Greenwood Primary School will build a school community whereby students develop intellectual curiosity and creativity that will enable them to fulfil their academic, social and emotional potential.
We will provide opportunities to inspire students to become moral and environmentally conscious, local and global citizens who will contribute positively to society.
Staff Beliefs to build moral purpose
It expectation that all staff who are employed or engaged at our school be accountable to our agreed behavioural statements. The following provides behavioural indicators for staff to clarify what needs to be evident for us to work towards achieving our moral purpose.
- Intellectual Curiosity and Creativity
- Provide specialist visual arts, music, dance, physical education, science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), School of Instrumental Music (SIM) program, choir, languages (Indonesian), PEAC and swimming programs.
- Provide opportunities for students to participate in school and community events.
- Engage students in manipulative (hands on), digital, oral and written learning.
- Build an engaging play space across the school, looking at both “Adventure Play” concepts and curriculum linked play opportunities (incorporating theSchool Values).
- Provide a stimulating learning environment through incursions and excursions, assembly items, school and community gardening projects, enterprise activities (selling worm whiz/castings, chillies etc.), and providing opportunities for problem solving.
- Engage with parents who have a specialty skill set to offer our students.
- Celebrate special days.
- Collaborate with targeted secondary teachers where appropriate to engage our students (after hours). Provide timely and appropriate parent and community workshops to enhance their capacity to develop children’s curiosity and creativity.
Social and Emotional Potential
- Develop resilience through a whole school program, School Drug Education and Road Award (SDERA) (Challenges and Choices). Create risk takers across the school by providing opportunities for children to engage with nature play areas (utilising community involvement).
- Deliver a whole school values program including assembly promotion and class focused awards.
- Provide specialist staff to support students’ social and emotional needs, e.g. School Chaplain and School Psychologist.
- Model and live positive behaviours, e.g. appropriate values, rules, friendship, social courtesies and resilience. Acknowledge cultural diversity by engaging inactivities related to National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration (NAIDOC), Harmony Day, Anzac Day, and providing halal food at the canteen, growing different vegetables and recognising global religions.
- Seek opportunities to positively engage and communicate with parents/caregivers to develop the understanding that they are welcome in our school and feelsupported in dealing with their children. This will include provision of workshops to enhance parent and community support of children’s social andemotional development.
Moral and Environmental Conscience
- Utilise the Greenwood Primary School Values Program to develop a focus for students on specific qualities that demonstrate the qualities of a good citizen, such as resilience and responsibility.
- Model an understanding of cultural diversity and celebrate different cultures and religions with our student population.
- Ensure strategies are in place to promote and value inclusion for all students; such as
- Case management processes
- Students at Educational Risk (SAER) processes Engage in the Greenwood Primary School
- Sustainability Program which actively promotesenvironmentally responsible actions through:
- Promoting the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and therefore raising students’ awareness and effective management of waste by composting scraps, worm farming, gardening, and recycling of aluminium, paper, batteries, and e-gadgets.
- Caring for the physical environment by, for example, picking up litter and planting trees in the school and community.
- Witnessing and immersion in community recycling and rehabilitation; e.g. through engagement with Tamala Park and Coast Care.
- Modelling responses to the eco audit, and thus increasing our school’s efficient use of energy.