The KAS Student Management Policy is built on the foundation of students taking responsibility for their own actions, in an environment where respect between all members of the school community is valued. Responsible thinking includes:
- Students being responsible for their own behaviour and learning
- Teachers being responsible for teaching
- Students being responsible for their choices
- The teacher having a right to teach; the student having a right to learn
The aim of the KAS Student Management Policy is to encourage the acceptance of its citizenship standards by each student, at the same time providing them with acceptance, encouragement, cooperation and correction. Effective student management is based on both kindness and firmness, and utilises the principles of consistency, clarity and fairness, with the ultimate focus being on self-discipline. The distinctiveness found at KAS is not the absence of problems, but rather the manner in which they are resolved. When a student shows, by conscious choices, little or no desire for these standards in his/her life, their ongoing enrolment at the school will be re-evaluated.
1 Thessalonians 5:11-15 contains much of the essence of the KAS Student Management Policy. It is a focus on the pro-active rather than the re-active. It is based on respect rather than power. It is a model of encouragement and redemption rather than criticism and punishment. It is a challenge to raise standards and elevate character rather than lower expectations in order to remain ‘in control’.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, and be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11-15
The KAS Student Management Policy is available here.