Philosophy and Values

We communicate with trust, honesty and consideration

  • We resolve difficulties through listening and negotiating.
  • Parents, teachers and children work together to encourage children to express their true feelings.
  • Children are involved in the decision making process through weekly meetings. Their ideas and views will be actively sought and listened to.
  • Communication is open; complaints are managed through the established complaints procedure in a timely manner.

We act with integrity and courage

  • Every person is equal in human worth and dignity. We value and respect each individual; each individual is expected to extend this respect to others.
  • We are personally responsible and allow others responsibility for themselves.
  • Individuals are encouraged to be responsible for their actions.
  • Individuals are encouraged to follow tasks through to completion.
  • The decision making process is governed by the School Council.

We live creatively and joyfully

  • We provide an environment that encourages each individual to learn naturally and joyfully, to grow and develop to their full potential and to flourish as a whole person.
  • We develop a sense of belonging to a community and encourage students to work as individuals and part of a group.
  • The children are encouraged to interact with the wider community including other schools and diverse cultural and community groups.
  • Opportunities to utilise local resources are actively sought; participation in and attendance at local events is a priority.
  • Community member interaction is encouraged through the use of school facilities and programs.
  • Parent workshops and education is facilitated to provide support with parenting strategies, children’s development and insight into learning programs at school

We are caring and friendly; we act out of love

  • We are a community; a connected group of families and individuals working together as a caring, vibrant and dynamic independent private school.
  • We provide a safe, warm and loving environment - a space for children to learn and grow.
  • We value the small size of our school and have low student/teacher ratios.
  • We recognise the importance of building strong relationships and employ caring and dedicated staff.
  • We create an atmosphere of curiosity, participation, cooperation, trust, respect, warmth and friendship.
  • We minimise comparison and competition and avoid the use of rewards and punishments, including isolation; we use role modelling to demonstrate and encourage desired behaviour. Encouragement is given for effort and improvement to develop self-esteem and motivation.
  • Cultural, social and religious diversity is appreciated and respected

We are families who contribute to the daily life and future of our school

  • Parental involvement, at all levels, is an integral component of the day to day running of the school.
  • Parental involvement takes many forms, such as the contribution of time, specific skills and assistance with supervision.
  • Extended family and community members are welcome at our school.
  • Local resources are utilised and relationships fostered within the wider community.
  • Decisions concerning the effective running of the school are made at monthly meetings by the school council on a consensus basis.

We foster the growth of wisdom and wonder, mindful of our role as caretakers of the earth and our children

  • Students are the focal point of the school; they are empowered to have real responsibility.
  • We have a holistic approach, seeing each child as a whole person with prior knowledge and experience.
  • Children are encouraged to think beyond the purely personal.
  • We encourage the development of self-esteem and self-confidence while simultaneously promoting respect for others.
  • The opportunity to explore values and attitudes held by others is provided.
  • We aim for students to feel safe and cared for, to have fun, to be able to learn and demonstrate that learning, to be empowered, expressive, creative, resourceful and independent.
  • The curriculum is broad and encompasses the Western Australian Education Department curriculum and ACARA requirements. It is implemented in a flexible way given that learning areas are interrelated and learning occurs in numerous forms
  • Each student’s self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity is nurtured to assist them to manage their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing.

We encourage excellence

  • We value and accommodate individual differences by providing a range of experiences and resources to cater for each student’s learning style, ability and interests.
  • Respect for the individuality of the children is of paramount importance in the development of their full potential; learning programs are developed with regard to ability, not just age.
  • We actively assist with the development of the whole child by covering the social, cognitive, creative and physical domains of learning.
  • Teachers engage in professional development to provide evidence based strategies and instruction that best supports student learning.
  • Targeted learning support and extension is provided to ensure that students meet their potential.
  • General capabilities of the Australian Curriculum, cross curriculum priorities, as well as achievement standards, are covered to provide opportunities to develop knowledge, behaviours and dispositions to become successful learners.

Get in Touch
Kerry Street Community School
20 Forrest Road
Hamilton Hill, WA 6163
(on the corner of Kerry St)
Phone: 08 9335 1471
PO Box 48, Hamilton Hill, WA, 6963