Education with a holistic perspective is concerned with the development of every student’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials. It seeks to engage students in the learning process and encourages personal and collected responsibility.
In RGPS, we aim to create “whole” individuals who are well-balanced in their outlook on life and their personal understanding of themselves in relation to the world.
Through holistic education we instill curiosity and develop better communication and social skills. We encourage children to make connection in a subject, using their creative skills. We also strive to develop psychological, social and emotional growth. We make learning natural and engaging.
In RGPS, we follow the 3R’s of education – Relationship, Responsibility and Reverence for all life.
First, children are taught to learn about themselves. This involves self-respect and self-esteem. Secondly, children need to learn about relationships. In learning about their relationships with others, there is a focus on social literacy (learning to see social influence) and emotional literacy (one’s own self in relation to others). Thirdly, children need to learn about resilience. This entails overcoming difficulties, facing challenges and learning how to ensure long-term success. Fourthly, children are taught about aesthetics. This encourages the students to see the beauty of what is around them and learn to have awe in life.
The curriculum in RGPS is derived from teacher listening to each child and helping the child bring out what lies within oneself.
In RGPS, the teacher is seen less as person of authority who leads and controls but rather is seen as ‘a friend, a mentor and a facilitator.’