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Our School Values



The school believes students learn best when they feel safe, valued and happy. Our staff are committed to providing an environment that nurtures personal growth and self-esteem. All members of the school community have rights and responsibilities and these are best ensured when agreed procedures are accepted and followed. The school and its community share the responsibility to assist students in learning appropriate behaviours.


School Values


Port Douglas State School has in place a set of core values that underpin the vision of the school. The values are unique to our school in that they have been developed by parents, staff and students, however, they are all linked through their direct relationship to the nine core values of Australian schools as outlined in the National Framework for Values Education.


Port Douglas State School is a caring school and we have defined four key values using the acronym 'CARE':



'Sharing and learning together'. Cooperation is working together in a team, contributing and sharing in a helpful way.



'Persist and try your best'. Achievement is striving to attain your personal goals, persisting and giving your best effort.



'Respect each other and our environment'. Respect involves taking responsibility for yourself and each other. Respect is speaking to and interacting with others in a courteous manner. It is about being honest, reliable and trustworthy.



'Treat others with care and compassion'. Empathy means trying to understand other people's views or feelings and being supportive and caring towards them.




We believe that values education is an integral part of our school and as such needs to be clearly reflected in school policies, codes of conduct and school documentation. These core values are the cornerstone on which we build our vision and underpin all that we do.


At Port Douglas State School we have a commitment to provide a safe, caring and supportive environment that focuses on the needs and emotional wellbeing of the entire school community.  Parents have an obligation to support the school in its efforts to implement the four school expectations:  Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be a Learner. The Principal and staff have an obligation to implement the four school expectations in a fair and consistent manner.


Students, staff and parents develop a clear understanding of the school’s policies, expectations, rights and responsibilities, all of which reflect the School Values. Students are empowered to assess their own behaviour and develop strategies to act in a responsible manner. They look at how their learning is going to make a difference and how it will affect other people.


We believe that expectations rather than rules will frame student behaviour. The notion of resiliency is embodied in our school values:



  • Cooperation


  • Achievement


  • Respect


  • Empathy



We believe that resilience is an essential skill and our values and expectations support students to adapt and build healthy relationships. A profile of resiliency includes social competence, problem solving skills, autonomy and a sense of purpose and future. Each of the school values is supported by the notion of protective factors.  These include: care and support, positive expectations, participation and involvement


Shared Expectations


Port Douglas State School has developed shared expectations to ensure that the learning, safety and rights of all are respected.


Our expectations are intended to be positive in that they set out what is accepted and appropriate behaviours for our school community.  These expectations are displayed in all classrooms and throughout our school.


Our school community is diverse and our shared expectations are intended to support all students, families and staff.