If you have answered YES to some of these questions then

Building Character through Cornerstone Values

could help your school achieve your goals


Your choices are your responsibility

Class Pledge

If I borrow it Iíll bring it back,
If I use it Iíll put it away.

If I open it Iíll close it,
If I turn it on Iíll turn it off.

If I make a mess Iíll tidy it,
If I did it Iíll own up to it.

If I hurt someone Iíll apologise,
If I want friends Iíll be a friend.

If I start it Iíll finish it,
If I make a mistake Iíll learn from it.

If I donít understand Iíll ask for help,
If I want to improve Iíll ask where to next?

And if I want to be treated well Iíll treat others the same way.


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The New Zealand Foundation for Character Education was established in 1993 to ďfund the preparation, publication and promotion of character education resources.Ē At that time character education, or character training as it was historically called, had largely been replaced by values education. Values education focused on the quality of student thinking while character education focuses on the quality of student behaviour.

Over twenty-three years The New Zealand Foundation for Character Education created many resources which are the most widely used character education resources in New Zealand schools and colleges.

Because those who established the New Zealand Foundation for Character Education are no longer in a position to continue with its work it has been decided to post the print files of all the resources that have been published here. This will enable schools and colleges and others to print the resources.

Because there will always for a need for contemporary character education resources it is hoped that others, will build upon what has been created.

An excellent example of the possibilities is the "Boys to Men" resource created by Shane Singh and his team at Hamilton Boys' High School. This file is available for download - Boys to Men Booklet (3667 MB / PDF)
The permission of Shane Singh to post this resource is appreciated.

These resource files will remain on-line until November 2019.

The limited stock of the resources in hard copy, are available for the cost of postage.

New Zealand National Schools of Character 2014 Awards

Five New Zealand schools are winners of the prestigious New Zealand National Schools of Character 2014 Awards.

The winning schools and colleges are;

The National Schools of Character Awards are held for four years Ė from 2014 to 2018.

Character Counts! Week Kindness Poster

The Kindness Cornerstone

Free resource now available for download

Click here to download the Character Counts! Week Kindness PDF poster.

New Zealand National Schools of Character 2014 - Nominations Invited

National Schools of Character are schools and colleges that are able to demonstrate intentional character education initiatives that yield positive results for student behaviour, citizenship, school culture and academic achievement.

National School of Character Award winners receive an engraved plaque and a $1,000 cheque. The awards are for four years.

Complete details are now available on the 2014 Nominations page.

New Zealand National Schools of Character 2013 Awards

Seven New Zealand schools are winners of the prestigious New Zealand National Schools of Character 2013 Awards.

The winning schools and colleges are;

Certificates of Commendation were awarded to;

Complete details are now available on the Character Awards page.

Free Resources

While the following resources are no longer available to purchase from the store, all are available for free in electronic form:

Building Character through Cornerstone Values Character in the Classroom Making Sense of Managing Self


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