Get the culture correct for kids
THE KEY to ensuring students get the most out of their time at school is to ensure it has the right culture.
That is the view of Childers State School principal Robyn Philpott, who also stressed the importance of a balanced curriculum and acknowledged the growing role of teacher aides.
Mrs Philpott said the school, which has about 360 students, had embraced a strong focus on positivity to curtail bad behaviour.
“It’s about the positive behaviour of people,” Mrs Philpott said.
“We work a lot on the tone and culture of the school. We try to ensure our students are rewarded for their good work.”
While talking to Mrs Philpott, you get the sense the school’s focus on a positive culture could form a synergetic relationship between students and their studies.
“It’s something you have to work at over time and if children know how well they are going, they can drive their own success,” Mrs Philpott said.
“Students are able to work to their strengths.”
The role of teacher aides and alternative learning methods has long been understated, but both have played a vital role in the schooling experiences of Childers State School students.
Mrs Philpott said the outdoor education programs, which these days includes field trips to Hervey Bay and Brisbane, played an important role in students’ lives.
She said teacher aides were also “very important at delivering outcomes to students”, which she said had been shown through the school’s strong results in NAPLAN testing.