Character Education

Our board’s values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. The SCDSB’s ten Commit to Character attributes were selected through consultation with community leaders, organizations and school communities to reflect what Simcoe County communities consider important. These attributes are addressed, taught and modelled in all SCDSB elementary and secondary schools. Each month, our schools focus on one of our character attributes.

Caring (September) - we show kindness towards each other.
Cooperation (October) - we work together towards shared goals and purposes.
Courage (November) - we do the right thing even when it’s difficult.
Empathy (December) - we strive to understand and appreciate the feelings and actions of others.
Honesty (January) - we behave in a sincere, trustworthy and truthful manner.
Inclusiveness (February) - we include everyone in what we do and value their contributions.
Integrity (March) - we act justly and honourably in all that we do.
Optimism (April) - we maintain a positive attitude and have hope for the future.
Respect (May) - we treat ourselves, others and the environment with consideration and dignity.
Responsibility (June) - we are accountable for our actions and we follow through on commitments.

Character Education is a deliberate effort to nurture universal attributes that transcend racial, religious, socio-economic and cultural lines. It is a whole school effort to create a community that promotes the highest standards of student discipline and citizenship. 

Character Recognition Awards Evening

The annual Character Recognition Awards Evening is an opportunity to recognize students, staff, volunteers and employees of a co-operative education employer who demonstrate good character in their daily lives. The awards evening will be held on Thursday, May 14  at 6 p.m. at the SCDSB Education Centre (1170 Highway 26, Midhurst).

Members of the SCDSB community are now invited to nominate students, staff and volunteers for recognition at this event. Nominations are open until Feb. 21. Randomly selected nominees will be invited to the Character Recognition Awards Evening in a celebration of those who exemplify the SCDSB Commit to Character attributes.

To nominate a SCDSB student, staff member of volunteer, complete the Character Recognition Form.

 

Attribute Songs

Students from ten SCDSB elementary schools composed songs in collaboration with singer-songwriter Gregg Lawless highlighting each of our Commit to Character attributes. Read the lyrics. 

Download the songs as performed in 2005 by various SCDSB schools: