In order to turn our vision and mission into reality, we consider it essential to nurture values that all members of the Elite/HD community identify with and can easily implement. Furthermore, we recognise that schools are just a part of the educational ecosystem and that a child’s development is closely linked to their families, to to the wider community and to the educational platform around us as well as to our own teachers and staff. We have therefore chosen to adopt at our core values as that can be readily be aspired to by all, values that have survived thousands of years of human history and that are widely reflected in both and Chinese and international traditions. Our core values, as set out in the classic Chinese text In Moderation, are therefore those of ‘Wisdom’, ‘Empathy’ and ‘Courage’ : HD’s ‘virtues without borders’.
Wise people are defined indeed not by their intelligence but by their very wisdom : can we use our wisdom to find our inner self? Do we understand and accept that self? Do we understand and embrace our world of diversity? When facing differences, change and uncertainties, let us not be anxious, let us not be dismissive, but let us learn instead how to accommodate and to adapt with inner calm and self-confidence.
Those with a kind heart are often said to have no enemies. That is because kindness begins with understanding and empathy. Let us learn to value view ourselves on the basis of sound inner choices rather than the external judgements of others. We understand others and the world through empathy. Often the most irresistible of weapons in our efforts to be caring, considerate and grateful are sincerity, warmth and benevolence. Let these gifts permeate our organisation.
Courage is born from a sense of conviction: armed with faith and purpose we become fearless. However, faith and purpose may not, on their own, always be enough: our world is not perfect and the road to realising our dreams is typically filled with obstacles. We must develop the courage to seek responsibility ahead of privilege, to practise good habits, to change by learning from others, and thus to persevere and one day achieve our goals.