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Building Character through Cornerstone Values (PDF)

Building Character through Cornerstone Values

Building Character through Cornerstone Values – John Heenan (5.18 MB / PDF)

A 272 page book which explains in clear interesting language the what, the why and the how of the Cornerstone Values approach to character education.

Comments on the Cornerstone Values approach to character education.

  • Though provoking and inspiring.
  • A very positive approach to a very big need.
  • An empowering framework to begin to make a difference.
  • Good practical suggestions for implementing character education in schools.
  • Made me think about our philosophy of discipline and behaviour.

Building Character through Cornerstone Values - A six module video presentation

In six module [92 minutes] video presentation in which John Heenan discusses the what, the why and the how of the Cornerstone Values approach to character education.

The presentation is design for staff professional development and is ideal for schools desiring to implement an intentional approach to character education.

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Cornerstone Values Planner (PDF)

Cornerstone Values Planner

Cornerstone Values Planner (683 KB / PDF)

A grid for planning a comprehensive, continuous and critiqued approach to character education. The planner, a visual summary of the Cornerstone Values approach to character education. Select the value for the term and and use the notes and focus question to plan the term.


The Responsibility Cornerstone (PDF)

The Responsibility Cornerstone

The Responsibility Cornerstone - Rod Galloway, Anne Robertson, Leanne Hill (2.80 MB / ZIP)

64 photocopiable pages of responsibility resources and classroom activities that support the Cornerstone Values approach to building character.


The Respect Cornerstone (PDF)

The Respect Cornerstone

The Respect Cornerstone - Rod Galloway, Anne Robertson, Leanne Hill (2.46 MB / ZIP)

64 photocopiable pages of respect resources and classroom activities that support the Cornerstone Values approach to building character.


The Kindness Cornerstone (PDF)

The Kindness Cornerstone

The Kindness Cornerstone - Rod Galloway, Anne Robertson, Leanne Hill (2.27 MB / ZIP)

64 photocopiable pages of kindness resources and classroom activities that support the Cornerstone Values approach to building character.


Cornerstone Values Poster (PDF)

Cornerstone Values Poster

Cornerstone Values Poster (740 KB / PDF)


Cornerstone Values Posters (PDF)

Cornerstone Values Posters

* Now updated with four additional posters *

The Cornerstone Values Definition posters (542 KB / PDF) are an excellent way to promote the ‘value of the term’.

The set of twelve A2 posters reinforce the definitions of honesty, responsibility, kindness, respect, compassion, obedience, consideration and duty with 48 catchy, easy to understand statements that will really get your students thinking.

Contemporary and colourful, these posters:

  • - provide an ideal centrepiece for a display of your students written or art work on the value to surround
  • - remind students of the right thing to do when these posters are displayed in areas such as corridors or your school library
  • - provide the ideas and language for students to gain a fuller understanding of each value generating many possible lesson ideas

Passport to Character (PDF)

Passport to Character

The Passport to Character (4.72 MB / PDF) is an A6 size booklet with a passport-like cover. It contains miniatures of the twelve Cornerstone Values posters.

This pocket-book is intended to be given to a young person by someone significant in her/his life; perhaps a parent, a grandparent, a principal, a teacher, a coach, a mentor, a youth group leader or kaumatua. It has a space inside the front cover where the giver is encouraged to write a personal message.

Some schools and colleges present a Passport to Character to each new entrant or graduating students.


Character and Behaviour - the Think Sheet (PDF)

Character and Behaviour - the Think Sheet

The Character and Behaviour - the Think Sheet by John Heenan (1.61 MB / PDF)

What sort of a person do I want to become? and What sort of a person am I becoming? are two of the most important questions that every young person faces.

Character and Behaviour - the Think Sheet is an eight page journal size booklet which provides a practical strategy to assistant students reflect on their behaviour in terms of the formation of their character.

This publication explains the rationale and use of the Think Sheet which was developed by John Rutherford, Principal, Westbridge Residential School, Auckland.

The Think Sheet is designed for use in schools and classrooms that have built a culture of character.


Character in the Classroom

Character in the Classroom

Rod Galloway - November 2007 (3.34 MB / PDF)

A report on how New Zealand’s changing social values are impacting on student behaviour and how schools can meet the new challenges


Making Sense of Managing Self

Making Sense of Managing Self

Rod Galloway 2008 (932 KB / PDF)

Teaching Responsibility to Improve Student Learning and Behaviour in New Zealand Schools



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