Show respect, grow respect, know respect
Character Counts! Week is an international celebration of character and character formation. It is celebrated in 88 countries and involves over 10 million students.
Complete details are now available on the Character Counts! 2013 page.
How do your students learn to be kind?
Written with the busy teacher in mind, this photocopyable resource book is packed with ideas that provide the basis of teaching kindness as a core life skill and essential character trait.
These easy to use ideas that guide teachers and save time include:
The Kindness Cornerstone is now available from the store for $NZ39.95.
The winners of New Zealand’s inaugural National Schools of Character Awards were presented at an awards dinner held in Wellington on Friday 26 October 2012.
The winning schools and colleges are;
- Pomaria, a primary school in West Auckland with a roll of 502
- Kaharoa, a rural, full primary school on the outskirts of Rotorua with a roll of 197
- Taupo-nui-a-Tia College, a co-ed secondary school with a roll of 900
- Palmerston North Boys’ High with a roll of 1,733 students
- Wellington College, a state secondary school for boys with a roll of 1,539
Complete details are now available on the Character Awards page.
Your choices are your responsibility
To Kowhiritanga - To kawenga
Complete details are now available on the Character Counts! 2012 page.
64 photocopiable pages of resources and classroom activities that support the Cornerstone Values approach to building character.
The Respect Cornerstone and The Responsibility Cornerstone are now available from the store for $NZ39.95 each.
While New Zealanders can be justly proud of many achievements, over recent decades we have experienced a general decline in the traits of character which build responsible individuals, strong families, effective schools and caring communities.
It is understood that young people need such character qualities as diligence, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude in order to do their best in school and to succeed in life. They also need character qualities such as honesty, respect and fairness in order to live and work with others.
It is known that character determines behaviour just as behaviour demonstrates character.
If you would like to contribute to the New Zealand Foundation for Character Education, download this PDF file (139 KB) for further details.
Building Communities of Character
Gain insights, Ideas and Inspiration for Effective Character Education in your School.
Presentations are now available on the symposium '10 page.
The purpose of the paper The Cornerstone Values Approach to Character Education in New Zealand Schools is to answer three broad questions.
- 1. What is the purpose of the Cornerstone Values approach to character education?
- 2. Where can the Cornerstone Values approach to character education be seen?
- 3. What comments have been made about the Cornerstone Values approach to character education?
Kate Borrie writes on the importance of the school website. Kate, who has worked as a journalist and taught at both secondary and tertiary levels has a post-graduate Marketing qualification as well as a Diploma in School Marketing and is particularly interested in school website usability.
Dunedin has become the first city in New Zealand with two primary schools awarded a prestigious national award for their initiatives in controlling pupil behaviour.
Another very successful Symposium has now been and gone. Presentations are now available on the symposium '08 page.
Teaching Responsibility to Improve Student Learning and Behaviour in New Zealand Schools
How do busy schools implement the Key Competency Managing Self? This publication has been prepared in the hope that teachers who are already over burdened won’t need to reinvent the wheel. Schools looking for evidence based, teacher friendly and successful strategies for improving student engagement will be interested to know ...
- The background to why we have this set of ‘key competencies’ in the revised New Zealand Curriculum and where these came from
- Why it’s important to promote a behavioural aspect of Managing Self for successful teaching and learning cultures
- The impact of changing family structures on teaching Managing Self
- How Managing Self has been successfully implemented using the Cornerstone Values approach to character education.
Teachers and Principals and are invited to a presentation of successful practice, recent research, and new resources that will assist secondary schools to implement the values and Key Competencies of the revised curriculum with an emphasis on improving student engagement and developing models of effective student leadership. Further details on the symposium '08 page.
A sample of ERO comments on the Cornerstone Values approach to building character. Check out this page from the SCHOOLS menu.
All three keynote presentations from the recent Symposium 2007 are now online. Further details on this page.
Do you have any questions about Character Education or cornerstonevalues.org?
Our comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions page is now available.
The store is now online
We will be expanding the range of resources available for purchase during the next few weeks
One day symposium to be held Friday 2 November 2007 [update], National Library, Wellington. 9am - 3pm
Further details to follow in the near future
Two new articles have been added to the website:
What is the Cornerstone Values approach to Character Education?
A three part series that was published in NZ Principal
A Highly Recommended Webpage for Secondary Schools
To date the restoration of character education has been overwhelmingly in primary schools.
Perhaps this is because it is widely recognised that core values are learned at a young age?
Complete details available on this page
In October 2004 Dr. McDonald supervised a study into the effectiveness of character education in New Zealand schools.
Dr. McDonald spoke of the results of that study,
Character Education in New Zealand Schools, at a symposium held in Dunedin in October 2005.
The PowerPoint of this presentation is available on this page
Details of Accredited Schools has been added to the SCHOOLS menu.
Welcome to the refreshed Cornerstone Values website. This is the third major update to this site in 10 years. Some of the goals for the current updates are to:
- Improve website navigation
- Updated technology used on the site
- Make the site easier to read / print
- Online ordering (available in the near future)
Should you have any comments on the update, please use the form on this page to send us your thoughts.
October 2006: Symposium '06
A one day sharing of good
practice, recent research, and new resources that tell the story of
what New Zealand schools are achieving through the Cornerstone Values
approach to Character Education
- No charge
- Friday 27 October 2006 9.00am – 3.00pm
- Rotorua Education Centre, Rotorua
- Dr Gael McDonald; Professor of Business Ethics, Auckland Unitech
- Warwick Moyle; Principal, Kaharoa Primary School, Rotorua
- Andrew McFarlane; Principal, Spring Creek School, Blenheim
- John Rutherford; CEO, Westbridge Residential School, Auckland
- Peter Moyle; Deputy Principal, Taupo Nui-a-Tia College, Taupo
- Angela Johnston; Assistant Principal, Bellevue Primary School, Wellington
- Sue Walker; Principal, Waianiwa Primary School, Southland
- Rod Galloway; Principal George Street Normal School, Dunedin
- Target Audience
- Teachers and Principals
- Primary and Secondary schools with an interest in Character Education
... conference brochure and online registration no longer available.
June 2006: Connecting Character and Conduct
John Heenan's address to the Central North Island Secondary School Deputy and Assistant Principals' Conference, Connecting Character and Conduct is available to download from this link (165 kb)
Download links on this page are in PDF format