The Rose Valley School Community has experienced significant change recently. What was once a large school (600 plus students), became a small school (300 students), before it started to once again grow rapidly. With change in size and staffing, Scanning has been integral in the formation of our new learning community. This year we began a journey to gather information to inform future direction. We've been listening to students, parents and staff, and asking the essential guiding questions: Who are we? Who are our learners? Can we articulate what we are learning and what kind of learners we are? Are we able to name the next steps in our learning? Are we able to trust one another and work collaboratively to build a supportive community that in turn supports each student and believes in their success?
Across our community initial scanning revealed a common commitment to inquiry as our way of and learning together. In September 2017 RVE Staff engaged the community in an Appreciative Inquiry process that gathered input and feedback from students, staff, parents, and community partners. The community was scanned for information to the following questions:
1. What are some of the best things about RVE? What makes RVE special?
2. What values do you associate with RVE? How can we grow these values?
The results of our Appreciate Inquiry work, or Community Scan, was significant feedback around what our Learning Community values. Staff then used this information to build and refine RVE's guiding vision, core values, learning intentions, and school goals.
RVE Vision: A collaborative learning community. We all belong, have purpose, and strive to be contributing global citizens.
RVE Values: Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Community
Information gathered from our Communtiy Scan conncets to our learning community intnetions. Specifically, we are excited about learning, we are inspired by nature and love where we learn, we make an effort to leverage the environment around our school to enhance learning, we believe that RVE students should be immersed in meaningful and deep learning opportunities inspired by First Peoples Principles of Learning, and we believe we have a responsibility to serve others and our community. In response to our Scan, we intend to continue to develop our collaborative and innovative work around place based learning; learning on and from the land that is infused with First Peoples Principles, mulit-age, inherently collaborative, and inquiry driven. We will also continue to support structures and strategies that promote and improve literacy skills amongst all students.