OUR PHILOSOPHY

‘Every person, every classroom, every day.’

Putting our educational philosophy into practice every day enables us to realise our vision. It is encapsulated in the following set of beliefs.

WE BELIEVE....

Year 8
Matt
There’s leadership opportunities.
I’m STRIVE captain. I was a House captain last year and I’m doing peer support next year. It builds confidence.
TOE is great. It’s different.
We do heaps of outdoor activities including camps. We have to be self-sufficient and manage challenges like flooding and wombat invasions.
It also involves community service. I coached a basketball team for 4 months. It was a two hour a week commitment. I took on a team of beginners so we saw lots of progress by the end of the season.
  • every student can learn and make progress. This is fostered in the right context and given the right input, opportunities, scaffolding and encouragement.
  • safety and wellbeing, including zero tolerance for child abuse, bullying and harassment is a critical pre-condition for learning. The commitment of all community members to our codes of conduct and values is a core expectation.
  • students who are known, valued, respected and embraced within the community can dare to excel
  • orderliness supports learning. This is achieved through our structures, purposeful and well-defined routines, policies and procedures.
  • a commitment to contemporary pedagogies, evidence based practice and data driven intervention facilitates continual school improvement and student outcomes
  • knowledge application, skill development, IT literacy and values education support the holistic growth of students preparing to flourish in the digital age. We equally prioritiese academic progress and personal development.
  • learning that is student-centred, personalised, open ended, choice laden, fun, relevant and real produces world-ready graduates
  • realistic goal setting and strategic endeavour underpins excellent outcomes
  • empowering students to affect their own schooling experience is motivating, and builds leadership skill, responsibility and autonomy
  • our teachers must keep learning if our students are to keep learning. Professional learning communities form the basis of this professional development.
  • well-rounded students participate fully in and contribute to school life, and the broader community through service initiatives
  • honouring the past, leading in the present and anticipating the future ensures a cutting edge education
  • parents/guardians, alumni, volunteers, relevant experts and the wider community are important partners in fostering the learning and wellbeing of students.

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