One of the enduring mysteries – and complaints – about the switch from primary to secondary school is why and how the curious minded, sparky, fearless and imaginative learners of Year 6 are so often transformed into passive, anxious students by Years 9 or 10. At ICHK we have created a through-train of creativity that addresses this transition and that serves to ensure that our students do not lose touch with their imaginations and powers of innovation.
We aim to develop confident young people with creative and inquiring minds, and the attainment of a Growth Mindset is the most fundamentally important element of our ethos and approach. All students learn that effort, commitment, perseverance and resilience, rather than latent “intelligence” or talent, lead to high achievement and success in life.
At ICHK we believe that children’s happiness and achievement are two sides of the same coin. At the primary and secondary school, positive psychology and mindfulness are built into the curriculum to support student wellbeing. Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to help children (and adults) to focus attention, deal with difficulties, build resilience to stress and develop a positive mindset in both school and life.
HT offers a novel perspective on human beliefs, practices and activity. The programme suggests that what makes us smart is not our brains in themselves, but the fact that our brains – and the thinking they generate – are able to benefit from the accumulated wisdom of our peers and forebears. In this view, language is a technology, mathematics is a technology, the scientific method is a technology.
The sport of Free Running invites participants to use creativity, skill and strength to find new ways to navigate a landscape. It is fun, engaging and highly motivating for those who participate. It takes a space (urban or otherwise) and turns it on its head, drawing new functions from an existing, very fixed, form.
In much the same way, Free Learning aims to provide students with an intellectual landscape through which they can playfully discover their own path. It promotes creativity, individuality, team work, freedom and taking responsibility. It is a gamified set of training wheels for developing inquiry skills for independent learning.