Character Development

We follow a Character Education philosophy promoted by the New Zealand Foundation for Character Education. We believe in the holistic development of our people and see Character Education as an important philosophy that underpins our curriculum. The school Value of ‘Integrity’ is synonymous with Character. Character is sometimes described as ‘who we are when nobody is looking’.  You can view further information on the web at www.cornerstonevalues.org
    
There are eight cornerstone character traits within the philosophy. These traits are consistent, universal, and transcultural. They build character that produces behaviour that is beneficial for the individual and the wider community.
    
The eight character traits are drawn from the research of C. S. Lewis. They are Responsibility, Kindness, Honesty and Truthfulness, Concern and Consideration for Others, Compassion, Respect, Obedience and Duty. These are visually represented on a ‘Character Wheel’.
    
While encouraging students towards excellence in all 8 character traits, we emphasise 2 traits per term. These traits are integrated into meaningful contexts, reinforced and celebrated. The Character Wheel:

Character-Wheel

Maximising Potential - Our Duty

  • Our responsibilities as good people and members of communities
  • To do something without thought of reward
  • To help others succeed
  • To do the right thing because it is the right thing to do

Honesty

  • Truthfulness
  • Being genuine and authentic
  • Having respect for self and others
  • Promoting integrity
  • Returning something you have borrowed to the rightful owner

Kindness

  • To others helps acceptance, make them feel welcome
  • To others rather than being self-centred
  • Help to improve others well being

Consideration and concern for others

  • Realising and identifying the needs of others
  • Awareness of how words and actions affect others
  • Benefiting others’ lives – community service

Compassion

  • For others suffering and their well being
  • Creates awareness in the individual that they are not suffering alone

Obedience

  • Following instructions from staff members
  • Conformity to rules and regulations
  • Following your conscience

Responsibility

  • Being accountable for your actions and are answerable to these
  • Ownership of actions and behaviour and accepting consequences
  • Standing on your own two feet – admitting mistakes

Respect

  • Value what you and others have
  • Accept differences - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
  • Valuing people for who they are
  • Authority