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September Attribute is COURAGE.

I will stand up for my beliefs and principles and face challenges, fear and difficulty with fortitude.

WHAT IS COURAGE?

Courage is demonstrated by people who stand up for what they believe in their heart to be the right thing to do, even when others don't support them and might try to convince them that they are wrong.

I WILL: continue to do what I know to be right, even when it would be easier to follow another path.

I WILL: ensure that my feeling of “I can” is stronger than my feeling of "I can't".

I WILL: take risks to do the right thing, even when it might challenge the attitudes and behaviour of others.

 

“Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.”

Arthur Koestler

Print off our MONTHLY ATTRIBUTE card to use all year long.

 

Program Archives

Slap Shot Players Pay Tribute to Donald Cousens in fall of 2013.

The first two groups of this school years Slap Shot program hit the ice yesterday at Elvis Stojko Arena in Richmond Hill.

Slap Shot is partially funded by the York Region Community Investment's program.

59 students from Cedarwood PS and Fossil Hill experienced the great game of hockey for the first time with the help of 12 volunteers from Neighbourhood Network, our Character Council and York Regional Police community officers.

All of the students proudly wore special Slap Shot jersey's with the name 'Cousens' on the back.

What better way to demonstrate the Character Attributes than by celebrating the lifetime of living with character that Mr. Cousens has demonstrated.

It was fitting that the tribute was also the first time in program history that we included a mentorship aspect to the program.  Students that had previously participated in the program were asked to apply for the special mentorship/coaching roles with the new group of students.

At Fossil Hill 24 students wrote a letter as to why they wanted to give back and help the younger students.

This was living proof of the character attributes in action.

Seeing the mentors help the younger students in the gym, and on the ice made my heart sing, and celebrated the true spirit of teamwork.

When we help each other, everyone wins.

I have a funny feeling that this is exactly what  Mr.Cousens had in mind when leading the charge to bring Character Education to York Region.


YRDSB Summer Institute Camps

July " ON ICE" Day

The alarm went off at 5:17 am, it was the start of our first Slap Shot Summer Program "ON ICE" day.

First step, go and pick up the 25 bags of hockey equipment, and sticks from the storage facility and load on the bus for the trip to the arena.

At the same time Karen and Nikki are busy packing their cars with everything needed for the day ...banners, cases of water, coffee and refreshment for the volunteers, certificates for the kids .

Meanwhile over in Woodbridge the children from Woodbridge P.S. and Teston Village P.S. Summer Institute excitedly gather in the gym before boarding the team bus to the arena and for many of them, take to the ice for the first time.

I'm always amazed at how all the planning and moving pieces come together on game day.

At the arena they are meet by volunteers from Magna for Community's - Neighbourhood Network, York Regional Police officers, and several students earning Community Service hours as a volunteer.

It is a great demonstration of the Character attributes coming to life.

On this day, 48 children over the course of 3 hours will experience the great game of hockey on ice.

The smiles of their faces are priceless, and all of them get an opportunity to skate in and shoot on a "real" goalie in full equipment (Both our goalies have taken the day off for all 5 sessions so far to volunteer).

Watching the new hockey players leave the arena wearing their new hockey jersey, carrying there first hockey stick and re living the "glory" that they just experienced on the ice, reminds me what is lived out daily in arenas across our country.

As one of the children who just arrived from Korea said "now I am Canadian"

Slap Shot is partially funded by the York Region Community Investment's program.


July Floor Hockey session

It was a sunny, hot and humid day outside, 35 degrees to be exact, but inside the gyms at both Woodbridge PS and Teston Village PS the first ever Summer Institute Slap Shot programs got off to a fantastic start.

Unlike the programs during the school year, the summer Slap Shot program has students from many schools from across the region who attend the YRDSB summer camps.

Day one of the program was a chance to meet new friends, and try new experiences on the same day.

It was great to see the new teammates demonstrate the attributes of teamwork, perseverance and positive attitude to mention a few.

In the Woodbridge session. two of the students had just arrived from Korea only two days ago!

I couldn't think of a better welcome to Canada, being introduce to other Canadian children and our national game of hockey.

Looking forward to doing it again tomorrow...

Shawn Shepheard, Program Manager.

 

FOSSILL HILL Public School-Vaughan

We are off and running with our next group of eager participants in another Slap Shot program. We have headed a little north and west to Maple and Fossil Hill PS.

Principal Greg Morandi jumped at the opportunity to take part in the program as he knows first hand how hockey can teach many of the character attributes. Mr. Morandi has played hockey his entire life, and had his students participate in a previous Slap Shot program.

The first session was attended by 31 eager and enthusiastic students. The look on the students faces when they received their jersey's was priceless. One student expressed "now I'm a hockey player, I can't wait to show my parents."

Eash session involves a game followed by a debrief session. In each debrief, I ask the students the same two questions : 1) What did you do well today? 2) What can you improve on in the next session.

The answers are always impressive, for example one student mentioned after the first session "We need to work more as a team and cooperate with each other".

The students will continue learning more about the game over the next 5 sessions, by demonstrating teamwork, perseverance, integrity and compassion (among others).

All of this will lead up to the big day when they strap on the blades and hit the ice for the first time on June 15th.

Shawn Shepheard, Program Manager

Today was our second session at Fossill Hill and the kids where suited up in their new orange and blue SLAP SHOT jerseys and ready to go!

Fossill Hill Principal, Gary joined our session and between he and Shawn kept the kids moving and passing the full length of the gym.

Both Gary and Shawn play hockey 12 months of the year and spoke about their love of the game and the great friends they have made over the years to the newcomer students just learning the fundamentals.

I spoke about the attributes of Courage, Perserverance and Inclusiveness that will be highlighted during our sessions as the kids learn more about teamwork and working together to acheive their GOALS!

Overall a great lunch hour of activity and fun.

Karen Addison, Executve Director