Child Side School is an independent, co-education school covering K-10 year levels in an intentionally multi-aged setting based upon research about the developing brain and quality learning environments for living and learning in the 21st Century.
Our school is ‘small by design’ and approaches learning ‘one child at a time’ within a personalised learning community.
We are a member of Big Picture Education Australia (BPEA). We are also a member of AISWA (Association of Independent Schools in Western Australia).
Our focus is on developing responsible, engaged life-long learners and we utilise Dr. Louise Porter’s ‘Guiding Children’s Behaviour’ approach, Maggie Dent’s emotional resiliency approach and restorative justice approaches to develop social competence/responsibility, work place skills, life skills and emotional intelligence.
We view literacy and numeracy as sets of essential, useful and exciting tools to utilise to interact and thrive in our current world.
Children are offered a quality, personalised approach to learning literacy and numeracy in real life contexts.
Our Vision is congruent with REIEA’s (Reggio Emilia Information Exchange Australia) vision.
“REIEA (and Child Side School) has a vision for a just and civil society that values our shared humanity, fosters strong democratic communities, recognises the uniqueness of each individual, and appreciates diversity….. We recognise that all children have a right to be heard, to be respected, and to feel a sense of belonging to their family, school and community. We see this as a foundation for becoming responsible citizens of the world.”