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Our Philosophy

Our community school is a rich and creative environment where 0-5 children have the time and space to play, learn and thrive.

Founded in 1977, Hensman Street Pre-School Incorporated (known as Hensman Street Elementary) is a pre-school registered with the Department of Education Services WA (DES) and is an affiliate member of the Australian Independent Schools Association WA (AISWA).  Hensman Street Elementary offers a play-based program tailored to the needs and interests of children, using The Early Years Learning Framework, WA Kindergarten Guidelines and WA Curriculum and is governed by the National Quality Standards, prescribed by Federal and State Governments.

Children are encouraged to freely explore the school environment and develop an enjoyment of learning, whilst being guided by the school’s dedicated staff.  Children will be supported and encouraged to develop five key dispositions to support their learning:

  1. Emotional resilience

  2. Social confidence

  3. Self motivation

  4. Persistence

  5. Resourcefulness

At Hensman Street Elementary we believe every child is unique.  The most powerful way children learn, is through play and children need the opportunity to develop life skills which enable them to thrive in an ever changing world. Learning experiences will be interesting, inviting and challenging, allowing children to build on existing knowledge, judge and calculate risk and discover new learning.

The Schools program is developed by tertiary qualified Early Childhood Educators, providing broad, balanced and flexible learning opportunities, allowing access and participation by all children. Our teachers will:

  • Assess and support the individual learning, development a level of wellbeing of children through interaction, observation and record keeping;

  • Plan experiences and activities that allow children to construct knowledge and understanding, enhancing their social, emotional, physical, intellectual and creative development;

  • Report to parents on their child’s development through visual displays, formal and informal discussions and e-portfolios; and

  • Be approachable and professional.

To enhance each child’s learning, Hensman Street Elementary strives to provide a learning environment that is safe and welcoming, accessible and creative, yet challenging and evolving.  Our highly skilled staff are the key to providing this learning environment.  Hensman Street Elementary believes that in order to best cater for the educational needs of children, its staff need to:

  • Have respect for individual differences, needs and strengths amongst all staff and the School Board;

  • Have open communication and be responsive to colleague and School Board ideas and needs;

  • Share roles and responsibilities and work as a co-operative and supportive team together, and with the School Board;

  • Seek professional challenges to improve programming and facilities benefiting the interests of the School’s community.

 

Many people contribute to the successful running of the School.  All involved contribute to the best of their ability to support the children’s learning and growth as well as to education facility for future years. There is encouragement of children, families and staff to participate in the running of the School through Board involvement, busy bees, fundraising and social events. These are active functions critical to maintaining the School’s existence.  Being an independent, community-led school, Hensman Street Elementary values the links between home, school and the wider community and works in partnership with all groups to provide the best start for each child.