Take a moment to think back to when you were at school. Were you an ‘A’ student who always did well at school? Were you a ‘C’ student who got 100% for effort while other students got more for less time invested? Or were you the kind of student at school who didn’t really pay attention to the grades?
Just like when you were at school, we still use the A to E Common Grading Scale. This grading scale is useful because it measures performance against the learning outcomes.
However, as you know, life is not that simple.
Our employment and relationships are not graded on an A-E scale. Grades don’t tell us how to respond to job opportunities and setbacks. Grades don’t tell us how to have great relationships. Most importantly, grades do not define who we are as a person.
When we came up with the ACC Student Attributes we wanted to have a document that talked about the kind of attributes that we wanted to encourage in students at our school.
We would love you to read through these attributes to see what we believe is important and what we try to instill in our students:
They leave ACC with a vibrant faith grounded in biblical truth. They act compassionately and graciously yet also think deeply and biblically. They are courageous and articulate in communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
They maintain composure when faced with adversity and see challenges as growth opportunities. They have the ability to push forward in spite of difficult times and approach hurdles with courage.
They show empathy and care toward others out of a heart that has been transformed by God’s grace. With the power of sin no longer ruling their hearts, they can sacrificially serve others less fortunate out of a desire for their good.
They minimise their self-importance to elevate the significance of those around them. Servant leadership is a reflection of their heart which is captured by the Gospel and seeks the good of others even at great cost.
They are joyful, content and thankful for the small and big things in life. They display an optimistic outlook and pleasant disposition. This gratitude is based on the hope of salvation due to the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
They act in a self-disciplined manner, recognising their gifts, abilities and shortcomings. They think before acting and understand that self discipline models a Christ-centred life. They pause, reflect and choose their words before speaking.
They ask great questions and are eager for knowledge. Their natural curiosity is encouraged and nurtured. They seek answers, research thoroughly, create alternatives, challenge assumptions, think deeply and test theories.
They exercise creativity in a broad range of situations from problem solving to critical thinking. They are able to spark original ideas by applying existing concepts to new contexts and repurposing resources.
They are able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a variety of people and in various contexts. They are attentive listeners and articulate their ideas and thoughts honestly, confidently and logically.
They construct evidence for an argument following logical steps and based on sound reasoning. They objectively analyse and evaluate issues in order to form a well considered judgement based on facts.
They realise their perspective is not the only valid one and so work with others to arrive at a better outcome. They thrive in environments where people are tasked with working together toward the achievement of a shared goal.
They take the time to reflect on learning outcomes, celebrate success and work hard to improve. They recognise that reflection embeds learning and provides the space necessary to learn and move forward.