At Dixons Creek Primary School we believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. Every child, no matter what disability, learning difficulty or level of giftedness, has the right to reach their full potential in an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that we believe are conducive to establishing such an environment: the teacher acting as a guide and mentor; designing units of study that encourage the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and promoting respect for all things and all people.
When the teacher's role is to guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information, the students' search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves, and practice skills in authentic situations. Providing students access to hands-on activities, and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson being studied, creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur.
Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one's life and interests. Developing a curriculum around student interests fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. When students have ownership in the curriculum, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary to reach their goals.
Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment occurs through an open sharing of ideas and a respectful approach to discipline. When the voice of each student is heard, an environment evolves where students feel free to express themselves.
At Dixons Creek Primary School we strive to achieve a learning community in which every member of the community makes a valuable contribution to the life journey of all.