At Hawkesbury Independent School, we encourage students to have a growth mindset. When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to learn more and get smarter. Based on years of research by Stanford University’s Dr. Dweck, we know that students who have a growth mindset show greater motivation in school, better grades and perform better on tests.

There is a strong emphasis on teaching the basic skills of English and Mathematics. At Hawkesbury Independent School, teachers recognise that these subjects are the corner stone of all other subjects. All students are encouraged to perform well and make progress.