Mission, Ethos, and Philosophy
Alexandra College is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all areas of education. Our aim is to generate and maintain an inclusive climate of learning within which every pupil is enabled to develop and fulﬁl her own unique potential.
It is our hope that every student who leaves this College will be equipped not only to make her own way in the world but also to make her particular contribution to society and at the same time to continue her lifelong learning process, between past and present students and staff, but also to promote a spirit of service to the community and to undertake social and philanthropic work.
Our ethos at Alexandra College is an important factor in our success. It explains our ethical, moral and philosophical aspirations and it influences our vision and values. Our vision is one of excellence in the education and growth of our students, helping them to fulfil their potential and continue a lifelong process of learning. Our core values are independent thinking, diversity, respect and responsibility. Each of these suggests a series of principles that if followed will help us to think and behave in the right way, reach sound decisions and maintain the ethos at Alexandra College.
Students must be encouraged to think for themselves; to love learning for its own sake; to shy away from rote learning; to ask the right questions and to question answers in general. Teachers must be leaders who do not tolerate anything that it is any way intellectually suspect, and they must be committed to innovation and creativity.
Outward shows of respect and self-respect are encouraged. Staff, students and teachers insure that self-esteem is nurtured through whatever means possible.
We provide leadership opportunities for our students, encouraging a social conscience and rewarding responsible behaviour. Teachers model good behaviour and act responsibly, knowing that when they encourage civic responsibility in their students that they are contributing to the building of a better society. These values were instilled in Alexandra College by our founder, Anne Jellicoe, and our patron the Church of Ireland. We foster an atmosphere of respect, understanding and encouragement between all who teach, work and learn in the College, so that the development and contribution of every individual is acknowledged, and all work together to beneﬁt personal growth and the common good.
At Alexandra College our philosophy for teaching and learning reflects a number of things.
- It reflects our belief that learning is a lifelong journey and must be challenging and enjoyable
- It reflects our belief that learning is about questioning, exploring, understanding and sharing
- It reflects our belief that teaching must stimulate and excite the students
- It reflects our founding principles that girls need the right environment to achieve their potential
We Are All About Realising Potential
Every girl that joins us is unique. She has her own blend of interests, talents, needs and desires. Our goal is to help her in the broadest sense – not only to gain the academic qualifications she needs but also to develop her sense of community, to help her make friendships, to enjoy her creative, artistic and sporting pursuits and to leave us as a confident young woman who will make her mark in life.
Whether they are academic, creative, musical or sporting, our teachers understand their objectives with the girls. They know that the true reward of teaching is making a difference in the lives of pupils. We keep classes as small as we can, to give teachers and students the best chance to foster dialogue, to enjoy a creative learning environment, to stimulate each other’s thinking and to develop a deep understanding of all subjects. Our teachers guide students in the process of learning and they adapt their teaching styles to the specific needs of the girls, who quickly feel comfortable exploring a broad range of subjects from languages to sciences and the arts.
A Safe Environment
The most important thing we do for our girls is to help them develop the right attitude to learning in their early years. School years must prepare pupils for the next stages of learning, working and living. So we provide an environment that is safe, supports thoughtful risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. We show girls how to challenge themselves and others in a supportive way, how to share ideas openly and how to see learning as a lifelong process. We have a very diverse group of students – each with a different background and belief – and during their time with us they learn to work with diversity, to appreciate its advantages and to learn as an individual within a strong group.
It is important for our girls to know that the community in our schools reflects the larger community in our city, our country and further afield.
We want our students to engage with issues beyond the school gates in a mature and positive way. So we promote respect and understanding in behaviour, we engage with groups outside the College, and we always encourage girls to maintain a breadth in their thinking. Through the values we encourage and display within the College community, we hope that the girls will develop a thorough understanding of right and wrong and will reflect this not only in the college community but also within their lives generally.