Qualifications and Experience
Anne has two Degrees in Early Childhood Education from Curtin University, and a Masters of Education from Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia.
Anne has over 25 years of working in the area of Early Childhood Education (ECE), and has worked in schools as a Director of ECE, School Principal, Associate Principal, and has written curriculum for ECE at the Department of Education in Western Australia. Her work has also included tutoring fourth and fifth year undergraduates and graduate teachers at Murdoch University and Curtin University in Western Australia. She has also written several publications for the Australian Early Childhood Association on ECE practice and pedagogy.
A strong sense of belonging permeates from the moment you step into EtonHouse’s School. Students here thrive in a busy, enthusiastic learning environment, full of energy and a desire to learn and experience all that EtonHouse can offer. Throughout my experience of leading various Primary Schools in Australia, I can confidently and competently lead this school to be an exemplary learning hub for your child , and where they will receive the richest learning experiences in all areas of their development.
Our purpose built Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten and Junior Primary rooms are wonderful environments in which children learn in their earliest years of schooling. Inspired by elements of the philosophy of Reggio Emilia, students are immersed in a play-based curriculum which nurtures a love of learning and positive self-esteem. Emerging literacy and numeracy is fostered and children are encouraged to create meaning, practice social skills, learn how to solve problems, gain confidence and develop positive attitudes toward school and learning.
As our students progress to Junior Primary years, we embed a strong foundation of Literacy and Numeracy, balanced with an Inquiry program and integrated across all learning areas, that promotes critical and creative thinking, questioning, problem solving and independent learning. These are nurtured within a safe and structured, yet flexible, environment.
Programs are linked to the IB PYP curriculum and value the explorative nature of young children and the wonder and awe of discovery. Attaining the core Literacy and Numeracy skills is essential and so too is the application of these skills in experiential based learning scenarios where the students learn by doing. We believe that young children learn best through their interactions with their environment, by exploring, experimenting, touching, building, and doing things by and for themselves. Our classrooms are purposefully prepared environments, with stimulating materials where learning is hands-on and experiential. We encourage students to explore, make discoveries, and use their imaginations.
Teaching programs cater for different learning styles and teaching expertise to ensure children have broad opportunities to develop a holistic education. Teachers plan collaboratively across their respective year levels and implement and assess students’ performance on a daily basis. This is extremely important as assessment data informs planning that is relevant, meaningful and aligned to each child’s interest and development in all learning areas. Our classrooms make learning visible to parents so that they can support their child’s learning and discuss what they have learnt outside the school environment.
Our academic programme is delivered within the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). This encourages students to wonder about their world and recognise connections between learning areas.
The PYP at EtonHouse
- addresses students' academic, social and emotional well-being through subject areas of
- encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
- supports students' efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
- helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.
Teachers have been working collaboratively on a professional learning programme called Visible Learning. This programme is based on John Hattie’s internationally-acclaimed research, conducted over 15 years and involving millions of students, and is the largest evidence-based research into what actually works best for schools to improve learning. Visible learning and teaching occurs when teachers help students become their own teachers. Hattie found students are more capable when they can clearly articulate “I know what I am learning and why” and can plan their next learning steps with a teacher and peers. We believe this is the most influential thing we can do to positively impact learning and raise levels of achievement.
With this approach in mind, we focus strongly on developing literacy and numeracy skills, as well as hands-on learning in the subjects of Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, The Arts, and Personal, Social and Physical Education. The environment is very important in our teaching /learning programs, hence you will see it constantly changing to cater for the continual change in a child’s interests. Students also work with experienced specialist teachers in various areas of the Arts, Physical Education, Library (in 2017), English as an Additional Language, and Mandarin.
EtonHouse also recognizes that substantial learning occurs when they want to start developing their chosen interests, and we have extra curricula areas to support the core subjects of the IB PYP. These include Performing Arts (Ballet), Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Physical Education, Languages Other Than English – (Mandarin),Soccer, Basketball, Hip Hop Dance, Karatedo and Multi-skills for 3 year olds ( Physical Education). We are also implementing a brand new library system so that the students have access to a full range of texts and software to enhance their enjoyment of learning.Computing is incorporated into activities across the curriculum and there are abundant of iPads available to accommodate this.
EtonHouse is fortunate to be resourced so that our inspirational staff and programs are well placed to support your child as they journey through the Early Years and into Junior Primary. To my mind, the other vital ingredient is an open, honest and positive relationship between the school and the family of each child, to ensure that we are all working together and in their best interests.
Please join us in being ‘Parents as Partners’ in your child’s education so that he/she will feel successful, supported and eager to be lifelong learners.