Character Counts! 2012 flyer
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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.

Character Counts! Week: 21-27 October 2012

Resources for your class

The New Zealand Foundation for Character Education provides a range of teaching resources based on the New Zealand Curriculum. The following resources support the teaching of the eight ĎCornerstone Valuesí for both primary and secondary schools:

All resources can be ordered at

National Schools of Character Awards

The National Schools of Character Awards are the recognition of significant achievement in developing a responsible and respectful school culture.

The winners of the 2012 awards will be schools and colleges that are able to demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives that yield positive results for student behaviour, citizenship, school culture and academic achievement. Nomination is easy. Just send an email to with no more than 700 words telling us about the results of character education in your school.

Award winners will each receive a prize of $1,000.00 and be invited as special guests at our CHARACTER COUNTS! dinner.

Key dates:

Nominations Open 30th July 2012
Nominations Close 14 September 2012
Awards Dinner (Wellington) 26 October 2012

Enquiries to

Character Counts! Accord

Hereís your opportunity to ask your community to agree that CHARACTER COUNTS!

Weíve produced an ďAccordĒ that anyone can sign to affirm the importance of universal values such as respect, responsibility, honesty and compassion.

In addition to encouraging teachers, students, parents and community leaders to sign the CHARACTER COUNTS! Accord, schools will find innovative ways to use this simple document. Have a signing ceremony at a school assembly, create a wall of signatures for students or ask school visitors to sign your CHARACTER COUNTS! Accord.

Download the CHARACTER COUNTS! Accord (1.25 MB) and additional pages (130 KB) for signatures.

ldeas for your class

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