Excellence, innovation and an education in values are part of daily life of Agora Portals International School. At every stage of our students’ educational journey we promote and reinforce the values that we believe provide the essential foundations for educating well-rounded, compassionate and responsible young people. An education in values gives our pupils the confidence and maturity to make a difference in the world and it is one of the core principles of our educational philosophy at Agora Portals International School. We promote:
We care about teaching our pupils to be respectful, well-mannered and responsible, encouraging them to adopt a mature approach in everything that they undertake. Students are taught how to work well as part of a team, and values such as perseverance, personal improvement, discipline, hard work, respect, trust, generosity and solidarity are constantly reinforced. In short, we promote hard work, humility and companionship, enabling our students to discover and develop their personal strengths and helping them to grow into the best people that they can be.
Via an educational coaching scheme, our pupils learn to manage their emotions and to deal with any concerns and anxieties. At Agora Portals International School, we prepare our students to live successfully in a constantly changing world as committed, motivated and forward-thinking young men and women. At Agora Portals International School, we educate children of many different nationalities and from many different cultures and thus our students grow within in an atmosphere of respect, tolerance and diversity, resulting in a more profound understanding of multicultural coexistence and enrichment.
To reinforce these values and foster camaraderie, each pupil belongs to one of our four Houses: Atlantis, Avalon, Olympus and Shambhala, all symbolic mythological places. The House system provides an opportunity for children at different stages of their education to join together and bond as a vertical group. This promotes diversity, leadership and cooperation, allowing students of different ages, who would not normally come into contact with one another in the main stream curriculum, to meet, make friends, support one another and compete together against other Houses. Throughout the school year pupils can gain points for their House for excellent work or effort, or via competitions or friendly events that take place at the school, contributing to the overall success of their House. At the end of the academic year, the house that has achieved the most points is declared the winner and becomes part of the school’s roll of honour.
Participation in community projects and charitable events helps to underline our commitment to a Values-Based Education and strengthens solidarity, compassion and empathy. Our students collaborate with various NGOs including Respiralia, the Balearic Islands Downs Syndrome Association (ASNIMO), ASPACE (the Association of Attention to Cerebral Palsy), the Natzaret Foundation, WWF, Cáritas and the Majorca’s Food Bank.
”Highlighting something about Agora is difficult, given that there are so many things I’ll take with me from this school. For me it was a way to see the world in a different way: having the opportunity to share a classroom with so many different people with such different personalities, who come from other countries and cultures, can only offer positive things. I take with me the manners learn, the “hello, please and thank you” which though we already know them, it’s good to be reminded of. I take away the Prefects, those figures who are good to learn from so that the very youngest have a model to follow and the oldest have a classmate whose values to match. But most of all, I take away the “Learning to Learn”, in a thousand and one possible ways.”
Former Pupil 2013-2014
“Agora Portals is much more than Spanish, Science and Maths. It is what the name implies: doors to open and worlds to explore. The opportunities to develop their interests and discover new worlds are limitless, and thanks to this, every child feels valued and appreciated. Apart from school life itself, pupils also organise and participate in charity campaigns to prepare them to be useful members of the community when they’re older. As a teacher, I feel that every day is an opportunity to explore fantastic new worlds together with my pupils. Projects and co-operative learning give them a central role and the classroom becomes a true agora in which every voice counts.”