Message From the Head of School
Expanding on our School Mission
Schools are institutions that shape future generations. One of the very important tasks that schools have is to guide students to become responsible global citizens so that they can contribute to greater good, thus creating a better world. This is the essence of a school’s very existence and it is therefore vital for schools to be mission driven. It is a school’s mission that gives guidance to the whole school community so that it can carry out its duty; to contribute to world peace.
In this message, I have decided to unpack our school’s mission statement: ”to provide the highest quality education in a student centered environment by empowering individuals to fulfil their human potential to become purposeful life-long learners and responsible global citizens.” The first goal in our five-year strategic plan is “academic excellence”. We have created the five year plan to categorically focus on various aspects of our school and we must do our utmost to work towards achieving academic excellence to offer a high quality of education since this is a means of supporting our students to get a better understanding of themselves and the world so that they can contextualize their learning and contribute in various ways using the skills that they acquire in school. In order to better support our students in their life journey, we need to be aware of the needs of every individual to tailor learning based on individual needs.
This is indeed a very challenging task and one can never master this fully but we are committed to developing our support systems further so that we can reach each individual, thus helping our students to fulfil their human potentials. Students need to understand that learning does not only take place in classrooms, school premises and other dedicated learning environments, but that it takes place everywhere and that it is a combination of learning inside and outside of the classroom that makes it possible for us to fully develop our skills. It is paramount that we keep in mind that life-long learning takes place everywhere and at all times. The developmental psychologist Lev Vygotsky, whose work has had a powerful influence on psychology and education, believed that one must attend school in order to develop higher order thinking skills but that the knowledge acquired in schools should be combined with what he called “everyday knowledge” which is the knowhow from our everyday experiences (Muller 2013). He stated that accessing knowledge is a complex process that requires both scientific (the knowledge acquired in schools) and everyday concepts (what we learn in our daily experiences).
In order to get more satisfaction of life we need to feel that we are contributing to our local and/or global community. In Book One of the “Nicomachean Ethics” Aristotle categorizes what a good life is in two sections; what is good for individuals and what is good for society at large. He writes in the beginning that the good life is a life of flourishing and virtues. To reach this condition of well-being, it is necessary to have good social institutions that enable people to foster the human qualities and intellectual virtues. Schools needs to encourage people to live by these virtues so that people can flourish and take responsibility for the greater community and becoming responsible global citizens.
Mr Nedzat Asanovski
Head of School