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Wisdom in Humility

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

Isaac Newton

“The more I know the more I realise I know nothing.”


“The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.
The houses are all gone under the sea.
The dancers are all gone under the hill.”

T.S Eliot – Four Quartets

At the British School of Monaco we strive for excellence in all that we do. We develop a set of personal, academic, physical and psychological characteristics in our students that allows them to succeed in the world and make a positive contribution to the global community.

As our students grow, we want them to remember that humility is the ultimate sign of wisdom. As they focus and work on their own self-development, they should simultaneously maintain a healthy sense of all that exists beyond themselves.

Such a perspective orients them to become properly integrated citizens of the world, and lifelong learners that never stop growing.

Practically speaking, at the British School of Monaco, ‘Wisdom in Humility’ creates an umbrella for the school’s core values, learning attributes and curriculum design.

‘Wisdom in Humility’ in the context of curriculum directly links with our Mastery approach to learning, which focuses on depth and breadth of understanding. Mastery emphasises the need for a productive struggle to reach a point of deeper learning, and supports students’ understanding that their learning journey is never complete.

With ‘Wisdom in Humility’, comes the ability to accept and seek challenges and a desire to explore, learn and be open to others’ perspectives.

As with everything at the British School of Monaco, our Motto is more than just words on a wall. We are interested in its practical impact and how it relates to our day to day interactions, reflections, behaviour and learning.

The British School of Monaco

Individual Secondary, IGCSE and A-Level Schooling