Literacy Whole School Program
Hillcrest Primary School uses the Keylinks reading series to guide the students’ reading progress. The series uses a variety of genres, subjects and questioning types to ensure all student’ needs are catered for in a manner that recognises individual interests and ability levels. This consistent approach enables maximum development each year, and a smooth transition between classes and year levels.
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve.
Jolly Phonics at Hillcrest
Positive Behaviour in Schools Project
Hillcrest Primary School promotes an environment where all students strive to achieve their full educational, social, physical and creative potential. The Hillcrest STARR program has been developed as a whole school approach to behaviour with consistent expectations throughout the school. It provides a platform to support student development and empowers them to take responsibility for their own behaviour and engagement. The Hillcrest STARR behaviours fall under the five headings of Safety, Teamwork, Achievement, Respect and Responsibility.
At Hillcrest Primary School we teach each behaviour explicitly, focussing on a fortnightly expectation. You may hear the students often refer to themselves as “Hillcrest STARR’s.”
Our whole school reward system reinforces appropriate behaviour using STARR cards. Students are recognised with an explanation of which behaviour they have demonstrated correctly and provided with a stamp on their STARR card. Individual teachers negotiate rewards with students when they reach each “club” which occurs every twenty five stamps. Special celebrations occur for every child that achieves the 100 and 200 clubs.
To ensure effective implementation and provision of the WA curriculum, your child will have access to several specialist teachers including:
- Art (Pre-Primary - Year 6)
- Digital Technologies (Pre-Primary - Year 6)
- Japanese (LOTE Year 3 - 6)
- Physical Education (Pre-Primary - Year 6)
Hillcrest Primary School offers very specialised programs within the school for selected students including:
- Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) courses are offered to Year 4 students who qualify.
- Schools Instrumental Music (SIM) is available to year six students who access the program at nearby John Forrest Secondary College.
Hillcrest also has an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer (AIEO) who assists indigenous students and is the conduit between families and the school. The AIEO, Mrs Thomas, works with small groups across all year levels and subjects, encourages attendance and is available for students to speak with at any time.