St Andrew’s School for Girls prides itself in fostering not only important Life Skills but also Values that will become integral in each of our girls’ lives.
As a school, we chose six values that we believe encompasses a true St Andrean pupil. Balance, Integrity, Grace, Community, Accountability and Trust, acronymed to BIG CAT, are taught, practised and honoured in every aspect of our school.
A survey with staff and pupils brought to life the following definitions of what each value means to us:
Balance means finding the space where I am comfortable and being happy with that.
Balance means listening to other people’s viewpoints so that I form an objective perspective.
Balance means finding the time to do things I love.
Balance means learning to say no.
Integrity means being true to your beliefs and your values.
Integrity means being consistent in your thoughts, your actions and your beliefs.
When I treat others with respect I show integrity.
When I greet everyone with the same interest and level of enthusiasm I show integrity.
Integrity is that feeling you get when you know it’s the right thing to do!
Grace means treating others with kindness and allowing for mistakes.
Grace means to show mercy.
Grace means putting others before yourself.
We show grace through our words, our actions and our reactions.
Grace allows people to grow and to feel valued.
Grace means I am humble about my achievements.
Grace gives us a chance at redemption, a second chance to get it right.
Community means looking after one another, it means being there for others.
Community includes the people who have gone before us, the people who journey with us and the people who will come after us.
Community extends far beyond the walls of St Andrew’s it includes all who come into contact with us.
Accountability means making sure I do all my school work and homework.
Accountability means bringing my games kit to school, being on time for lessons and taking control of my own actions.
Accountability means finding a solution to my problems and not passing the blame.
Accountability means I am part of this team.
Trust means believing in others.
Trust means ‘I know you can do it and do it well’.
Trust means ‘jump and I will catch you’.
Trust is when I don’t tell other people my friend’s secret.
Trust is when I safe guard my friendships but I am brave enough to have difficult conversations to improve my friend’s weaknesses.