World renowned Educational thought leader, Michael Fullan, describes school culture as “the guiding beliefs and values evident in the way a school operates. Fullan (2007) believes that school culture encompasses “all the attitudes, expected behaviours and values that impact how the school operates. This week, through various ceremonies and events, I had a wonderful insight into the unique culture that exists here at Kardinia.
Last Thursday we had our Founder’s Day Assemblies in the Senior and Junior schools. Both ceremonies were a celebration of our history and our beginnings and allowed our students and staff to continue to have a collective understanding and picture of what it means to be a Kardinian. On Friday, we once again hosted two Assemblies, this time to commemorate Anzac Day and to acknowledge and pay our respect to those that have served and died in war and on operational service. These ceremonies allowed our community to further embed our school culture. It is a culture rich in respect and one that I have rarely seen in my 22 years as an educator. Upon sharing this reflection with other members of staff who are new to Kardinia this year, I realised that this was a common view and definitely one of the many things that makes Kardinia such a special place.
Our school culture was also a topic for discussion with a visitor from Singapore last week. The teacher was here to observe our IB Theory of Knowledge class and following his visit he took the time to send through the following email:
“There is a real ‘vibe’ about Kardinia campus in terms of purpose, interaction and, most notably, friendliness. I was deeply impressed and it has provided me with some food for thought about ‘school culture’.
These reflections, both personal and external, I believe, provide a real insight to the unique culture that exists at Kardinia. A culture of wisdom, respect and friendship. A culture of living the school motto!
Have a great week!