Framework of Foundational Principles

Children learn to respect themselves and others through being respected unconditionally at all times.

All children are curious, want to learn and are by nature complex thinkers, creators and discoverers.

The learning process is as natural to children as breathing and growing.

Children do not need to be bribed or bullied into learning.

Learning involves risk taking; it also involves work.

Children need support in taking risks, and in learning the discipline of hard work.

In order to learn, children need to feel safe, and respected by all members of the school community.

Children are continually building knowledge about the world around them through experience and play.

Academic learning should build on what children already know.

All information has a larger context; knowledge and understanding come through making connections.

The more connections across disciplines, the richer the learning experience.

Academic skills are vital as tools, not as ends in themselves.

Children need to make connections between skills and the ends to which they may be used.

Children grow in responsibility through being entrusted with responsibilities in learning, decision-making, self-discipline and as members of a community.

They need to learn through experience that choices have consequences.

Children need consistency, structure, discipline and guidance.

Children have unique points of view, and learn in different ways.

They are also products of their environments.

Individual differences and environmental influences need to be factored into their educational goals.

Children learn to respect the opinions of others by being listened to, with a sense that their voices are important.

Discussions are a vital means of developing ideas; good questions are vital to rich discussions.

Children are spiritual/moral beings who learn to weigh issues of morality by exercising moral opinions and decisions.

Jubilee is a community of learners made up of students, teachers and staff.