How Does an International High School Nurture Morals and Values in their Students?

Rupali Karekar
Jun 21, 2021
Schools

Our future needs peace, love and to be taken care of by dependable and kind individuals. And, our children are that future. We can all agree that they are already smart due to the surplus of knowledge available to them at the tip of their fingers. And when that knowledge from a child is sifted and channelled into a productive space they grow up to be compassionate, independent and successful individuals.

After home, only a high school can aid your child to imbue morals and values into their everyday life. And choosing a good school that checks these boxes is essential, especially at an early age.

What qualities do high schools imbibe in high school students?

Good Character And Manners

A good character is only built when these core values are taught to them; Humility, Patience, Honesty, Adaptability, Respect, Proactivity and Self Discipline. These core values not only develop a good character but also a sense of how to live within a society with manners.

A good character and set of manners not only help the students within their school life but are more important for the time after, in their professional and personal lives.

In schools, the educators understand this importance and start as early as Pre Nursery years. Teaching them through various stories, poems, their own life experiences and also monitoring the students throughout the process

Respect & Independence

One of the most important values are Respect and Independence. Encouraging acceptance of different opinions helps students to understand different points of view and respect them,  while also putting forth their own points confidently. High Schools not only teach the importance of respecting others but also respecting oneself. Teaching self-respect tells them when to draw the line when their opinions are disrespected. This won't pressure them into situations they aren't comfortable with.

Independence and Self Respect go hand in hand. You see when a child learns of their self worth their insecurities won't affect them and they will gain confidence within themselves, which lastly would turn them into independent individuals who aren't afraid of facing any hurdles.

Integrity

Integrity is crucial in any environment whether it be school, home or the workplace. Instilling integrity in any child is easy if done right. For that, a child must be given his/her space to share thoughts and ideas and not use negative reinforcement when they make an unintentional mistake. This teaches the child that adults like their parents and educators provide a safe space where they are not judged or punished for whatever they have to share.

Learning integrity at a very early age rewards them with confidence that the world is always open to honest and kind ideas and deeds. In a classroom, this is usually taught by using team-building exercises and access to a school counsellor.

Strong Work Ethic

Inspiring work ethic first starts from home. Parents giving their children chores or the responsibility of a pet helps them understand how these chores are an important part of adulthood and creating a structure within their lives.

These tasks around the house assist the children to transition into work life with ease and a respectful attitude towards their bosses, customers and colleagues.

In a school environment, this structure comes from class schedules and menial tasks like homework, deadlines for a project, attendance, and so on…

Ready To Extend a Helping Hand

Developing a positive relationship with peers and educators is an essential part of a students life. Children and teens who are always taught to help others in need are empowered to take on leadership roles, gain social awareness and motivate empathy within themselves.

Including students in various activities affiliated with help groups or an NGO benefits students by understanding different backgrounds and experiences which they can take home as a learning.. Not only this, but teaching students to help others creates a sense of fulfilment and prides them on not going astray from their moral compass.

Social Awareness

In the age of high-speed internet wherein any information is available just at one click, children and teens have been exposed to various environmental, political and social injustice. And our youth must be aware of such injustices to bring about a positive change in any manner possible.

In a school setting, students are asked to volunteer for different environmental programmes like a beach cleaning drive or planting trees. Field trips to historical sites teach them about our past and excursions to animal farms builds compassion and empathy towards not only humans but animals as well and lastly, encouraging them to socialize with people of all backgrounds and ethnicities aid in realizing and normalizing that, at the core, we are all humans.

Optimism

In a world full of negativity, It can be easy for a child to be enveloped in the same negative bubble whether it be in the form of stress due to school, or a fallout with one of their friends. So students must learn the importance of ' the glass half full ' even when a situation is hard to accomplish.

Having an optimistic approach towards life teaches the children that it's always worth trying, then trying again, and again till they overcome that hurdle. Having an optimistic approach towards life creates a sense of security within themselves.

In a classroom, the educators are the ones who can instil an optimistic approach towards life. Instead of remarking them for their lacking behaviours, educators have now taken the route of positive reinforcement where they explain to their students on a one on one basis regarding areas they can improve even more through hard work and a little bit of optimism.

Spiritual Development

Spirituality is everyone's part of life. Learning about Religion/Spirituality is one of the first aspects of any child's life. It is one of the first building blocks that develop us as a person. And a good balance of spirituality within a school creates a feeling of "belonging".

It is important to include different traditions within a school so every student feels represented. Working with mentors that help students through their spiritual journey, find their centre and create mindfulness are an important part of the institution. They achieve this through meditations, yoga and creating a nurturing environment around them.

Life Skills

Growth is a lifelong process for all children. And in this process of growth, instilling students with essential skills that will aid them through their various stages of life is of grave importance. Skills such as Focus, Communication, Taking on Challenges, etc... are the tools to better adulthood.

Such skills are taught to students from day 1 through interacting with peers, faculties and guests also by encouraging them into various extracurricular and co-curricular activities that the school presents to them.

Shaping Their Futures

Overall, these morals and values that a school encrusts their students with, are extremely important if you wish for your child to grow into a hardworking, independent and socially conscious individual. And within the huge list of Singapore International Private School, many of which now focus on a holistically developed approach, these curricula also entail a combination of morals and values mentioned above. 

Finding one that instills all these values in one curriculum or programme is difficult but not impossible. This list is a guide for what you should look for when it comes to a well-rounded education for your child.


Rupali Kaerkar

Ms Karekar comes with over 20 years experience in content writing and content strategy in fields from journalism and content marketing. As head of international communications, she has been actively interacting with stakeholders like the student, teacher and parent community to ensure open channels of dialogue and passage of information between all parties. As a result, the school initiatives and stakeholder performances find the right platform and voice to share their achievements.

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