IB Philosophy


As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, specialising in the Primary Years Programme, we support the IB statement below:

“Students in the 21st century are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.”

Our programs align with the IB Mission Statement:

“The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

For further information, please visit the IBO Website.

HPPS Mission Statement

Heany Park Primary School is a child centred community, empowering students to be inquiring, responsible, compassionate and globally minded citizens. Our teaching and learning embodies our school values and drives the development of challenging and engaging programmes. This enables our students to become lifelong learners, who take action to promote a peaceful and sustainable world through respect and understanding.

Transdisciplinary Learning

At Heany Park, we employ an inquiry approach to our integrated curriculum. Throughout the year, students at each year level engage in a range of transdisciplinary units. These units explore big ideas that essential for students understanding of the world around them.

The units incorporate learning from a range of traditional discipline areas as well as development of transferable skills, such as research and communication skills.

The units are developed collaboratively by the teachers working in each year level to ensure the units are significant, challenging and relevant to the students they teach.

An inquiry approach to teaching and learning allows students to be immersed in a concept or big idea through carefully selected literature, artifacts and experiences. This process of immersion unlocks the students’ natural curiosity and provides them with the opportunity to express their thoughts and understandings about the ‘big idea’. These wonderings drive the students’ motivation to engage meaningfully in the unit and provide the teachers with information about their student’s current understandings, skills and knowledge, in order to provide learning experiences consistent with their needs. A combination of teacher and student driven exploration allows each student to build on their prior knowledge, make connections to new ideas and build their understanding of the concept. Throughout the units, both teachers and students go on a journey of discovery – where information and skills are obtained within a meaningful context.

Kym Ryan
(PYP – International Baccalaureate)
Transdisciplinary Leader


Heany Park Primary School is a thriving, harmonious and dynamic learning community made up of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

We are a community of learners, committed to personal excellence in every respect. Our students are nurtured and challenged to maximise their learning potential. We are committed to developing students’ individual intelligences and capabilities, whilst mastery of literacy is at the very core of all that we do. We operate on a simple premise that all students can learn and succeed in acquiring the knowledge, skills and behaviours for life and work in the global knowledge economy.

At Heany Park Primary School we believe that language is the means by which we communicate with the world around us. It enables us to express our thoughts, ideas and feelings as we interact with others. English language learning is a continuous, lifelong process. Children are immersed in all areas of Literacy Learning – Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.

In our literacy program, students are taught explicitly as a whole class, in small groups and one on one. In reading sessions, a specific reading strategy or skill is introduced through a text or interactive activity. Following this, students are grouped based on their specific learning needs. Each small group is scaffolded by the teacher and taught strategies to read and make meaning from text. While the teacher is working with a small group, the other learning groups are working independently to consolidate skills and strategies. At the end of the session, reflection on learning is shared with peers and future learning discussed.

Our students reading ability is regularly assessed monitoring decoding, comprehension skills and strategies, fluency and pace.

Christine Vavasseur
Literacy Leader

Writing sessions follow a similar structure. Various genres are explored to give students a broad and varied understanding of different methods in which to communicate their ideas. A writing strategy is taught and modelled. This aspect may include some shared or interactive writing as a class or demonstration and practise of a skill. The students then complete an activity in which they can practise that writing skill or strategy. Students may work independently, in small groups or with the teacher. Learning is shared to promote consolidation, confidence and achievement.

Spelling strategies are also explicitly taught. Spelling, or Word Work, may relate to the reading and or writing focus and thus may form part of those particular lessons. Or, the spelling focus may be taught as part of a guided reading session.

Students are encouraged to speak clearly and confidently in a variety of situations. They learn to listen attentively to their peers and teachers. Skills such as maintaining eye contact, voice projection, using notes or palm cards, will be developed through oral presentations and class and group discussions.

Our Library is central to the school’s teaching and learning program in developing students as life-long learners. It has a comprehensive collection of resources that provides students and teachers with a wide range of up to date print, multimedia and electronic resources designed to match the student’s varied learning styles, abilities and interests. Its large non-fiction collection complements the School’s curriculum, while its fiction collection with its strong focus on quality literature works to increase student’s literacy skills and understanding of the world.

Students at our school do more than master basic language skills. They learn to express their feelings and opinions and to support their opinions with sound arguments and research.


Numeracy is a highly valued component of the curriculum taught at Heany Park Primary School. Our goal is to set students up for success by providing them with the skills and strategies to prepare them for real-life situations and problems.

Mathematics lessons are taught daily utilising a variety of approaches, programs, technologies and hands-on materials to cater for all learning styles. Each Maths learning session is structured to include a mental maths warm-up activity, a main teaching activity with an explicit learning intention and time for reflection at the end. The content of lessons is driven by student data, gathered through standardised, pre-and post-testing. All components of the Victorian Curriculum in Mathematics (Number and Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics and Probability) are integrated and developed through problem-solving tasks, open-ended questioning, investigations and a variety of engaging games and activities. Tasks are differentiated to meet the individual needs of all students.

In addition, our school provides the following:

  • parent information sessions on how Maths is taught at Heany Park Primary School at all levels and how parents can support their children at home
  • a Numeracy Support Program for identified students in Years 4
  • the opportunity for students at Years 5 and 6 to be challenged and extended in Maths through participation in the Maths Olympiads program
  • take-home Maths Bags that are full of hands-on materials, games and activities for students F – 2
  • access to an extensive collection of picture-story books for teaching numeracy concepts

Penny Esposito
Numeracy Leader

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program provides a range of developmentally sequenced activities incorporating skills and conceptual understandings in the areas of drawing, painting, construction, modelling, textile, collage, multi-media and a larger area that includes rubbing, etching, stenciling, mark-making and printing. The program also covers three studies of art. They are Indigenous art, Artists Study and Historical, Cultural and Contemporary art.
Links to the year levels’ Unit of Inquiry are made where appropriate, in particular, How We Express Ourselves, Sharing The Planet and Who We Are.
The Visual Arts program follows the Victorian Curriculum which covers the dimensions of ‘Explore and Express Ideas’, ‘Visual Arts Practices’, ‘Present and Perform’ and ‘Respond and Interpret’. The IB Visual Arts strands of ‘Responding’ and ‘Creating’ are also incorporated into the program.

Sharon Lai
Visual Arts specialist teacher

Digital Technologies

At Heany Park, we acknowledge the transformative potential of technology, when it is used purposefully and meaningfully as a tool to facilitate learning. We embrace digital technologies and understand the value it brings as it becomes more prevalent in our day to day lives. We are an accredited eSMART school, which educates students to have safe, enjoyable interactions and experiences online.

We use a range of resources that include laptops and iPads, robotic equipment, document cameras, apps and software. Each classroom in years 1 to 6 has a trolley of 16 laptops and the Foundation team have baskets of iPads. All devices have wireless connection to the Internet. Each classroom is also equipped with an interactive 75”TV, a tool that the students find highly engaging.

The use of ICT can document learning, provide students opportunities for immediate feedback and reflection, provide access to a broad range of tools to store, organize and present their learning and enables communication with a wide-ranging audience. We aim to develop six skills through technology: investigating, creating, communicating, collaborating, organizing and becoming responsible digital citizens.


Marcus Lo Ricco
Digital Technologies Leader

Languages – Indonesian

Foundation: The students will be learning about the names for the parts of the body, especially the names for the ears, eyes, nose, tongue and fingers for the five senses. In the Indonesian class we will be aligning with the Transdisciplinary Unit of How the World Works.

Junior School: The students will look at houses from around the world and factors that determine where people live, such as building materials, weather and the environment. This unit will align with the Transdisciplinary Unit of How We Organise Ourselves.

Middle School: The students will look at natural disasters, especially the natural phenomena of volcanic eruptions and tsunamis in Indonesia, aligning with the Transdisciplinary Unit of How the World Works. They will be involved in writing letters to children who were caught in the tsunami developing the Learner Profile of Communicator and the Attitude of Empathy.

Senior School:  Students will study the Independence of Indonesia, the type of government that Indonesia has and the meaning of the Pancasila, the five democratic principles of Indonesia. They will look for the similarities and differences between the governments of Indonesian and Australia.

Bambung Murtjono
Languages (Indonesian) specialist teacher


Our school library is a friendly and positive environment which helps to foster the school’s ethos of creating active, global citizens and lifelong learners.
The Library is the learning hub of the school. The students have the opportunity to learn research skills using books that align with the units of inquiry being studied or to simply satisfy their own curiosity.
All students are encouraged to borrow from the extensive range of Picture story books, Fiction books and Non Fiction books. Fostering a love of reading is our goal.
Michelle Mitchell, is our qualified Library Technician who will assist students.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays our Library is open for lunch club. Students can visit the Library during lunch on these days to do things like read, play games, do jigsaw puzzles or origami as an alternative to playing outside.
Wellbeing books including the topics of bullying and grief are available for parents to borrow.
Each year two Senior students are selected to be the Language Captains for the school. Part of their role is to promote the library and a love of literature, and also its activities at school assemblies.

Michelle Mitchell
Library Technician (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

Library Administrator: Literacy PLT

Performing Arts

At Heany Park PS the Performing Arts program aims to develop confidence, risk taking and creativity. Students explore Performing Arts through Drama, Music, Dance and Media.
During Drama, students engage in speech and enunciation activities as well as movement exercises.
Dance and creative movement look at the elements of Body, Action, Space, Time and Energy.
We teach the seven elements of Music – Dynamics, Tempo, Timbre, Form, Rhythm, Harmony and Pitch. These are applied to various activities using tuned and un-tuned instruments.
Students combine knowledge of Drama, Dance and Music into Media– writing, filming and editing their own clips and movies.
Every year students showcase their learning to the school community in various performances. Our whole school community enjoys our annual Christmas Concert in the final weeks of school.

Natalie Wheaton
Performing Arts specialist teacher

Physical Education

The Physical Education Curriculum at Heany Park PS provides a diverse and comprehensive program for our students. Our indoor and outdoor facilities enable students to participate in all-weather conditions and the teaching of a wide range of sports and activities.
All students have weekly Physical Education lessons that focus on development of a range of fundamental motor skills in small group activities and specific sports. Students also develop an understanding of good sportsmanship and fair play.
Foundation students also participate in a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP). PMP offers a range of activities that focus on student’s physical development while learning a variety of language concepts, including, on, off, left, right, through and around.
Students in the Junior, Middle and Senior School also participate in a weekly Sports Program, which focuses on group and team sports. The skills learnt during this program, is an extension of their PE Program as well as leading into their participation and practice for Senior Interschool Sports Days and Gala Events.
Middle and Senior School students also have the opportunity to represent the school in a diverse array of events e.g. Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Basketball, AFL, Cricket
Heany Park also offer the opportunity for students to participate in a range of sporting and fundraising events e.g.
House Cross Country
House Athletics
Colour Run
Lap Club
Swimming Lessons and Senior Life Saving Excursion

Prue Cunningham
PE specialist teacher