“We educate and lead every student to be able to think creatively
and critically, to take responsibility for themselves, others, and the
world, and to have the
ability to create communities in the spirit of Christian biblical values.”
Quite a significant number of people divide education into “hard” facts and “soft” values. It is said that we need to learn how to count, speak English and decipher magical chemical formulas. They say values are fine, but only as an accessory or a dessert for our Sunday lunch…
We think, however, that values must have the same weight as knowledge or skills, because we also need to learn how to live. In our everyday lives we can observe how knowledge can be fatal without values.
In the spirit of our school mission we believe that “no man is an island” (Thomas Merton), and that to be human means to live in relationships. It is better to build bridges than walls. Our school aims to be a safe space in which diversity is welcome.
Together with the American writer Scott Peck (the author of a very important book on community called Different Drum) we understand community to be a group of people that are, regardless of their different world views or social backgrounds, able to accept and overcome their differences. They are capable of meaningful communication and cooperation on their way towards achieving a common goal, in the knowledge that they are doing so in a safe space.