From July, 2009 I have been working at SJI International School in Singapore.
The Values of the SJI International School Community are:
Spirituality, Mutual Respect, Internationalism, Leadership, Experiences, Service
• learn what is true, just, beautiful and good guided by the Catholic philosophy that finds harmony not contradiction in spirit and matter, faith and reason.
• take full advantage of the opportunities provided for prayer and/or reflection in the school, consistent with the SJI motto of ‘Ora et labora’ (Prayer and Work).
• follow one’s own faith whatever it might be. (special provision is made for children of Catholic faith.)
• treat each other with respect, fairness and kindness;
• communicate openly and frankly;
• be sensitive to other people’s opinions and aspirations;
• make compromises with respect to our own preferences for the sake of the community;
• as leaders make decisions as democratically as possible, through genuine consultation with all stakeholders, including students, parents, staff and board members.
• seek to find out about and understand the cultures of other community members;
• sustain an interest in our own languages and cultures;
• exploit, in an educational sense, the resource of cultural diversity amongst the community and celebrate our diversity;
• develop a perspective as global citizens through talks, discussions and curriculum activities;
• avoid prejudice and ensure that our opinions about other communities are based upon evidence.
• be willing and equipped to take responsibility and to lead others, especially in the service of the less fortunate;
• develop the capacity to lead through inspiration rather than by exercising authority.
• be willing to be taken out of our physical and psychological ‘comfort zone’ through challenging, character building experiences;
• expect, as we get older, that the challenges will be more demanding;
• integrate aspects of the formal curriculum into adventurous and physically stretching expeditions so that we learn in a holistic, cross curricular and unforgettable way.
• be generally helpful to everyone around us;
• develop skills and habits that will enable us to serve the school, nation and global community;
• offer practical support to the less fortunate members of these communities;
• serve the needs of future generations by reducing our school community’s use of water and energy, recycling unwanted products whenever possible and planting trees and preserving all species on campus. Similar contributions should also be made at a national and global level.
For more details of the school - visit www.sji-international.com.sg .