Towards Thoughtful Leadership
Swiss Cottage aims to nurture all students to be Thoughtful Leaders who THINK, CARE and LEAD guided by our school values, PRIDE. They will exhibit Passion for learning, Resilience for challenges, Integrity of purpose, Dare to try for breakthroughs and Empathy for others.
We want our Thoughtful Leaders to exert a positive influence on their environment – e.g., the classroom, the CCA, the home and society at large. To achieve the outcome of Thoughtful Leadership in all students, we developed a Total Curriculum approach; it articulates a values-centric holistic education which streamlines all learning experiences to provide a Swiss education experience that would equip and guide a student on a continual journey of Thoughtful Leadership even after he/she leaves Swiss.
A ‘Total Curriculum’ to deliver Thoughtful Leadership
The journey begins with character, which makes up the core of his being. The Thoughtful Leader is firmly grounded in the Swiss values PRIDE and possesses the social-emotional competencies that enable him to relate well to others and 21st century competencies that will help him to become work and world ready.
The six ways of influence or MOP-LoRE are strategies that are deliberately considered to influence Thoughtful Leadership outcomes in the Total Curriculum: they are the strategies of Modelling, Observation, Practice, Logical Consequences, Reflection and Extension to influence character and leadership building.
The 4-5 years of Instructional Programme (IP), Student Development Programme (SDP) and Thoughtful Leadership Programme (TLP) infuse the teaching of values, SEL and 21st Century competencies to derive the Thoughtful Leadership outcomes.
Values infusion even into the IP area helps students to remain connected to values as they acquire and make sense of knowledge and skills, so that in future they will manage knowledge responsibly. The SDP looks into the holistic development of the students and is the foundation for the school’s Culture of Care. The TLP moves this Culture of Care outwards into the community at large through VIA and a dedicated Student Leadership programme for all students.
The final concentric circle outlines the type of learning experiences, namely Collaborative, Authentic and Service Learning, that are constructed to deliver the learning of Thoughtful Leadership. Because leadership is about influence, collaborative learning provides a a turn-taking platform to exert leadership and to contribute actively. For decision-making to be meaningful as well as to be observed clearly, authentic links and contexts must be set up. Decision-making is a key leadership competency. Finally, the true test of thoughtfulness (consideration and reflective thinking) is when the students demonstrate service to the community. The learning experiences take place within formal curriculum time as well as informally through CCAs, interactions with schoolmates and staff.
Finally, the student will learn to THINK, CARE and LEAD with PRIDE. The Thoughtful Leader also embodies the desired outcomes of education – having learnt Self-directed Learning, Concerned Citizenry, Active Contribution to society and Confidence through the Total Curriculum.