Teach like a champion
Marsden Park Public School uses a ‘Champion for Champions’ philosophy which simply means for students to excel in Literacy and Numeracy there has to be strong positive programs within a balanced curriculum that cover the three areas of Personal Development, Health and PE, Creative Arts and Sport plus one more that is pertinent to the school – Environment and Sustainability.
Our school has developed strong foundations over the last five years within these four areas. Our main strategy was to develop cooperation and collaboration skills with all students, teachers and parents. The school has focused on implementing Leadership, Transition, Conflict Resolution, Resilience – Bounce Back, Social Skills, Peer Support, Peer Reading, Peer Tutoring, Physical Education Skills through the Active After School Community Program in the area of Personal Development, Health and PE. Strong teaching and learning experiences have been created within the Creative Arts covering Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Music that have been integrated with the key learning areas. Sport has always been a major focus at Marsden Park but over the last years through the strategies implemented we have seen a dramatic increase in students’ skills across a broad range of team and individual sport and participating in our sporting carnivals and qualifying for District/Area and State Carnivals.
Marsden Park is known for its chickens, orchard and vegetable garden. All students participate throughout the year within these three areas exhibiting at the local agricultural and the major Royal Shows on the Eastern seaboard of Australia. All produce is given to the students to either take home or to use in the Cooking Club.
Over the last two years, the school has continued to look at further improvement particularly with student self-esteem and productivity. We have adopted the ‘Teach Like A Champion’ Philosophy which combined with the ‘Champion for Champions’ philosophy has been very empowering for our students and out teachers particularly with educational equity. The school has identified ten of the forty-nine teaching strategies that have helped us to build our school, classroom expectations, culture and instruction to be successful. It has also provided a common approach with explicit teaching focusing on tailoring of student needs and methods that teach students they are responsible for their learning.
Our five high academic achievement expectations are:
Our five high behavioural expectations are:
These philosophies combined with a uniformed approach has seen our students flourish academically and behaviourally where they act responsibly with pride of accomplishment in a safe yet challenging and rewarding environment.