The Principle of Reciprocity
The school philosophy is based upon the idea that there is one central rule of behaviour from which all other rules stem: Treat others as you wish to be treated yourself. This rule permits students to see the moral imperatives in different situations and helps them to develop their own set of core values. If this reasoning is applied from an early age the children develop an awareness of social situations and understand how and why behaviour must change according to situations and form their own concepts of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.
Conflict is natural between individuals but it is necessary that children learn the reasons for conflict and develop the skills to resolve conflict in a peaceable manner. The philosophy embraces the principle that young children require guidance in learning to make moral, social and intellectual decisions but that there is also a need to develop individual skills, organising ability, initiative and responsibility. This requires a lessening of dependence as the children progress through the school. The school does require a few rules to establish a baseline of school identity, safety, organization and security. These rules are kept to a minimum but are strictly enforced.