Vision & Values

A Note from our Chairperson

Port School is rapidly growing and emerging as a high-end provider of re-engagement education and care programs for socially disadvantaged and at risk youth. Young people deserve to have the world at their feet, the opportunity to realise their dreams, sound mental and physical health and at least one adult who believes in them, pushes them and offers unconditional support and advice. Sadly, for many young people, none or few of these essentials are present in their lives. Port School aims to fill the void, mend the bridges and give real hope and possibility back to our students and emerging young adults.

The Port School Board met with staff and an education consultant (me at the time) back in 2010, to develop the first of the school’s formalised strategic plans, since its relocation to Hamilton Hill some 17 years before. Fittingly, we have outgrown this plan and should take time and stock of the myriad accomplishments achieved that were identified and acted upon over the past 7 years. In 2010, Port was a simpler and much smaller organisation, with a relatively singular program focus. Port has developed over the past 7 years to become a notable game changer in the realm of Care Schools. Port’s diverse programs and offerings have become more sophisticated, beautifully interwoven and world-class in many respects.

The nature of the work we do is difficult, frantic and at times unpredictable, and it is understandable that we get lost in the demands of the everyday. This is why it is so important to pause, take stock, look back upon what we have achieved, identify areas of weakness, as well as strengths, so that we can move forward armed with a shared vision. As individuals we all contribute a variety of skills and talents while investing a good share of blood, sweat and tears into the growth of Port School. It is, however, our collective efforts that are truly powerful and it is this collective approach that graces us with the real opportunity to impact positively upon the lives of young people at risk, preparing them for a changing world.

As a Board we are concerned with the governance of the business in terms of direction and control, including structure, culture, goalsetting and decision-making. The Board’s core business focuses on areas such as:

  • Sound and ethical business practices – including management of areas such as community/client relations, transparent finances, resources and staff management.
  • Quality outcomes – ensuring that the programs developed, or the services provided by Port through the direction of the Principal, are of the highest quality and standard.
  • Compliance – ensuring that the school, as an educational institution and business, complies with all required regulations, legislation and standards on an ongoing basis.
  • Risk management – protecting Port School from possible negative occurrences, as well as recognising opportunities and capitalising on these when they arise.

The 2018-2022 Strategic Plan has come about after meetings, retreats and collaborations from all Port School stakeholders over the course of 2016-18. This plan will act as a guide to ensure we hold true to our ideals. We are excited by the potential pathways and developments envisaged for Port School over the next 5 years.

Anne M Gee B Ed, ECE, Dip Teach, ECE/HPE
Port School Chair
Education and Strategic Planning Consultant

Our School Context

Port School is an incorporated body, overseen by a board of directors who guide and assist in the direction of the school, and who ultimately performance-manage the Principal. The Principal is the strategic and operational manager of the body,  known as Port School Incorporated, which operates the following entities:

  • Port School and Port School Mobile Classroom Education Facilities
  • Port School Young Parent Centre (YPC)
  • Port School Early Learning Centre (ELC)
  • Port School Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • Port School Outreach Program (POP)

Port Classroom

Port is an independent school that aims to engage at risk students in years 8 -12 who have not been able to achieve success in mainstream school settings for a variety of reasons and circumstances. Port is successful because the school operates in a very different way to most others: small class sizes, hands-on vocational learning, personalised and flexible learning groups, community projects and excursions. Individual pastoral care and social support in myriad formats is offered from a variety of networks and external agencies.

Port Mobile Classroom

The Mobile Classroom is an innovative and progressive educational program, aimed at engaging our community’s most at risk, disadvantaged and disengaged youth. The program operates within the community from a customised, converted bus. This structured educational program encourages its participants to re-engage with the community and achieve educational outcomes. Port aims to do this through the building of strong relationships and placing decisions and consequences in the hands of our young people.

Port Early Learning Centre ELC

A beautifully designed, brand new facility located within the grounds of the school operates as our innovative ELC, a fully ACECQA registered childcare facility. Our stimulating and age-appropriate learning environments nurture safety and secure relationships embedded in our play-based, educational care model. Our young parents can bring their children to the ELC while they complete their studies in our Young Parent Centre located in the adjoining building.

Port Young Parent Centre YPC

The YPC aims to provide ‘flexible educational and training opportunities’ to young parents who have disengaged from their education and training due to pregnancy and/or parenting. These young parents are also supported as they transition to the role of parent through a specifically designed program, incorporating healthy behaviours and effective parenting skills, in order to equip them for the challenges ahead and to empower their self-confidence.

Port Registered Training Organisation RTO

In 2015, through the Training Accreditation Council (TAC) of Western Australia, Port School achieved status as a Registered Training Organisation (number 52718). This program delivers nationally recognised training. Port has been consolidating its offerings, as well as determining what should be in scope for today and into the future.

Port Outreach Program POP

Port School’s Outreach Program aims to encourage disadvantaged adolescents of the community to re-engage with the education environment. The program is designed to complement a student’s existing school plan. One aspect of the program is to help young students via positive mentoring through a mobile education model, where activities and enrichment projects are usually off-site. Ideally the program works with small groups with an option of one-to-one support. Using a variety of educational, social and emotional wellbeing programs, the students are invited to participate in the Outreach Program if the school feels there is a need.

Our Vision

Port School is an independent school of choice for our local and wider community, for students who have not been able to achieve success in mainstream school settings. Our vision is to provide a safe, nurturing and supportive environment in which students are empowered to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives.

In achieving our vision, Port School:

  • Provides distinctive, specifically designed, holistic education models
  • Delivers and strengthens essential literacy/numeracy foundations and life skills
  • Implements effective pastoral care and wrap-around health care programs
  • Ensures small class sizes and real life, hands-on learning
  • Commits to removing conflict between students and the school by developing meaningful and positive relationships

Our Purpose

Port School creates and uncovers pathways to a meaningful life by providing experiences that enable student potential.

Port School supports attainment of its vision through an environment that: Is safe, nurturing and inclusive.
Fosters confidence, personal best and respect for self and others. Inspires students to live purposeful lives.

Our Values

Empowerment

We enable each other to experience thoughts and feelings as valid and important

Diversity

We welcome, nurture and promote each others’ differences

Growth

We keep the educational development and wellbeing of people at the centre of what we do

Community

We provide a safe and secure environment that promotes contribution, ownership and mutual respect

Our Practice - Teaching and Learning Framework

Quality teaching and learning is central to our purpose at Port School. As a provider to a very specific clientele base, our staff work together to provide students with the opportunity to succeed and grow in a learning environment that is engaging, encouraging, dynamic and purposeful.

Our approach to pedagogy is aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and is communicated through our Teaching and Learning Framework. This framework reflects the shared beliefs of our school community about high quality teaching, pastoral care and professional practice. Our framework guides the actions and behaviours that shape and direct staff practice at our school.

  • Engaging, innovated and differentiated programs and delivery
  • Aligning curriculum and assessment
  • Developing and maintaining positive relationships with high expectations for engagement and achievement
  • Creating and maintaining safe, supportive and inclusive living and learning environments
  • Ongoing reflection, analysis and adaptation
  • Commitment to learning as a lifelong pursuit
  • Establishing and maintaining successful partnerships

Key Focus Areas

Underpinning the Vision, Purpose and Teaching and Learning Framework of the School is our day-to-day core business of schooling and re-engagement; our cultural practices, our academic and co-curricular initiatives, our character building programs and community partnerships. The School has four key focus areas that drive our planning, targets, actions and communications. Our School Improvement Plan will be addressed under these four areas.

  • Educational Offerings and Programs
  • Quality Staff
  • Community Connection
  • Infrastructure and Governance

Providing a real alternative for adolescents who need a different kind of school.

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