Our Beliefs & Values

Our vision is for every child to be the best that they can be

…enabling them to be safe, happy, kind, learning & engaged

Who We Are

ESF Glenealy School is an inclusive, progressive and internationally minded primary school where children are empowered to flourish and make a positive difference.

Our nurturing staff, inspiring learning environment and close community foster positive relationships and wellbeing, putting children at the centre of everything we do.

We work in partnership to create relevant and meaningful learning experiences where children develop their understanding, knowledge, skills and attributes for success.

Our Core Purpose

Our core purpose is to ensure a holistic approach to education that focuses on developing each child as a whole person.

The themes outlined in our core purpose are central to our work and describe the attributes we strive to develop in every child during their time at our school. We recognise that learning is not solely about acquiring knowledge and skills, but also about developing personal values and qualities that are essential for success in life.

Our Core Purpose is further articulated through the contribution of the IB Learner Profile which describes the broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.

  • Inquirers: We nurture our curiosity, developing our skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout our life.
  • Knowledgeable: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
  • Thinkers: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
  • Principled: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
  • Open-minded: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
  • Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
  • Courageous: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
  • Balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional to achieve wellbeing for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
  • Reflective: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.