Values Education at Paraparaumu Beach School is an integral part of everyday school life. Our school rules, vision statement and behaviour management plan all stem directly from how we treat others and how we want to be treated.
Our School Values are underpinned by the Modern Olympic Values of:
- Pursuit of Excellence
- Joy of Effort
- Fair Play
- Balance between Mind, Body and Character
Pierre de Coubertin the founder of the Modern Olympics thought that people should learn not just with their minds, but with their whole bodies. He believed people should think, feel and do, in order to learn.
If we want to grow responsible, respectful and caring citizens of the future, we need students to develop an understanding of what these values mean and what they look like in practice.
Consideration is being thoughtful about other people and their feelings. It is thinking about how your actions affect them and caring about how they feel. It is paying attention to what other people like and don’t like, and doing things that give them happiness.
Cooperation is working together for the good of everyone. It is a willingness to respect others and to follow rules which keep everyone safe and happy. Cooperation is being helpful to one another, sharing the load. It is joining others in order to do something that cannot be done alone.
Courtesy is being polite and having good manners. It is a gracious way of speaking and acting which gives others a feeling of being valued and respected. It is greeting others with respect. “Please”, “Thank you”, “Excuse me”, “Hello”, “Goodbye” and “You’re welcome” are all words we can use to show people we respect and care about them.
Determination is focusing your energy and efforts on a task and then sticking with it until it is finished. Determination is using your will power to do something when it isn’t easy. You are determined to meet your goals. Even when it is really hard, or you are being tested, you still keep going.
Being forgiving is giving someone another chance after they have done something wrong, knowing that everyone makes mistakes. It is making amends instead of taking revenge. It is important to forgive yourself, too. Forgiving yourself means to stop punishing yourself or feeling hopeless because of a mistake. Forgiveness is moving ahead, ready to act differently, with compassion for yourself and faith that you can change.
Being honest is being open, trustworthy and truthful. When people are honest, they can be relied upon not to lie, cheat or steal. Honesty is telling the truth. It is admitting mistakes even when you know someone might be angry or disappointed. Being honest means that you don’t pretend to be something you are not. With honesty, you can trust things to be as they appear.
Integrity is standing up for what you believe is right, living by your highest values. It is being honest and sincere with others and yourself. You are showing integrity when your words and actions match. You don’t fool yourself into doing what you know is wrong. You fill your life and mind with things that help you to live a good life.
Practising justice is being fair in everything you do. It is seeing with your own eyes and not judging something or someone by what other people tell you. Being just is standing up for your rights and the rights of other people. It is taking responsibility if you make a mistake and making amends. Justice means that every person’s rights are protected.
Kindness is showing you care, doing some good to make life better for others. It is being thoughtful about people’s needs. Kindness is showing love and compassion to someone who is sad or needs your help. Kindness is treating yourself and others gently. It is caring about the earth and all living things.
Personal Best means giving your very best to any task you do or any relationship you have. It is about setting goals and putting in maximum effort to achieve them. People who aim for ‘personal best’ do the very best they know how and the very best they can. They do not give up easily, they learn from mistakes or hurdles along the way and they strive for success.
Respect is an attitude of caring about people and treating them with dignity. Respect is valuing ourselves and others. We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. When we are respectful we treat others the way we want to be treated. Respect includes honouring the rules of our family or school, which make life more orderly and peaceful. It is knowing that every man, woman and child deserves respect, including you.
Being responsible means that others can depend on you. You are willing to be accountable for your actions. When things go wrong and you make a mistake, you make amends instead of excuses. When you are responsible, you keep your agreements. You give your best to any job. Responsibility is the ability to respond ably. It is a sign of growing up.
Self-discipline means Self-control. It is getting yourself to do what you really want to do, rather than being tossed around by your feelings like a leaf in the wind. You don’t lose control of yourself when you feel hurt or angry, but decide how you are going to talk and what you are going to do. With self-discipline, you take charge of yourself.
Thankfulness is being grateful for what you have. It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving and being. It is appreciating the little things which happen around you and within you everyday. It is having a sense of the wonder about the beauty of the world and being thankful for the good things in your life.
To be tolerant is to accept differences. You don’t expect others to think, look, speak or act just like you. Tolerance is being free of prejudice, knowing that all people have feelings, needs, hopes and dreams. To be tolerant also means to accept things you wish were different with flexibility and patience.
Trust is believing in someone or something. It is having confidence that the right thing will happen without trying to control it or make it happen. Sometimes it is hard to trust when life brings difficult experiences. Trust is being sure, deep down, that there is some good in everything that happens.
Source: "The Virtues Project" Linda Kavelin Popov (2000)