Character for eternity

An Education Based on Values

Today, children are constantly bombarded with messages that adversely affect their mental, emotional and spiritual development.  They are conditioned to believe that “things” will provide happiness.  

As a school community, we believe the ethos of our school should be built on a foundation of core values such as honesty, respect, happiness, responsibility, tolerance, love and acceptance.  At times these values are addressed through our worship programs; at other times they permeate the whole curriculum.  These values are the basis for the social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral development of our students.  We encourage our children to consider these values as they develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to develop into reflective learners who are able to build meaningful relationships and take responsibility for their own actions.

More than just an Education

Worship lies at the heart of the school community.  Staff members begin their day in staff worship where they commit their day to God and pray as a team.  Students are also encouraged to start the day on a spiritual note as teachers lead their class in a devotional time each morning. Prayer and development of a relationship with Jesus are an integral part of the school day.  There are many opportunities for children to develop this relationship further, either with the school chaplain or by arrangement with members of the congregation the child worships with.

Behavioural Management

The “Golden Rule”... do to others as you would have them do to you (Luke 6:31), establishes a sense of mutual responsibly for being valued and respected.

Our approach to behaviour management involves the development of purposeful choices in children’s behaviour. Students are supported by a set of clear expectations and boundaries that are designed to develop ownership of Christian values and behaviour. Based on a restorative approach rather than a punitive response, our program develops an understanding of ownership of both choices and consequences. Through these measures we foster a safe campus that is supportive and inclusive.

Our Principal works closely with students who struggle with behavioural management issues, with a focus on putting in place a structure to support a change in behaviour. We work closely with families to ensure they are involved and supportive of the actions and plans. 

Service

Developing a sense of service in children is important for increasing participation in the community and developing an understanding of life beyond their own.  Children who develop a strong sense of community service effectiveness believe in their abilities to take appropriate action in serving the needs of their community.

Service-learning that incorporates preparation and reflection into service activities, underpins the success of community service.  At Manning Adventist School, our students are taught the value of service, and the difference it makes in the lives of others.  Age appropriate opportunities for service enable students to develop skills to become effective change agents in their communities.  Service-learning activities in turn increase children’s sense of belonging to their communities.  When children develop a sense of belonging to their communities they are more likely to feel a sense of responsibility to themselves and to the group and to consider what is best for the community.

The value of service develops in children an understanding of life beyond their own.