When parents are in the process of selecting a school, there are seldom questions relating to the type of culture the school promotes. Questions tend to be about student academic performance, facilities at the school, staffing employed by the school, extra-curricular activities, NAPLAN performance or child-safety re bullying. These are all important questions and there is an underlying presumption that if all the responses to these questions are provided satisfactorily, the family will suit the school or vice-versa. However, we tend to think there are a lot of questions unasked by parents and therefore left unanswered by the school.
Deeper Questions about Culture
It is reassuring when families ask about the vision of the school, the values held by staff and leadership, the cultural make-up of all stakeholders of the school, the happiness level of our staff and students. We love to hear questions examining the behaviours expected by students and by adults alike. We welcome queries about the confidence levels of our students, their healthy self-esteem, their relationship with their peers and teachers, their manners, their questioning and growing minds, and their love of inquiry and learning. These questions tell us a lot about the type of issues that interest our parents and the environment they seek for their child.
Building a culture is a fundamental step in successfully attaining the school’s vision. A defined organisation unites and guides how everyone behaves and works collaboratively to achieve shared and mutual goals. Assessing regularly that the climate and environment still aligns with school values, is critical in maintaining an effective culture.
Caboolture Montessori School
The ambience at CMS is unified and consolidated by our philosophy: acceptance of differences, collaboration rather than competition, care for the whole individual, student agency and a progressive methodology. Parents, grandparents and guardians, both past and current are acknowledged as instrumental in developing the culture in our school, because a child’s mindset and learning attitude starts at home and is then nurtured at school.
Developing this starts with our earliest learners and their families in the toddler class and does not end when students leave; these students and families continue building and adding to our culture.
If you would like to know more about the culture at Caboolture Montessori school, join us for our next Open Day, where you will witness first hand the culture that we offer your child’s growing intellect.