Christ Church students, parents, teachers

Statements of intent

In bringing the School’s values to life, statements of intent have been developed by representatives of students, staff and parents.

Christ Church students

The freedom a boy feels to be himself, the respect a boy has for himself and that people have for him, enable him to act on his developing masculinity in an appropriate fashion.

Christ Church students are motivated to do their very best and see the School and all its relationships as an avenue for them to achieve their own potential and contribute to the journey of others. Our students pursue excellence and celebrate success.

Our students are resilient learners and understand that they have a responsibility to turn disappointment into action. By their actions, they contribute towards the unique learning environment of their school and the Christ Church classroom.

The Christ Church student is respectful of the learning environment and values the leadership of the teacher and the rights of his classmates.

Christ Church parents

Parents support and interact with the rhythms of their son’s lives, serving as role models and reinforcers of the learning that takes place at the School.

Christ Church parents* come from diverse backgrounds and share a common goal with the School to help their boys successfully negotiate the transition from boyhood to manhood.

In choosing Christ Church, each parent through his or her behaviour and example, strives to demonstrate understanding and reinforces the stated aims and values of the School. They act in partnership with school staff to provide the best support for their boys both at home and in the school context.

Parents encourage their boys to engage actively in the life of the School, to make the most of opportunities offered, to strive for personal and collective excellence, and to make choices consistent with school values.

Whenever possible parents volunteer their support within the Christ Church community.

* We include the roles of carers and guardians in this simplified term, ‘parent’.

Christ Church teachers

Who teachers are, how they perform in effecting and modelling learning and how they relate to boys, are all very significant in framing the engagement of boys at the School.

Christ Church teachers enable boys to find their place in a world that has endless challenges and opportunities. They engage their students in thinking, in doing, in accepting others and in being at one with themselves.

Our teachers inspire our students to value learning and help them set personal educational goals. They give the boys the confidence to achieve their goals. They bring a range of academic expertise and life experiences to their classrooms. They are passionate about their subjects and about teaching. This is reflected in their energy and enthusiasm and in the diversity of their teaching practice.

Our teachers are aware of the emotional development and particular needs of boys. They affirm and reward learning and empower and challenge their students. At the same time they encourage creativity and foster collaboration and peer learning. They use teaching strategies that are flexible and accommodating and that cater for different ability levels. Our teachers encourage student-centred learning and have high expectations of their boys.

They model excellence in all that they do.