Fountainhead Student Mission statement: To nurture leaders with character and competence
Character is defined as an individual’s mental and moral qualities. It is a combination of values such as integrity, generosity, sincerity, compassion, service orientation, self-regulation, ethics. An individual’s character drives one to think and act in the right direction in day to day life as well as in unexpected and difficult situations.
Competence is the ability of an individual to undertake tasks efficiently and successfully. Competence means acquiring domain knowledge in areas of interest as well a range of skills which are transferable across domains. Transferable skills such as communication, leadership and people management, research, critical thinking and problem solving, social adeptness, decision-making are valuable in all spheres of life today.
Not everyone may want to or can become business or political leaders or leaders in sports or arts. The kind of leaders that the school hopes to nurture are those who can take charge of their lives, work effectively with others, do the right things even when no one is watching them, are internationally minded. Such leaders need both character and competence to survive and succeed, especially in the 21st century. The school’s holistic educational program and the positive empowering environment are built to foster both character and competence in the students.
Explanation of the Fountainhead Student Mission Statement
The Fountainhead Vision: (Our Commitment)
Fountainhead School believes that learning is a life long process and therefore we seek to inculcate in students, parents, teachers & the society at large, the sheer sense of the joy of learning. We provide a happy, purposeful, safe and nurturing environment to help our learners develop skills, attitudes & character to achieve sustainable success in life. We aim to scale newer heights in terms of curriculum innovation and teaching methodologies and build an institute of excellence.
Fountainhead Vision Alignment with IBO Mission Statement
Old student mission statement: To nurture leaders through primary greatness
Primary greatness is the greatness that each individual can attain by achieving both competence and character. Greatness, as a rule, is based on name, fame, money, acts etc. This greatness is secondary greatness and not everyone may achieve it, and primary greatness may not be necessary to achieve this. Primary greatness, on the other hand, is something that each child and adult can achieve through their actions.
To become leaders, students are expected to take responsibility of their own lives, learn to work more effectively with others and to do the right thing even when no one’s watching. This is how we define leaders. Not everyone may want to or can become business or political leaders or leaders in sports or arts, but becoming a leader as defined above is the kind of leader that everyone can strive for.
Why have we modified our mission statement (from “leaders through primary greatness” to “leaders with character and competence”)?
As a part of the school review process, we found that the term, “primary greatness” wasn’t well understood by all stakeholders. The focus of primary greatness is a broader umbrella and its core focus is on developing Character and Competence. The school’s vision largely focuses on developing these two. In all the three programs, IB focuses on developing the skills, attitudes, and character by means of Approaches to Learning and learner profile attributes. The new mission statement is an amalgamation of the school’s vision and the IB vision. It clearly defines what we want our students to develop throughout their journey at Fountainhead School.
The change in the mission statement is not one of intent, but of wording, primarily to make it more accessible to all the stakeholders. The change was brought-in through a synergistic effort made by school staff and students were given the opportunity to give their views on the change through Google form responses. The final decision of the change was taken based on the number of responses and perspectives shared by the school community (a summary of the responses is given in Appendix 1).
Appendix 1: Summary of staff and student responses to the proposed mission statement:
|Agree with the new one||230||214|
|Do not agree||125||30|
Chart 1: Staff responses summary
Chart 2: Student responses summary
As is evident, the majority agreed with the change. The disagreements were mostly centered around the fact that primary greatness conveys the need for character and competence but also does more than that. While we agree with this point, we also know that many stakeholders, especially younger students and parents, don’t really understand primary greatness or it’s context. Therefore we chose to reword the new mission statement. One can go through all the staff and student comments here (names have been hidden): staff responses & student responses.