Macquarie Primary School

An ACT Public School

Reach out and aim high

School Values

As a school we believe students learn best when they feel safe, valued and happy. Our staff is committed to providing an environment that nurtures personal growth and self-esteem. The school values underpin how we support our students to interact in positive and productive ways.

Integrity – this was chosen because it incorporates so many of our previous values including acceptance, honesty, responsibility, respect and kindness. When explaining this to children we talk about ‘Making good choices, even when it’s hard’ and ‘Making good choices, even when no one is looking.’

Persistence – this value is about persisting with tasks and learning, being resilient, and continuing to strive to achieve goals despite challenges. When explaining this to children we talk about ‘Trying different strategies to overcome challenges,’ ‘Having a go and learning from mistakes,’ ‘Following through on commitments’ and ‘To keep trying, even when it is difficult’.

Excellence - this value is about supporting students to strive to do their personal best. Excellence means we give our best to everything we do. When explaining this to children we will talk about ‘When we practise excellence, we are not trying to be better than anyone else; we are striving to be the best we can be’.

All members of the school community have rights and responsibilities, and these are best ensured when agreed procedures are accepted and followed. Primary school students are developing appropriate ways to interact with others. The school and its community share the responsibility to assist students in learning appropriate behaviours.

Our PBL Matrix of expectations supports students to interact in positive and productive ways. The matrix outlines how we, students, staff and the community, are safe, respectful, learners at school.

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