Special Character

The heart and soul of Adventist education stems from a worldview regarding the origin, meaning, purpose, and destiny of human life. These beliefs and assumptions are drawn from the Bible. The writings of Ellen G White are also acknowledged as an inspired commentary and guide in applying these understandings in the context of the school. The outcome of this effort is a “special character” that reflects the reasons, the vision, the aspirations and the values that are important to Adventist educators.

Each school is seen as a total learning environment, with careful attention to a balance between study, worship, labour and recreation. It is a community in which spirituality, industry, a spirit of cooperation, a sense of safety and security, and respect for the diversity of individuals and cultures are valued and nurtured. As cultural beings, teachers, students and others will participate in seeking, communicating and expressing the essence of that culture in language, story, symbolism, worship and acceptable standards of behaviour and lifestyle consistent with Adventist worldview.

The culture and ethos of our schools consistently reflect the practical endorsement of a biblical worldview and its implicit values. This culture seeks to be Christian generally, and Seventh-day Adventist in particular. Each school community will function in a complementary relationship with the family, the Church, and other schools in the system.

Elements of Special Character

  • Education’s Ultimate Purpose:

    The restoration of human beings to the image of their Maker through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, and the balanced development of the whole person’.
  • Students:

    Students are viewed as multifaceted beings uniquely created in God’s image. But as human creatures, they are seen with a need to develop comprehensive wholeness and integrity, to reach their highest potential in all human faculties, and to fulfil God's purpose for their lives.
  • The Role of the Teacher:

    The teacher-minister’s role is of central importance in the life of the Adventist school. Teacher-ministers are expected to be exemplary models of Seventh-day Adventist culture and Christian graces, and to demonstrate professional competence in teaching, pastoral nurture and ministry.
  • The Curriculum:

    All learning areas are approached from the perspective of the biblical worldview within the context of the Cosmic Conflict theme. As a balanced curriculum that promotes an integrated perspective of faith and learning, it addresses the major developmental needs in the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and vocational realms. It also reflects appreciation for Christian heritage, community building and citizenship, concern for social justice, and stewardship of the environment.
  • Teaching and Learning:

    An appropriate emphasis is placed on all forms of true knowledge. There is sensitivity to the culture, typical methods and skills of the respective subject fields and their place within the scheme of learning from a Christian perspective. Teaching methods are sensitive to the diversity of the gifts and needs of all students and seek to actively engage them personally and collaboratively, and give opportunity to put into practice what has been learned. Excellence is encouraged and facilitated in all areas.

Special character is revealed in the context of the community of faith and learning as per the model outlined in the attached documents. The Community of Faith and Learning Model incorporates three equal sectors, Belonging, Believing and Becoming, which describe the ideals of a healthy self, both physically and spiritually, in the context of a Seventh-day Adventist school.

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