“...through love we can develop understanding, unity, friendship and harmony. Thus, kindness and compassion are the most important things, very precious and valuable.”
~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama
A culture based on awareness of self and respect for others.
The integrated framework of our Awareness Programme promotes self awareness learning that is linked to social responsibility, respect for cultural diversity and human rights, sustainability, and upholding peace as an attainable goal. The Awareness Programme informs the curriculum and supports our unique school culture.
The metacognitive, reflective, creative and critical thinking skills developed in the Awareness Programme link to inter-disciplinary learning through thematic examination of the social, conceptual, creative and physical aspects of the world. This is a holistic and inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning that requires teachers to plan and teach as a team and respond with flexibility to include inquiry into current contemporary issues as they arise. It encourages student and teacher ownership of learning and supports the principle of lifelong learning.
The Awareness Programme introduces four informing principles that constitute the background against which our integrated curriculum is studied and interpreted. These principles that derive from Buddhist philosophical thought are:
Interdependence: that all phenomena originate in dependence on causes and conditions.
Impermanence: that all phenomena and circumstances are subject to constant change and transformation.
Actions and their consequences: all actions of body, speech and mind, both individual and collective, are consequential and influence future circumstances.
The nature of the mind: all experience and knowledge is dependent on the subjectivity of our mind perceptions and projections.
These informing principles share a strong alliance with contemporary scientific research and modern psychology and were successfully developed and implemented at the Maitreya Universal Education Project in India for 12 years.
The four principles provide perspective for all of the Daylesford Dharma School’s operations. They shape our school culture, guide student behaviour and provide a unifying link for our teachers to interpret curriculum. They underpin the informing principles that guide our peaceful communication and conflict resolution policies and processes and are explored in depth on a daily basis as a whole school approach.
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Daylesford Dharma School is seeking applications from suitably qualified and passionate individuals to join the Board of Governance Find out more here.
Our prospectus is a great introduction to the school. Please take a moment to have a look (click on the image below).
At a time when Australian education and education in general is failing so many kids, our model is succeeding. Thriving, even.
We need to raise funds to move our school ready for 2018.
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