Harkaway Primary School

Welcome to Harkaway Primary School.

Harkaway Primary School 65 King Road Harkaway VIC 3806

Ph: 03 9707 1475 M:0477 033 381 E: harkaway.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

What Matters Most?

Given all that has happened in the last few years, the question of 'What Matters Most?' is more important than ever before.

At Harkaway, we exist to give our learners the power to shape their world. The challenges we face in life help us get to the very heart of who we are as a learning community.

We have a very clear vision of what it means to be a 'Harkaway Kid'. This means that we are learning together and looking out for each other.

So at Harkaway Primary School, we are careful to make time for connection, curiosity and discovery. By being deliberate about the 'way' the 'what' and the 'where' we learn and teach, our students come to see themselves as confident learners. Our school attracts families who are looking for a community to nurture their loved ones, to challenge them to grow academically and be active, globally minded citizens.

Actually, we've been around for over 140 years, so we've learned a thing or two about helping learners to flourish. We do this through building a sense of belonging in our students - building a connection with our place, with our peers as well as our learning. Harkaway teachers and aides are exceptional practitioners who develop a deep understanding of each child and how to support their learning journey. We know what concept each child is ready for next - planning and targeting our teaching at just the right level to achieve success.

Each day is designed to provide the best possible learning . At the end of a class, students duck outside for 'huff n puff'. This is ten minutes of running about to burn off energy, or calmly catching some fresh air ready for the next lesson. When learning a language other than English our students are immersed in their learning with our Chinese teacher. The way we teach writing leads our children to see themselves as authors. Our Mathematics approach is also highly effective and individualised. However, a solid grounding in knowledge, skills and understandings is not enough. Giving children the power to make rules and allocate resources is also essential. All of this allows them the chance to make a difference in their world. After all, isn't that what matters most?

As a school, we value giving families the opportunity to see our school in action. This is why every day is an 'open day' for Harkaway. Come along and experience our children engaging in rigorous, meaningful learning - all whilst having fun!

Please explore the rest of our website. We often update and share the learning stories from across our community. So check in regularly and see what has changed.

Leigh Johnson

Principal

Breaking News: The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. (IB-PYP)


Harkaway Primary School is a candidate school* for the PYP. This school is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.


Can our children actually have the power to shape their world? Watch this 2 minute video to see an example. The full video is over on the Bushfire Safety Committee page.

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