Engadine High School prides itself on promoting a strong values program that seeks to increase acceptance, respect and understanding among students by creating a respectful, harmonious environment, both within the school and the wider community. We have mainly achieved this thorugh our performing arts program and the active citizenship of student leaders. Consequently, programs to facilitate student leadership and team building skills are a major part of our focus.
In addition to the performing arts focus, the SRC plays a significant role in promoting school values. Using the SRC allows us to incorporate our belief that student leaders are the most effective means to promote values. Their goals are to facilitate student leadership, to create harmony both within the school and the community, and to improve the school environment.
We make effective use of our new connected classroom facility which allows us to set up video links with students from other schools. We have held several on-line forums with students from country and inner city schools to discuss values.
Our school was selected to hold an Australian Schools 2020 summit by the Federal government to discuss contemporary values and then submit our ideas to the Australian Summit. Students were asked to think about Australia’s future and the direction in which we are heading. Year 9 students also participated in a “Values in Action Service project” with Punchbowl Boys High. A joint Bushcare project in Caringbah was planned using video conferencing facilities. Bushcare volunteers, Sutherland Council gardening staff and leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities worked alongside our students.
We regularly host live video conferences on current issues including World Vision and Oxfam.