The establishment of the seven foundational pillars focuses on developing the whole person ready to take their place in adult life. These pillars include Knowledge, Courage, Service, Wisdom, Engagement, Leadership and Spirituality.
Is the first pillar that is paramount to a student attaining success in their life. This starts in the early years with foundational skills, which cover numeracy and literacy, and establishing the framework to build on in latter years. As the students grow in areas of either strength or possibly areas they are not as naturally inclined to, they need to be taught in a range of learning styles and curriculum needs to be differentiated to teach to the point of need. Students taught at their point of need will learn significantly more than those taught a generic curriculum generated for a whole class.
Is the second pillar that students need to have and this is founded on the premise of trust. Students need to be challenged to step outside of their comfort zones and attempt tasks or activities that might not be something they would normally do. They need a safe and supportive environment in which safe risk-taking and even failure are accepted as part of the learning journey.
Is a pillar that needs special attention as we become more busy and preoccupied with our own world and potentially distracted from the needs of others. All students should learn the skill of service, either locally, further abroad in Australia or even overseas. When students realise that the majority of the world doesn't live in the same manner in which we take for granted it does two things. Firstly it gives them a different perspective about how to appreciate what they have and can easily take for granted, and secondly, it helps them foster a lifelong view that they can make a difference in service of the lives of others.
Is the development of emotional intelligence that sets students’ capacities to function as an adult above those who haven’t had the opportunity to develop such intelligence. Emotional Intelligence or EQ is supplemented by the development of the intellectual capacity or their Intellectual Quotient IQ.
Is the active participation of the student in the opportunities that are afforded to them in the learning environment. A well-rounded student will be academically engaged at their point of need, they will rise to the occasions afforded to them through active participation in areas such as music tuition and performance, drama, public speaking and sport. Engagement is about learning the skills that students will take into life that make them the balanced and rounded person they have become as a result of the richness of the experiences they have gained in their youth.
Development in students is essential as they are our future leaders. Whether the students are in a formal leadership program or they are carrying out leadership without a specific title, there needs to be a structured program to recognise, encourage and develop leadership in the students as well as making connections with leaders outside the College.
Is a central pillar. In recognising the premise that we are spiritual beings, we have an opportunity to engage in understanding the significance of our biblical foundation and heritage, and the truth and reality of the risen Lord Jesus Christ. This is a unique opportunity to understand God’s love demonstrated in the way we relate to one another.