R.E. Mountain Secondary School Vision and Mission Policy
The R.E. Mountain Vision and Mission mirrors that of the School District: to be an innovative, inspiring and unified learning community; to inspire all learners to reach their full potential and create a positive legacy for the future. This vision and mission is based on the core values of integrity, excellence, courage and community.
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development. (Source: IB Learner Profile, International Baccalaureate Organization 2013)
The Langley School District and R.E. Mountain Secondary School seek to acknowledge and implement the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with respect to Aboriginal people in Canada. As such, R.E. Mountain seeks to embody the First People’s Principles of Learning:
- Learning ultimately supports the well being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.
- Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).
- Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one’s actions.
- Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities.
- Learning recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge.
- Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.
- Learning involves patience and time.
- Learning requires exploration of one’s identity.
- Learning involves recognizing that some knowledge is sacred and only shared with permission and/or in certain situations.
(Source: First Peoples Principles of Learning, FNESC, 2016)
This mission and vision was developed district-wide in consultation with teachers, students, parents and community members. It included consultation with schools including R.E. Mountain Secondary School. Further philosophy statements were developed with the assistance of a committee chaired by the head of school and including the coordinator and teachers from the programme. It will be reviewed along with other policies during IB staff meetings and may be adjusted as the needs and/or profile of the programme changes. It is posted on the school website under IB Program Overview.