Belair School exists to provide an all round education for students from Pre-Kindergarten to High School. It exists primarily to enhance the academic, social, emotional and physical development of each student. It seeks to instill in its students a sense of self worth and self-discipline that will enable them to reach their full potential, by working to the best of their ability.
Whilst we encourage our students to strive for excellence, we also recognize that some students will need support to achieve their goals. It is our strong belief that every child can learn. We recognize that the world is changing at a rapid rate and we prepare our students for the challenges that lie ahead by teaching problem solving skills, providing the latest technology and developing independent research skills.
Students at Belair are immersed in an environment where values are considered to be of high importance. Values education is evident throughout the whole school, beginning at Pre-Kinder. Honesty, kindness, respect, peace, unity, tolerance and compassion are all emphasized.
Co-curricular activities are used to broaden the individual child's horizon. Belair encourages the participation of the student body in community affairs. Activities which stress charity, friendly competition and cooperation are valued in order to foster a sense of identity with the community at large and also develop a sense of patriotism. Students are made aware of the fact that the world has many cultures each with its own distinctive qualities, which should be appreciated by all. They are encouraged, however, to value the many aspects that are inherently Jamaican, inter alia, the physical beauty of the island and its folklore. Students are expected to:
- Be fully prepared for all lessons
- Observe the discipline policy
- Wear correct uniform at all times
- Complete all class and homework assignment
- Fully participate in all class activities
- Complete community service where specified
- Participate in co-curricular activities
- Treat themselves, other students and teachers with respect
- Take care of school property
Teachers influence students' moral and emotional development - not simply by being good role models - important as that is - but by a set of complex interactions which take place day to day. Their ability to appreciate students' perspective, their moral energy, idealism, their generosity and willingness to accept responsibility for more than just teaching their discipline is paramount.
Teachers are expected to:
- Be excellent role models
- Display honesty and fairness in dealing with students
- Keep up to date with trends in their teaching area
- Motivate their students to learn
- Provide challenging and enriching learning experiences
- Support students with learning difficulties
- Take a personal interest in the well being of their students
- Participate in PTA activities
Parents are a vital part of the team that prepares their children for life after school, and are therefore encouraged to play an active rather than passive role.
Communication between the parent and the child's teachers cannot be emphasized strongly enough. The greatest gift parents can ever give their children is their time. They should take great interest in what their children are doing at school and support them in their endeavours.
Parents are expected to:
- Support the School Discipline Policy
- Participate in PTA activities
- Provide a homework / study routine
- Ensure their children are fully equipped for classes
- Discuss homework and assignments with their children
- Communicate regularly with their child's teacher
- Discuss any problems arising with the class or subject teacher
- Keep the office informed of any new address/phone numbers/ email address
- Keep the student's health record up to date
- Encourage your child to read widely