It takes a village to raise a child…
As a parent of 2 children currently attending the school, an ex-student myself and a school council & GPA member I love that fact that the school truly encompasses what it is to be a community. There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child … and each day I believe this more and more!
The main reason children go to school is, of course, to learn the basics of the curriculum (reading, writing, maths, science) – and academically the dedicated teachers certainly provide an enriching and challenging environment for the kids – extending those that need it through their own personal learning journey, while always encouraging those that need to take things a little more slowly.
The amazing programs that instil so much fun into learning each and every day leave me in awe! Reading with the children during their Book Club and Monster Maths sessions is a wonderful way to meet so many of my children’s friends and I love watching them mastering new skills – that first year is truly amazing!
The weekly school newsletters provide so much information about the current goings on at GHPS … and the regular year level updates (weekly in prep and each term for older grades) also provide a real insight into the current topics and planned learning so that you really feel like you know what the children are doing. Daily home reading and reviewing or helping with some homework I also find really keeps me in touch with where my children are at with their learning – and the kids seem to really enjoy us being involved.
The “Real Schools” program takes the children’ social development and wellbeing to a whole new level – providing a practical framework for how to encompass emotions and well-being into part of everyday life at GHPS, and how to resolve conflict in a positive and productive manner. The “No Bullying” policy is certainly something that attracted me to the school, and I was very impressed with how a relatively “small” act of inappropriate behaviour was immediately dealt with and all families advised immediately – I felt this sent a clear message to the young students re-iterating the very clear (& sensible!) boundaries.
I cannot imagine us being anywhere else! I love the fact that my children LOVE going to school – they love their friends, they love their teachers and they are so proud of the work that they achieve (& I am so very proud of them!)