Vision, Values, and Beliefs
Our Core Values
The Saanich School District has five interrelated core values that provide the foundation for our actions and decisions:
- Compassion: Being empathetic and helpful
- Fairness: Being just and equitable
- Honesty: Being truthful, open and sincere
- Responsibility: Being transparent, answerable and accountable
- Respect: Being considerate and receptive
The Board of Education, on behalf of and based on consultation with the broader community, is committed to acting on the following beliefs:
- Public education is fundamental to our democratic society and provides equity and equality of opportunity for all children
- Public schools have the responsibility to prepare young people to be active, participatory members of the community who contribute to a healthy, diverse, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable society
- Public education is the responsibility of the whole community. Policy decisions made locally by elected boards of education and provincially by government must reflect the values and aspirations of a democratic society
- Healthy relationships are the foundation of a successful public education system
Public education is fundamental to a democratic society and is key to providing equality of opportunity for all children. Educational decision-making in School District 63 (Saanich) is guided by the principles of active learning and the values of compassion, fairness, honesty, responsibility and respect.
The Board of Education's goals are:
- To build broad community support for public education and to advocate for adequate funding and decision making by elected public representatives.
- To prepare learners to be active citizens in building a society that is cohesive, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable.
- To recognize the importance of learners’ achievements in a wide range of intellectual, aesthetic and physical domains, and to support their growth in emotional and physical well-being, and social responsibility.
- To support flexible and relevant learning experiences.
- To improve opportunities for early learners and to improve adult literacy.
- To demonstrate and foster strong, positive relationships among adults and with learners and to ensure that their voices are heard and respected.
- To ensure that the school district's capital assets are used to support educational needs and/or for public community uses.