Hallam Primary School Philosophy
Your children…Our future!
Hallam Primary School’s learning and teaching programs support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to elected government, the rule of law, equal rights for all before the law, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and association and the values of openness and tolerance. The school’s core values are learning for success, persistence, positive partnerships, mutual respect, trust and environmental awareness and, as a school community, we endeavour to apply these values in our everyday operations and interactions with each other and in the development of our programs and policies.
Hallam Primary School fosters a culture of child safety; school policies and procedures demonstrate zero tolerance of child abuse within all school environments and outside of school hours. The Principal and Assistant Principal lead the development of a culture of child safety by implementing strategies to protect all children from child abuse, and effectively responding to any allegations or incidents of child abuse.
Our Vision is to provide, in partnership with parents, a supportive and engaging learning environment that promotes the development of global learners with the necessary skills, knowledge and values to respond effectively to the demands of the 21st century.
Our Mission is to ensure a high-quality and coherent Foundation to Year 6 learning and development program to build the capability of every Hallam PS student.
Key responsibilities are to implement DET policy on school education for all primary school age students, and manage and drive continuous improvement in the delivery of primary education at Hallam PS.
Outcomes: The key responsibilities inform the outcomes that Hallam PS strives to achieve within its Foundation to Year 6 learning and development program. We expect that students have the best opportunities to learn for success and develop persistence, respect and trust. We expect that students have authentic opportunities to develop environmentally sustainable practices, maintain good health and build positive partnerships with peers, teachers and members of the broader community. We expect all students to acquire the basic skills for learning and life, to be engaged in, and benefiting from, schooling and to meet expected literacy and numeracy standards. Hallam PS expects that overall levels of literacy and numeracy show improvement.
Student well-being has a significant, collective focus across the school. Staff foster positive teacher-student relationships and an inclusive professional learning environment. Restorative Practices and Assertive Discipline underpin student management strategies, and student attendance is closely monitored. The use of corporal punishment at Hallam PS is prohibited.
Teaching personnel and non-teaching personnel provide, and support, a range of quality academic and skills-based programs structured around English literacy and numeracy competencies. Inter@act/UnitHero/MAPPEN online curriculum planning tools support teachers to plan units of inquiry. The learning environment is ICT rich with a computer to student ratio of 1:2. This supports online literacy and numeracy learning, digital learning, coding and robotics.
The acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills is supported by the use of effective summative, and formative, assessment tools, data recording and analysis, structured clinical instruction, purposeful tasks and inquiries, use of online learning programs and the provision of authentic feedback. Specialist programs in Science, Physical Education, Performance, Kitchen-Garden and LOTE Indonesian operate for Foundation to Year 6 students, with programs such as camping, swimming, school concert, mini-fete, lunchtime programs and excursions further supporting learning success beyond the classroom. Speech pathology, psychology, physiotherapy, visiting teacher for hearing impaired and occupational therapy services and aides provide further support for students requiring additional assistance with their learning.
Term 1: 30 January (school teachers start) to 31 March * Students commence school on 31 January 2017
Term 2: 18 April to 30 June
Term 3: 17 July to 22 September
Term 4: 9 October to 22 December
* The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes. The remaining three student-free days are determined by each individual school, so contact your school for details.