Character development is one of the areas that we value most, as part of your child(ren)’s educational journey at Trinity. While knowledge is foundational to education, character is what will define the trajectory of our lives. As Booker T. Washington once said, “You can fill your heads with knowledge or skillfully train your hands, but unless it is based upon high, upright character, upon a true heart, it will amount to nothing. You will be no better than the most ignorant.”
It was a little over a year ago that we revamped our school character traits of wonder, delight, integrity, gratitude, courage, and compassion to tie them directly to our mission of Awakening Curiosity, Nurturing Faith, and Inspiring Learners to Reflect Jesus Everywhere. Throughout the year, we will be highlighting individual character traits for about 3 weeks at a time, in order to keep them at the forefront of our minds.
During chapel today, our Grade 6 students spoke to us about Wonder, which is the first trait we are featuring to start the year. When we think about God’s story, it all starts with His creation in Genesis 1, which should spark a sense of awe and wonder in our hearts as to how our God spoke this world and us into existence. The Psalmist puts it this way, “How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” Psalm 104:24 and that, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1. Clearly, God wants us to gaze in wonder at the world that He created for us and entrusted to us. As we do so, it should lead us to wonder more about Him and how awesome and grand that our God is.
Our hope is that our students will catch a glimpse of this, and that through their wonder they will ask questions and want to find out more about God and His creation. In turn, this will become an anchor for their learning, tapping into their natural curiosity and providing a backdrop of meaning and purpose to the information that is presented to them each day in class. We encourage you to ask your child(ren) questions that elicit this sense of wonder throughout the school year.
J-D Lussier, Principal