Character Education is all about learning to treat yourself and others with respect, compassion, and honesty.
It all starts with our three school rules – Respect, Manners, and Try Your Best. These rules aren’t just a slogan. They form the very foundation of all we do at KCS. They’re used as the basis for lessons and as a guideline for behaviour expectations.
Along with these core rules, at the Junior School, students are taught the Habits of Mind, Body, and Action. These Habits help build a strong understanding of what it takes to create a life full of meaning and purpose. At the Senior School, we build upon these habits by focusing on the Leadership for Learning Attributes.
Of course, with almost 400 students spending all day together, mistakes are going to happen. These mistakes can result from not thinking or not fully understanding the scope of one’s actions (a particular challenge for youth).
No one is happy when mistakes and conflicts arise, so KCS puts significant effort into directly teaching students how to avoid them. However, learning how to deal well with one's own mistakes, and also with the inevitable social challenges that befall all of us eventually, is part of becoming a confident, competent adult.
These are lessons that must be learned. These skills are part of knowing what matters in life. And, as with everything we do, we take it very seriously.