Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) is a strong feature in all sections of the school. We aim to foster positive values and respect and ensure that pupils play an important role in their community. SMSC is evident in all areas of the curriculum and also in extra curricular activities such as fundraising, invitations to guest speakers, educational visits and a wide range of events and activities designed to enhance the work of the classroom. The Spiritual dimension of our work can be seen through display around the school, pupils’ artwork in public areas and our excellent music and drama productions.
Moral development is exemplified by the very good behaviour of our pupils and their understanding of right and wrong. Pupils have a strong sense of their own identity, they show respect for themselves and others and we pride ourselves on the excellent relationships between all members of the school community. A caring attitude and a sense of social responsibility are encouraged at all levels. Our fundraising activities and support of local and international charities raise awareness of moral and social issues, focusing pupils’ attention on the needs of others less fortunate.
Cultural development is aided by having a school community drawn from many different backgrounds, in which language, customs and traditions vary considerably.
Most fundraising at the school is co-ordinated by the Sixth Form Charity Committee. Last year the school raised money for a local charity called Associación Humanitaria Americana De Alicante. This volunteer group support almost 1000 children in families that have arrived in Alicante from Latin America. They also do work in Peru and other parts of Latin America. Other charities that the school has raised money for include local animal welfare groups and the Spanish Red Cross.
Charity fund raising activities include regular non-uniform days, where pupils pay for special permission not to wear uniform, social events, cake sales and concerts. Last year pupils also designed and sold a Christmas card to raise money.
School, Family and the Community
As a basic principle, King’s College actively encourages effective communication between school and parents. We endeavour to involve parents fully in the education of their children and see this partnership as an essential aspect of our care for every individual.
Opportunities for effective communication and participation exist in a wide variety of forms. On a collective level there is a regular flow of information to parents and students via newsletters, calendars of events and handbooks. From time to time the reactions, opinions and requirements of parents are canvassed via discussions, questionnaires or surveys.
Once a year King’s College publishes the Year Book which provides an interesting and informative account of school life, concentrating on the work and activities of pupils. A newsletter is also published regularly.