Westside’s Roadmap for the Future

The Westside Schools has an ambitious vision for the future, and a mission that requires every faculty and staff member to give their best effort at every moment.

Vision

The Westside Schools’ vision is of a school that re-imagines learning for a changing world, is a place of happy excellence, and a leader in learning. 

All our students are provided every support necessary to flourish and succeed, so that when they graduate, they will be ready for the next stage in life.

They will have a choice of futures, the integrity to choose the right one, the work ethic to create the path to the future they choose, and the support of their school forever.

Mission

The Westside Schools will develop an enquiry-based approach to education that fosters creativity, promotes academic excellence, nurtures human relationships, and inspires a growing passion for learning. 

We aim to be a physically and psychologically safe learning community of creative, joyful, passionate learners who engage in courageous and innovative thinking.

We aim to develop the professional capabilities of our teachers to enable the best learning in our students. We expect our students to work hard and to participate in a wide range of activities.

We expect them to become academically capable, artistically aware, athletically adept, and personally responsible.

We will create and nurture the conditions for our students to develop an understanding of their world and how it works; of themselves, their capabilities, and their aptitudes; and of the way to lead a productive, happy life.

This is how we plan on achieving Westside’s mission:

Westside’s Goals

The ideals defined in the school’s mission statement will be achieved by:

  • Maintaining an environment of respect, tolerance and truthfulness;

  • Providing a full range of academic courses preparing students for success in higher education and life;

  • Providing structured athletics and a vibrant fine-arts program where appreciation, participation and skills development are accomplished;

  • Providing opportunities for leadership and character development involving the whole person: body, mind and spirit;

  • Promoting a community spirit and civic responsibility that stretches beyond the personal to include a global perspective and understanding;

  • Providing a system of behaviour management that is positive and responsible, teaching the art of self-discipline;

  • Establishing an effective system of communication within the school and with each of the school’s constituents;

  • Providing each student a range of extra-mural experiences that will contribute to their personal development, academic enrichment, civic awareness and appreciation of their environment.

By achieving our goals, we will graduate students who:

  • Have learned how to learn.

  • Enjoy learning and are passionate about it.

  • Have the skills and knowledge necessary to gain entrance to university and to succeed in life.

  • Possess discernment and judgement through the practice of critical thinking.

  • Are well-rounded through the study a balanced curriculum that will include: Academics, Fine and Performing Arts, Athletics, Health & Fitness, Life Sports, team Games, and Life Skills.

  • Are accomplished communicators.

  • Know themselves – who are aware of their personal qualities and traits, learning style, strengths and weaknesses, and are able to create a sound ‘vision for life’.

  • Are moral and ethical people.

  • Understand the nature of citizenship in a democratic society and are good citizens.

  • Are well prepared for global citizenship.

  • Have a strong work ethic and understand the power of effort and perseverance.

  • Possess confidence and have a strong sense of self-esteem and self-worth, developed through authentic achievement.

  • Have exemplary inter-personal skills.

  • Have developed a global perspective through the study of language and culture, travel, and service – and so understand they are custodians of the world.

  • Have witnessed exemplary modelling of success and character: e.g. visiting Musicians, leaders, artists, professors, and inventors.

  • Have studied and practised leadership.

  • Understand the nature of community and friendship and are rich in both.

  • Have a strong connection to The Westside Schools.

  • Are ready for the next stage of life.