Junior School Character Education
Character education is just as important as academics for young learners. We instil character education by teaching leadership qualities, service and virtues.
What you stand for matters, making character education an important part of a SMUS education. The most important expressions of character education are our school Values and The Virtues Project.
The Junior School highlights a different value or virtue each month to reflect and act upon. This brings out the best in each child and helps them understand how to live a life guided by good character traits.
We know that students of any age can be leaders both at school and at home. We want to help our students foster their own leadership skills through teamwork and supporting each other.
In Grade 5, students can start to take on formal leadership roles at the school. This includes becoming student ambassadors or joining the buddy program to support younger schoolmates.
"Leadership is taking charge and acting. It also means thinking of others and not just of yourself, being modest and being a good example or role model. " — Daniel from Victoria, BC
Service at the Junior School is about putting virtues into action and showing students that they can impact their community and the world. Students support several service projects each year. For example, every class visits the James Bay Care Home and builds connections with seniors.
Chapel at SMUS is non-denominational and incorporates philosophies from many religions and cultures. The focus is on vision and values, rather than a doctrinal approach. Chapel, held every Monday morning, is usually centred around a story, most often connected to the value or virtue of that month.
Learn more about SMUS chapel in this story from our school chaplain.