Woodleigh’s 3Rs – Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Respect for the Environment.
These school values underpin our work and guide us in our interactions.
Respect for Others
Respectful and cooperative behaviour from students and the broader school community is vital to ensure that everyone is working positively together. As a school, we aim to provide a calm and orderly environment where learning can readily take place. Teachers and students alike need an environment where the focus is on the teaching and learning.
We expect high standards of work and behaviour where self-discipline is encouraged. How we teach our children to negotiate certain situations, and think before they act, is also vitally important. Manners, too, are fundamental. When using good manners, we are thinking about the feelings of other people and being the kind of person that others will like and respect. Manners are more than simple courtesies of please and thank you.
As parents and educators, we want to raise our children to make moral choices that will lead them towards an honourable and successful future. Building a moral compass that gives them a sense of direction, when faced with life’s difficult decisions, and learning how to interact with others while learning right from wrong, are all skills and attitudes that build character. Very simply, enabling children to develop empathy towards others, with the capacity to understand and follow rules, is our most important duty as parents and teachers.
Managing Mobile Phones
The use of mobile phones and devices is a serious matter. Many parents are unaware of the social media that children are accessing. This year, we have experienced an increase of children with phones at school. Apart from phones being a distraction, it is becoming too easy for children to be on phones without the appropriate supervision. Smart watches have been equally disruptive. Consequently, we have introduced a phone and smartwatch register of all children who have a phone and smartwatch. The procedure will be that each child with a phone and/or smartphone at school hands it/them in to Reception at the beginning of each day and collects it/them at the end of the day.
We do understand that for parents with children travelling on buses, that a mobile phone may provide a sense of security for parents and children travelling to and from school. However, in reality, no child needs a phone for these purposes, as the drivers on the buses have a rigorous approach and responsibility to the children in their care. Most importantly, if a child is feeling vulnerable in any situation, parents must encourage children to go to the supervising adult.
Due to increasing issues regarding social media, the school is currently reviewing the Mobile Phone and ICT Policy, and User Agreements. These policies will be forwarded to parents early next term. For parents seeking guidance with ICT usage and social media, I’ve included in this Letter Home the ICT article that was published in the first Letter Home for the year. This is most useful information.
Developing respect and responsibility through the PYP Learner Profile
The PYP Learner Profile keeps these attitudes, values and dispositions at the forefront. The learner profile represents 10 attributes that support students to become responsible members of local, national and global communities.
The various projects offered at our school, including class and school focuses, camps, initiatives such as local community projects ('i sea i care'), fundraising and partnerships such as Wugubank, enable our students to learn through these empowering experiences.