Philosophy of Education
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to fulfil their God-given potential, with each student being encouraged and supported to become life-long learners. We will provide a place of learning where children develop knowledge, understanding and skills which are necessary to fulfil their aspirations and relevant for today’s society, opportunities which enable each child to make a positive contribution to society.
As well as a platform to develop knowledge, understanding and skills, the learning environment will provide opportunities for children to grow holistically; physically, socially and emotionally, cognitively and spiritually. Since a child’s right to be protected from discrimination, neglect, abuse and exploitation is key to creating a school where children develop holistically, we will provide a secure, caring and stimulating context where children feel safe and are free to explore and learn.
The school environment will provoke learning and discovery, by making space for children to learn creatively. We believe that each child is a unique individual who is capable, intelligent, creative and curious. In order to fulfil their potential, learners need to be active participants in their education and development. Students and teachers will work together in determining what should be learned and how best to learn it. A curriculum driven by the child ensures greater involvement and sustains interest; when learners have the opportunity to discover for themselves in authentic situations they are able to construct knowledge with others.
We recognise that relationships with peers, educators and parents / carers are essential to the learning process. Diverse classrooms – socio-economically and racially – benefit all children and have been shown to improve learning for everyone as they support students in reducing prejudice, developing greater levels of empathy, improving critical thinking and problem solving skills. As children have the opportunity to learn and understand about different cultures they can appreciate and develop a respect for each other.
Teachers will be held in the highest regard, with a culture of personal and professional development maintaining high standards. Educators will be expected to be co-learners, serving as guides and facilitators as they work with the children. Teachers will observe, listen, dialogue, respect learners’ ideas and views, and document learning and progress. Education is a shared responsibility between the parent / carer, teacher and pupil. Research shows that when parents are involved in education children perform better (Okeke, 2014). Participation of parents / carers is vital; therefore the school will develop effective ways in which partnerships can develop.
Thus, we aspire to be a school where teachers co-create learning with the child, where students are encouraged to be creative, to think critically and encouraged to solve problems; a model where children are supported to be life-long learners, where they flourish and reach their God-given potential.
Please note: our thinking has been influenced by the teachings of Frobel, Montessori, Pestalozzi, Dewey, Piaget and Malaguzzi.