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

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The Village Farm is an essential part of the school's social development program. The children are responsible for the care and well-being of the farm animals and their enclosure. This encourages organisational skills, time management, team effort and observational skills.

Handling animals also means confronting fears and learning strategies for success; this leads to the development of self-reliance and self-respect.

Our farm animals currently include goats, sheep, ducks and chickens as well as guinea pigs, a lizard and turtle that are housed in the class rooms. Horse riding is also part of the school activities and the ponies are sometimes agisted in the school paddocks.

 

 

V.I.P.P. - "Very Important Poo and Products"

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This is a small business venture run by the children at Village School.

  • HORSE MANURE -- $2.00/BAG
  • FRESH EGGS -- $5.00/doz
  • OCCASIONAL FARM PRODUCE -- AS ADVERTISED (any excess produce from family gardens for selling will be gratefully received).

V.I.P.P. connects academic skills to real life. It provides opportunities in numeracy (coin identification, making change and keeping books), and literacy skills (advertising). It is also an opportunity to practice organizational skills, communication skills and social skills.

Please see Tracy's room if you wish to purchase any of these products and keep an eye out for the occasional farmer's stall.

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"The advantage of a growth school may be summed up in one statement: This kind of school is geared to the child's rhythm of development."

David Elkind, author of "The Hurried Child"