In our school today we talk about Innovation, Transformation, the New Age, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, the Future School, Online Learning, Digital Learning, Maker Spaces, Student-Centered Learning, Personalised Learning, and so on and so forth. We want our students, your children, to be part of this new age, to be well equipped with the understanding, knowledge and skills to succeed and excel in the real world outside of school. But is that enough?

No matter the differences we have between PYP, MYP, and DP, there is one uniting element that you find in all of them and that is the IB Learner Profile. This forms the backbone of the IB and what we want our students to be and become in school but also once they leave our school. To be Inquirers, Thinkers, Knowledgeable, Communicators, Reflective, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, and Balanced.

A few years ago, our school decided to focus on two aspects of this Profile: Principled and Caring and merge together under an age-old term that has been around for a very long time, before laptops, Instagram and before Netflix. We created a Respect Policy, and named it the Respect for S.O.L.E. The picture below is a summary of that policy.

Guiding our student to develop the qualities and actions of a respectful person is as important today as it was 1000 years ago maybe even more so. Some educational tools may go out of fashion, some skills may not be as important today, but respecting yourself, others, learning, and the environment are essential traits for building a peaceful, sustainable future. We invite you to read this article with your child and to discuss our Respect for SOLE Policy. Please share with us any incident, story, event, picture, action where your child has acted and shown respect.

Respect poster by Sofia and Sam of G2