MONTROSE VALUES AND ETIQUETTE
The 7th September 2012 was a momentous day at Montrose Primary School.
On that day, our refreshed school values were unveiled to the school at assembly. The values are simple, yet noble behaviours, which we should all try to instil in our daily lives. The reason for Graham’s prominence in our values initiative is to add an element of fun. Let’s make it a team effort to bring life to these values.
- Learning: Children need to value education. Learning is a lifelong process.
- Determination: The line you cross to make the difference between wishing and doing.
- Honesty: Being truthful to yourself and others.
- Responsibility: Considering others before you say or do anything.
- Respect: To value all human beings. Saying, thinking and doing things which you will never regret.
- Nature and animals: They need our protection and respect in all its forms. Whatever we do to nature, we do to ourselves.
- Friendship: Inspires honesty, respect, confidence and loyalty. Is what makes the world a happier place.
- Tolerance: Eliminates all forms of discrimination.
- Peace and Happiness: Is to make the best of everything and not to have the best of everything.
- Loyalty: Remain committed to that which you believe in. We are loyal to “Brand” Montrose.
Values are best caught not taught. Children will learn far more by observing the lifestyle of those they admire than by listening to empty words. So explain healthy values. Reward healthy values. But more importantly, model healthy values.
ETIQUETTE At Montrose, we believe that if we take care of the ‘little things’, the ‘big things’ are easier to manage, so we have some basic etiquette rules to follow:
Because Montrose Primary School is one of the few primary schools with a formal blazer, it is important that the children learn to wear their blazers with pride, so when lining up to go to or from class, as well as coming to and from school, the rule is: Blazers on.
Learners are expected to walk to and from each class, silently, in two lines (boys and girls separately) in alphabetical order. This is to ensure calm, efficient swapping of classes, as well as security, because if there is a fire drill, the children can immediately see who is not there.
If the learners are not carrying their suit cases, they must have Montrose Arms. Learners must walk in single file and stay on the left of the corridor to avoid ‘traffic jams’.
When the learners lead into class, they do so on the teacher’s invitation, in silence and in single file. They must stand up behind their chairs and wait to be greeted by the teacher. Once they have greeted, the learners may take their blazers off and sit down.
Friendship and respect are two of the Montrose values so it is important that learners greet all visitors and teachers that they see as they walk from class to class. This shows good manners.
Within each classroom, there are certain rules that the learners need to abide by. These may differ from teacher to teacher, but in all classrooms, some standard rules apply: no shouting out, respect yourself, each other, learning materials and the teacher, clean up after yourself and look after your possessions.
Sticking to these etiquette rules ensures that all members of the Montrose family can function in a calm, safe environment.