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Character Development
Character Development


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Research indicates that education is at its best when it focuses on supporting the development of the whole student. School environments, where civic responsibility and academic achievement thrive, are our focus.  

Character development is a foundation of our publicly funded education system, is the cornerstone of a civil, just, and democratic society, and is the responsibility of parents, families, schools, and communities.  Effective character development is embedded in the total life of the school and community, and impacts on students' success during the school years and beyond. It must be intentionally infused in our policies, practices, programs, and interactions.  Character development in schools plays an essential role in addressing the cognitive, affective, and behavioural domains of the whole student.

The following is the list of Bluewater’s 10 Attributes and their descriptors.

Respect - I show consideration and compassion for others. I am polite, courteous and caring. I value myself and I am sensitive and empathetic to the feelings of others. I treat all people with equity and dignity and I uphold their rights. I strive for understanding and I learn from the wisdom of my elders.

Honesty - I follow the rules and I tell the truth kindly and tactfully.  I keep my word. I am a genuine person. I am sincere, truthful and trustworthy. I accept myself as I am.

Responsibility - I am responsible for my thoughts, words and actions. I am accountable for my choices. People can depend on me to honour my commitments and follow through on my obligations. I demonstrate active citizenship. I learn from my mistakes and I am willing to make amends.

Trust - I have confidence in myself and others. I believe in myself and I am reliable, dependable, loyal and honest. I believe that there is some good in everything that happens. I have no need to control others. I feel at peace and know that I am not alone.

Teamwork - I can work cooperatively in a group as a part of a unit.  I am loyal to my friends and I take the initiative to include everyone when I can.

Self-Discipline - I am in charge of my own thoughts and feelings to do the right things. I use my time well and I persevere and persist to get things done.

Commitment - I keep the promises and agreements that I make to myself and others. I make good decisions based on my values.  I give my all to whatever I do.

Caring - I show compassion, sensitivity, understanding and regard for the needs and feelings of other people and myself. I give my best to every task set before me.

Integrity - I am honest and I do the things that I say I will do. I behave in an ethical and honourable manner even when no one else is around. I am genuine, in that my actions consistently match my words. I mean what I say and say what I mean. I stand up for what I feel is right.

Dependability - I am reliable and responsible.  People can count on me to do the right thing.

We believe that a Board-wide focus on Character Development will help demonstrate the values in which we believe resulting in tangible demonstrations such as;
  • developing a common vocabulary around Character Development
  • identifying the values embedded in the Ontario Curriculum
  • developing character in the student leadership of our schools
  • enhancing safe environments for all through various programs
  • promoting greater academic achievement in our schools and workplaces    




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