At SJIIM, we believe that an important part of Lasallian education is to develop ‘good character’: a set of core ethical values that enables students to, not just be successful in exams, but live fulfilling lives as members of society. As such, our character education programme provides a framework by which we aim to cultivate ‘practical wisdom’ so that members of our community are able to make decisions that are guided by a moral compass, empathy, tolerance and consideration for others.
We understand that, whilst performance virtues (such as resilience, grit and determination) and intellectual virtues (such as critical thinking and reasoning) are important, for these to be true virtues they need to be guided by moral virtues (compassion, integrity and humility) and civic virtues (community awareness, civility, service).
We believe that:
Good character can be caught through the promoting of positive school values and the development of a culture where people feel respected and valued.
Good character can be taught through the development of classroom activities that provide the vocabulary and means by which students can reflect on their own character and what they can do to improve it.