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Charting *Course: Stand up and be counted

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Submitted by on Fri 11/03/16 08:24

Stand up and be counted! This is our theme for 2016. It weaves together all of our academic, social and spiritual programs for the year.

When we think of someone standing up to be counted we usually picture a single, conspicuous figure standing out amongst the masses. A lone individual who goes against the flow.

This person is making a public statement about their convictions. They’ve decided to abandon mediocrity and rise to a challenge.

It takes courage!

Standing up and being counted is our College’s individual and community goal. While it always takes one individual to act first, much like a Mexican Wave standing up and being counted can overtake a community. When that happens, it is empowering and exhilarating.

  1. OUR RELATIONSHIPS AT SCHOOL

In 2016, our standards of behaviour, approach to bullying, role-modelling and conversations in the classroom all have at their heart the healthy development and restoration of relationships. 

Good relationships are at real risk (especially around the early teenage years) from epidemic levels of keyboard bullying and the number of ‘likes’ or ‘followers’ defining self-worth and popularity. We recognise that this can have an insidious effect on relationships at school and throughout society. Our goal is to inspire students to stand up and be counted as young people of character. We address behaviours that are destructive, encourage children to respect others and themselves, strive to develop a culture that is inclusive of individual differences and one that encourages authenticity and kindness. Our new anti-bullying policies revolve around restoring good, healthy relationships between individuals. 

  1. OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES

In 2016, the theme for the BAC spiritual program is to stand up and be counted as followers of Christ. 

Standing up for Christ means that we live according to the principles of the Bible and grow in our knowledge of Him. When Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others” (Matthew 5:16), he meant that we shouldn’t be passive in our spiritual lives. Practical Christianity should inform our daily living, our relationships, our meaning, our purpose and our motivations. We’ll be exploring this throughout the year. Stay posted for more on this topic for the May Week of Worship.

  1. OUR ACADEMIC GOALS

Taking a stand as motivated participants in our learning community is also firmly on the agenda for 2016. To achieve this, we’ve implemented a ‘learning goal’ strategy at BAC. 

Students post and regularly revise their learning goals on the learning management system, Seqta. Through a process of consultation and goal setting, students and teachers form close learning alliances, teaching and learning becomes more personal and targeted, and BAC develops a powerful learning community. Through goal setting, students experience increases in motivation, pride and satisfaction in schoolwork, self-confidence and academic performance.

 
STAND UP AND BE COUNTED THIS YEAR

Stand up and be counted. It’s not always easy, but it starts by pushing back our chairs and getting to our feet. 

"The strongest thing that any human being has going is their own integrity and their own heart. As soon as you start veering away from that, the solidity that you need in order to be able to stand up for what you believe in and deliver what's really inside, it's just not going to be there." (Herbert Jeffrey Hancock, pianist, keyboardist, composer, actor)

Stand up and be counted for character, for Christ and for learning.

 

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Helping children reach their goals.


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