The Westmount Ethos

INTRODUCTION
This School is a registered and accredited private multi-campus School established to provide a quality education to the New Zealand community and, in particular, to Brethren students.
The School’s Ethos, Values Statement and Guiding Principles govern the School, and are reflected in a series of policies, procedures and handbooks which have been developed to meet statutory and registration requirements and are to be adhered to in all aspects of the operation of the School and its Campuses.
The School is conducted in accordance with the doctrines, and teachings of the Holy Bible as held, believed, taught and practised by the Brethren. All Staff are required to respect the Ethos, Values Statement and Guiding Principles and not influence, or seek to influence, students as to these doctrines, tenets and teachings.

 

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ETHOS

At this School, students are encouraged to develop their full potential and acquire the discipline of learning how to learn, while upholding Christian teachings and beliefs.
The truth and authority of the Holy Bible and strong family values underpin the commitment of the School to provide quality in every facet of education - curriculum, teachers, facilities, management and discipline - in a safe and caring environment.

VALUES STATEMENT

In coming to this School each student, parent and staff member shall uphold the values of the School which include:

  • Integrity – uprightness, honesty and decorous conduct, governed by the Holy Bible;
  • Care & Compassion – kindness, consideration and generosity to all;
  • Respect – for all people, property, opinions and authority;
  • Responsibility – for our actions, progress and the environment; and
  • Commitment – to self-discipline and the pursuit of excellence.

BELIEFS, TEACHINGS AND PRACTICES OF THE BRETHREN

The Guiding Principles of this School are based on the teachings of the Holy Bible as accepted, believed, interpreted, taught and practised by the Brethren.
The principles of Brethren beliefs are outlined in the booklet “Living our Beliefs” and include the following:
· God is revealed in the Holy Bible as the Creator, and is to be worshipped as such.
· Chastity outside marriage, the sanctity of marriage only between a man and a woman, strong family relationships and a strong family unit are essential teachings of the Holy Bible.
· Strong family relationships lead to a distinctive and separate way of life in which social activities include only participants of the Brethren Communion.

LEARNING TO LEARN

The School is committed to creating and delivering learning programs the meet the educational needs of each student, and to nurture the attitudes and skills necessary for continual learning and personal growth throughout life. 

"Learning to Learn" means to use learning as a tool whereby students are equipped with the ability to think critically, process information perceptually, analyse data accurately and evaluate situations intelligently in order that they fulfil their true potential.