Part of the Greenfields’ ethics and morals system is the use of The Way to Happiness, a universal moral code devised by L. Ron Hubbard, the developer of the Study Technology used in the school. This moral code is completely secular and can be followed by anyone, of any race, colour or creed. It forms the basis for moral behaviour in the school and consists of 21 precepts which children of all ages are encouraged to follow. The Way to Happiness is taught during Personal Values, Beliefs & Integrity lessons. And can even be done as a course. Its precepts embody, reinforce and promote British values.
They are listed here for easy referral:
- Take Care of Yourself
- Be Temperate
- Don’t Be Promiscuous
- Love and Help Children
- Honour and Help Your Parents
- Set A Good Example
- Seek To Live With The Truth
- Do Not Murder
- Don’t Do Anything Illegal
- Support A Government Designed and Run For All The People
- Do Not Harm A Person Of Good Will
- Safeguard And Improve Your Environment
- Do Not Steal
- Be Worthy of Trust
- Fulfil Your Obligations
- Be Industrious
- Be Competent
- Respect The Religious Beliefs of Others
- Try Not To Do Things To Others That You Would Not Like Them to Do To You
- Try To Treat Others As You Would Want Them To Treat You
- Flourish And Prosper
Precepts 6 to 9 support the rule of law, for example, while 11 and 18 support individual liberty and mutual respect; Precept 10 advocates democracy and British values. Precepts 20 and 21 are universally recognisable as the basis of many religious codes, including those of Buddhism and Christianity.
The student ethics system used at Greenfields is unique and based on a set of rules originally devised in consultation with the students themselves. All staff, and in particular the Student Consultant, who is in charge of the application of the ethics system throughout the school, consult the student’s willingness to observe and confront their own behaviour and that of others. The aim is to encourage responsibility to be taken for their own actions and those of others and not use punishment to correct misbehaviour. Where discipline is needed, individual programmes are worked out in consultation with the individual student concerned and, when needed, his or her parents. These are followed where appropriate by pastoral care programmes to ensure that the individual is educated on any underlying principles leading to misbehaviour.
Greenfields’ zero tolerance approach to bullying and drugs is acknowledged as effective by students themselves. This is due to our students having developed a strong moral awareness, where they clearly understand right from wrong.