About Hawthorn West Primary School
Hawthorn West Primary School is a dynamic and vibrant learning community where tradition and innovation are woven into the culture and practices of the school. The school caters for approximately 400 students from Foundation to Grade 6 in facilities that are a mix of new and old buildings. These spaces can be used flexibly and are supported by a collaborative, team based approach to teaching and learning.
Starting school brings with it many changes. The close relationship you have enjoyed with your child will be enhanced by a partnership with teachers at school. A key factor in student success is fostering a sound partnership between home and school through clear and regular communication. At Hawthorn West Primary School we encourage and support all parents to be actively involved in their child’s education.
At Hawthorn West Primary School we provide a quality education through stimulating and child centred learning programs. Our teachers are professional and committed educators who strive to improve the learning outcomes of all students in their care.
HWPS has a long history of community involvement and actively encourages our students to contribute to our local community. Through community involvement we believe our students learn about leadership, responsibility and appreciation of diversity. We aim to develop students who are confident, competent, articulate and resilient individuals. Through their active involvement in school life our students are inspired and motivated to achieve their best and make a meaningful and positive contribution to society.
We look forward to sharing in your child’s learning journey.
Statement of Values
PROMOTING HEALTHY, SAFE AND RESPECTFUL SCHOOL COMMUNITIES
Hawthorn West Primary School recognises the importance of the partnership between schools and parents to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, ensuring inclusive, safe and orderly environments for children and young people.
This Statement of Values sets out our behavioural expectations of all members in this school community, including the principal, all school staff, parents, students and visitors. It respects the diversity of individuals in our school community and addresses the shared responsibilities of all members in building safe and respectful school communities.
Discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, bullying, violence, aggression and threatening behaviour are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in this school.
Our Statement of Values acknowledges that parents and school staff are strongly motivated to do their best for every child. Everyone has the right to differing opinions and views and to raise concerns, as long as we do this respectfully as a community working together.
AS PRINCIPALS AND SCHOOL LEADERS, WE WILL:
- Work collaboratively to create a school environment where respectful and safe conduct is expected of everyone.
- Behave in a manner consistent with the standards of our profession and meet core responsibilities to provide inclusive, safe and orderly environments.
- Plan, implement and monitor arrangements to ensure the care, safety, security and general wellbeing of all students in attendance at the school is protected.
- Identify and support students who are or may be at risk.
- Do our best to ensure every child achieves their personal and learning potential.
- Work with parents to understand their child’s needs and, where necessary, adapt the learning environment accordingly.
- Respond appropriately when inclusive, safe or orderly behaviour is not demonstrated and implement appropriate interventions and sanctions when required.
- Make known to parents the school’s communication and complaints procedures.
- Ask any person who is acting in an offensive or disorderly way to leave the school grounds.
AS PARENTS, WE WILL:
- Model positive behaviour to our child.
- Ensure our child attends school on time, every day the school is open for instruction.
- Take an interest in our child’s school and learning.
- Work with the school to achieve the best outcomes for our child.
- Communicate constructively with the school and use expected processes and protocols when raising concerns.
- Support school staff to maintain a safe learning environment for all students.
- Follow the school’s complaints processes if there are complaints.
- Treat all school leaders, staff, students, and other members of the school community with respect.
AS COMMUNITY MEMBERS, WE WILL:
- Model positive behaviour to the school community.
- Treat other members of the school community with respect.
- Support school staff to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment for all students.
- Utilise the school’s communications policy to communicate with the school.
AS TEACHERS AND ALL NON-TEACHING STAFF, WE WILL:
- Model positive behaviour to students consistent with the standards of our profession.
- Proactively engage with parents about student outcomes.
- Work with parents to understand the needs of each student and, where necessary, adapt the learning environment accordingly.
- Work collaboratively with parents to improve learning and wellbeing outcomes for students with additional needs.
- Communicate with the principal and school leaders in the event we anticipate or face any tension or challenging behaviours from parents.
- Treat all members of the school community with respect.
AS STUDENTS, WE WILL:
- Model positive behaviour to other students.
- Comply with and model school values.
- Behave in a safe and responsible manner.
- Respect ourselves, other members of the school community and the school environment.
- Actively participate in school.
- Not disrupt the learning of others and make the most of our educational opportunities.
THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT WILL:
- Provide support and advice to principals to equip them to manage and respond to challenging behaviour of students, parents and staff.
- Provide practical guidance and resources to support schools to manage and respond to challenging behaviour of students, parents and staff.
- Provide practical guidance and resources to support schools respond to and prevent bullying and promote cyber-safety and wellbeing.
- Provide access to evidence based resources and strategies to increase student safety, wellbeing and engagement.
- Provide schools with practical and legal support as required.
- Provide parents with practical guidance and resources to resolve conflicts with the school.
Consequences for failing to uphold the statement of values
Behaviours that are considered inappropriate on and adjacent to school grounds or in relation to school business and that do not uphold the principles of this Statement of Values include when a person:
- is rude, aggressive or harasses others
- sends rude, confronting or threatening letters, emails or text messages
- is manipulative or threatening
- speaks in an aggressive tone, either in person or over the telephone
- makes sexist, racist or derogatory comments
- inappropriately uses social media as a forum to raise concerns/make complaints against the school
- is physically intimidating, e.g. standing very close.
Principals are responsible for determining what constitutes reasonable and unreasonable behaviour.
Unreasonable behaviour and/or failure to uphold the principles of this Statement of Values may lead to further investigation and the implementation of appropriate consequences. This may include:
- utilising mediation and counselling services
- alternative communication strategies being applied
- formal notice preventing entry onto school premises or attendance at school activities. Written notice will follow any verbal notice given.
- an intervention order being sought
- informing the police which may result in a charge of trespass or assault
By agreeing to meet specified standards of positive behaviour, everyone in our school community can be assured that they will be treated with fairness and respect. In turn, this will help to create a school that is safe and orderly, where everyone is empowered to participate and learn.
Information for Prospective Parents
On behalf of the Hawthorn West Primary School staff, students and community I would like to welcome all parents of children who will be beginning school in 2016. We are delighted you have chosen Hawthorn West as the school for your child.
We will be holding an Open Day during Education Week in May. We will be conducting school tours in the morning and enrolment packs are available to be collected on this day.
Tours of the school will be conducted Tuesday mornings from 9:30am – 10:30am through the year. Please book into a tour using the icon below or on the home page.
Transition Visits for Children
The transition from Pre-School to school is an exciting and important time for all children. Our Foundation Orientation Program will involve a variety of opportunities for parents to learn more about the programs we offer at Hawthorn West and opportunities for your for children to be involved in a structured Transition Program during Term 4. Pre-school children will be invited to a series of visits to school in order to get to know the Foundation teachers, school routine and each other as part of our program.
Due to facility limitations, Boroondara has a number of schools with enrolments restricted in various ways. Hawthorn West Primary School is one of those schools.
Hawthorn West Primary School has what is called an ‘enrolment ceiling’. This means the school is not required to enrol students outside its neighbourhood area unless it has spare places.
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