Students at Hampstead Primary school have access to additional intervention support and extension programs. Students are identified for these programs by analysis of learning assessments.
Special Education Support
Our highly trained Intervention Team provide small group or individual support to students. The team consists of our Special Education
Teacher, Aboriginal Education Teacher, ESL teacher and a team of trained School Support officers (SS0). The team meets fortnightly to analyse
Where additional support is required, we may seek your permission to access our Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) Guidance Officer or Speech Pathologist.
Play Is The Way (PITW)
Our behaviour learning program is based on the PITW philosophy of:
• Treat others as you would like them to treat you.
• Be brave – participate to progress
• It takes great strength to be sensible
• Pursue your personal best, no matter who you work with
• Have reasons for the things you say and do
You will see evidence of these in every classroom.
Each class negotiates class expectations of behaviour at the beginning of every year.
Our school counsellor provides individual programs for students needing specific support.
Our Christian Pastoral Support Worker (CPSW) organises fun, social activities (cricket, baseball, skipping or craft) during lunch breaks to support cooperation and team work.
Hampstead Primary School has offered individual mentoring to students for several years. Highly trained volunteer mentors support students to develop positive relationships and to increase their active engagement in school programs.
Code of Conduct
Our school expects that all students have a right to learn in a safe and friendly environment. We teach children about their responsibilities within the school. We also teach them about the appropriate way to handle any concerns they may have about the behaviour of other children. Children learn the meaning of the terms harassment and bullying and learn what to do if they experience these behaviours. Brochures which provide outlines of our Code of Conduct, Harassment Policy and School Discipline Policy are available at our office. If you have any concerns about behaviour of your child or others' behaviour toward your child, please let us know immediately.
EALD (English as an Additional Language or Dialect) Support
For a number of our students English is their second language. These students access additional support to achieve skills in English. Support is provided in small groups in classrooms or through our comprehensive intervention program.
Whole School Reading Program
Hampstead primary School has a strong focus on improving literacy outcomes for our students.
Our whole school reading program Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R) operates in every classroom every morning from 8.45 -900am. Additional staff provide support in classrooms during this time. Our aim is for every child to read every day. Senior students who are fluent and independent readers support in classrooms by listening to younger students read. These senior students are the STAR FORCE (Student Tutors Assisting Reading) and are trained by our Intervention team in how best to support beginning readers.
Every classroom begins the day with a Reading Block from 9.00 am – 10.00. Our focus is to explicitly teach skills for developing and extending fluency and independence in reading. Additional staff support small groups in every classroom. Guided reading groups are a feature of our reading improvement programs in each class.
Hampstead Primary School is responsible for students from Reception to Year 7. We are fortunate to have the Hampstead Kindergarten co-located on our campus. Children moving from preschool to HPS enjoy a comprehensive and extended transition program. Each week during the term prior to starting school a different school experience is offered. Families have opportunities to meet their child’s first school teacher well before the child starts school. Preschool children and their families are included in special events such as Sports Day, Assemblies and Open Mornings. We also have a Learning Together Playgroup on campus, which operates each Monday. The qualified staff provide quality early learning experiences for children from birth to 4 years of age. Playgroup families have weekly opportunities to meet school children and staff through a combined learning through play session. Early Years staff meet regularly to discuss and review the effectiveness of learning programs that meet the specific needs of children from 0-8 years of age.