The great challenge for educators these days is not only about teaching students how to learn and acquire skills in an increasingly complex world, but also about how to help them become people of good character. Values education in schools helps us do this.
The outcome of developing good values in students is a win-win. It is a win for teachers and schools in terms of student behaviour; it is a win for parents who want to be proud of their children, and it is a win for students because having good values will help those lead happy and successful lives.
The Australian Federal Government recently released its nine values for Australian schooling. They are: Care and Compassion; Doing your Best; Fair Go; Freedom; Honesty and Trustworthiness; Integrity; Respect; Responsibility; Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion.
Beckenham Primary is implementing the ‘Beckenham Best’ to incorporate values into our school. The program is based on The Six Kinds of Best. The Six Kinds of Best concept incorporates all the Values required by the Federal Government. We will begin implementing the program from Week 4 of Term 2, onwards. We will focus on a ‘Kind’ of best per day & each class will work on a poster and discussion around each ‘Kind’ of best to be displayed in the classroom. After the implementation week, the school focus will be ‘Kind to Others’ for the remainder of the Term. The mascot for the program will be a Black Cockatoo and the during implementation week, students will have the opportunity to name the mascot