Vision, Purpose and Values

Our Vision

'To be a beacon school that cultivates a learning and collaborative community through English and Italian.'

Our Mission Statement

 'We believe that ALL children have a right to develop, grow and learn in a society where each individual is valued and respected; where each individual in turn, values, respects and contributes positively to others and the environment which we all share.'

Our Purpose

  • To develop the whole child as a confident, resilient and articulate young person able to positively contribute as a bilingual citizen in a global world.
  • To deliver a high quality curriculum integrating information technology, The Arts and sustainability for Yarralumla children to experience challenge and success at all ages and developmental levels.
  • To foster welcoming and inclusive partnerships with Yarralumla parents and the wider Italian community to maximise opportunity and extension for all.

Our Values

The values that guide our work are the 3i values: integrity, inclusion and innovation

  • Integrity is 'walking our talk' through respectful, honest and trustworthy relationships with one another.
  • Inclusion is being respectful of all members of our school community through compassion, grace and recognition of difference.
  • Innovation is being creative, aspirational and courageous in our learning and teaching.

Our values are underpinned by the FISH Philosophy practices that are modelled and displayed in classrooms and corridors.

Lesson in the Piazza 

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  • Play - This means bringing a light-hearted spirit to life at Yarralumla Primary. Children learn by exploring, experimenting and playing. We encourage our students, colleagues and parents to approach life with curiosity and interest and to have more fun!
  • Be There - When we interact with others, we need to really focus on that moment, with that person. Yarralumla students are encouraged to 'be present' and to take responsibility for "being who they are whilst doing what they are doing."
  • Make Their Day - Too often we ask, "What have you done for me lately?" instead of "How can I make your day?" We encourage students to turn the focus around and to do little things to make others feel good, thereby learning that as individuals, they can have a powerful, positive impact on other people in their lives.
  • Choose Your Attitude - Students need to understand that whilst they can't control everything that happens to them, they do have a choice about how to respond. When they understand how to accept responsibility for their attitudes and actions, they empower themselves to change them.

3i Values


  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Fairness
  • Reliability
FISH Philosophy supportive practices: Be There, Make Their Day


  • Recognition of difference
  • Compassion
  • Caring
  • Kindness
  • Patience
FISH Philosophy supportive practices: Be There, Make Their Day, Choose Your Attitude


  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Risk taking
  • Excellence
 FISH Philosophy supportive practices: Play, Be There, Choose Your Attitude