At Parkside, our students are taught the value of service, and the difference it makes in the lives of others. Age appropriate opportunities for service enable students to develop skills to become effective change agents in their communities. Service-learning activities in turn increase children’s sense of belonging to their communities. When children develop a sense of belonging to their communities they are more likely to feel a sense of responsibility to themselves and to the group and to consider what is best for the community. The value of service develops in children an understanding of life beyond their own.
More than just an Education
Worship lies at the heart of our school community. Staff members begin their day in staff worship where they commit their day to God and pray as a team. Students are also encouraged to start the day on a spiritual note as teachers lead their class in a devotional time each morning. Prayer and development of a relationship with Jesus are an integral part of the school day. There are many opportunities for children to develop this relationship further, either with the school chaplain or by arrangement with members of the congregation the child worships with.
An Education based on Values
As a school community, we believe the ethos of our school should be built on a foundation of core values such as honesty, respect, happiness, responsibility, tolerance, love and acceptance. These values are introduced in our worship and Bible programs and they then go on to permeate the whole curriculum. We encourage our children to consider these values as they develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to develop into reflective learners who are able to build meaningful relationships and take responsibility for their own actions