Character Education

Character EducationArtwork by Taesha Bottineau, Georgian Bay District SS

Artwork by Teasha Bottineau, Georgian Bay District SS

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 character education attributes were selected through consultation with students, parent/guardians, community leaders, and organizations to reflect what Simcoe County communities consider important. These attributes are taught and modelled in all SCDSB elementary and secondary schools.

Kindness: We are friendly, generous, and considerate.
Honesty: We behave in a sincere, trustworthy, and truthful manner.
Empathy: We strive to understand and appreciate the feelings and actions of others.
Respect: We treat ourselves, others, and the environment with consideration and dignity.
Caring: We show kindness towards each other.
Helpfulness: We are giving and ready to provide help.
Inclusiveness: We include everyone in what we do and value their contributions.
Integrity: We act justly and honourably in all that we do.
Responsibility: We are accountable for our actions, and we follow through on commitments.
Courage: We do the right thing even when it’s difficult.
Compassion: We feel deeply for others and are genuinely concerned about their needs.
Love: We have peace with ourselves, balance in life, and acceptance in all things.
Sharing: We give a portion of what we have to others.
Perseverance: We continue to move forward despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Listening: We pay attention to each other and give attention to one another.
Cooperation: We work together towards shared goals and purposes.
Bravery: We seek strength and face life with courage.
Loyalty: We do not back down, we continue to be devoted.
Humility: We elevate others, practice gratitude, and acknowledge our limitations.
Wisdom: We know that with hard work and dedication will come knowledge.
Truth: We speak in accord with fact or reality.
Trustworthiness: We do the right thing and can be relied on to be honest.
Optimism: We maintain a positive attitude and have hope for the future.

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. An awards evening will be held in May at the SCDSB Education Centre (1170 Highway 26, Midhurst).

Updated Character Education Program