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Values Programme

Pomaria School has its foundation set in strong moral values, which are reflected in the value programmes that we teach, and our four cornestones; 

 

How Cornerstone Values Work

 

The composition and operation of each cornerstone value is the key to understanding its function and connection to good character.  Each cornerstone value, like all virtues, comprises three parts which are functionally related: 

  • Moral knowing
  • Moral feeling
  • Moral behavior

For a cornerstone value to be put into practice, each of these three parts must  be practiced, each of these three parts must be active.  If we are to display the cornerstone value of  empathy for example, we must first understand what empathy is and what it requires of our relationship with others. 

Cornerstone Values determine behavior.

Cornerstone values build character, and this in turn produces behavior that benefits the individual, others, and the community. More over, these values prevent harm to both individuals and society, they are the essence of healthy relationships, and they build a sense of community.  In short, they enhance the wellbeing of all.

Cornerstone values such as respect, integrity, duty and empathy  have only positive and constructive outcomes. 

And they reproduce themselves as they are practiced. They are given as they are gained and gained as they are given., for example integrity is returned as trust, respect as loyalty;  duty  as courtesy, gentleness and empathy as helpfulness

Cornerstone values are universal moral values on which all can agree and on which character is cultivated and built. It is this quality of “ being” as opposed to “having” that distinguishes cornerstone values from subjective preference values.

Cornerstone values exist and are recognizable. Individually distinct, they work in unity by mixing, merging, blending, overlapping and fusing. They are harmonious and have no hierarchical order.