We are a “Play is the Way” school (PITW). The practices outlined below were developed by “Play is the Way” and adopted by our school community.

At Mornington School, we believe the “Play is the Way” philosophy is the most effective way to develop Emotional Intelligence (EQ); focusing on the skills of self-control, self-motivation, empathy and managing relationships. We aim to put students in control of their thoughts, feelings and actions through the use of specifically designed games and empowering shared language throughout our school. The games are not the focus, but a conduit to experience our school values.


·      To develop pro-social behaviour.

·      Create a shared body of experience that is used to build relationships.

·      Highlight the benefits of managing emotions and working together.

·      Develop optimism and the ability to bounce back.

·      Encourage self-motivation and the ability to persevere.

·      Initiate a process of self-awareness and discovery in children.

·      Create a positive tone and school culture


If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, 

then we are a sorry lot indeed.    Albert Einstein


Every teacher focuses on the acknowledgement and reinforcement of good manners in our community. We believe manners are the lubricating oil of a community. Manners are simple things like saying “Please”, “Thank You”, knowing a person’s name and asking them how they are. Manners help to create the tone and culture of a school.

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.     

Clarence Thomas 


Praise / Rewards / Punishments

Praise needs to be specific and sincere, with the intention of giving meaningful feedback to a child.

“Think of praise (and attention) as you would food.

No child should starve from a lack of it,

just as no child should become obese from too much.”

At Mornington School, we work with students to develop self-motivated learners. We believe using rewards and punishments to manipulate student’ behaviour is intrinsically counterproductive. It takes talent, effort and patience to help students develop the skill of self-control and the commitment to manage their own behaviour. Instead of using rewards, praise and punishments we need to teach children to reflect upon their actions and to learn more about themselves.

“We do the right thing because it’s the best thing to do.”

For more information visit the official Play Is The Way website.