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Outdoor adventure at WHIS

 

La Wotton House International School ha sede nel cuore di Gloucester e fa parte del gruppo International Village Education. La nostra missione è aiutare attivamente i bambini a sviluppare la fiducia, le abilità e le conoscenze necessarie per prosperare nel mondo moderno.

La nostra filosofia educativa è racchiusa nel proverbio africano  "ci vuole un villaggio per crescere un bambino" - sostenere i tuoi figli ad eccellere nel contesto delle loro comunità locali, nazionali e globali. Questo ethos incorpora tre idee correlate:

1

L'istruzione non è solo responsabilità dell'insegnante, ma anche della comunità più ampia; i bambini di oggi crescono in un villaggio globale non regolamentato e hanno bisogno di una guida più che mai per navigarlo in sicurezza

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Essere "educati" ha molte sfaccettature e angolazioni e che ogni bambino ha molti doni diversi, non tutti soddisfatte dal tradizionale apprendimento in classe in-a-box

Per realizzare questa visione, integriamo tre elementi chiave nella scuola:

  • un curriculum di conoscenza solido, basato sull'indagine: insegniamo il programma Middle Years del Baccalaureato internazionale con la possibilità di sostenere GCSE internazionali negli anni 10 e 11

  • tecnologia integrata per l'apprendimento

  • l'educazione all'aria aperta come parte integrante dell'esperienza scolastica di ogni bambino, attraverso il nostro sito partner The Wilderness Centre.

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La nostra scuola deve fornire esplicitamente alcune reti di supporto, connessioni e contatti; non basta mandare al mondo un bambino con nient'altro che certificati sottobraccio

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I nostri obiettivi, quindi, sono creare bambini che abbiano imparato:

  • un senso del loro posto nella loro comunità e una comprensione delle loro responsabilità all'interno del loro mondo

  • uno spirito di contagioso entusiasmo per l'apprendimento, durante le nostre attività di apprendimento a scuola e all'aperto

  • qualità tra cui tolleranza, resilienza, grinta, leadership, coraggio, pazienza, empatia e intelligenza emotiva

  • abilità cognitive chiave del pensiero critico, argomentazione, logica, verifica di ipotesi, valutazione delle prove e risoluzione dei problemi

  • una solida base di conoscenze e un senso di sé come studioso: uno studente che è affascinato dall'apprendimento fine a se stesso.

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Ethos and Aims

Independent schools are required by law to have a Statement of Ethos and Aims (ISS 32(2)(d)). This is nonsense surely, unless by 'ethos' is meant something like  'religious or other belief'? Ethos in a school is not something that can be explicitly 'statemented'; it is the underlying and intangible 'character' or 'habits', the culture and atmosphere of a school.

We hope and believe that all stakeholders in the school recognise and appreciate the atmosphere of mutual respect, kindness and encouragement, laughter and enthusiasm.

We can contribute to and steer the culture of the school by outlining and promoting our Goals and we do this through these three pairs of statements: Mission and Motto; Vision and Values; Aims and Objectives. 

Mission

In an age out of harmony we are building a diverse community of enthusiastic, questioning learners who develop Head, Heart and Hands through real-world learning to the betterment of Humanitas, or society as a whole. We value equally the three 'real-worlds': digital, cultural and natural.

Our inspiration is Steve Jobs (1998): “Think different. Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently - they're not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Vision

 

Because it takes an international village to raise global and grounded citizens, we want to become the flagship of an international network of progressive, human-scale, change-making schools which contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals by empowering students through multidimensional, strengths-led learning to better themselves in order to better their communities. 

We have no single word for this concept in English but in Ancient Greece it was called “Paidea”; in Enlightenment Germany it was called “Bildung”. The closest modern equivalent is the Danish concept of “Dannelse” which means creating active and aware citizens through educating head, heart and hands

Aims

 

To achieve our vision we have set ourselves these aims for the school:

  • To develop a multidimensional curriculum to prepare and safeguard our students for a radically different future world with unprecedented challenges for both mental and physical wellbeing.

  • To help families build resilient, healthy, altruistic children who will have a strong sense of the meaning and value of their lives.

  • To become part of a network of schools and colleges which values freedom, non-linearity and creativity - everything which distinguishes human from machine - but also respects traditions and the central importance of individual development as contributing to the greater goal of service to the community. 

  • To provide a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment for the non-conformists, the free thinkers, the heretics, the contrarians, those who think differently. They will change the world.

Motto

 

"Better ourselves to better our worlds"

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"pro nobis pro bono"

Values

We believe that contemporary education needs to be:

  • Wholistic: rounded and multi-dimensional

  • International: global in outlook, diverse and rich

  • Sustainable: grounded in the earth and rooted in our physical being

  • Creative: able to dream and invent new solutions

Objectives

  1. To be the first-choice school in the region for international families

  2. To grow to 120 students

  3. To open a sixth-form college

  4. To be rated consistently good or better by the inspectorates

  5. To forge strong international connections with other IB schools

Four Pillars

This section looks at the Four Pillars which represent our deepest values, our non-negotiables, our principles. Many different organisations use a Four Quadrant model; the best known logo which uses four squares is Microsoft but very few people know what each square represents. By comparison the pentacostal FourSquare Church has a much more informational logo.

The word "Foursquare" resonates with positive overtones of firm, sturdy, bold, plainspeaking, forthright. These are all valuable qualities but they definitely lack subtlety. Nevertheless at the stage of outlining fundamental principles the subtleties can wait. Four legs are strong and useful, as Animal Farm famously says: "Four legs good, two legs bad".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This characterisation is not unique to us, of course. For example The Asha Centre, which is an adult education centre in the Forest of Dean, close to The Wilderness, identifies the same 'four pillars':

 

  1. Learning through Head, Heart and Hands

  2. Fostering a truly human global community.

  3. Harnessing the power of Nature to learn and heal.

  4. Nurturing creativity & innovation through the Arts.

 

It is an easy step to derive from the four fundamentals an acronym WHISC which echoes very strongly our name: Wotton House International SChool.

Wholistic

We deliberately use the spelling Wholistic rather than Holistic because the two spellings are diverging to become two different words with slightly different meanings. 

  1. Wholistic means taking into account every aspect, or facet, of a person, including body, mind and soul - this is what is meant by an education being 'well-rounded'. The word derives from Old English hal meaning 'uninjured or sound' ie hale and healthy.

  2. This is not quite the same as Holistic which means being more concerned with the wholes than with the constituent parts - this is what is meant by an education being 'child-centred'. 'Holistic' was invented by Jan Smuts in 1926 from the Greek holos meaning whole or entire.

International

Sustainable 

Creative

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