We’re learning our values.
Our school is a diverse community with shared values and a shared responsibility for bringing those values to life. Our values are not unique. What sets us apart is our commitment to putting everything on the line in support of our values, to explore them, redefine them and put them into practice.
Our school is founded on our intention to care – for ourselves, each other and our environment.
Caring for children’s needs takes precedence, so our school has a homely feel infused with a spirit of community, discovery and play.
We take the time – and develop the skills – to demonstrate we care through our words and actions. We cultivate empathy and form relationships that are attentive, reflective and mutually respectful. Central to this commitment is the practice of effective communication – learning to acknowledge and express our own needs while considering the impact of our words and deeds on those around us.
We strive for personal integrity and authenticity – dropping contrived roles of ‘teacher’, ‘parent’ and ‘pupil’ and engaging with each person as a fellow human being. Everyone is on a first-name basis, no one wears a uniform and people are acknowledged and accepted for who they are.
We value the development and integration of the whole child – physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually and intellectually.
We encourage children to discover their own unique gifts and passions. Armed with this self-knowledge they learn to act with integrity and congruence in their community and in the world at large.
Learning, as life, is a creative process. It isn’t always linear or easy to predict. Periods of reflection and contemplation are as valid as moments of activity and motivation. The process is as valuable as the destination.
Children are taught to understand the creative learning process and discover their own individual learning preferences. Creative thinking, experimentation and innovation are encouraged.
Our childhood experiences shape the architecture of our brain. A time for active learning, exploration and discovery, childhood should be unhurried, unpressured and free from fear.
To value childhood is to value play. Through play, children naturally take risks, make mistakes and challenge themselves. They learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, develop new ideas, test out their theories and evaluate their success.
We trust that children are naturally strong, competent learners with an innate inquisitiveness and urge to develop relationships and explore the world.
When children trust that they can be themselves in a nurturing community, they flourish.