Student empowerment is carefully balanced with the emotional and physical safety of the children through individual student agreements that set learning goals, behaviour and community
responsibilities for each child.
This occurs during school meetings. Children develop their agreements and engage in open discussion
and democratic vote. Neither teaching staff nor parents influence these agreements; however, staff
support students to honour them. Any resulting issues are discussed at subsequent school meetings and
new solutions agreed upon.
This is a valuable and respected process that allows students to understand the meaning of
responsibility, self-empowerment and ethical development. All agreements and decisions are made in
accordance with the BIS Values and Teaching Guidelines.