We are committed to helping every student achieve success and well being. We strive to build the “Six Cs of Deep Learning” – Character, Citizenship (local, global and digital), Communication, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Creativity (in terms of innovation and having an entrepreneurial eye) in each child, to support him or her in preparing for the demands of the future. Whether in academia, career choices or personal relationships, the Six Cs are necessary in the 21st Century, as according to Fullan and Scott (2014). This month we encouraged teachers to support students in building these character traits, and today we saw them in our monthly Spirit Day assembly – where each student is part of a squad that strives to win the most points. We have four squads – Red Cheetahs, Yellow Lions, Black Panthers and Orange Tigers, and they are very competitive, each wanting to be at the top of our points board.
Each student is able to earn points every month that go towards the squad! Points are rewarded for many types of successful choices made by the student. A student may earn points for demonstrating the monthly character trait (this month it was ambition) or by having a sense of gratitude and politely thanking a teacher or student for assistance with a project. Giving other students credit for their victories after a group presentation to the class demonstrates our school values, as does helping a teacher keep the classroom clean. This month, Mira (a Panther from Grade 5) earned many points by going above and beyond, and running the audio during both Festival of the Arts nights while the teachers were dancing. As a squad, the Panthers also earned points during house league intramural sports games.
When our teachers see a successful decision that may be based on critical thinking or creativity, along with a positive character building trait, they reward points. Not only does the Spirit squad motivate the individual to make positive lifestyle choices, but it also gives the child the opportunity to interact with different age groups and influence the behavior of others in a positive manner. The Government of Ontario also suggests that interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies have become much more important in the 21st Century (as outlined in 21st Century Competencies: Foundation Document for Discussion; Ministry of Education, Ontario). We know that these character traits and people skills are critical to a young person’s successes, and so we will continue to encourage our squads to share information and ideas with each other, so they can continuously learn and become more well-rounded students prepared for the demands of the future.
Congratulations to our Panthers, for earning 2751 points this month and taking the lead! We look forward to seeing what squad will challenge you for the top position next month.
We look forward to seeing you and sharing with you the private school community of which we are so proud!