Defining Our Values
Everyone knew we had values. We just couldn't say what they were.
Over the course of several months this past spring, Pomfret engaged in a series of exercises designed to first uncover and then articulate our institutional values. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the three core values and nine supporting statements that bubbled up to the surface are not new. These unspoken beliefs have long guided our community. They reflect who we are and what we strive to be. In describing community, our new statement affirms: “We care for ourselves, the people around us, and the community in which we live. In articulating growth, it says: “We thrive on creativity, innovation, and change. In defining integrity, the document reads: “We treat people with respect and compassion." These are our values.
Our values embody the patterns of thought and behavior we care about most. They are the unseen influences behind our decisions, the internal motivation behind our actions. Representing our essence and our aspirations, they reflect who and what we strive to be each and every day.
We care for ourselves, the people around us, and the community in which we live.
We come together to better address challenges and learn from each other.
We champion diversity and inclusion, seeking to understand and be understood.
We thrive on creativity, innovation, and change.
We inspire others with our engagement, determination, and optimism.
We take calculated risks and rebound from failure with renewed energy.
We treat people with respect and compassion.
We speak and act with sincerity, honesty, and civility.
We dare to hold ourselves and others accountable to the values of Pomfret School.