Halifax Discovery/Character Education Process



Common Language


Consistently and Pervasively, use key words and principles in our interactions.



Key Words and Principles:


Destiny - Each of us is gifted with a unique potential that defines a destiny.

Concern - for others

Humility - We trust in a power and purpose beyond ourselves.

Courage - to accept and face new challenges

Conscience - We achieve our best by an inner sense of right and wrong.

Curiosity - to explore life and learning

Truth - Fact and reality is our primary guide.

Leadership - in making the school and community a better place

Brother’s Keeper - We help others achieve their best.

Integrity - to be truly themselves while acting in sound moral character

Respect - for the environment, others, and ourselves

Responsibility - and accountability for our actions

 Common Phrases:


  • Is this Your Best?
  • Truth is our Primary Guide.
  • Are you following the Golden Rule?
  • Are you being a Brother’s Keeper?
  • Are you being a Leader?
  • What is your Conscience telling you?
  • Our actions affect others!
  • You can’t control other people, but you can control yourself.
  • We need to “Clear the Decks” to deal with issues.
  • What is discussed in the Discovery Room – STAYS in the Discovery Room.  (This is true to a large extent to protect the feelings of those involved; however, there are important exceptions such as when a person is threatening harm to himself or another.)
  • Leave a place better than you found it.
  • Are you part of the solution, or part of the problem?
  • It is natural to feel “fear or anger,” but it is better to respond through compassion or concern?”
  • Will my words or actions make the situation better or worse?
  • We all have a purpose in life.  When we are “on purpose,” our words and actions make the world a better place.