“We are a community”… words that have been adopted by many schools, to explain how they view not only themselves but more especially, how they look after each other.
Another one, boarding schools have frequently adopted, is “Home away from Home”. I would like to explore what these two, often used catchphrases, really mean to us, at Hazlegrove – how they translate and what you, as parents, should be expecting from us.
“We are a community”…
John Steinbeck once penned, “When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.” This is one of the wonderfully special gifts that living together gives – our children are changed by others; they learn from others and their lives are enriched by others. By living with others, in a respectful and safe place, our children learn to be more tolerant, accepting of others, and they learn to care. Acquiring empathy is crucial and by living with others, our children learn to understand and appreciate that others are different and that people see things differently to themselves.
Community, to us, also means family. We value parenting and acknowledge that in order to build a strong community, it requires action – our adults, work tirelessly to provide the best environment possible for our children. We try not to leave things to chance – good manners, kindness, tolerance, inclusion, appreciation, love – these are all taught through example; and we all adopt a lifestyle that fosters, reflects and encourages these important values.
“Home away from Home”: We are not a replacement for your family and home. “Home away from Home” for us, means that we are homely, and family orientated; that we share your values and create an environment that strengthens and reinforces what you view as important to your children – such as integrity, politeness, good manners, and respect for others, to name a few.
Nelson Mandela believed: “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.” We care about each other. And this can be seen by the way that we speak to each other, the way that we encourage each other, and the way that we accept each other for who we are – special and unique individuals.
Meeting the incredible staff and special children at Hazlegrove, I have no doubt, will convince you that we not only look after each other like a close-knit community but that we have created a homely environment, which is family-driven and child-focused.
We are a homely community which is child-centred and fuelled by the desire to create a place where children feel loved, cared for and parented by all.
HEAD of BOARDING