The School Values of
kindness, resilience, integrity, curiosity and respect
are embedded in all aspects of life at Alphington Primary School and truly support our endeavour to assist students to be outstanding in all that they do.
Students develop social skills such as understanding what it means to be a good friend and how to care for and work with others.
Our school aims to be a safe, engaging and caring environment where children experience success. With this aim in mind, Alphington Primary School has a Student Engagement Policy that promotes positive behaviours throughout the community and fosters a sense of belonging, safety and self esteem. There is a whole school approach to student wellbeing based on the principles of restorative practices and the ‘Better Buddies’ transition program. At APS, we have developed a common language to support students when verbalising their thoughts and feelings in both individual and group situations. Students are involved in developing behaviour agreements and standards. Classes make a positive classroom behaviour agreement at the beginning of each year which is subsequently referred to throughout the year. Each week Circle Time is timetabled for each class and this facilitates discussion around wellbeing and student voice.
The notion of sustainability is an integral part of our philosophy. Alphington Primary School has had a focus on sustainability for many years, from our association with the Gould League in 2003 through to becoming a 5-Star accredited Resource Smart School in 2013. In 2015, Alphington Primary School participated in the Resource Smart Project with CERES to actively contribute to reducing overall consumption of electricity, gas, fossil fuels, water, etc. that collectively result in environmental savings for the planet. The school has installed solar panels and water tanks and benefits financially with savings from reduced utility costs freed up to support other key school programs.
More recently, APS entered into a partnership with the electrical retailer Jemena. APS families were invited to sign up to the Power Changers pilot program and were then set energy saving challenges. In doing so families gained challenge points, which were donated to the school. Thanks to wonderful community support we received a $10 000 cheque from Jemena.
Another feature of which we are proud is our veggie garden. Located adjacent to our double storey portable building, the garden is tended to throughout the year with teams of students growing, nurturing and harvesting a range of seasonal crops.
Students at APS have also been involved in designing and building an Eco Cubby using innovative materials such as recycled bottle bricks.