CHARTING COURSE: stand up and be counted

Picture a single, conspicuous figure, standing out from the masses. A lone individual who goes against the flow. 

This person is making a public statement about their convictions. They’ve decided to abandon the average, and rise to a challenge.

It takes courage!

When we stand up to be counted, it starts with individual choice. One or a handful of courageous individuals with a conviction who act without knowing whether anyone else is going to agree with them or join them. Each new person who chooses to stand and join the movement - much like a Mexican Wave - doesn't know if those around them are going to agree or not. When a movement overtakes a whole community, it's empowering and exhilarating.


Our standards of behaviour, approach to bullying, role-modelling and conversations in the classroom all have at their heart the healthy development and restoration of relationships. 

When healthy relationships are at risk from bullying, peer pressure, and the number of likes or followers a person does or does not have, standing up and being counted takes a world of courage. Yet we are asking our students to do just that; to be counted as young people of character, to take a stand against bullying, to ChooseKind. This is supported by our Restorative Practices disciplinary system, which encourages students to respect themselves and others, restores good, healthy relationships between individuals, and builds a culture of inclusivity.


Standing up for Christ means that we live according to the principles of the Bible and grow in our knowledge of Him. When Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others” (Matthew 5:16), he meant that we shouldn’t be passive in our spiritual lives. Practical Christianity should inform our daily living, our relationships with others, our meaning, our purpose and our motivations. 


Through a process of consultation and goal setting, students and teachers form close learning alliances and teaching and learning becomes more personal and targeted. Regular, undated goal setting, gives students increased motivation, pride and satisfaction in their schoolwork and academic performance.    

"The strongest thing that any human being has going is their own integrity and their own heart. As soon as you start veering away from that, the solidity that you need in order to be able to stand up for what you believe in and deliver what's really inside, it's just not going to be there." (Herbert Jeffrey Hancock, pianist, keyboardist, composer, actor)

Stand up and be counted for Christ, character and learning.

RESOURCES: Helping children reach their goals.