Philosophy Policy

GWSPS Philosophy Statement

Glen Waverley South Primary School is committed to lifelong learning by providing an inclusive, supportive and nurturing community in which diversity is valued and celebrated. Our innovative curriculum and culture of excellence creates a stimulating learning environment that engages and challenges students to achieve personal success and make positive contributions to society. At Glen Waverley South Primary School we are proud of our friendly and inclusive culture. Our school is enriched by a diverse and multicultural community.

Glen Waverley South Primary School community’s vision is underpinned by the value of RESPECT, highlighted through our focus on:
• Relationships
• Excellence
• Support
• Passion
• Engagement
• Choice
• Trust & Honesty.

Glen Waverley South Primary School’s Learning Community is committed to the improvement and enhancement of student learning in order to equip students for the future. All members of the school community, students, staff and parents, are open and committed to the shared vision of ongoing learning and continuous development in the provision of best educational practice.  Glen Waverley South Primary School’s   learning community model is characterised by:

• A culture of:
-lifelong and self-driven learning
-commitment to personal growth, shared vision and team learning
-assisting all students to embrace learning
-excellence and
-connectedness through strong community partnerships.

• Dedicated teachers delivering an exemplary Learning and Teaching program that facilitates:
-achievement of academic, social, emotional and physical potential
-a stimulating learning environment where students are highly engaged and motivated
-inclusive, innovative and challenging curriculum
-curriculum design, which caters for individual learning needs
-engaging personalised learning experiences
-student goal setting
-explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy skills and 
-inquiry based learning.

• A learning environment that:
-provides equal opportunities and values diversity
-develops knowledge and values
-promotes student leadership opportunities
-is positive, safe, supportive & cooperative
-equips students with skills and knowledge to cope successfully in an ever-changing world.

In accordance with the principles outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic), as a Victorian government school, the programs of, and teaching at Glen Waverley South Primary School will support and promote the principles and practices of Australian democracy including a commitment to:
• An elected government
• The rule of law
• Equal rights for all before the law
• Freedom of religion
• Freedom of speech and association
• The values of openness and tolerance.

Also, in accordance with the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic), Glen Waverley South Primary school will provide a secular education and will not promote any particular religious practice, denomination or sect and is open to adherents of any philosophy, religion or faith.

Implementation of school philosophy

This school philosophy will be central to all:
• school initiatives, policies and practices;
• teaching and learning programs;
• internal and external interactions;
• organisational structures and practices; and
• dealings with parents, the School Council and the community.


This policy was last ratified by School Council on:  20/6/2016