Values and Ethos

Our vision mission and virtues

At Emmanuel Schools Foundation we provide an education of character underpinned by our Christian ethos.

As a ‘character-first’ foundation we strive to cultivate good character as an end in itself; this raises expectations and supports high levels of performance. Our work is characterised by the pursuit of excellence as we seek to make the most of the gifts and talents we have been given.

We believe in human beings’ outstanding potential, creativity and capacity for good as each one is made ‘in the image of God’. We also acknowledge we all need instruction, motivation and practice if we are to nurture the virtues underpinning good character.

We gain hope for the future as we show gratitude for what we have now. We practise the virtue of love as we act unselfishly for the good of others and are able to forgive. We exercise wisdom as we choose the right course of action and display integrity as we are truthful with ourselves and others. We gain fortitude and courage as we rise to challenges, learning to overcome adversity and to develop resilience. We develop self-control as we regulate our emotions and impulses and show humility as we are teachable and keen to learn from our mistakes. We act with justice as we treat others with respect and fairness.

Our inspiration for these virtues, and our schools’ core values of honourable purpose, humility, compassion, integrity, accountability, courage and determination, is the life and ministry of Christ Jesus.

Our vision

Each person in our schools is valued, challenged and inspired, being ‘made in God’s image’ and therefore infinitely precious, morally responsible and gifted for a purpose.

Founded on faith, hope and love, and inspired by Christ, we pursue excellence in character development, learning across the curriculum, and service to our communities.

our mission

Providing Christian-Ethos Schools of Character for the Whole Community:

CHARACTER Education

We build good character. We learn about good character, why it matters and how to develop it.

CURRICULUM Excellence

We are determined to achieve a personal best. We provide a broad, ambitious curriculum that ensures excellent student learning, progress and future destinations.

COMMUNITY Engagement

We serve with gratitude. We use our gifts to benefit our community and environment.

our core Virtues

All of our work will be characterised by the following virtues:

Love

We act selflessly, with kindness and compassion, for the good of others.

Wisdom

We exercise good judgement; seeing and doing what is true and good.

Fairness

We treat everyone fairly and justly, the way we would like to be treated ourselves.

Self-Control

We control our desires, not letting our desires control us.

Courage

We are determined to achieve what is worthwhile even in the face of difficulty.

Humility

We avoid arrogance, being realistic about our strengths and weaknesses.

Integrity

We are honest with ourselves and others, so that our words and actions agree.