Our Mission Values and Honour Code
Our Mission, Values & Honour Code
Bishop Bavin School is an Independent Anglican School which aims to:
- Be an outstanding school which provides an enjoyable learning environment;
- Provide a happy, inclusive, nurturing, encouraging, caring and safe environment for learners and staff;
- Offers high quality educational programmes to learners across a wide spectrum of academic ability;
- Offers high quality co-curricular, sport and personal development programmes across a wide spectrum of personal abilities and interests;
- Encourage individuals to develop a broad range of competencies;
- Develop sound Christian values, which will equip learners with appropriate wisdom, attitudes, skills and knowledge, to lead a fulfilling and productive life in which service to others is a key aspect;
- Foster a culture of continuous improvement in all activities and to equip learners with the skills to manage change.
Our core values are:
- Big enough to make a difference; small enough to care;
- Recognition and celebration of the unique nature of each person in the school community and the importance of the care for each individual;
- Encouragement of excellence in learning within programmes that provide opportunities which match a range of skills and abilities;
- Facilitation of learners experiencing a diversity of activities and challenges outside the central academic programme;
- Promotion and nurturing of those qualities in people which reflect truth, honesty, goodness, openness, service, courage, tolerance, patience and perseverance;
- Provision of an environment which is stimulating, caring, vibrant and encouraging of enthusiasm, creativity and enjoyment in learning;
- Emphasis on participation and achievement of “personal best” to increase self-esteem and personal well-being;
- Focus on the continual building and strengthening of the school community, both through the emphasis on positive relations between Board of Governors, staff, learners and their families, and the provision of opportunities for learners of different ages to develop interpersonal and leadership skills;
- Recognition and assistance to those who are disadvantaged;
- Respect for the natural environment and understanding of the need to protect it through sustainable development, minimization of waste and consumption of resources, and the avoidance of damage;
- Understanding and promotion of the association with our diverse local and international communities, in order to foster understanding and tolerance;
- Encourage learners to develop a sense of place, responsibility and contribution ot the broader community, regardless of one’s own personal needs;
- Encourage learners to have an awareness of the importance of good health, and high standards of safety and to aspire to achieve continuous improvement.
OUR HONOUR CODE
“Christus Supra Omnes”
“I resolve as a member of Bishop Bavin School, That I shall aspire to become a citizen of the highest integrity within my community. I shall strive for success in my studies, to be more considerate of persons and their property, and to achieve the highest physical, mental, spiritual and moral standards.”
Read About Our Views On:
Knowledge is power’. This clever bit of insight is not a modern fad, it is at least 440 years old, formulated by philosopher Francis Bacon during the Enlightenment. We celebrate our learners and educators at Bishop Bavin, who work together diligently to ensure that education is still ‘hip and happening’! Teaching never ends at 14h10, and any day of the week and at any time, you will find our learners being extended in some way or another. Our Academic Programme can be summed up, with the words of former professional basketball player, ‘I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.’
Faith is important in the life of the school and this is symbolized by the centrality of the chapel on the school’s campus. The services in the chapel also provide a pivot around which much of the weekly life of the school is balanced. All the children in the Junior School have an opportunity to come together for chapel worship once a week. The Prep and College students attend Mass every alternate week on Wednesdays.
The cultural ambit of the school is alive and well at Bishop Bavin. Most of our children are involved in one way or another in our very busy cultural programme. We do a number of Olympiads, we participate in Public Speaking and the Eisteddfod which are all external competitions. Bishop Bavin School was also the initiator of the inaugural Southern African World Scholar’s Cup – an international Debating and Public Speaking competition. We also produce numerous stage productions and encourage our children to participate in choir, our music academy and various other exciting activities
Bishop Bavin School has a sports programme which caters for all children. We believe that sports is the best way to learn life lessons which are not always provided in the classroom. Our main aim is to ignite a passion for sport and to ensure that our children live a balanced and healthy lifestyle which includes exercise. We have a strong and dedicated coaching team and our athletes are often awarded with National or provincial colours. A final thought to all participants: every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success and put its failures behind you. Always play the game to the best of your ability!
We are pleased to be one of very few schools who offer such a variety of boarding options. Our boarders are divided into girls and boys, seniors (8-12) and juniors (4-7). We also offer the option of weekly or full boarding. The boarders are well taken care of with in-house and residential staff members and there is no doubt that they are receiving both emotional and educational support. Choosing to have your child in boarding is a big decision, but parents can rest at ease knowing that with the competent staff we have your children are loved, supported and well taken care of.