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Character development at the TDSB is about helping our students learn and practice positive character attributes, which will help them not only do their best, but be their best.

When we build good character, we build strong communities. In the school community, character development is woven into its programs, practices and interactions. It becomes a way of life. Student success is dependent on a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment where all students feel valued. This starts by teaching our students about the value of character – respecting themselves and each other, making positive contributions to their school and community and thinking critically and creatively.

But character development is a shared responsibility. Together with the schools, family and community members must engage and cooperate to encourage student learning and maturing. Together, we can make it happen.


Character Development:

  • Develops the whole student
  • Contributes to a healthy, safe and orderly school environment
  • Creates a collaborative school where the teaching and learning can be the focus
  • Provides high expectations for learning and behaviour
  • Engages students in their learning
  • Is Universal
  • Is Respectful
  • Strives for an ever growing depth of self-awareness, self-discipline and understanding

Our HIGH 5 monthly assembly takes place on the last Friday of each month. Two students in each homeroom (grades 1-8) are recognized monthly. A student who is recognized receives a certificate and a HIGH 5 ribbon. Assemblies take place in the gymnasium. During the pandemic assemblies took place via ZOOM.

Respect (September)    Responsibility (October)     Empathy (November)

Kindness & Caring (December)    Teamwork (January)     Fairness (February)  

Honesty (March)    Co-operation (April)  Integrity (May)     Perseverance (June)