Socrates proclaimed, “The unexamined life is not worth living!” At St Cyprian’s Preparatory School we strive to develop the WHOLE person: body, spirit and mind. Our educational philosophy is founded upon the belief that knowledge and knowing are mere components of something more holistic – wisdom. What is it worth knowing every fact in the world if you are not wise in your very thoughts, desires and actions? Clearly then, when we speak of developing thinkers, we strive to develop young people who consciously engage with the world because they are holistically engaged in body, mind and spirit, and so live with integrity and purpose.
Academically, we seek to grow critical thinkers who strive to develop thinking habits and traits by routinely applying thinking standards in a deep, qualitative manner in order to answer, solve, create, prove, invent and generate. This is only possible when the focus is not placed solely on how a student produces knowledge, but rather on how she reproduces it. Similarly, the process of learning and not the product of learning becomes key. Though we continue to assess and report in the traditional way, we go a step further by assessing and reporting on whole-child development.
Our academic approach necessitates a full and wide academic offer that goes beyond the core curriculum. With programmes such as ‘Philosophy for Children‘ and ‘Mindfulness for Children‘, students learn to apply themselves in a measured, mindful and considerate manner. Furthermore, our Enrichment Programme gives students an opportunity to apply concepts they have learnt in real-life scenarios. Through collaboration, integration, real-life problem solving and opportunities to develop creative and critical thinking, learning becomes a visible and practical endeavour.
Extension classes and consolidation classes further cater for individual learning experiences, and the application of I.T. to reinforce learnt concepts and ideas ensures that learning takes place within the context of 21st Century technology.