At Ermitage, we believe that academic achievement is the result of many components, including:
- An eagerness to learn;
- A commitment in the learning and assessment process;
- A good self-esteem;
- Participation in activities offered by the school such as exchanges, service projects, conferences, trips, and outings.
To foster this eagerness to learn, Ermitage offers the Learner Passport Program, enticing students to participate in extracurricular activities. As Montaigne once said, “A child is not a jar to be filled, but a fire to bit lit,” and so the Learner Passport recognizes not only the students’ academic achievements, but also their commitment to supporting their local and global communities.
What is the Learner Passport?
Passport a program that provides students at the Middle School with a wide range of exciting real-life opportunities for learning both inside and outside of the classroom. These opportunities are centered on the pillars of Round Square. There is as emphasis placed on student-centered leadership which helps students to develop self-confidence, discover their leadership potential and develop skills such as organization, communication, autonomy, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. These learning experiences take place weekly during the Passport hour as students discuss global issues and make connections between what they are learning at school and the issues of the real world.
What makes the Learner Passport a valuable experience?
In the Passport program students are taught the importance of having a balanced education; one that does not only strive for good academic performance but to promote the understanding of the values of sharing, respecting others, being open-minded, helping others in need, working in group, taking care of the environment and getting involved in the building of a better society. Students also learn how to take ownership of their learning and to reflect on how their attitudes and actions can influence others at school and the global community, either directly or indirectly. At the end of the school year, students are awarded based on their level of motivation and the completion of their Passport projects.
The initial idea of Placitum came from Nairobi, Africa where Head of School, Mr. Christopher Hunter, observed a group of students interact during a school-wide assembly, taking responsibility for their own learning experience and making decisions about school life.
Placitum is an opportunity for students to come together to share experiences, participate in activities, take responsibility for their progress, celebrate achievements and receive instructions c
oncerning student life at their school. It is organized in close connection with the Middle School teachers.
Placitum takes place weekly and students can be grouped either by grade or across several classes with teachers and facilitators assisting. Students discuss relevant themes and contemporary issues, as well as their needs.
Once in December and June, the Middle School organizes a Grand Placitum where students dress smartly and assemble to remember and celebrate special events from the school year. Projects for the upcoming year concerning school trips and exchanges are also presented.