Whole School Programs


BYOD (IPADS)

Whitehorse Primary School incorporates the latest education technology throughout the school including SmartBoards, Document Viewers, Vertables and Notebook computers.

In addition, a "Bring  Your Own Device (BYOD) program" has been running since 2012 and allows the 1:1 use of an iPad as an educational device in the classroom.

The iPad is also used to enhance traditional classroom activities such as

  • gather information
  • train handwriting muscle memory
  • present research, plays and science experiments
  • paint a picture
  • tell a story
  • compose music
  • make a movie
  • practice spelling and times tables
  • read a book

We are excited about the way we blend and augment the use of the iPad into our teaching and learning programs.

 

ESMART

eSmart Schools is a behaviour-change initiative designed to help schools improve cybersafety and reduce cyberbullying and bullying.

eSmart Schools provides a framework that guides the introduction of policies, practices and whole-school change processes to support the creation of a cybersafe or eSmart environment.

eSmart Schools was developed by RMIT University in consultation with cybersafety, bullying, education and industry experts from across Australia.

 

THE LEADER IN ME

An innovative, schoolwide model that empowers students to be leaders in the 21st century.

 

Habit 1 - Be Proactive

You're in charge!

I am a responsible person.  I take initiative.  I choose my actions, attitudes and moods.  I do not blame others for my wrong actions.  I do the right thing without being asked, even when no-one is looking.

 

Habit 2 - Begin With The End In Mind

Have a plan!

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

 

Habit 3 — Put First Things First

Work First, Then Play!

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

 

Habit 4 — Think Win-Win

Everyone Can Win!

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

 

Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Listen Before You Talk!

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

 

Habit 6 — Synergize

Together Is Better

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble

 

Habit 7 — Sharpen the Saw

Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others

 

 

KIDSMATTER

KidsMatter, now known as "Be You", is a mental health and wellbeing initiative for primary schools and early childhood education and care services.

 

KidsMatter has 4 focus areas:

  • creating positive school and early childhood communities
  • teaching children skills for good social and emotional development
  • working together with families
  • recognising and getting help for children with mental health problems.

KidsMatter comes with professional learning for staff, resources, and ongoing support throughout implementation.