Sturgeon Public Schools students receive a well-rounded education, and that includes modelling, discussing and teaching positive values and leadership skills. Various programs are aimed at developing a student’s character, resilience and leadership.
We recognize that values, attitudes and character are primarily developed at home under the guidance of parents and family. We believe that schools, in partnership with parents, can also play a positive supporting role in developing positive children and good citizens.
Children develop character and citizenship values primarily from parents and family, but schools play a supportive role. Our schools help students develop civic responsibility, healthy attitudes and a commitment to lifelong learning.
In particular, Character Education helps promote:
- A climate of respect for self and others
- Positive school culture
- Higher academic achievement
- Attributes of active citizenship
- Greater self-discipline
- Fewer behavioural problems
Sturgeon Public Schools offers two empathy programs specifically geared at early learners. Seeds of Empathy is designed for preschool and Kindergarten aged children, while Roots of Empathy is geared toward Grade 1 students.
Both empathy programs involve bringing a baby (two to four months old at the beginning of the program) with his/her parent to visit the children in the classroom. The baby and parent visit the classroom a number of times over the year.
A trained instructor visits the classroom along with the family to guide the students. Students observe the baby’s development, watch the interactions between parent and baby, label the baby’s feelings and talk about their own feelings and those of others.
The attachment relationship between a baby and parent is an ideal model of empathy. Students learn social and emotional competence and are much more likely to challenge cruelty and injustice.
Leader in Me
The program was formed from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey), and teaches students the 7 Habits of Happy Kids to instill responsibility, vision, integrity, accountability and teamwork.
The 7 Habits include:
- Be proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- Put first things first
- Think win-win
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood
- Sharpen the saw
Various leadership programs are offered at all school levels and throughout Sturgeon Public Schools. Specific programs are geared at students from Grades 4 to 6, and complementary courses or extracurricular opportunities for leadership are offered at higher grade levels.
Our leadership programs promote a commitment to enhancing one’s school, community and world. Students learn about the attributes of effective leaders and study well-known leaders as models for their own personal brand of leadership.
As part of the learning process, students gain experience organizing and running events in their school, community and world.
Positive Playgrounds is a mentorship program offered at the elementary school level. In it, students in Grades 4 to 6 act as mentors during recess. They organize games and events for all students, including younger grades, to participate in.
Positive Playgrounds gives students a game or activity and friends to play with. It builds cooperation and communication skills and gives students a strong sense of belonging and fun.
Activities can include ball hockey, parachute games, snow fort building, snow castle competitions, running, seashell hunting, ice slides and more.