At Frensham, cooperation means every individual, whether staff, parent or student, is encouraged to approach any situation not thinking ‘what will I get out of this?’ but rather ‘what can I contribute?’ Visitors often remark how our students offer support and assistance without prompting and without hesitation.
Teaching and learning are nothing without cooperation – a willingness to take part, get involved and work together to achieve. This applies just as much to the more obvious situations, such as in the classroom, preparing for exams or on the sports field, as to learning simply to be responsible and reliable.
As part of this, we have moved away from the language of detentions and punishments to a system that helps students learn from their mistakes and change. Our discipline is based on discussion, agreement for change and monitoring – and experience has shown that a system based on cooperation, mutual respect and trust brings lasting change far more often than the more traditional and negative forced discipline.