Throughout the school, the pupils demonstrate outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. The ethos of the school, which permeates all that it does, together with the quality of relationships in its harmonious community, makes a significant contribution to pupils’ personal development. It is very well supported by a very clear and detailed programme of PSHE throughout the school - ISI Inspection Report, January 2011
Aside from our School Values- Honesty, Courtesy, Respect, Endeavour- daily life at Edenhurst offers many opportunities for moral and spiritual development. These include:
- The PSHCEE curriculum
- School Assemblies
- Class Monitors
- School Prefects
- Guidance Groups
- Merit Points and Certificates
- Headmaster's Commendations
- The School Council
Each week all the classes participate in Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education lessons with their Form Teacher. The lessons may adopt different teaching strategies, such as discussions in which children are invited to offer opinions and to justify them, grouping pupils so as to help them understand the importance of working co-operatively, or role playing to provide an opportunity for pupils to put themselves in another person's place. The comprehensive syllabus covers all age groups and covers a range of topics, including:
- Generosity, Kindness and Helpfulness
- Courage and Convictions
- Honesty and Truthfulness
- Justice and Respect
- Right to be an Individual
From the age of eight years upwards, all children in the school are assigned to a small Guidance Group, usually around five children, led by a member of staff. The aim is to create a sufficiently small discussion group in which all children may feel confident enough to open up and freely discuss various issues. The Guidance Groups meet to discuss a range of pastoral topics at intervals throughout the year, and provide an opportunity for the children to air any problems specific to them. This system also serves as another way in which your child can make staff aware of any concerns they may have, and thus open the way for a solution to be found.
Here at Edenhurst we value the opinions of the children in matters relating to the day-to-day running of the School. The School Council is a body of pupils whose business is to discuss such matters. It consists of the Form Captain from each of Prep 3, Prep 4, Prep 5 and Prep 6, together with one other elected representative from each of those classes. The Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl are also members of the School Council.
The Council meets once every month, supervised and guided by the Deputy Head, to discuss a range of issues of their choosing. As a direct consequence of discussion at School Council, the playground space at break time has been extended to accommodate additional classes, and a Buddy System has been set up to provide a link between the Prep 6 and Reception children.
In our last Inspection it was noted that, ‘The school council, whose members are elected by the pupils, provides a good channel for pupils to participate in democratic decision making and to develop an effective understanding of the way society functions, and for their views to be taken into account by the school.‘