I’ve spent the last week and a half visiting classes and chatting to the children to catch up with them and see how they’re tracking. We have children who readily engage and share their stories with confidence. There are others who hold back and wait for a quiet moment before sharing. There are those who have that sparkle in their eye and others who are more pensive. We have children with big personalities and those who are quieter …
However, they all have one thing in common … they are on a journey to adulthood. Along the way, they’re going to experience great successes and harsh realities (and sometimes failures) and as they navigate their way, we want our students to know that we care. Always. Because when we demonstrate that they are accepted and loved, they will flourish. When they have someone advocating for them, loving them, fighting in their corner, they learn to stand strong.
We believe in championing our students!
WHY? Every child needs a champion! Some of our students push boundaries and don’t necessarily consider how their choices and behaviours impact others around them. Some find it hard to stand their ground; some are lonely; some are hurting … These children are often those need help and support – it is the heart we speak to. Proverbs 4:23 tells us, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” It is the heart that matters. There are consequences for decisions and the choices we make, but as long as children know they are loved, that someone cares for them, won’t give up on them and is willing to go into battle for them, they will grow and be confident.
We believe in grace!
WHY? Every child, (and adult) needs a healthy measure of grace. We all experience challenges - showing grace to others is one of the simplest forms of kindness. Jesus showed amazing grace to us, and we in turn need to show that same grace to others ... What does this look like in practical terms? We teach our children to use their words to build others up, be a good friend, say thank you, forgive and, apologise.
We believe in courage!
WHY? There is a Japanese proverb that says, “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” It means choosing to never give up hope, and to always strive for more. We don’t always know the battles the children in our school are facing – academic challenges, social issues, family struggles, physical challenges but we do know that helping them step through their fears and providing them with strategies, encouraging them to persist, will help them build resilience and confidence.
We believe in high expectations!
WHY? We encourage our students to work hard, not because it will impress teachers or parents, but for themselves. In giving their best, our students (and all of us) show discipline, self-control and strength of character. It develops a work ethic. These are the characteristics that give us a good start. Let’s set the bar high. Let’s give honest and real feedback.
We believe in support!
WHY? Every class will have students with a range of abilities. Often the ones who are recognised are those who achieve top results. Whilst we are pleased to celebrate achievements, we know that more importantly, it is about progress. We don’t want any child left behind and so we walk alongside them because we believe that they can all cross the finish line.
We believe in an attitude of gratitude!
WHY? In a world that is encouraging an attitude of self before others, we strive for our children to look beyond themselves. When we focus on others, we recognise that we are part of a broader community; our behaviour and actions have an impact on others. When we recognise how much we have and how privileged we are, we start to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. By creating opportunities to build into others, we aim to cultivate a sense of hope, empathy and thankfulness.
We believe our calling as teachers is so very important!
WHY? God has created us in His image and it is our desire to encourage our children to be all that God has called them to be, using their unique, individual gifts and talent and preparing them to make an impact in our world.