We have 4 core values that run through all that we do at BPS.
Positivity, Ambition, Resilience and Thoughtfulness.
Our commitment to Character explicitly underpins these 4 principles.
What is it?
Character is an exciting new focus on changing the culture of our communities. It is about helping young people understand the importance of demonstrating kindness, showing respect and living without harm not just to those people who are like them but to people who are not like them: How we relate to people who don't think the same way as us, or believe the same things, is a crucial skill that needs to be taught.
"Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power." - Clint Eastwood, actor
How will it be taught?
Students in years 7, 8 and 9 will have a one hour lesson once a fortnight. A committed ‘character team’ will be delivering the lessons. The staff have the responsibility of delivering high quality character lessons that motivate and inspire students to make a change in themselves and for their school community.
Students will be required to take part in the ‘BPS handshake’. This is so important to give students the confidence to be able to present themselves well in all areas of their lives. For example when they need to introduce themselves confidently and purposefully to visitors and to potential employers. The ‘BPS handshake’ is followed by the BPS introduction which focuses on future career goals as students need to know and be supported in what they want to achieve with their own lives and are encouraged to set their own personal goals.
In Year One of our character programme students will be following the Pixl “Them and Us” programme and will focus on the following 6 areas:
- Students are kind in what they say to others even if they hold different views/ beliefs/ attitudes.
- Students look for opportunities to be kind to others (not just the people they like)
- Students are able to show people respect at all times even if they don’t like them, what they say or do or what they believe.
- Students know how to disagree with people and be kind at the same time.
- Students are able to use language appropriately to show respect.
- Students are aware that the choices they make can have a long term impact on others and the environment
"How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time." - Morgan Freeman, actor
Why are we teaching it?
- Character is taught at BPS because it is so essential to students having an understanding of their role in the world.
- Character is taught at BPS because students need to be equipped to deal with the challenges that they will face in their lives.
- Character is taught because outstanding results are the outcomes of an outstanding character.
"Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours." - Dave Willis, voice actor
Character Graduation at BPS
Students in Year 7 will be the first to take part in BPS Graduation Programme. The Graduation Programme has been designed to take into consideration the key areas of focus of character that students will need to be successful and excel. These include:
- Academic Achievement
- Achievement Points
- Upholding the values of the school
- Effort and commitment
- Going above and beyond what is expected
Students will be awarded with a graduation where they will pass with distinction and take part in a cap and gown ceremony. Doing the bare minimum and what is expected is not enough to graduate.
"When you choose your behaviour, you choose your consequences." - Dr Phil McGraw, psychologist
As part of the End of Year Reporting system parents will receive a report on students’ character development. This will inform parents which character attributes they have shown and areas that need developing.
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou, poet & civil rights activist