As parents, we know instinctively that values are learned. Research tells us this, and also that values must be explicitly articulated and taught. At Sterling Hall, character education has been central to teaching and learning from the beginning. With our strategic planning, we have clearly defined our values of Sterling Learning, Sterling Character and Sterling Community.
Our Core Value of Sterling Character states: we value and develop confidence and resilience, kindness and respect, with the courage to advocate for oneself and for others.
Our aim is to instill in each of our graduates a strong moral and performance character that will equip him to be a capable contributor and leader within his communities and an outstanding world citizen.
The school provides myriad opportunities for boys to lead, support, engage and reflect upon character development through action. Many initiatives throughout the school year, such as food and clothing drives, partnerships with local charities, the building project in Ecuador, experiential learning trips and our Founder’s Day Terry Fox Run, implicitly teach and model positive character development. As a result of this cumulative impact, Old Boys often tell us that their experiences at SHS helped them to be better people.
One of the priorities emerging from our strategic planning is the vision to shape these values into a common framework, building consistency across grades and programs. A team of key faculty members and administrators has begun to work on aligning school programs in athletics, experiential learning, stewardship, service learning, mentorship and school discipline.
A key inspiration for our vision of character education at SHS is the boys themselves, who are all so passionate about being the best people that they can be. We asked some of our boys to share their thoughts about character development and the importance of the values that we seek to instill at Sterling Hall. These boys say it better than we ever could. Click here to watch the video.