sunbury primary school

Statement of Values & School Philosophy

PURPOSE
The purpose of this policy is to outline the values of our school community and explain the
vision, mission and objectives of our school.

 

POLICY
Sunbury Primary School is committed to providing a safe, supportive and inclusive
environment for all students, staff and members of our community. Our school recognises the
importance of the partnership between our school and parents and carers to support student
learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for,
creating an inclusive and safe school environment for our students.
The programs and teaching at Sunbury Primary School support and promote the principles
and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:
● elected government
● the rule of law
● equal rights for all before the law
● freedom of religion
● freedom of speech and association
● the values of openness and tolerance.

 

This policy outlines our school’s vision, mission, objective, values and expectations of our
school community. This policy is available on our school website, through our staff induction
process and enrolment/transition packs.

 

To celebrate and embed our Statement of Values and School Philosophy in our school
community, we
● display posters and banners that promote our values in our school
● celebrate our values in our school newsletter
● provide awards and recognition for students who actively demonstrate the values
● discuss our values with students in the classroom, meetings and assemblies.

VISION
Sunbury Primary School’s vision is to foster a community of learners who are confident,
creative and challenged to achieve their full potential, in order to become active, engaged and
responsible citizens.

 

MISSION
At Sunbury Primary School, all students are empowered to learn and achieve, engaging in
collaborative learning opportunities that foster curiosity, creativity and critical
thinking. Students actively seek out challenges and view obstacles as opportunities to learn
and grow in the pursuit of personal excellence. Our students experience a strong sense of
connectedness with self, others and our communities, contributing to shaping the world
around them.

 

VALUES
Sunbury Primary School’s values are as follows:
● Be Curious
● Be Courageous
● Be Mindful
● Act with Integrity

 

BEHAVIOURAL EXPECTATIONS
Sunbury Primary School acknowledges that the behaviour of staff, parents, carers and
students has an impact on our school community and culture. We acknowledge a shared
responsibility to create a positive learning environment for the children and young people at
our school.

 

As principals and school leaders, we will:
● model positive behaviour and effective leadership
● communicate politely and respectfully with all members of the school community
● work collaboratively to create a school environment where respectful and safe
behaviour is expected of everyone
● behave in a manner consistent with the standards of our profession and meet core
responsibilities to provide safe and inclusive environments
● plan, implement and review our work to ensure the care, safety, security and general
wellbeing of all students at school
● 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 safe and inclusive behaviour is not demonstrated and
implement appropriate interventions and sanctions when required
● inform parents of the school’s communication and complaints procedures
● ask any person who is acting in an offensive, intimidating or otherwise inappropriate
way to leave the school grounds.

 

As teachers and non-teaching school staff, we will:
● model positive behaviour to students consistent with the standards of our profession
● communicate politely and respectfully with all members of the school community
● 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 parents and carers, we will:
● model positive behaviour to our child
● communicate politely and respectfully with all members of the school community
● 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 processes for communication with staff and making complaints
● treat all school leaders, staff, students, and other members of the school community
with respect.


As students, we will:
● model positive behaviour to other students
● communicate politely and respectfully with all members of the school community.
● 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.

 

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 inclusive learning environment for all
students

● utilise the school’s processes for communication with staff and submitting complaints.
 

UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOURS
Schools are not public places, and the Principal has the right to permit or deny entry to school
grounds (for more information, see our Visitors Policy ).
Unreasonable behaviour that is demonstrated by school staff, parents, carers, students or
members of our school community will not be tolerated at school, or during school activities.

 

Unreasonable behaviour includes:
● speaking or behaving in a rude, manipulative, aggressive or threatening way, either in
person, via electronic communication or social media, or over the telephone
● the use or threat of violence of any kind, including physically intimidating behaviour
such as aggressive hand gestures or invading another person’s personal space
● sending demanding, rude, confronting or threatening letters, emails or text messages
● sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or derogatory comments
● the use of social media or public forums to make inappropriate or threatening remarks
about the school, staff or students.

 

Harassment, bullying, violence, aggression, threatening behaviour and unlawful discrimination
are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at our school.
Unreasonable behaviour and/or failure to uphold the principles of this Statement of Values
and School Philosophy may lead to further investigation and the implementation of
appropriate consequences by the school Principal.

 

At the Principal’s discretion, unreasonable behaviour may be managed by:
● requesting that the parties attend a mediation or counselling sessions
● implementing specific communication protocols
● written warnings
● conditions of entry to school grounds or school activities
● exclusion from school grounds or attendance at school activities
● reports to Victoria Police
● legal action


Inappropriate student behaviour will be managed in according with our school’s Student
Wellbeing and Engagement Policy and Bullying Prevention Policy.
Our Statement of Values and School Philosophy ensures that everyone in our school
community will be treated with fairness and respect. In turn, we will strive to create a school
that is inclusive and safe, where everyone is empowered to participate and learn.


FURTHER INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Student Wellbeing and Engagement, Visitors Policy, Code of Conduct, Bullying Policy

REVIEW CYCLE
This policy was last updated on March 2019 and is scheduled for review in March 2022
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The Heights, Sunbury, VICTORIA 3429

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