The MBIS educational philosophy and guiding statements define who we are and what we do as a school and community. They go beyond classroom teaching and learning. It is our intent for these philosophical elements to permeate through the whole school community, and, indeed, help support and guide our graduates as they leave us and join a much bigger, global community. There are three components. The Mission is a statement of belief: who we are, and what we do. The Vision is a statement of intent: a goal for improvement, and part of our culture of always looking to improve as a school and community. Finally, the Marist Expectations (MEs) are about both present and future – they are embedded in our everyday teaching and learning, and are skills and attributes that are intended to be developed over time.
The MEs were adopted and adapted from the International Baccalaureate Organization’s IB Learner Profile:
“The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world… The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities” (IBO 2013).
MBIS adopted the attributes and adapted the descriptors to suit the unique context of our school.
The school community periodically undertakes a review of our guiding statements. Thus, they are not necessarily intended to be set in stone, but rather a dynamic set of principles that respond to the current goals and needs of the community. During the evaluation process, all stakeholders are expected to have an opportunity to provide feedback and held shape any new direction we choose to undertake.
We are a school where exceptional personal character and strong relationships provide opportunities to excel in our areas of interest and affect change in our local and global communities. We are a school where personal, social, and emotional support help build global perspectives. We are a school that embraces diversity, encourages leadership, and respects the values and unifying traditions of the Marist Brothers.
We strive to develop intellectually, physically, and artistically.
We consistently think critically, ethically, and creatively.
We collaborate in a multilingual environment, with confidence and courtesy.
We take responsibility for our own actions, building trust through integrity, honesty, and humility.
We seek to broaden our understanding and appreciation of other cultures and perspectives.
We show compassion within our school community and beyond.
We take on challenges as active participants and dare to push beyond our comfort zones.
We strive for balance of mind, body and spirit, to develop as well-rounded individuals.
We use past experiences as a guide to future actions.