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Character Education

We teach more than academics. Our Commit to Character program nurtures universal character traits that transcend racial, religious, socio-economic and cultural lines.

Our entire school works together to create a community that is welcoming and inclusive. The 10 character traits below are modeled, taught, expected, celebrated and practiced in our everyday actions.

June's Character Trait is RESPONSIBILITY.

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Ideas to Promote Character Education

  • Research the following people to find out what they've done to model responsibility:
    • Jean Vanier
    • Eleanor Roosevelt
    • June Callwood
    • Eddie Aikau 
    • Lloyd Axworthy
    • Margaret Mead
    • David Suzuki
  • Have children write an expository piece about the importance of taking responsibility for one's own actions.
  • Assign your child the task of interviewing a member of staff (i.e. teacher, educational assistant, caretaker, secretary, administrator) with the focus of determining their varied responsibilities.
  • Encourage your child to write a letter about their perception of the responsibilities undertaken by students and staff to ensure that your school is a safe, supportive learning environment.
  • Use one of the quotes below or another that speaks of responsibility and have your child write about: How can you apply (or how have you applied) this quote's message to your life at school, at home or in the community?

Quotes

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything but still I can do something." ~ Edward Everett Hale

"The flowers of all of our tomorrows are in the seeds we sow today." ~ Cicero

"What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular." ~ Zen Koan

"If each one sweeps before their own door, the whole street would be clean." ~ Yiddish Proverb

"The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the person."  ~ Roy L. Smith

"The person who is good at making excuses is usually little good for anything else."  ~ Benjamin Franklin