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
We are excited about the way we blend and augment the use of the iPad into our teaching and learning programs.
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.
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, 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:
KidsMatter comes with professional learning for staff, resources, and ongoing support throughout implementation.