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Daylesford Primary School/Annexes promote success for all within a caring community by working with students to:

  • Strive for excellence in all aspects of their learning
  • Build resilience and develop highly effective social skills
  • Show respect for themselves, others and the environment
  • Build a strong sense of personal identity through participation in our community

Daylesford Primary School/Annexes are committed to “Learning and Growing Together” based on the agreed values:

  • Be Respectful
  • Be a Responsible Learner
  • Be Honest and Trustworthy
  • Be Caring and Compassionate
  • Be a Good Citizen

Schools are an integral part of the lives of children and young people. We recognise this importance and ensure that our school develops a whole-school culture that is safe and supportive. It values learning for all and we promote respectful relationships. Students are encouraged to have a voice, provide feedback on their learning and student decision making is promoted.

We have a whole-school behaviour management system in place which is based on agreed classroom values & behaviours, De Bono’s thinking hats, Restorative Practices and the promotion of respectful relationships. At Daylesford Primary School we firmly believe that students learn best when the learning environment is supportive and productive, built on positive relationships through knowing and valuing each other and through the promotion of a culture of value and respect for individuals and their communities.

Our positive school culture is predicated on student engagement being the basis for learning. To support this, our leadership team is actively engaged in developing classroom practice to ensure that our pedagogy and curriculum engages all students. Effective teaching, inclusive and engaging curriculum and respectful relationships between staff and students is promoted through learning circles and professional learning teams that encourage innovative pedagogy developed using the Department’s E5 instructional model and V.E.L.S.

Opportunities that contribute to the school and effectively engage students in their learning are:

  • Development of intensive literacy and numeracy improvement strategies implemented as part of the school improvement agenda and in response to changing demographics
  • Professional learning is given high priority to ensure strategies and approaches are adopted and implemented
  • Students are encouraged to achieve full attendance to maximise their ability to learn and our teachers’ ability to teach effectively
  • Student Leadership programs and other roles of responsibility provide opportunity for students to influence change within the school community
  • Positive transition programs (K–Prep, 6-7 and between year levels) will minimise anxiety, increase resilience and ensure students develop a readiness to enter their new environment and make successful transitions

Pro social behaviours are promoted through programs such as:

  • Families Program - providing and promoting pastoral care within a structure beyond the normal classroom setting
  • Circle Time - building class communities and allowing students to develop connections to each other, to explore feelings, learning and to develop empathy
  • Focus of the Fortnight - informing the community of the identified values that will be addressed and explored across the whole school and wider school community
  • Restorative Practices - encourating engagement, building pride and respect, promoting responsibility and restoring relationships
  • Positive Yard Tokens - recognising students’ positive relationships/interactions and behaviour in the school yard
  • Agreed Classroom Values - expectations and consequences are negotiated and agreed upon by all class members

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