Our Strategic Direction
The strategic direction is set by the school council and this is typically done through the four year review cycle that aligns with Department of Education and Training guidelines. For our school, 2016 was a year of strategic planning and foundation setting, whilst 2017 saw the beginning of the implementation of that planning.
The strategic planning has seen a strong and aligned approach from the school council and the staff to develop a plan for our community that is aligned with the DET Framework for Improving Student Outcomes and focuses on developing individual students in a stimulating learning environment.
The first stage of this work was a focus on the schools vision and pillars which were developed by the school council in conjunction with the staff at the school. The pillars guide to the work of the council and the school’s leadership team and are outlined below.
Strathfieldsaye Primary School aims to focus on individual students reaching their potential through strong partnerships between the school and families, in a stimulating learning environment, that is locally connected and globally aware.
Our six pillars and associated goals are:
- Community – To develop socially, environmentally and globally aware students who participate in their community
- Learning – To develop positive, constructive and challenging learning programs that assist individualised learning
- Facilities – To have the best facilities which are safe, environmentally friendly and geared to meet the desired objectives of the school
- Business – To run a professional, well governed, commercially astute school
- Communications – To crease a professional, inclusive and trusted image for our school. To constantly share our stories and to develop and launch a marketing and communications plan for the school.
- People – To build a professional and positive, development focussed culture where the staff seeks to learn from external influences.
This work is supported by and aligned with our Learner Profile which is the guide to the development of our learning experiences, curriculum documentation and our assessment and reporting regime. The Learner Profile provides a strong statement about the skills, knowledge and learning dispositions that Strathfieldsaye Primary School Students are entitled to expect to develop during their time at the school. These are broken down into four areas, classified as ‘ways of learning’. Within each of these areas there are a set of learner characteristics which we endeavor to build with the students.
Ways of Learning
- Self-Monitoring – I know what I am learning, why and where to next. I set SMART goals and plan to achieve them
- Creativity – I have the ability to imagine new, unusual or unique ideas through being in control of my imagination. I take risks to think differently, learn through mistakes and have fun.
Ways of Thinking
- Risk Taking – I have the independence to explore unfamiliar situations with confidence and forethought. I feel safe enough to make calculated decisions and reflect on my results.
- Inquiry – I am a self-motivated learner who builds generalisation based on experience. This may involve questioning, research, connecting ideas and creating or justifying.
Ways of Contributing
- Personally and Socially Responsible – I solve my own problems and participate in making age appropriate meaningful decisions about what I think matters, in order to become a proactive thinker.
- Community Minded – I acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence which will enable me to contribute to my community and participate in and lead action in my local and global community.
Ways of Interacting
- Collaborative – I work as part of a team, and share individual goals, ideas and resources to achieve more through consensus.
- Communicator – I understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety