Catholic Graduate Expectations Awards

At St. Francis of Assisi School, we embrace and use the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations to guide our programming and work in Catholic education.  Our Grade 8 Graduation Awards program is reflective of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations, as we strive to encourage all of our students to exemplify these expectations as they provide a distinctive perspective from which our students can critically and constructively engage contemporary culture.

It is our priority to provide our students with the tools for realizing their academic potential, while instilling in them a life-long commitment to our faith, and to our community.

The Discerning Believer Award

The Discerning Believer Award is presented annually to the student who most appropriately demonstrates that they have been formed in the Catholic Faith community by celebrating the signs and sacred mystery of God’s presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection and moral living.

Observable criteria:

  • Illustrates a basic understanding of the saving story of our Christian Faith
  • Participates in the sacramental life of the church
  • Actively reflects on God’s Word as communicated through the scriptures
  • Develops attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good
  • Speaks to the language of life and recognizes that one is called to protect and cherish it
  • Seeks intimacy with God and celebrates communion with God, others and creation through prayer and worship
  • Understands that one’s purpose or call in life comes from God and strives to discern and live out this call throughout life’s journey
  • Respects the faith traditions, world religions and the life journeys of all people
  • Integrates faith with life
  • Recognizes that sin, human weakness, conflict and forgiveness are part of the human journey.

Student friendly observable criteria:

  • I believe that God is an awesome God
  • I believe and have faith in God
  • I believe that God is with us always
  • I believe that we can talk to God anytime and anywhere, through prayer
  • I believe in the stories of the Bible
  • I believe in the stories of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection
  • I believe in the Church community, celebrating Mass, and the seven Sacraments
  • I believe in forgiveness

The Effective Communicator Award

The Effective Communicator Award is presented annually to the student who most effectively speaks, writes and listens to others in an honest and sensitive manner, while responding critically in light of gospel values.

Observable criteria:

  • Listens actively and critically to understand and learn in light of gospel values
  • Reads, understands and uses written materials effectively
  • Presents information and ideas clearly and honestly and with sensitivity to others
  • Writes and speaks fluently in one of both of Canada’s official languages
  • Uses and integrates the Catholic faith tradition, in the critical analysis of the arts, media, technology and information systems to enhance the quality of life

Student friendly observable criteria:

  • I speak, write and listen as Jesus would want me to
  • I care about others and speak up for them
  • I am honest
  • I think carefully before I react or speak
  • I respect all people and their languages
  • I listen to the Word of God

The Reflective, Creative and Holistic Thinker Award

The Reflective, Creative and Holistic Thinker Award is presented annually to the student who most appropriately solves problems and makes responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good.

Observable criteria:

  • Recognizes there is more grace in our world than sin and that hope is essential in facing all challenges.
  • Creates, adapts, evaluates new ideas in light of the common good
  • Thinks reflectively and creatively to evaluate situation and solve problems
  • Makes decisions in light of gospel values with an informed moral conscience
  • Adopts a holistic approach to life by integrating learning from various subject areas and experience
  • Examines, evaluates and applies knowledge of interdependent systems (physical, political, ethical, socioeconomic and ecological) for the development of a just and compassionate society

Student friendly observable criteria:

  • I have thoughts and opinions that matter
  • I make good choices
  • I have hope for the future
  • I solve problems with knowledge, understanding and prayer
  • I know we are all equal and special

The Lifelong Learner Award

The Lifelong Learner Award is presented annually to the student who most effectively reaches for their dreams, and develops and demonstrates their God-given potential.

Observable criteria:

  • Demonstrates a confident and positive sense of self respect for the dignity and welfare of others
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability
  • Takes initiative and demonstrates Christian leadership
  • Responds to, manages and constructively influences change in a discerning manner
  • Sets appropriate goals and priorities in school, work and personal life
  • Applies effective communication, decision making, problem solving, time and resource management skills
  • Examines and reflects on one’s personal values, abilities and aspirations influencing life’s choices and opportunities
  • Participates in leisure and fitness activities for a balanced and healthy lifestyle

Student friendly observable criteria:

  • I use my gifts and talents given to me by God
  • I always do my best
  • I build on my strengths and weaknesses
  • I set goals
  • I accept change
  • I am proud of the good things I do
  • I am thankful for the gifts of others

The Collaborative Contributor Award

The Collaborative Contributor Award is presented annually to the student who most appropriately finds meaning, dignity and vocation in work which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good.

Observable criteria:

  • Works effectively as an interdependent team member
  • Thinks critically about the meaning and purpose of work
  • Develops one’s God-given potential and makes a meaningful contribution to society
  • Finds meaning, dignity, fulfillment and vocation in work which contributes to the common good
  • Respects the rights, responsibilities and contributions of self and others
  • Exercises Christian leadership in the achievement of individual and group goals
  • Achieves excellence, originality, and integrity in one’s own work and supports these qualities in the work of others
  • Applies skills for employability, self-employment and entrepreneurship relative to Christian vocation

Student friendly observable criteria:

  • I co-operate with others in all that I do
  • I value everyone’s work
  • I respect and listen to others
  • I think of others before myself
  • I follow rules of fair play
  • I work hard in school so that I can build my community and make it a better place

The Caring Family Member Award

The Caring Family Member Award is presented annually to the student who most effectively demonstrates love, kindness and respect towards others.  The student commits themselves to be present and support their family, school, parish, and the wider community.

Observable criteria:

  • Relates to family members in a loving, compassionate and respectful manner
  • Recognizes God’s given gifts, and used them as the creator intended
  • Values and honours the important role of family in society
  • Values and nurtures opportunities for family prayer
  • Ministers to the family, school, parish, and wider community through service

Student friendly observable criteria:

  • I love God, myself and my family
  • I care about and respect my ‘family’ at school, at Church, in the community, and the world
  • I care about and respect God’s creation and everything in it

The Responsible Citizen Award

The Responsible Citizen Award is presented annually to the student who consistently who gives witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life.

Observable criteria:

  • Acts morally and legally as a person formed in Catholic traditions
  • Accepts accountability for one’s own actions
  • Seeks and grants forgiveness
  • Promotes the sacredness of life
  • Witnesses Catholic social teaching by promoting equality, democracy, and solidarity for a just, peaceful and compassionate society
  • Respects and affirms the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures
  • Respects and understands the history, cultural heritage and diversity of today’s contemporary society
  • Exercises the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship
  • Respects the environment and uses resources wisely
  • Contributes to the common good

Student friendly observable criteria:

  • I am a peace-maker
  • I am fair
  • I am forgiving
  • I follow rules and do my share
  • I help the poor and care for people in need
  • I stand up for what is right
  • I know that all life is precious
  • I respect and protect the world and all that is in it

The Student  Award of Excellence

The Student Award of Excellence is presented annually to a student who demonstrates outstanding qualities in the areas of leadership, faith development, family commitment, rapport with teachers and other students, involvement in school affairs, and community activities.

Observable criteria:

  • Catholic Leadership Qualities
  • Catholic Faith and Catholic School Philosophy
  • Family Commitment
  • School Community Relations (rapport with teachers and other students)
  • Involvement in School Affairs
  • Community Activities
  • Commitment to a Difficult Situation or Task

The Spirit of Inclusion Award

The Spirit of Inclusion Award is presented annually to a student who demonstrates active involvement in extra-curricular activities, is a builder of school community, is involved in the spiritual life of the school, actively works to include others, and recognizes schoolmates as unique individuals who are each able to make a contribution to the community.

Observable criteria:

  • Demonstrates inclusion and acceptance of all peers and students
  • Involved in extra-curricular activities
  • Excellent school spirit
  • Visible acts of friendship that causes other to be valued and included
  • Involved in spiritual life of school
  • Builder of school community

The Valedictorian Award

The Valedictorian Award is presented annually to the student who demonstrates that they have mastered the basic components of speech design and delivery.  The student most effectively reads, understands and uses written materials effectively, while presenting ideas clearly, honestly and with sensitivity to others.

Observable criteria:

  • Speaks about what he or she believes are the most important sentiments of the graduating class
  • Incorporate Focus on Faith connections within the address
  • Speaks using an energized, inspirational voice
  • Make regular and direct eye contact
  • Uses no distracting hand or body movements
  • Incorporates a sufficient projection of the voice
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