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Character and Learning

Jun 6, 2022

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”– Hebrews 13:8
“If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, ‘He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.’” — Epictetus
“If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it.” — Marcus Aurelius

The work of education encompasses the whole person. Learning is not solely an academic pursuit. Our character matters more than our intellect. As a school, we work in partnership with families to help shape the lives of our students. Acknowledging that school and home bear responsibility for the development of students seems entirely reasonable. To deny this would be strange. However, it is worth acknowledging that we have different points of focus at different times. School is responsible for most of a student’s academic learning, supported by home. Home is responsible for most of a student’s character development, supported by school.

Nonetheless, we have in place a wonderful Wellbeing framework, and with it, sequential programs that support the development of our students from Kindergarten to Year 12. There are times, when, for what ever reason, students need higher levels of support. Education is most powerful, being it character or academically focused, when student, school, and home all work in the same direction. We work best when we work together.

It remains a great privilege to work with students and their families. We acknowledge that life is not always easy, and that the development of character is a long and arduous process, one that requires work every day, one that relies on small habits and patterns that grow into big gains. The little actions that we undertake daily become the things that shape who we are. There is no short cut to good character, there is no low road to strength of character. We remain committed to the cause of high expectations because in the end, our education, our learning, and our character are each the accumulation of all the little things we do and pursue daily, realised in hindsight.

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