Roberts Field School
As a core element of Roberts Field programming and value system, we emphasize and practice mindfulness as compassionate awareness to guide our communication, expression, and program experiences as a whole. We extend this practice to our whole school, teachers, children, parents, and caregivers alike.
Compassionate awareness is a life practice and community paradigm that develops both the adult and child’s ability to be heard, seen, and valued within their relationships. Through awareness, we grow while being nurtured by our community. We are then able to authentically offer our full presence and compassion to all those with whom we share our lives and activity.
The roots of this practice at Roberts Field guide the child to an awareness of his or her feelings, behavior, and needs, and how to express them in ways that result in their needs being met and honored. Reciprocally, the child also learns to receive and support the expression and needs of others.
Compassionate awareness practices have been proven to help children and adults relieve stress, increase concentration and confidence, deal with difficult emotions, improve communication and emotional literacy, improve collaborative skills, and inspire creativity. Being mindful and aware centers and strengthens our school mission, and allows us to feel a deeper connection to life, art, friendship and community. Simply, at Roberts Field, we are happier through this practice of compassionate awareness.
Roberts Field is dedicated to the approach of non-violent communication as a way to best nurture learning and sharing for the individual and the community group.
We believe that no type of violence creates resolution, only control. We teach, model, and practice ways of relating that guide compassionate and diverse outlooks and the prioritization of peaceful centers. In our educational field, we believe that this brings out the best in the human condition for child, parent, and educator.
We believe that to approach the world and our neighbors peacefully is the path to an evolution of intelligence and peaceful resolution globally on all fronts. This must be the foundation on which we are raised in order to systematically promote the non-violent evolution of the world.
For this reason, we reserve the time and space of Roberts Field to be one where we concentrate on sharing and communicating in ways that do not integrate in content, theme, play, or activity with the physical overpowering of others. While we understand that physical aggression and play is a very appropriate part of the developmental process of childhood, it is not permitted during the time spent at Roberts Field.
With this approach to learning and creating in our school community, students will grow with an awareness of the importance of peaceful disciplines and the self-empowerment it builds. Their inner strength will build their capacity for intentional and transformative communication in life and learning as a whole. The fruition of our ideals is possible with consistent, clear, and active practices directed towards their actualization.