Quality Schools: Where Character Counts
The many character education programs and activities in Rainbow Schools complement the Board's Discipline Policy, which promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment.
By nurturing a strong partnership between the school, the home and the community, Rainbow Schools ensure that students receive an education that includes personal, social and citizenship development.
Respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, fairness, inclusiveness, teamwork, trust, initiative, perseverance, determination, optimism and compassion. These are some of the individual qualities being nurtured in students both inside and outside of the classroom.
Character education not only encourages students to become positive and productive members in a global society, it also instills in them skills that are essential for learning and for life.
In Rainbow Schools, the school staff will display and communicate the school's expectations, teach the rules and procedures of the school, teach any behavioural and social skills necessary for school success, and provide leadership and other learning opportunities to all students.
Staff will also encourage and reinforce appropriate student behaviour, provide students with feedback and evaluation regarding their behaviour, undertake to be good role models, provide structure and supervision required for the prevention of misbehaviour, and partner with parents/guardians to build student success.
School personnel use many strategies aimed at producing appropriate student behaviour. Staff may
- Correct students, redirect them, and review required behaviours
- Provide tutorials on appropriate student conduct
- Assign special learning projects designed to improve student knowledge and performance related to school behaviour
- Provide guidance and counseling
- Change supervision, structure, procedures and work locations as required
- Use problem solving and resolution strategies
- Require students to write plans for future success
- Arrange mentoring
- Provide students with time out to regain their self-control and composure
- Engage students in special programs for anger management, social skills, etc.
- Use peer counseling and conflict resolution
- Require restitution and/or community service
- Have students make up time lost due to unnecessary absence
- Employ tracking sheets to monitor success
- Make referrals to other personnel or agencies to increase support for students
- Communicate with parents to increase teamwork and plan joint resolution of problem behaviours
For students, character education is about having a sense of responsibility to complete tasks with reliability, dependability and commitment.
It's about pursuing valuable goals
with determination and patience while exhibiting fortitude when confronted with failure.
It's about treating others with kindness
, compassion, and generosity.
It's about demonstrating hard work
and giving your best regardless of the obstacles.
It's about being law-abiding citizens
and making a positive contribution to the school, the community and the world in which we live.
It's about telling the truth
and admitting wrongdoing, being trustworthy and acting with integrity.
It's about doing the right thing
when faced with tough decisions, following your conscience instead of the crowd.
It's about practising justice, equity and equality
, co-operating with one another, recognizing the uniqueness and value of each individual within our diverse society.
It's about showing high regard for authority
, treating others as we would want to be treated and understanding that all people have value as human beings.
It's about letting moral values guide choices
and putting service to others before self.
In Rainbow Schools, character education is a positive and proactive approach to moral development - the very core of a caring school community.