The core vision, values, purpose and mission of Heights College is operationalised in the College through a comprehensive values and character development framework entitled “The Heights Way”. There are four key pillars of the Heights Way: Character, Leadership, Influence, and Breakthrough. These provide a theme for each of the four terms:
Character is moral excellence, it is made in the small moments of our lives and it is often described as who we are when no one is looking.
“Someone with good character is like an immovable rock. You will always be able to go back to them, no matter how many storms and trials come their way, you will still know where they are and where they stand in any given situation. They don’t change according to the situation, they always remain faithful to those around them.” – Year 12 Heights College Student
“Leadership is influence.” – John Maxwell.
“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” Students at Heights College are encouraged to develop their leadership skills through their relationships with others and the ability to use the giftings they have to their full potential in any situation they may be placed in.
“The only inheritance that a person will leave that has eternal value, is their influence.” Every student is encouraged to be aware of the influence they have on their peers, community members, staff and family through their words, actions and thoughts.
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie.
Students are encouraged to achieve breakthrough in any area of their lives, whether it be physical, academic, spiritual, emotional etc, through persistence, prayer and practice.
These themes are promoted on posters in each room of the College and along the literal Heights’ Way, the path that winds through the College with sandstone plinths at intervals describing aspects of each of these themes.