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Teaching Philosophy


Small School, Big Opportunities


To be an outstanding primary school where care, curiosity, innovation and progressive practices ensure students thrive in an ever-changing world.


In order to fulfil this vision, we nurture our students to: 

•   be independent lifelong learners who are well equipped to meet the challenges of an ever changing world.

•   think and learn through problem solving.

•   achieve personal success and excellence.

•   demonstrate ethical, social and environmental responsibility.

•   be active, happy, engaged and productive citizens.


Tarwin Lower Primary School’s objective is to for all our students to live our values of kindness, cooperation, resilience and respect. For our students to have a deep understanding of their learning and to become self-motivated, life-long learners. We believe in Educating the Whole Child, and so want our students to leave Tarwin Lower Primary School being better people in mind, body and soul.

At Tarwin Lower Primary School we value:


Kindness means supporting, helping and caring about others. It means being friendly, thoughtful, giving encouragement and listening to people. Kindness is including others. It is being patient, trying to understand and not judging. 


Co-operation means working together, sharing, listening, encouraging, and being fair. It means everyone having a say, and if you don’t agree, understanding how to negotiate solutions.


Resilience is Bouncing Back. It is understanding that bad times don’t last and being optimistic. To concentrate on the positives and keep things in perspective. 


Respect yourself, others, the school, and the environment. Respecting people in person and on-line. Self-respect is always trying your best, and taking responsibility for your own learning and behaviour. 


We apply these values in our everyday dealings with each other and in the development of our programs and policies.     



In our school community, these values are demonstrated when:

  • learners are at the centre of our teaching and learning.

  • teaching and learning programs encourage deep understanding and a sense of the importance of learning.

  • students have the opportunity to learn in a positive, caring environment and are encouraged to become self-motivated, life-long learners.

  • all students are encouraged to achieve their personal best in all that they do. 

  • members of the school community show great confidence in one another and themselves.

  • students, teachers and parents feel that they are treated fairly at all times.

  • students are encouraged to work cooperatively and collaboratively with their peers and other members of the school community, and to be active and responsible citizens. 


Child Safe Standards

Tarwin Lower Primary School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Tarwin Lower Primary has zero tolerance of child abuse.






Link to Statement of Values and School Philosophy Policy

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