Form a partnership with the teacher and the school for the benefit of their child.
  • Support the school’s culture and beliefs.
  • Encourage students to become life-long learners.
  • Maintain open communication with teachers and the school.
  • Respect teachers’ professional judgement.

 The School –

  • Provides an appropriate educational program for every child.
  • Provides a range of extra curricula options to cater for individual talents and interests.
  • Helps students to develop resilience and strategies to deal with social and emotional difficulties.