We do not fit with other strongly academic schools because we are considerate of students’ concerns and feelings. We do not ascribe to the militaristic discipline and uniform dress requirements of traditional English public schools. We are equally supportive of students who are artistic, creative or practical.
Nor do we fit with the usual alternative, progressive, holistic, caring, community type schools because we have high expectations of academic learning.
To learn more about the academic offerings at Alia College, visit the Curriculum section of the website.
Alia has established a degree of cheerful productivity in an atmosphere of open communication. Visitors tell us that the unstrained, spontaneous reactions of students are refreshing and immediately obvious upon visiting the school.
For us, harmony does not mean the sort of placid sameness where seldom is heard a discouraging word. True harmony and peace exist where the constant disagreements and irritations of life can occur, can be aired without having to have them swept under the carpet, can be considered over a significant period of time without a rush for an instant coerced resolution, and then can be unwound in a civilised manner.
To learn more about our approach to learning at Alia College, visit the Culture section of the website.
This morning I attended an online whole school meeting. I came into the meeting to hear people saying it was Jono’s birthday, naturally we all then sang Happy Birthday to Jono. Bob (Principal) was singing too, but had his mic off. There were calls for him to then sing a solo – with his mic on this time. He was saved when someone called out that it was also Aidan’s birthday. We again sang Happy Birthday, this time Bob’s mic was on.
This was such a busy end to the year, we had to put it all into one blog post otherwise you’d never know it happened!