Our Curriculum

Our vision is character education driven by values with an embedded mission of Achieving Excellence through cultivating character, sharing talents and pursuing innovation.

We will engender a passion for uncompromising excellence. As educators, we will inspire those around us with our passion and desire to be the best version of ourselves.

Values drive us to fulfil our mission with a positive transformation of the character of our young people. We want our children to believe they can make a positive difference through tenacity, courage and collaboration. They will become courageous advocates for change in local, national and global communities. They will be problem solvers, innovators and knowledge creators.

We believe that our children should understand the importance of citizenship and service to their local community and beyond, having had many opportunities to build connections with the elderly and to volunteer within the community. They will understand the difference they can make – positively or negatively – to the world around them. They will foster a sense of community, compassion recognising that we are stronger together.

It is our absolute responsibility to help all of our children become the best they can be. We will value the ultimate of worth of each person supporting them to know their place in the world.

The learning experiences they receive from the very start of school to the end of primary education will enable them to fulfil this mission of excellence in character education.

Academic success remains a priority but its achievement comes from all of life’s lessons and fulfilling every possible potential. Our commitment to achieving excellence through academic success should run parallel to the development of children’s character to prepare them for later life. Ultimately, our aim is to nurture a lifelong thirst for learning.

Through our gateways to learning - citizenship, leadership, exploration, spirituality and wellbeing and expression - our curriculum will provide memorable and inspiring experiences that enable all to excel and gain insight into their own unique interests,
gifts and talents.

These experiences not only focus on academic excellence but we are determined they should provide deep learning through developing the skills of metacognition. An enquiry approach underpins all of our learning experiences through teaching tools for thinking. Through each learning experience, there will be a focus on getting better as a learner through this knowledge rich curriculum.

Opportunities to incorporate writing in a real-life context will be taken to encourage independent writing. Handwriting, grammar and spelling are essential skills which the children will demonstrate with great flair in the many opportunities we give them
to write.

To deepen their learning, every opportunity will be taken to enrich the curriculum by providing memorable experiences through access to experts and visits. Our children will be immersed in the experience of being a historian, scientist or writer, perhaps developing a passion that will inform their future lives.

In a world where communication is crucial, we prioritise supporting our young people to become confident and articulate speakers having had the opportunity to work with experts and refine these skills through public speaking and presentation.

Immersion in a school culture that prioritises cultivating character alongside academic success, will enable our children to flourish. The learning experiences they receive from the very start of school to the end of primary education will catapult them to success in higher education and life.

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