Principal's Message

Principal's Message

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the O'Connor Cooperative School.

O'Connor Cooperative School is committed to strengthening our relationships with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Through Acknowledgement of Country, our environment and our learning and teaching, we grow our continuing respect for the custodians of the land in which we teach and learn, the Ngunnawal people, their ongoing culture and contribution to the Canberra community and connections.

The O'Connor Cooperative School has a long history of providing innovative, high quality early childhood education.  We believe that all children are unique beings, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and beliefs about the world and their place in it.  We believe that children are capable, confident and creative learners with unlimited potential.

Current research clearly states the importance of the early years and how early experiences and relationships impact significantly on a child's development and growth.  Relationships and partnerships with families are critical at the O'Connor Cooperative School.  We believe that when you enrol a child, you enrol the family.  As a team we work hard to develop positive relationships between children, staff, families and the community.

We use current research and educational theory to inform the learning and teaching that occurs in the school.  It is central to our program that our children have many opportunities to investigate, research, take risks, ponder, wonder, experiment, experience, engage and express themselves every day.  Through a play-based approach children are able to engage in a wide variety of high quality learning experiences that are supported with explicit teaching designed to meet each child's individual needs. The Arts form a critical component of our program, providing children with many varied opportunities to be able to express their emotions and share their learning.  We use up-to-date information communication technologies including Chromebooks, iPads and interactive screens to complement and support our hands-on, real life investigations, explorations and quality learning provision.

A cornerstone of the school is our commitment to the principles of sustainable education through real life experiences to engage with the world.  Through opportunities such as caring for our vegie gardens, feeding the chooks, saving water or being a proactive recycler we support our children to see the impact that we have on the world and how small, incremental changes in this area can have great benefit both at the school level and in the wider Canberra community.

I look forward to getting to know you and your child and ensuring that 'Together we Learn and Together we Grow as Safe Respectful Responsible Learners' .

Jenny Loudon

O'Connor Cooperative School