Lives of Purpose, Action, Excellence, and Compassion

May 5, 2014

A big part of any head of school’s job is to make sure the school fulfills the promise of its mission and principles. So I think about this a lot.

There are two parts of Gould’s mission statement and core principles that strike home for me.

First, in the mission we talk about preparing students to lead lives of  “purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world.”  I love the combination of virtue and action.

Second, in our core principles we say that “At the heart of any Gould endeavor are the energy to try, the willingness to risk, and the capacity to persevere.”  These words reach deep into the resilience of our Maine roots and are the qualities of people who inspire others and create change.  I want to be on their team.

I have the privilege of seeing these words at work in our students, faculty, staff, and alumni every day.  You can get a glimpse of this in our News and Blogs.

Is there language that inspires you? Mission statements that continue to resonate for you?

 

 

If you’d like to read the whole thing, here you go!

Mission: Gould prepares academically motivated students for college and helps them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world.

Core Principles:

The individual student: We know, respect, and embrace each student.

Caring community: We bring teachers and students together in relationships that nurture each student’s intellect, growing self-confidence, self-determination, and respect for others.

High standards: We challenge students to strive for their personal best in every pursuit. At the heart of any Gould endeavor are the energy to try, the willingness to risk, and the capacity to persevere.

The life of the mind: We promote curiosity, open-minded exploration, and disciplined analysis in our students’ work.

The whole person: We believe that the complete development of each student requires intensive experiences in academics, athletics, arts, community life and the natural world.

The whole world: We prepare students for successful and responsible global citizenship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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