"There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns." – Edward de Bono
The Barnesville School HUMANITIES program aims to instill in our students a love of history, culture, literature, poetry, art, and drama while learning to make sense of the world around them. Barnesville fosters a love of READING AND WRITING, and students gain confidence in PUBLIC SPEAKING from an early age.
The Preschool program begins with deepening the children’s understanding of themselves, the people around them, their communities and eventually, their wider world. The focus is on enabling children to develop an awareness of their identity, their place (both in space and time), and their significance within the social, cultural, and religious communities in which they live.
In the Lower School, developing a greater sense of themselves continues through reading and writing themes that seek to make use of, and build on, children’s direct experience of the world around them, making use of a range of key concepts and skills. We strive to encourage awareness and questioning of values, attitudes, and beliefs and help students to develop an informed and critical view of the world.
Using an integrated approach in Middle School, excellent critical reading, writing, arts appreciation, and public speaking skills are the primary goals of the program. Students are exposed to an array of integrated literature and social studies topics to help develop cultural awareness and skills to interpret both historical and literacy sources and develop their own abilities, evolving as thinkers, writers, and citizens. Field trips are taken to support many of the topics studied.