Our School - Values and Social Education

Motivating Student Learning

Values Program

O'Connor Primary school teaches the 'whole child'.
We believe in providing a school environment that is focussed on children learning to be socially, civically and academically ready for life after school.
Each term a core value is chosen based on what is happening at school in classrooms and the playground. This core value is broken down in to smaller child friendly words that encompass the meaning of the core value.   



Pastoral Care

Breakfast Club
The Red Cross and an army of volunteers gather in the Block One Wet Area on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school (from 8am) to provide a great start to the day for many children. Breakfast Club is a chance to have a piece of fruit, some toast or bowl of cereal and chat with your friends. Everyone is welcome.
We thank the Red Cross and the volunteers for their support.

 Circle of Life Awards

All students have a Circle of Life Passport which is sectioned in to eight core values - Friendship, Achievement, Responsibility, Respect, Inclusion, Caring, Honesty and Cooperation. They receive stamps from their teacher for fulfilling these values. Once the section has been filled with stamps the child will receive a Circle Of Life keyring which represents the particular value. If all values are filled they will receive a medallion. The keyrings and medallions are presented to the child at assembly.

Andrea George, from Year One, was the first student to ever receive a medallion for filling her Circle of Life Passport. She won the medallion in 2015. 

2016 winners Taylor Tangipo, Willow Johnstone, Mackenzie Randall



Engaging Children in the Playground

Lunchtime Activities

Students are offered a variety of activities to help them make good choices in the playground. Lunchtime Activities help to occupy children's time during traditional free time at the lunch break. The activities offered may include -

1. Sport a range of games that rotate each week including basketball, cricket, teeball, dodge and other improvised games.
Girls Footy and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2. Board Games students who prefer the quieter lunchtime can choose from a variety of board and card games.
3. Theatre Sports drama, music and acting games that include team work and cooperation.
4. Choir the Junior Choir meet once a week to practise and rehearse.
5. Drumbeat a fun activity that involves the skill of drumming to teach team work, cooperation and resilience. 
6. Card Making students can make cards for special occasions such as Easter, Mother's and Father's Days, Christmas and other events.
7. Library the library is open every day for students who prefer a quieter lunchtime.
8. Jump Rope for Heart A special team of students practice for performance, other students have a go and learn tricks.
9. Wool Creations children can use wool to finger knit, make pom poms and sew.
10. Circus fun ; practising with a range of equipment.


Can you help? Do you have a special skill or ability that can help the students? Please contact the school.




Positive Behaviour Support
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a positive school-wide approach to behaviour management. It builds on and integrates a range of existing strategies to improve behaviour, learning and safety. It’s a proactive approach whereby expected behaviours are explicitly taught, allowing students to make better choices. PBS is an evidence based approach which focuses on early intervention and emphasises self-discipline.
The 7 components of PBS are:
1. Leadership
2. Defining expected behaviour
3. Teaching expected behaviour
4. Encouraging expected behaviour
5. Engagement strategies
6. Responding to unproductive behaviour
7. Ongoing monitoring
 At O’Connor Primary School we have four expected behaviours, which are set out on our Behaviour Matrix seen below : Friendship, Achievement, Inclusion and Respect (FAIR). These core behaviours were identified by the students, school community, school staff and the PBS team as the behaviours that best reflect the schools nature and its belief in creating well-rounded citizens for the future.




Protective Behaviours


Teaching personal safety is an important aspect of the Western Australian curriculum. This Term, students at  O’Connor Primary School have begun taking part in the Protective Behaviours personal safety program. As part of this program, they have been learning about feelings, safety networks, bullying and cyber safety with social media and gaming.

 Class work