As the end of the school year approaches, I have been thinking about the character strength of grit – a critical ingredient in our vision of the graduate. Our Prefects, under Head Boy Andrew Youngson’s excellent leadership, challenged all Crescent students to “Make Your Mark” this year. When I think of this challenge, I think of grit. Truly making your mark is not just discovering your unique promise, it is about doing something with it, leaving something behind – in other words, living your character.
By Don Morrison, Upper School Faculty and Director of Robotics
Our Team 610 robotics team is celebrating another successful year. The team won two district tournaments and the Ontario District Championship, accumulated the most points of any Ontario team and finished second in their division at the World Championship. While we are all justly proud of the boys’ success, I am also impressed by the character growth they have shown.
One of my favourite classroom incentive systems is something I call Art Trivia (my students like to call it, “Are you smarter than Ms. K?”). It encourages the boys to participate orally and collaborate as a team while they test their art knowledge.