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Ability, Character, and Citizenship are the foundations of the belief system at Riverbend Junior High School. Students continually strive to maximize their abilities and stretch their limits. We believe in being of high moral character and always demonstrating and finding the best in each of us. We expect all members of the Riverbend family to continue to show the kindness and consideration that is good citizenship.
What do we strive for?
The upcoming spring election brings to mind the words of philosopher Hugo Grotius: A man cannot govern a nation if he cannot govern a city; he cannot govern a city if he cannot govern a family; he cannot govern a family unless he can govern himself; and he cannot govern himself unless his passions are subject to reason. John Adams wrote, “The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.”
So, how do the words of these great men apply to us today? Riverbend School has a philosophy that supports academic success for all students. It states, “Staff is committed to ensure high quality learning with the focus being engagement of all students in every classroom. The entire learning community is encouraged and expected to be responsible citizens, respectful of individuals and their differences”
This philosophy describes our school culture and our expected behavior for all of us: students, parents, faculty and staff alike. At Riverbend School, students travel a journey that leads them to self-reliance. The journey applies not only to the development of knowledge and skills (the mind), but also to the development of character (the heart).
Our philosophy explains the moral journey that we call character education. At first the focus is obedience to parental authority. Later the child focuses on rules, or the required patterns of expectations. As in writing and thinking, it is only through the formation of good habits that the ability to act and act wisely, becomes instinctive. As those habits become more and more internalized, the student journeys closer to self-reliance.
At Riverbend School, we try to help students along this journey through a coherent program of expectations, modeling, and the study of historical and literary examples.
John Adams, whom I quoted earlier, was a founder of the United States of America, and we owe him a lot for the freedoms that we in Canada enjoy today. But just as important, Adams was a great example of how to blend public duty with moral character. Adams argued against slavery because he believed it violated human dignity. Adams never allowed the demands of public life to overshadow the most important things in his life - his devotion and fidelity to his family.
St. Augustine once said, “To be faithful in little things is a big thing.” What a great lesson for our children! Archbishop Charles Chaput noted, “It is easy to talk about fixing the problems of society with big national programs and policies, because we can always blame somebody else when they don’t work. Personal change, personal moral integrity, that’s much harder because we are stuck with the clay of who we are, and there is no one to blame but ourselves when we fail. But in persisting in the little things, we accomplish a big thing. We affect others.
That is our goal, and our challenge, here at Riverbend School.
Mr. D. Beharry