Village School was started with the vision of creating a school where children are valued and heard, and that balances academics with real life experience, in order to prepare children for a successful life in the real world.
When our students leave our school with confidence in their ability to make real choices and take action to shape their future and the world around them, then we have succeeded.
From the outset Village School has held firmly onto two main tenets:
- The value of mutual respect between staff and students
- The right of the child to be taught as an individuals
These two statements form the foundation of every activity and event that takes place at Village School.
To delight and inspire
At Village School, our aim is to delight and inspire children to be resourceful, independent learners.
We recognise that students of every age and stage develop learning in different ways and at different rates.
Teachers at Village School match the teaching to each child’s learning style – not the other way around – by presenting information and skills in a variety of ways.
Individual differences are celebrated and children are encouraged to develop an awareness of their place in Australian society and the global community.
Each child is a worthwhile person, respected and valued for who they are.
A positive self-concept is considered essential and sometimes the most effective strategies for building self-esteem are not linked to academic performance.
Animals play a big part in the program at Village School and the children take responsibility for goats, chickens, geese and ponies.
An annual school performance provides another vehicle for building feelings of self-confidence and worth.
In our ever-changing world, children need to be able to adapt a wide range of skills, both social and academic, to maximise the opportunities that society offers.
A good education should provide children with more than just preparation for a successful economic life.
At Village School, there is a real effort made to balance the academic program with many life experiences.
Specialist subjects at Village School include languages, music, drama, horse riding, gymnastics, modern martial arts, environmental science, animal care and horticulture.
Additionally, the school displays a strong commitment to maintaining its animal farm and wetlands environment, so that ‘real life’ work experiences form an integral part of the daily curriculum.
Developing skills for life
Independent thinking and problem-solving skills are fostered as a way of preparing students for adult life.
Predicting, checking, monitoring and ‘mind mapping’ are successful and relevant ways of dealing with information and technology in today’s society.
A close-knit community
Village School is committed to its ‘small school’ policy of having no more than 20 children to one teacher in home-groups.
This level of involvement and relationship between staff and students allows both philosophical and educational aims to be fully realised.
We also encourage our parents to become engaged in the school in any way that suits them, to help our school community thrive.
Our unique approach
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