“Nine Values for Australian Schooling were identified for the National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools. They emerged from Australian school communities and the National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century. They are presented below in alphabetical order and not in any rank order of importance.

These shared values such as respect and ‘fair go’ are part of Australia’s common democratic way of life, which includes equality, freedom and the rule of law. They reflect our commitment to a multicultural and environmentally sustainable society where all are entitled to justice” (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations). At SMJ Horsham we are committed to this approach to values education in partnership with our local school community, students, parents, caregivers, families and teachers.

Care and Compassion                             

Care for self and others.

Doing Your Best

Seek to accomplish something worthy and admirable, try hard, pursue excellence.

Fair Go

Pursue and protect the common good where all people are treated fairly for a just society.


Enjoy all the rights and privileges of Australian citizenship free from unnecessary interference or control, and stand up for the rights of others.


Act in accordance with principles of moral and ethical conduct, ensure consistency between words and deeds.


Treat others with consideration and regard, respect another person’s point of view.


Be accountable for one’s own actions, resolve differences in constructive, non-violent and peaceful ways, contribute to society and to civic life, take care of the environment.

Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion

Be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others.