Get the cul­ture cor­rect for kids

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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