Tribes Learning Community

What is Tribes?

Tribes Community Circle

‘Tribes’ is not a program or a curriculum. Tribes TLC® is a process, a step-by-step sequence of strategies to achieve specific learning goals. The Tribes Learning Community process is founded on four guiding principles:

  • Mutual Respect
  • Attentive Listening
  • Appreciations/No Put Downs
  • The Right to Pass

At Wagaman School we have added

  • Personal Best

Tribes TLC® is designed to build inclusion and develop cooperative skills in students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community. It blends the fields of group processing and cooperative learning; prevention and resiliency; learning theory and school change into a comprehensive, meaningful whole.

The Tribes TLC® process fosters a sense of belonging, which we believe is vital to a student's ability to feel safe, respected, and willing to take risks that are a part of learning. Students who feel part of a community, who value and respect each other, and their teachers, learn well. It's that simple.

Tribes TLC® is a researched based process. More than 1,000 studies on the benefits of cooperative learning support the use of small group methods. Reports from schools using Tribes TLC® show at least 75% reduction in behaviour problems, dramatic decline in school violence, and increases in academic achievement.
Students learn a set of collaborative skills so they can work well together in long-term groups called tribes. The focus is on how to:

  • help each other work on tasks
  • set goals and solve problems
  • monitor and assess progress
  • celebrate achievements

The learning of academic material and self-responsible behaviour is assured because teachers use methods based upon brain-compatible learning, multiple intelligences, cooperative learning and social development research.

At Wagaman school, the Principal, the Assistant Principal, the ESL and Resource teachers, 10 classroom teachers, 3 student support personnel and the School Council chairperson have completed the 4 day Basic Tribes Training. It is part of our school Accountability Performance Improvement Framework that all staff will be Tribes trained.


Thursday, October 12th

  1. Pink Power AFL

Monday, October 16th

  1. Corrugated Iron Hip Hop Yr 5 & 6

Friday, October 20th

  1. Whole School Assembly

Monday, October 23rd

  1. Corrugated Iron Hip Hop Yr 5 & 6

Wednesday, October 25th

  1. Preschool Open Evening & Information Session

Thursday, October 26th

  1. Year 1 & 2 classes to Ten Pin Bowling

Friday, October 27th

  1. Early Childhood Assembly
  2. World Teachers Day

Monday, October 30th

  1. Corrugated Iron Hip Hop Yr 5 & 6

Friday, November 3rd

  1. Whole School Assembly

Student Work @ Wagaman School

Role ModelResponsibleRespect Each OtherBully Free School

Tribes Values @ Wagaman School