Statement of Philosophy

Swan Valley Anglican Community School – At Swan Valley Anglican Community School we understand the importance of setting a firm foundation for lifelong learning.

Children

We believe:

  • Children are successful, capable and resourceful learners who are active contributors to their own learning.
  • Children need to be valued as individuals, who bring with them their own heritage, interests and early life experiences. 
  • Children can develop risk taking skills and positive self-esteem through a supportive, safe and inclusive environment.

Therefore we:

  • Implement a child-centred programme based upon the principles outlined in the Australian Curriculum and the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) – ‘Belonging, Being & Becoming’
  • Develop learning programmes that are rich in language and promote the opportunity to discuss, enquire, investigate, demonstrate and reflect.
  • Provide opportunities for students to reach their full potential by building on their personal interests, thoughts and ideas.
  • Implement an inclusive approach to support a sense of belonging, high self-esteem and success. 
  • Encourage each child to reach their full potential in accordance with their individual ability and teach them to strive for their best.


Families

We believe:

  • Trust, respect and collaboration form the basis of strong partnerships between families and staff.
  • In working closely with parents in a reciprocal relationship.

Therefore we:

  • Are committed to open communication with families which includes discussions, child portfolios, parent evenings, student diary and newsletters.
  • Strive to have empathy and be responsive to family needs and provide support when required.


Programme

We believe:

  • Children learn through collaboration and communication with other children and adults and through interacting with the environment.
  • Children need opportunities to practice and consolidate their skills in key learning areas including: Literacy and Numeracy; whilst being creative and expressing their ideas. 
  • A programme should be rich in language and allow students to discuss, enquire, collaborate, investigate and reflect.

Therefore we:

  • Implement a flexible programme that is responsive to the evolving nature of the early childhood environment and provides for different learning styles.
  • Make observations of children and their interests and document their work to form the basis of the programme.
  • Use both the indoor and outdoor environment to encourage the children’s ability to observe, perceive, explore, investigate, imagine, make choices and problem solve.


Staff

We believe:

  • In employing staff who are committed to working for the best interests of children and families.
  • That each staff member brings fundamental, personal qualities to the school environment such as empathy, respect, warmth and a passion for learning.
  • In the importance of creating an environment of collegiality where personal and professional contributions are valued, communication is open and confidentiality is maintained.

Therefore we:

  • Provide opportunities for staff to share in decision making and to obtain feedback. 
  • Provide a safe and comfortable working environment with, where possible, common DOTT time for collaborative programming within their year group. 
  • Provide ongoing professional development for staff.