Our Vision for Learning

What does it mean to be a Learner at Harkaway Primary School?

We design each day to help bring about the following characteristics in our students and broader community.

School Mission

Harkaway Primary School exists to give children the power to shape their world.

A Harkaway Learner has a heart beating with values and a brain connected through knowledge, understandings and the ability to ‘do’. Joining the two, are the 16 Habits of mind. These dispositions put our learning into action giving each child the power to shape their world.

School Vision

As a community of learners, we work together to curate the conditions in which learning will flourish. We know this is happening when our students are regularly making rules and allocating resources.

We do this through our four ‘Big Ideas’.

1 - Multiage classes

2- Team teaching

3- Global mindedness

4 - Discovery Learning

School Values

Our learning and teaching culture is grounded in three key values:




Being a ‘Harkaway Kid’ means demonstrating the following values:




Getting Along



Every member of the school community has a right and the responsibility to fully participate in an educational environment that is safe, supportive and inclusive.

Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.

We choose to conduct our interactions with each other in a manner that exemplifies our Mission, Values and Philosophy.

Democratic Principles

The program of instruction at Harkaway Primary School supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:

  • 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.

Our Commitment to Child Safety

The Harkaway Primary School community is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making. Harkaway Primary School does not tolerate child abuse. We are committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability. Every person involved in our school community has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she/they play individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all we do and every decision we make.