Education in Values

Through education in values, Agora Sant Cugat International School aims for the pupils to have responsible freedom, to be capable of accepting and assuming the consequences of their actions, to be able to analyse their surroundings to make objective and constructive observations, while learning to have self-control and discipline and acquiring an active role in the school community. In this way, they become happy pupils who live by the values of respect and tolerance, self-improvement, responsibility, and social commitment.

In this sense, the education in values is part of the curriculum from a very young age. Beginning emotional education in infant school is a path for pupils to understand themselves and others. That is why identifying emotions, whether these are their own or of others, and being able to name them, is a vital requirement for pupils to be able to take control of situations and develop respect and empathy for their classmates. We work on emotions in the classroom through different activities such as stories, songs, images, games and talking about specific situations.

After a correct education in emotions, we move on to the education in values, fundamental in the development of people. The school works permanently and actively on values, through active experience of them, since they favour personal development as well as self-esteem and personal satisfaction.

At Agora Sant Cugat International School we work on an education in values each day. Proof of this is that the school is part of the Friends of UNICEF programme. We celebrate all the international days, helping the pupils to comprehend the meaning of each of these days via different activities and programmes, or through images and videos about specific situations, which are worked on in the classroom, favouring dialogue, analysis, reflection, and respect at different ages.

Collaboration with NGOs

UNICEF

Tú también puedes (You can too)

ANTAR volunteering group

Participation in the Children’s Council and Youth Council

Work with the Javier Berché Foundation

The culmination of an education in values is the work the school does collaborating with NGOs on local and global projects. This raises the pupils’ awareness and shows them how they can change things socially and environmentally. Here are a few of the NGOs we collaborate with:

UNICEF

As a “friend school” our collaboration with Unicef takes place throughout the school year, celebrating the most important dates in their calendar, such as the Day of Children’s rights, or World Water Day. These are celebrations where the entire school shows its solidarity: pupils, parents, and families

TÚ TAMBIÉN PUEDES (YOU CAN TOO)

The main goals of the «Tú también puedes» are to make the children aware of the poverty there is in the world and for them to seek solutions. There is an international cause, the adoption of an orphanage in Kenya, and a local cause, helping a soup kithcen. Agora Sant Cugat International School also helped with the filming of the charity’s documentary.

ANTAR VOLUNTEERING GROUP

Pupils, teachers, and parents are part of the volunteering group ANTAR, which participates in different activities and collaborates with NGOs to bring our pupils closer to other realities, encouraging team work and developing their social competence, and competence as citizens. Among the charity events organised by ANTAR are the Christmas Campaign and the Charity Festival Agora Talent Show.

PARTICIPATION IN THE CHILDREN’S COUNCIL AND YOUTH COUNCIL

The Children’s Council and Youth Council are two projects in which our pupils participate to generate a space for opinion and proposals about topics related to their surroundings. The objective of this project is to promote children’s rights and turn the pupils into active members of society, promoting their participation in local debates.

WORK WITH THE JAVIER BERCHÉ FOUNDATION

Our teaching staff collaborates with the Javier Berché Foundation in identifying and helping gifted pupils, and those with learning difficulties. The Javier Berché Foundation provides support for these pupils, offering them guidance and ways to develop to their full potential.

WHAT THOSE INVOLVED HAVE TO SAY

“Marc Morató is 30 years old and is the captain of Marina Mercante, right now he commands a 300-metre long ship, with 30 people on board and a cargo of liquefied natural gas. A huge responsibility. Via satellite from Puerto Rico, he tells us some of his memories of the school. “I began to learn respect, perseverance, and responsibility there. Those values then become attitudes”

Marc Morató Marsal

Former pupil class of 2013-2014

“My name is Rosa Conde, I’m a TEACHER! and the co-ordinator of the El Roure building (pupils from P1 to 3rd Primary Education).

I’ve worked at the school for the 25 years that Agora Sant Cugat International School has been open, I have been very lucky to be able to start from its beginnings, and share, with a great team made up of the school’s teaching and non-teaching staff, the day to day of its story.

I have reached the conclusion that, for me, these years have been like a unique and incomparable painting, which has taken shape day by day, building itself until it becomes a harmony of colours, a magnificent representation of all that is important.

And in reaching this I smile, because nothing would have been possible, nor would these colours have life, without the light that each of our children contributes and has contributed. The light is that which magic has, which life has, and is the very raison d’être of any colour and any painting.”

Rosa Conde

Co-ordinator of the El Roure building

“We are very happy to count on you to make our son Max a great person both personally and in the future in the professional, but most of all the most incredible thing is to see him happy every day when we get in the car to go to the cole! Thanks again!”

Anonymous

Mother child

“An education in values is one of the pillars of our Educational Project. That’s why values are worked on from all areas of the curriculum, and from Secondary Education onwards, also through the ANTAR volunteering group, made up of a large group of young people aged 12 to 18 years old, teachers and parents, and the International Baccalaureate CAS programme.

Through the ANTAR group, the young people experience the meaning of effort, of team work, of responsibility, of altruism… getting involved in cultural, social, and charity projects proposed by them or by the school.

The International Baccalaureate CAS programme has the objective, among others, of making young people aware of belonging to different communities and of having a responsibility towards these, and of strengthening their willingness to accept new challenges.”“An education in values is one of the pillars of our Educational Project. That’s why values are worked on from all areas of the curriculum, and from Secondary Education onwards, also through the ANTAR volunteering group, made up of a large group of young people aged 12 to 18 years old, teachers and parents, and the International Baccalaureate CAS programme.

Through the ANTAR group, the young people experience the meaning of effort, of team work, of responsibility, of altruism… getting involved in cultural, social, and charity projects proposed by them or by the school.

The International Baccalaureate CAS programme has the objective, among others, of making young people aware of belonging to different communities and of having a responsibility towards these, and of strengthening their willingness to accept new challenges.”

ANTAR Volunteering Group

Education in Values

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