You might have noticed this on the front page… Over the next few posts I’m going to have a go at making it a bit more real…
In our school journey we believe… belong… become…
we believe that…
we should all love learning / we should inspire a passion for learning
the best learning is achieved through the provision of broad and stimulating experiences
that only through taking risks and making mistakes can we reach our full potential
we should always reach beyond our own aspirations and we will encourage others to do the same
we should always expect high standards
in belonging we…
are all the heart of our community – local and global
are a community that values the individual first
work hard as a team to improve the outcomes for all
recognise that we are all leaders and seek to develop the capacity to lead in everyone
seek to understand, respect and celebrate the differences of our world (while educating ourselves in and seeking explaining ion for ideals which we cannot reconcile in our community)
we will become…
independent and autonomous lifelong learners
valued members of our communities who have the highest aspirations for ourselves and the highest regard for others
successful, educated, confident and caring individuals
When you read something like that it’s often hard to cut through the words to the actual meaning of the them! Every school has discussions like this. We all want the best for the children and communities that come to our school. All the children. This is when words like this really hit their true meaning. We want to instil these ‘words’ into the life of the school. I often stand in front of the children in assembly and talk about a love of learning. The fact is that this comes from life and the experiences around us. How many questions does your child ask and how do you answer? Is learning a journey you share together? If you all don’t know – do you find out? Together? Children learn from all their experiences. This is why at school we search for the best way to stimulate. The BIG experience is – more often than not – the best option. Going and seeing something is FAR more interesting than looking at a picture or listening to someone telling you about it. This love to find out is something that has it’s roots in a question. Personally I love questions in 3s. More than that and you are into a bit of a problem area. The first question – to clarify something that’s happening. “Dad, why is the sun so hot today?”. What do you answer? Do you state the obvious? Do you push through the question because actually, at the moment, you are doing some really important grown up activity? Do you stop and wonder? The quality of your response (note response – not answer) then sets the bar for the following discussion. If you choose to spend some time and ponder then you are going to have some fun! If you relay the obvious – “It’s summer!” Then you are in for some more questions. Children will ask questions until they understand. Why not take a different approach? “Let’s find out!”. That throws the ball back into learning’s court! Is there a way you can experience why the sun is hotter today than yesterday? Are there other factors your child has noticed? How do you even feel the heat from the sun?
With an eye on our end goal… we will become… how will the approach we take to our children’s questions help them become life long and successful learners. Remember (as I do with my children every day), the adults in their lives are the role models for their future. Those who know no different will not be different.
Be unique… think differently!
Have a happy holiday. Maybe I will get another chance to post on our school vision soon… or… if you have any questions?