“We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself;"
The adolescent is discovering who they are and the person they wish to become. What are their unique capabilities and what impact will they have on the people and world around them? Our school has a strong focus on moral and ethical development. Students are encouraged to reflect on the impact of their choices and actions.
Students are taught lessons by specialist teachers. In addition to these teacher, we have an "Adolescent guide" who overseeing the High School Learning Community. Their role is to get to know each child as an individual and support them both in planning their academic studies and in navigating what can be a challenging transitionary time for many.
The Adolescent guide joins students on the farm and when they are planning their enterprise to support them in their work and choices. They also facilitate discussions on ethics & philosophy.
Once a week students are encouraged to stay after to school until 6:30pm. During this time the students take it in turn to cook dinner for the whole secondary community and enjoy this today. Those not on the cooking rota are free to catch up with studies / work or play board games and socailise. No screens are permitted to be used during this time, as we want students to focus on establishing strong human connections.
(Please not that mobile phones are not permitted in the secondary. Students arriving with a phone must log this in and out at the start and end of the school day)
"Therefore work on the land is an introduction both to nature and to civilization and gives a limitless field for scientific and historic studies. If the produce can be used commercially this brings in the fundamental mechanism of society, that of production and exchange, on which economic life is based. This means that there is an opportunity to learn both academically and through actual experience what are the elements of social life"