Respect

The Village School farm animals play an important role in teaching. Lessons in respect for all living creatures, reliance and responsibility are taught in very real ways. Respect for and commitment to the environment is also encouraged through the wet lands project that is run on the school property. Adults and children address each other on a first name basis as a way of showing mutual respect and reinforcing that everyone is valued as a worthwhile individual. You’ll find our children are more forthright, expressive, honest and well spoken because we do give them a real voice in the Village School community.

Resourcefulness

Problem solving, creative thinking and initiative are commonly named as the tools for jobs of the future. Village School children are taught to look for answers and solutions rather than be given them. The school gives children time and ready access to computers, the library, telephone, other staff members and any other resources in their pursuit of answers and solutions.

Responsibility

An important aspect of our philosophy is growing responsibilities as the child grows. This includes: becoming more responsible for one’s own learning, becoming more responsible for one’s behaviours and actions. The aim is for children to develop internal discipline. Through this a real sense of self-respect is gained.

Reliability

Interdependence is striking the right balance of co-operation and independence. It involves people relying on each other to do their individual parts. The whole school performance is just one important event at the Village School that fosters reliability and real community spirit.

Resilience

Resilience is all about picking oneself up after a negative experience or a mistake and knowing that you can go on. Village School’s discipline statement recognises that mistakes are valuable learning experiences and encourages children to see their own and other’s in this light.

Village School values

primary05

We aim to delight and inspire young children to be resourceful, independent learners, and to discover and learn in a supportive, caring environment.

We celebrate individual differences while at the same time encouraging children to develop an awareness of their place in Australian society and the global community. We want them to have an understanding of their role in supporting and caring for each other, all living creatures and the natural environment.

Village School chooses to be an independent, non-sectarian and non-denominational primary school having no specific affiliations with any other educational establishment or educational system.

We are a small school

Village School exists to fill an alternative niche in the educational market place. We have a 'small school' policy and a commitment to having a maximum of 20 children to one teacher in our home-groups so that our philosophical and educational aims can be fully realized. We are also committed to maintaining our animal farm and wetlands environment so that 'real life' work experiences are an integral part of the daily curriculum.

"The 5R's make common sense. Other schools have this in their publicity blurb, but make empty promises. We have found that Village School actually follows through on their philosophy."

Quality Assurance Survey (School Parent Body)