Developing good character
Right from the outset with our very youngest pupils, we seek to recognise and reward good character choices. This ranges from sharing toys in the pre-school or being kind, to learning to listen and not interrupt when the teacher is talking. In the primary school we might major on being a good friend by including others in a game, putting up a hand rather than shouting out, being respectful in our speaking, walking not running in the corridors so as not to hurt anyone.
At the older end of the spectrum, and recognising that our children are not always ‘perfect’ it might be demonstrated by an older pupil confidently owning up and expressing remorse when some tomfoolery has got out of hand resulting in an accidental breakage. It may be a pupil noticing that their friend is sad showing kindness by sitting with them. It is often expressed by diligence and faithfulness in completing home work to a high standard and handing it in on time.
Undergirding this character training throughout the school are the ‘fruits of the Spirit’; nine attributes of a Christian life according to Paul in his letter to the Galatians which help us to make wise behavioural choices.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – Galatians 2 v 22-23