Chilton Saint James School
About Chilton Saint James School
Chilton Saint James School is a private, Anglican girls’ day and boarding school for pupils aged 5-18. It is located in central Lower Hutt, New Zealand, and has about 400 students.
Chilton St James School was established in 1918, and also operates a co-educational preschool for children aged from 2. The school operates the Chilton Dance Centre, which offers after school dance classes in an array of dance styles.
The school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB), and the IB Primary Years Programme.
Values and vision
The motto of the school is: “Possamus We are able”, which is taken from a Bible reading (Matthew 20:22).
Just before her death, the founder and principal of the school, Geraldine FitzGerald, wrote that any school which adopted such a motto was “destined to a harder testing than it ever thought of”, adding: “May the grit and courage of its children rise towards this unattainable standard of greatness.” The school’s motto chimes, it says, with the Christian values which underpin it.
These values are: Moral courage; Respect for self and others; Compassion; Love; Honesty; and Integrity.
One of the key concepts at Chilton Saint James is learning to respect other people without any distinction based on their intelligence, socio-economic status, sporting prowess, ethnicity, musical ability, or appearance. The school seeks to instil in students a sense of personal value, in order to guide them through what it believes is an “increasing materialistic world”. It encourages each of its students to believe in their own capacity to achieve and to contribute to the world.