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Our Philosophy and Values

Our Philosophy 

As a school community we prepare our students to thrive in a world of great possibilities by being deeper thinkers, confident and world ready.

Our Vision

To be a centre of excellence for learning innovation.

Our Mission

Redefining education for a changing world so that our students are deeper thinking, confident and world ready.

Our Values

“Nothing without Joy” Loris Malaguzzi

Our values are connected to our relationships with ourselves, each other, and our environments. We place value in…

 

• Relationships: We develop meaningful connections and strive to be of service to others. This commitment enables us to learn and better ourselves, our school, and communities near and far.
• Natural, built and social environments: We take active roles in these environments to cultivate respect, adaptability, independence, compassion and leadership.

Communication, collaboration and dialogue: We learn, solve problems, and understand and develop new ideas and perspectives. We allow the time necessary to explore our thoughts, make connections and share ideas.

Well-being: We recognize the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle; and develop the positive attitude necessary for a joyful and meaningful life.

Excellence: We foster a spirit of perseverance, resiliency, reflection and improvement to develop performance and moral character – the pathways to excellence and ethical behaviour. Students are encouraged to strive for mastery of subject and knowledge through high levels of work and play.

Individuality: We focus on each individual. Their perspectives, abilities, needs and interests guide our teaching.

Innovation: We nurture imagination, curiosity and interest. The process of inquiry is supported through research, practice and experimentation. Our students take risks in our safe learning environment, resulting in wonderful ideas becoming reality.

Creative and Critical thinking: We adhere to the learning models of inquiry, emergence and constructivism. Deep engagement in the learning process creates experiences that are engaging, challenging, authentic, and reflective for our students.

Success and Failure: “(We) understand the role of challenge and hardship in life, and know that success is measured through effort rather than grades, test scores, or life status. Children grow intellectually and emotionally when they overcome obstacles, learn from mistakes, and experience the valleys as well as the pinnacles of success.” Marilyn Price-Mitchell.

Key Differentiators to Montessori

​When exploring educational options for children, families often inquire about the distinctions between Montessori and the Reggio Emilia approach to learning.  Both philosophies are child-centered; and both engage children as active participants in their learning, allowing them to make many independent choices throughout their educational journey.

Montessori is a set approach to curriculum designed at the beginning of the 20th Century.  The Reggio approach is a sophisticated method of teaching and learning, evolving with current educational research, and indeed contributes to latest research into how a child learns in the 21st Century.