We subscribe to the maxim that it takes a village to raise a child, and we enable students, through excursions and by inviting accomplished seniors to the school, to benefit from learning from many peoples. “Schools need to prepare students for a world in which many people need to collaborate with people of diverse cultural origins, and appreciate different ideas, perspectives, and values; a world in which people need to decide how to trust and collaborate across such differences; and a world in which their lives will be affected by issues that transcend national boundaries.” Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, OECD
We balance the integration of elders into our learning community and educate students in a multi-age setting. Students learn in a process that begins with learning the basics from those slightly more socially, emotionally, and intellectually advanced than themselves, and ends with them mentoring younger students with the skills and knowledge they have learnt. In making multi-age groupings, we are taking inspiration from traditional village life, and also advances in neuroscience. The human mind evolved naturally to observe children at work who were slightly more advanced than the self, and to try to copy them.
We highly value participation by parents, grandparents, and other family members, in fact many members of the local community. We invite interested community members to become members of our association and to volunteer their time contributing in numerous and varied ways to the school. Working with Vulnerable People checks are required.