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“Values are the ideals that give significance to our lives, that are reflected through the priorities we choose, and that we act on consistently and repeatedly.”

Hall, Brian. 1994. Values Shift: A Guide to Personal and Organisation Transformation. Rockport. MA.

For something to be of value, it must be chosen from amongst alternatives and prized by its owners.
Our values have been chosen from amongst others; they are, therefore, prized and are acted upon and modelled by
members of our community.

The Knox School values, if demonstrated in day-to-day school life, will model our values for others in our community, be they friends, colleagues, students, staff and parents. Successful modelling of the values will ultimately have a direct impact on others, especially those younger, their feelings and consequent behaviours. It is expected that members of our community will do their best to implement the desired modelling of the values within the total life of the School. We need to be the evolving learners we are trying to inspire our children/students to become.


Accomplishing a ‘personal best’ in the world of work, education or personal development.

Provide opportunities for every student to experience successful learning
Promote work, effort and focus
Invest and exhibit time and effort in their own professional growth and improvement
Demonstrate over time greater knowledge and insight
Demonstrate effective goal setting

Students see their efforts and contributions are valued and encouraged
Students learn and exhibit these skills
Students acknowledge that they have a supportive environment within which to achieve their personal best
Students develop self-expression and acknowledge their uniqueness – opportunities for creativity and innovation
Students exhibit purposeful practice and develop a growth mindset

Care and Empathy

Being emotionally and physically supported, helping others and understanding their perspectives.

Cultivate understanding of and demonstrate a caring attitude to staff, students and parents
Provide opportunities for students to be actively engaged in The Knox School community through the pastoral & co-curricular program
Foster a genuinely inclusive, supportive and encouraging environment within The Knox School community
Know your students to maximise the benefits of their school experience
Show encouragement and genuine interest in the students’ welfare and their achievements

Students adopt and demonstrate a caring and empathetic manner
Students learn how to become citizens who contribute to the wellbeing of their friends, peers and others
Students interact with their peers and wider community in encouraging and supportive ways
Students feel included and valued within the school environment
Students develop an age-appropriate understanding of social responsibility


Having honour or regard for the worth of others.

Develop a partnership and collaboration between parents, staff and students
Demonstrate high standards of professional and ethical behaviours
Utilise appropriate language in all interactions
Show students consistency and fairness
Create a supportive classroom that encourages and allows all students to express their views safely

Students feel comfortable and valued members within their diverse and multi-cultural environment
Students clearly respect the rights of others to learn in a positive, clean and well-presented environment
Students make an active, positive contribution to a high quality classroom and school culture
Students treat each other with a consistency and fairness creating a predictable environment
Students speak and listen to each other responsibly


Being personally accountable for and able to make decisions influencing a course of action.

Demonstrate an organised presentation of lessons and activities in an ordered and structured environment
Demonstrate time management, prioritising of work and review lessons to master information and skills
Clearly define their class expectations and demonstrate how students may meet and adhere to expectations once set
Effective and efficient communication with parents, fellow staff and students
Provide opportunities for students to show responsibility and improve areas that need development

Students develop confidence in the presentation of lessons laying the foundation for effective learning
Students recognise that acquiring knowledge and education is highly valued and has a purpose
Students develop their own high expectations
Students develop a set of good leader and follower skills and learn how to behave and communicate responsibly
Students exhibit development in their thinking skills, avoiding thinking traps


The mental/psychological skills to properly adapt to stress and adversity.

Exhibit open communication, being prepared to acknowledge errors of judgement and/or gaps in skills or knowledge
Demonstrate acceptance of setbacks through reflection and positive thinking
Give specific, supportive, timely and constructive feedback for student performance & behaviour
Demonstrate problem solving skills
Model skills to be utilised to overcome challenges

Students take on attainable challenges
Students exhibit age-appropriate skills in reflection and positive thinking
Confidence when faced with adversity
Students exhibit adaptive critical thinking and problem solving skills drawing from their signature strengths
Students demonstrate age-appropriate project and time management

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