These are the five qualities and ideals which our College community cherishes and expects its’ members to exhibit in our life together. The values are not free-floating, individualistic or rootless but aspirational, intentional and communal. They are grounded and integrated within our ethics and ethos. They resonate with our Christian community and the contemporary communities in which we work. Through living the values our ethos and ethics are enhanced.
Treating others as we would wish to be treated is not only a legal obligation but a Christian virtue born out of the words of Jesus, known universally as The Golden Rule, do to others what you would have them do to you (Mathew 7:12). It builds effective communities by offering dignity, accepting diversity, encouraging inclusiveness and ensuring fairness.
Founded on putting the interests of others above our own through selfless commitment. It is the attitude of the servant exemplified in Jesus Christ who came not to be served, but to serve (Mark 10:45). It requires humility, hard work and perseverance and is demonstrated in compassion and care. It often demands a degree of personal self-sacrifice.
Wholeness and soundness of character in which others place their trust. It is shown through honesty and truthfulness in attitude and action. It requires doing the right thing whatever the circumstances. It is reflected in transparent and consistent actions, illustrated by Jesus in his teaching throughout The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Ch5-7).
Promotes accountability, cohesion, teamwork, leadership and followership. It ensures a determination not to let oneself or others down, captured by the image of the body of Christ which, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work (Ephesians 4:16).
The ability to remain steady under pressure and to recover well after experiencing a setback, leading to a renewed sense of confidence and trust. It means accepting and engaging with challenges, changes and opposition and learning to thrive in them, reflected in the words of Paul, We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).