College Culture – FISH Philosophy

The culture of HGC is based around the FISH PHILOSOPHY.

FISH Philosophy is based on four simple concepts:

choosing one’s attitude

     playing at work

     making people’s day

     being present


Choose Your Attitude

Choose your attitude each day

This means taking responsibility for how you respond to what life throws at you. Once you are aware that your choice impacts everyone around you, you can ask yourself, “Is my attitude helping others? Is it helping me to be the person I want to be?”
You choose your attitude when you arrive at school. If you find yourself with an attitude you don’t want, you can choose another. You are responsible for your choice.
You can’t always control what happens to you, only how you react to it.


Having fun while we work

Taps into your natural way of being creative, enthusiastic and having fun. There is a difference between serious work and important work: important work gets done when you have fun.
You and I might do serious work, and we take that work seriously, but we can choose not to take ourselves too seriously.

Make Their Day

Engaging in ways that create energy and goodwill

This means finding simple ways to serve or delight people in a meaningful, memorable way. It’s about contributing to someone else’s life, not because you want something out of it, but because that’s the person you want to be.
Our days are full of opportunities for making the day of those around you: a small kindness or remembering a name; a word of support during difficult times. When you “make someone’s day” you are focused on serving another.

Be There

Being fully present

This is being emotionally present for people. It’s a powerful message of respect that improves communication and strengthens relationships. Focus on one person and one thing at a time.
If you see someone who needs your help it is your responsibility to go out of your way to help.