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Poseidon Primary School has a set of agreed values which are used to guide, unite and reflect the actions and decision of all members of our school community.  The values of inclusivity and care are inherent, creating positive relationships at all levels.  Collaboration fosters the development of shared leadership, and all staff have a direct role in decision making, enabling them to work as a team in a friendly, flexible environment where people matter.

Innovative teaching is embraced and supported through a culture of knowledge sharing and listening that is embedded in the school routines and structures.  We focus on partnerships between parents, teachers and children to improve academic, social and emotional outcomes for all students.  Together, these values support our dynamic learning environment, providing a platform for lifelong learning.

Our school-wide pedagogy is a core component of our school’s identity, providing our students with a consistency of teaching, learning and assessment.  This is built on each year by our dedicated teachers, who inspire our students to develop a passion for learning.  It provides a holistic education for students and promotes identity with a true passion to seek knowledge in 21st century learning environments.

Our practices have proven to produce exemplary results in literacy and numeracy.  Students are engaged with a co-operative learning approach using social and emotional intelligences, integrating technology to develop their thinking skills.  In all areas of the school, learners are self-motivated.  Teachers negotiate the curriculum and provide inquiry-based learning opportunities that challenge each student.  In this way, every student experiences success.

The Poseidon Identity

At Poseidon Primary School we create opportunities together by developing a shared understanding of our school-wide pedagogy and accept collective responsibility for nurturing student learning.

Our Values

Innovative Teaching
We embrace the responsible use of technologies to enhance learning.

Relationships & Collaboration
We work collaboratively to build positive and productive relationships and achieve agreed outcomes.

Caring & Inclusivity
We provide a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment.

Sustainability
We encourage and promote proactive attitudes towards a sustainable future.

Our School Wide Pedagogy

21st Century Learners
We inspire students to become active citizens who contribute to and understand their place in the world and their effect on it.

Learning To Learn Together
We use whole school programs that utilise a range of flexible co-operative teaching and learning strategies.

Social & Emotional Learning
We nurture each student, developing their social and emotional awareness.

Differentiation
We maximise our students success by differentiating their learning experiences to match their learning needs.

Successful Students

Students at Poseidon Primary will be supported to reach their potential socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically.

Strategies

Implement the school wide pedagogy.

  • Review, develop and implement school wide numeracy and literacy plans to provide a connected, consistent approach in teaching from K-6.
  • Implement ‘whole school’ co-operative learning.

Offer programs that extend students’ knowledge, skills, understanding and experiences.

  • Develop and maintain on-site, extra-curricular programs such as Lego Robotics, chess, running, arts and homework clubs.
  • Review, develop and implement in-school programs for example, drama, choir, music, visual arts, technology, sports, whole school production.
  • Celebrate individual success in academic and non-academic achievements via newsletters, assemblies and within the classroom.
  • Provide students with a range of leadership opportunities.

Implement a differentiated curriculum to meet individual student needs.

  • Use early intervention testing and support (eg on-entry assessment, developmental screenings).
  • Utilise screening and diagnostic tools to identify class, group and individual areas of strength and weakness.
  • Use evidence based data to direct teaching and learning programs.

Support social, emotional and physical wellbeing.

  • Review, develop and implement programs that support healthy lifestyle choices (eg Crunch and Sip, Friendly Schools Plus, Jump Jam, fundamental movement/games skills).

Achievement Indicators

  • Ensure every student, who is identified through the screening and diagnostic tools as at educational risk or requiring extension, has an Individual or Group Education Plan.
  • The school has developed and implemented school wide literacy and numeracy plans.
  • The availability of on-site extra-curricular activities.
  • The number of in-school programs available and the level of student participation.
  • The number of students in leadership roles.
  • Completion of program reviews and actions identified.

Excellence in Teaching

Poseidon Primary will support our staff to enrich their skills and expertise and strive for the delivery of best practice in education.

Strategies

Build teacher capacity and expertise across the school.

Facilitate active professional collaboration and cooperation amongst staff.

  • Encourage the development of a strong collaborative school culture by providing opportunities for teachers to collaborate on a regular basis.
  • Provide all staff with high quality professional development opportunities to build capacity.
  • Develop Information and Communication Technology skills.

Implement the agreed School Wide Pedagogy to provide students with a consistency of teaching, learning and assessment.

  • Continue the implementation of the four cornerstones of the school wide pedagogy.
  • Implement ‘whole school’ co-operative learning.
  • All teachers to plan and implement a differentiated curriculum that caters for different learning needs and styles of children in their class.

Support staff leadership and development.

  • Encourage and support staff leadership aspirations.
  • Highlight and celebrate staff achievements.

Implement mandated programs, strategies and curricular.

  • Meet the Australian Curriculum and Western Australian Kindergarten Curriculum implementation timelines.
  • Assess and review the K – 2 programs in line with the National Quality Standards.

Achievement Indicators

  • Professional Learning Teams complete at least one full peer classroom observation cycle each term.
  • At least 75% of all teaching staff to have completed Classroom Management Strategies (CMS) training by 2017.
  • The extent to which The National Quality Standards for early childhood education has been implemented.
  • Timetabling to enable staff collaboration.
  • Australian Curriculum implemented across all year levels in line with the recommended timelines of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
  • The number of teachers who are seeking Level 3 Classroom Teacher status and other leadership opportunities.
  • Review the staff participation in Professional Development and evidence based practice activities.

Forging Partnerships

Poseidon Primary will continue to forge strong and sustainable student, parent, staff and community partnerships to create engaging learning outcomes for our students.

Strategies

Promote the Poseidon Primary Values:

  • Use Poseidon Primary’s values as the foundation of our expectations of students, parents and staff and integrate these values into the teaching programs.
  • Maintain programs such as Friendly Schools Plus and “You Can Do It” programs within the school.

Foster strong connections between staff, students and parents:

  • Encourage family involvement in all learning areas e.g. – classrooms, sports, veggie garden.
  • Poseidon Primary to host various events throughout the year e.g. – Learning Journeys, International Food Day, Easter Assembly, ANZAC Service, Christmas Assembly, various P&C fundraising and social events.
  • Acknowledge our parent and carer contributions to the school with an annual morning tea.

Further develop partnerships between the school and wider community:

  • Host community engagement events to develop long term relationships.
  • Access the Volunteering WA Program to engage and utilise the expertise of the wider community

Promote and encourage the use of school facilities by community and commercial operators, utilising funds received to improve school facilities:

  • Further develop partnerships with organisations such as Giggling Geckos Out of School Care and MercyCare Heathridge Early Learning Centre.
  • Develop a booking system, criteria of usage and schedule of charges for use of school facilities.

Achievement Indicators

  • Number and value of partnerships.
  • High level of support for partnerships measured through survey data.
  • A common ‘values’ language clearly evident throughout the school with values being regularly promoted and displayed.
  • An on-site out of school care facility continues to operate at Poseidon Primary.
  • Review any changes to school funding from hire of facilities.

Sustainable Physical Environment

Poseidon Primary will continue to encourage our students to take pride in and actively nurture our sustainable environment.

Strategies

Support sustainable environmental practices

  • Develop and implement a school-wide sustainability plan.
  • Develop and implement a school-wide recycling plan.
  • Further develop our Community Garden.

Manage and improve Poseidon Primary School’s buildings and grounds

  • Develop and implement a Grounds Improvement Plan such as Literacy Garden, Playground Equipment, Early Years Nature Playground.
  • List and prioritise improvements in a register of needs, required resources and estimated costs.
  • Create an Arts Plan for the school grounds for example sculptures, wall art, mosaic footpaths.

Achievement Indicators

  • Formation of a Sustainability Committee to develop a school wide sustainability plan and commence implementation.
  • Formation of a School Grounds Committee to develop a Grounds Improvement plan, Arts plan and commence implementation.
  • Number of sustainability programs implemented.

Student Achievement Targets 2015 – 2017

Specific Literacy Focuses

  • Increase literacy outcomes for students in Kindy and Pre Primary.
  • Improve student performance in all areas of literacy by Year 3.
  • Improve student performance in reading and grammar and punctuation in Years 3 and 5.
  • Maintain current student results in literacy in Years 3 and 5.

Literacy Achievement Targets

  1. Over the next three years: School Means in all of the Year 3 and Year 5 NAPLAN Literacy tests will be above the School Average Mean Scores for the last three years in the same tests.
  2. Over the next three years: Student progression through Years 3 to 5 in NAPLAN Reading (as measured by DET First Cut data – stable cohort) be such that 75% or more of students achieve progress deemed Very High, High or Moderate.
  3. By 2017: a School Mean in the Year 3 and Year 5 NAPLAN Reading and Grammar and Punctuation which is equal to or above the Australian Average School Mean.
  4. By 2017: 20% or more of the school’s cohort of Year 3 and Year 5 students achieving results in Reading and Grammar and Punctuation tests that would place them in the top 20% of Australian students.

Specific Numeracy Focuses

  • Provide challenge and enrichment in Maths to capable children across the school.
  • Ensure early identification of children with difficulties in numeracy is undertaken.
  • Teach children to understand the language of Maths.

Numeracy Achievement Targets

  1. Over the next three years: School Means in all of the Year 3 and Year 5 NAPLAN Mathematics tests will be above the School Average Mean Scores for the last three years in the same tests.
  2. Over the next three years: Student progression through Years 3 to 5 in NAPLAN Mathematics (as measured by DET First Cut data – stable cohort) be such that 75% or more of students achieve progress deemed Very High, High or Moderate.
  3. By 2017: 20% or more of the school’s cohort of Year 3 and Year 5 students achieving results in NAPLAN Numeracy tests that would place them in the top 20% of Australian students.
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