September Merit Award- RESPECT

What Is Respect?

  • Treating others the way you would like to be treated
  • Having concern--and the motivation to act--for the welfare of others
  • Being inclusive of differences
  • Using good manners and appropriate language
  • Being considerate of the feelings of others
  • Dealing peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
  • Honouring others with courtesy and consideration
  • Showing consideration for your own belongings and those of others
  • Showing consideration for the freedom, privacy, and dignity of others
  • Having pride and belief in yourself
  • Taking care of and valuing yourself, others, and the environment

What might respect look like and/or sound like?

  • Respecting yourself: Accept and honour your own skills and challenges, emotions, body, beliefs, and abilities.
  • Being fair: Listen to all sides of the story before reaching a decision or resolution. 
  • Being reliable: Keeping our promises is one of the easiest ways to show that we respect someone and that we mean what we say.
  • Obeying the law: Follow the rules, as they are often in place to protect us. If there is disagreement with a rule, discuss it as a group to create a greater understanding of the reason for the rule.
  • Showing consideration: Show concern for the welfare of people, animals, and the environment.
  • Help someone out without them even having to ask.
  • Embracing differences: Understand that other people's values, beliefs, and practices are just as important as our own. Respect helps us build positive relationships, succeed in school and in life, and understand that we are all connected.

Quotations

"We are not put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through." (Unknown Source)
"True respect cannot be demanded; it is earned."
(Unknown)

"Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you, not because they are kind, but because you are." (Unknown)

"If someone were to pay you ten cents for every kind word you ever spoke and collect five cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?" (Nonpareil)