Each month we focus on one of the Character Traits. Through activities
and discussion, the students become more aware of what each trait means
and how to demonstrate it. At our monthly Character Assemblies, each
classroom teacher selects one student from their class who has done
wonderful job demonstrating the chosen trait. They are recognized with a
and a ribbon.
|September||September 30||Respect||We treat ourselves, others, and the world high
regard and dignity.|
|October||October 30||Honesty||We are trustworthy, sincere and truthful.|
|November||November 28||Responsibility||We are reliable and accountable, and we keep our
|December||December 18||Co-operation||We value the opinion of others as we work
together for a common purpose.|
|January||January 29||Integrity||We do what is right and honorable. What we
say matches what we do. |
|February||February 27||Courage||We face challenges directly and we do the right
thing even when it may be unpopular.|
Inclusiveness||We work to build a community where everyone
feels included, and where differences and diversity are honoured.|
|April||April 30||Empathy||We strive to understand how others are feeling
and to see things from their perspective. |
|May||May 29||Resilience||We face obstacles with perseverance and a strong
belief in ourselves.|
|June||June 18||Citizenship||We are active and responsible members of our
HIGH PARK CHARACTER SONG
EVERYONE WANTS TO GO TO HIGH PARK
It’s time, that we all come
RESPECT is how we do it
Now is the time and school is
where it’s at
Show you have the courage,
and always choose the right
Honest, kind and truthful…
is all we really need,
so we can all succeed.
Stay on the track,
Do the right thing,
So people all over can see our
wants to go to High Park
We care for our friends and we
follow the rules
We learn and we play and we
honour our school
Here is the place where we can
BE OUR BEST!
Cause nobody wants to do it on
And everyone needs to know
they’re not alone
So here is the school where we
can all belong
There’s SPIRIT at
And WE ARE STRONG!
The Ministry of Education has called on all school boards to implement
Character Development initiatives. In Lambton-Kent, as in many other
boards, character development is already reflected in many ways through
daily student experiences, contributing great value to the quality of school
life and student learning.
"... is a deliberate effort to cultivate virtue - that is, objectively good
human qualities that are good for the individual person and good for the
whole society." -- Thomas Lickona
It is these qualities, or attributes, that determine the nature of
interactions that take place among students and between students and staff;
that set the tone and influence the learning atmosphere in our schools and
classrooms, and that ultimately impact success for every individual and
The principles and attributes of character are not specific to a
particular set of beliefs, but instead are universal in nature, and
transcend racial, ethno-cultural, linguistic, religious, gender, physical
and intellectual ability, and other demographic factors.
Character development calls for every student to be their personal best,
to be self-aware, to exercise self-discipline within themselves, and to
demonstrate empathy and understanding toward others.
These attributes will help students establish and maintain quality
relationships, and in conjunction with respect, responsibility and fairness,
allow our schools to continue to be safe places to be and learn.
Attributes that contribute to positive group dynamics, and successful
learning collaborations in school, ultimately lead to workplace advantages.
The Employability Skills Profile developed by the Conference Board of Canada
presents the perspective of Canadian employers. It states that personal
management skills are essential for students entering the workplace. These
include characteristics such as honesty, responsibility, integrity,
initiative, adaptability, and respect for diversity.