Ashbury Cares

Firmly rooted in our school motto of Honesty, Courage and Kindness, our character education program adds value to our students’ academic, sports and arts endeavors by providing a variety of experiences that challenge them to be well-rounded and caring citizens of the world.

As a Round Square member school, our program centres around IDEALS (Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service). Through each of these values, students develop respect and appreciation for each other and the community at large by participating in various character-building activities with their Form classes where they explore issues and themes relevant to their age.

Students develop tolerance and open mindedness for other cultures through our academic program, international events and presentations as well as international and national trips.

In addition to studying government and Canada’s democratic process through a mock election organized by Grade 5 Social Studies students, a formal democratic process is in place with house captain student elections. Successful students take the initiative to be leaders and representatives among their peers. They develop skills in communication, decision making, organization, event planning, conflict resolution, and public speaking. Valuing the student voice, we also provide students with the opportunity to share their feedback on how to improve the school via an anonymous Survey Monkey link. As well, students play an important role in the school’s final Closing ceremony by designing the front cover of the Closing program, choosing a student speaker to represent them, and nominating students who they feel are most deserving of the school’s largest character and citizenship prizes.

In addition to the study of environmental issues in the Social Studies and Science Grades 4 to 8 programs, Grades 4,5,6 students explore the outdoors through a passport program offered by the International School for Earth Studies (ISES) in Ladysmith, Quebec. Some activities include visiting and learning about rescued animals as well as learning survival techniques, building shelters in the fall and winter, dog sledding and canoeing. An Environmental Club is also offered to all students in Grades 4 to 8 each week where the focus is on gardening on the school’s green roof, taking neighbourhood nature hikes, organizing Earth Day events, making environmental presentations at each Monday’s assembly and brainstorming further environmental initiatives for the school.

In addition to physical activities offered in Games each week, students also engage in outdoor adventure pursuits through camps, trips and after-school clubs. Grade 7 and 8 students also participate in an outdoor education program inspired by Outward Bound. Some of these activities may include winter camping, zip lining, caving, low and high ropes.

Each September, Grade 8s partake in a three-day leadership camp on campus and at Christie Lake where they are involved in team-building activities and learn about key skills needed in leadership. In October, all Junior School students elect Grade 8 House Captains who become role models for the school. They take the lead with school spirit and inspire other students to contribute to Ashbury life. Further to the House Captain program is a steward program whereby each Grade 8 student leads a club or initiative throughout the year. Stewardship opportunities range from leadership at Monday’s assemblies, Chapel, sports and arts events, after-school clubs and Open Houses. Grade 4 to 8 students also have the possibility of student leadership in the Ashbury Cares Club, a voluntary student council, whereby students share their feedback on what to improve at the school and implement their ideas. Between 2018 and 2021, we will be developing a leadership program for all students in Grades 4 to 8.

Community service encourages cooperation with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and of various ages, while displaying generosity and goodwill to others. Each year, students volunteer their time at the Boys and Girls Club, Ottawa’s men and women shelters, and they organize donations of items to the Gloucester Food Cupboard, the Snowsuit Fund and our sister school in the Dominican Republic. The service trip to the Dominican Republic is organized, each June, for students in Grades 7 and 8 where they work closely with a school to build furniture, teach lessons and prepare meals. Between 2018 and 2021, we will be developing further service opportunities for each grade.

While not explicitly one of the Round Square’s IDEALS, the Junior School teachers believe in the importance of developing self. Between 2018 and 2021, we will also explore character education through the development of workshops on wellness, mindfulness, healthy eating, empathy and providing tools to help students communicate more effectively with each other.

Ashbury College

362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa
Ontario, Canada, K1M 0T3
Phone: +1 (613) 749-5954 | Fax: (613) 749-9724