What makes us unique
An inner-city Fremantle school
Lance Holt School is unique in its positioning—an inner city school in the heart of the historic west end of Fremantle. We are able to provide our students with a real sense of being in the community. We use the Esplanade Park for lunchtime play, sport and recreation. The PE teacher drives the school bus to local sporting facilities such as ovals, basketball courts and parks. Our pre-primary and Year 1 students walk to the Fremantle Library to borrow books and spend time with the children’s librarian. Our children get to know their surroundings well, walking to places like Bathers Beach and Spare Parts Puppet Theatres. The school community is involved in events such as the Fremantle Festival, Fremantle Heritage Festival and the Children’s Fiesta. By providing children with access to the whole building during break times, they are able to move and play throughout the school, inside or outside in the playground and the two above-ground courts.
Meeting time is a very special and unique experience at Lance Holt School. Every day, at the start of school, we meet to discuss matters that concern everyone and to share some of the things that are important to individuals. The meeting is chaired by a student, with everyone given equal opportunity to contribute. Occasionally the children entertain us with performances. Whole school meetings are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, Kindy–Year 2 meet separately from Years 3–6. We believe that through participation in meeting time children develop communication skills, self-esteem and a sense of belonging and social responsibility. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
We believe that school is a place for learning, for playing, making friends and working together. It is a place where children can safely take risks, try different things and make mistakes, all significant parts of learning and growing. School plays a very important role in the wellbeing of children and their families. We seek to provide a place where children feel safe, secure and supported in all aspects of their learning. For us, learning encompasses the social, emotional and educational development of children. Our Values Statement at the beginning of the handbook indicates the values and philosophy with which we approach education. Some of the practical approaches we use to instil these values across the school include:
A buddy system
We have formal buddy sessions every week when children from different year groups meet and spend time doing activities or reading books together. While encouraging good literacy practices, these sessions also build friendship networks across the school. It is not unusual to see our Year 5/6 kids playing with the Year 2′s out in the sandpit. The buddy system has had a great effect in children feeling safe and knowing that they can talk with older children as well as adults when needing support. It also develops and promotes a strong ethic of care and social responsibility across our student population.
Class partner and small group work
While we certainly focus on every child’s individual learning needs and styles, we also use small group work and partnership in our classrooms as part of our approach. We find that when we encourage children to work with a partner or a small group we see children develop and strengthen skills in working cooperatively and collaboratively.
Whole school approach to student behaviour
At Lance Holt School we believe that everyone has a right to learn in a safe and supportive environment and that everyone has the responsibility to make it so. We place a lot of emphasis on the quality of the student–teacher relationship, which is reflected in our behaviour management approach. Positive, caring relationships between teachers and students are promoted. Our whole school approach to behaviour management is about creating an environment where everyone’s rights and responsibilities are valued. As members of the school community, teachers, parents and children, we acknowledge the importance of respecting mutual rights; building positive relationships; and taking responsibility for our own behaviour as a way of working together. All of us, children, teachers, and parents, have the right to work in, to learn in and to be welcomed into a safe and supportive environment where we feel respected and valued. We also have the associated responsibilities to care for ourselves, each other and the school as a whole. We can do this by respecting, listening to and supporting others; and by acting in a manner that is mindful and thoughtful of others and of our school.
We start each year with a focus on the children’s involvement with how the school is run, underscoring the individual’s responsibility to a community and the consequent protection that the community offers. At the beginning of each school year each class develops their own class behaviour management plan. The students are actively involved in the development of the plan and are encouraged to examine their rights in the classroom and then go on to develop an outline of their responsibilities. From this, the class develops a set of working rules for the classroom. Copies of the plan are given to all student and parents. You will also see them displayed in the classrooms. These plans are referred to and discussed throughout the school year.
We have a behaviour management policy regarding individual and whole school behaviour management. A copy is kept in the school’s policy and procedures file in the office. You can also talk with your child’s teacher and the co-ordinator. At the beginning of the school year you will also be invited to attend the Parent Evening where teachers explain their approach and practice in regards to behaviour management in the class and in the school generally.