St. Stephen’s School Recognizes PRIDE Values at 4th Annual Awesome Kid Awards

  Posted: March 8, 2017

On Thursday February 2nd, the St. Stephen’s School community joined together for the fourth year to recognize awesome kids.  The Awesome Kid Awards is one of many ways St. Stephen’s School encourages positive behaviour for students.  Several years ago, St. Stephen’s introduced the PRIDE values (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Empathy) which have become a staple in the school for promoting positive behaviour.  Students and staff recite the PRIDE values weekly, and posters are hung throughout the school as a daily reminder.  For many years, St. Stephen’s School has encouraged and recognized students who demonstrate PRIDE values in many ways, and the Awesome Kid Awards is one of the ways positive behaviour is recognized.

“These awards are part of our overarching goal of teaching, modeling and developing positive behaviour for students,” said St. Stephen’s School Principal Jodie Chisholm.  “In alignment with our goal of fostering a community of care in our school, we believe rewarding positive behaviour is always more effective than discouraging negative behavior.  Our way of promoting positive behaviour has been very successful, and we are so proud of the Catholic citizenship being displayed in our school every day.”

Every year, each staff member recognizes one student who demonstrates St. Stephen’s PRIDE values with an Awesome Kid Award.  One by one, staff members go in front of the full crowd to read a heartfelt description of why they chose that student to receive the award.  Many tears were shed as staff members described these amazing kids.  Each award winner received a St. Stephen’s water bottle, and a $10.00 gift certificate to A & W courtesy of Pembina.

“Thank you to the staff of St. Stephen’s School for creating this fantastic event that recognizes amazing kids,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “I have had the pleasure of attending this event all four years in a row, and I continue to be amazed by the heartfelt outpour of love and respect from all staff to students.  This event is a reflection of the positive atmosphere in the school.”