Traditions are considered to be historical practices within an institution and play an important role in creating and maintaining a school’s culture. Many schools celebrate traditions that align with their core values and guiding principles. For example, at Danube we practice and develop our core value of international mindedness with our annual Celebration of Internationalism. This tradition is respected by members of the school and evolves each year as new members join our community. On the other hand, if different events were held each year, this would not provide the same sense of community and belonging that is important for Great Learning.
It should also be noted that inappropriate traditions can work against Great Learning, especially if they are maintained year on year. For example, the ‘Grade 12 Last Day Destruction’ where students set out to destroy the physical environment of the school, a long standing ‘tradition’ that is unfortunately present in many schools.