NEWS RELEASE

Catholic School Boards Welcome Government Focus on Values and Character Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, October 18, 2006—“Catholic schools in Ontario have a 150-year tradition of nurturing academic, spiritual and character development in our students,” said OCSTA President Bernard Murray. “As such, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association welcomes the provincial government’s new focus on character education.”

This week Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that the character building initiative will be an integral part of learning in all publicly funded schools. Catholic schools have long held the belief that children can develop into compassionate, discerning and moral individuals who contribute to the common good of society if spiritual and moral values are integrated into every aspect of the curriculum.

“The Catholic school system’s fully integrated approach to education focuses on teaching the whole child—body, mind and spirit,” said Murray.
Intrinsic to developing persons of character in Catholic schools are the “Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations” (http://www.tcdsb.org/ice/Graduate_Expectations.html). These Expectations provide a framework to help guide parents, students and teachers in understanding and achieving academic, moral and spiritual goals that our rooted in the Catholic faith tradition.

“Our expectations for our students are described not only in terms of knowledge and skills, but in terms of values, attitudes and actions,” explained Murray.
Representatives of the media, students and parents are encouraged to learn more about Ontario’s Catholic school boards by visiting the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ website at www.ocsta.on.ca.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents Catholic school boards that collectively educate more than 600,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.