I am currently have a skim through a book called Educating Hearts by Hanley and Maher. An interesting Australian book looking at best practice in building a quality school environment that has a religious or values based charism at the heart of its educational philosophy.
I have now worked or had experience of a few of the schools that are mentioned in the book so can relate to the message. One of the key messages the book makes is about fundamental student wellbeing. If the students are happy at school they will flourish in many areas of school life and ultimately go out into society with an informed conscience ready to engage with their world. This sounds like a basic message that many educators would readily agree with but surprising as it sounds some schools are struggling to implement these good, common sense practices. The authors, long time practitioners in some of these quality, or great schools, have thus listed “their 7 characteristics of what makes a good school”. It is a good list.
One of the those that I have experienced that is now very common place in great schools are Student Immersions.