What do you value?  How do you value it?  Some things you value by putting on a price tag.  Others are intangible.  No one can put a monetary value on your most cherished memories or your hopes for the future.  When we talk about the values at MBAT, we are not thinking about the marketplace.  We are talking about common feelings.

These are the feelings that stay with us over years and decades: feelings about family, community, country, work and children.  These are the values that we don’t think about consciously but that are so closely interconnected with our feelings about what is right and wrong that we cannot change them. 

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We work within these values to construct a school that responds to our deeply-held emotions concerning our children and the world we want them to live in.  We can examine the roots of the feelings and create an environment that reflects our values.  We can challenge elements of the environment that do not fit in with those core values.

This school works on a holistic model that sees children as complete people.  The school values the total development of the child through focusing on Body, Mind and Spirit.


Adventure & Play: hands-on learning in Nature and through play

Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.

O. Fred Donaldson

Movement: move and be physically active in freedom of space.

 Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.

Maria Montessori


Self-fulfillment: Freedom to Wonder, Inquire, Understand, Imagine, Adapt, Create

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Love for Life Long Learning: When children have the freedom to pursue their own interests and study what they love, learning is natural, fun and lifelong.


Humanistic and Compassionate: When children receive kindness and compassion, in return they will give these back to our world. 

Global Spirit: Understand and embrace differences in all creation.

Always Perceptive, Inclusive, Non-Judgmental and Mindful! 

Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.

Prophet Mohammad Pbuh
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It is easy to peg attractive common values on a webpage. The challenge is to embody those values in the practices of the school. As you follow these pages, you will see how we have thought through the implications of our core values. They are evident in everything that goes on in the school.

Standing for your values means having the firmness of purpose to defend them against external pressures. We are stubborn about this. The practices in our school arise from our shared values. They have to grow in our own hearts where we tend them with careful study, dialogue and compassion.

There are many ways to “buy in” components of a school, the whole curriculum or aspects of it. We are always mindful that whatever we take from the world must be in line with our core values.

MBAT stands with its values.

Published by Jason Preater

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