When we talk about who we are as a College and our values, it is in the little day to day events we show what we really believe. We live our values in what we do and say each day. Whether it's ensuring we put our rubbish in the bin - or picking up someone else's mess, inviting someone to join in who looks lonely, or helping someone who is struggling in class. Our actions show if we really are respectful, compassionate, faithful and wise.
Sometimes it's also what we don't do that can send a message about what we believe - if we don't put our rubbish in the bin, or if we stand by and watch someone be treated poorly, or watch as someone breaks something that doesn't belong to them. Someone who stands by when another person is behaving badly, without saying or doing anything, is called a bystander. It's the person who watches a friend get called a name, or be teased about how they are different for their body shape or size, skin color, ability level, or any other real or imagined difference, and does nothing.
In contrast, a person who is compassionate, respectful, faithfulness and wise will not be a bystander, but an upstander. They will stand up for the person who is left out or teased, they will call out unfair behaviour, or if they can’t they’ll let someone know who can.