Play is the Way

Following Tapping Primary School and Wilson McCaskill's methodologies, Ascot Park Primary School has adopted the Play is the Way methodology to underpin our school culture.

Ascot Park Primary School is committed to developing Education based around Self-Motivation and Self-Management. We embrace a values-based approach to education and we see it as a responsibility of the entire school community. Students, parents and teachers have a clear understanding of what is expected, in regards to how we manage ourselves and how we continue to focus on improvement. This ensures a welcoming learning environment that is supportive and safe.

At Ascot Park Primary School we work closely with the community to create a learning environment that promotes both academic and social/emotional competencies. Our focus is developing positive interpersonal skills, self-motivation and reflective thinking amongst our students by raising empathy and increasing understanding of themselves and others.

At Ascot Park Primary School we use various programs to promote our values and engage students in their learning:



We believe manners are the lubricating oil of a school. Manners - simple things as saying 'please and thank you' and knowing a person's name or asking how they are - create the tone and culture within a school.


Ultimate Community Role Model

  • Courage
  • Resilience
  • Empathy
  • Manners
  • Trust
  • Leadership
  • Honesty
  • Personal Best

The aim of the program is to get students to demonstrate and practise these VALUES until they become a deeply ingrained habit of action or a VIRTUE.


Life Raft

A series of lessons around each of the 5 concepts:

  1. The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like them to treat you
  2. Be brave - participate to progress
  3. Pursue your personal best
  4. Have reasons for the things you say and do
  5. It takes great strength to be sensible



We use specific language to engage students in self-management and self-motivation:

  • Am I here to help you or hurt you?
  • Are you the boss of yourself or do I have to be your boss?
  • Code switching and are you ready?
  • Are my feelings in charge or is my thinking in charge?
  • Am I running away from my problems or dealing with them?
  • Are you making a strong decisions or a weak decision?

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