Character Education Program 

Education in the Human Virtues as the Basis of Genuine Freedom
At Montgrove, we emphasise the development of human virtues, or strength of character, because virtues enable a person to be self-directing in life - to be truly free. A virtue is a readiness in one's character to act in a particular way for a good motive. Simply speaking, it is a good habit and so is acquired by carrying out some good act with some regularity. Over time this regularity builds an enduring strength in one's character. Freedom is not mere freedom from constraints but a capacity to carry noble convictions into action. Too often we can find ourselves limited and inhibited by our own failings, ignorance or unquestioning conformity. The family, in which the welfare of the other members is an overriding motivation, is the environment par excellence for fostering virtue.

Ultimately, the capacity to truly love others and to be happy is a consequence of character with a well-rounded development of virtues.
Montgrove’s Character Program teaches our students not just the meaning of virtues in a theoretical way, but more importantly how they can personally live out these virtues in their study, in the playground, and at home with their families. 

Infants and Primary Program
In the Infants and Primary years there are weekly lessons on virtue. The teacher and students discuss the virtue in focus and its practical implications. There are weekly ‘Mottos’ to bring the virtue in focus and help to integrate it into all aspects of school and home life. 

Secondary Program
The Character Education Program in the Secondary School fosters the development of Performance and Moral Character. 

Moral character enables us to treat others, ourselves and the environment with respect and care and to act with integrity. It consists of those qualities — such as integrity, justice, caring, respect, and cooperation — needed for successful interpersonal relationships and ethical conduct. 

Only by developing performance character will schools and homes teach good work habits, increase achievement motivation, foster genuine academic excellence. It consists of those qualities — such as diligence, perseverance, a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, ingenuity, and self-discipline — needed to realise one’s potential for excellence in any performance environment — academics, extracurricular activities, the workplace, and throughout life. 

“Goodness without knowledge is weak and feeble, yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous. Both united form the noblest character.”  Samuel and John Phillips — founders of Phillips Academy in 1778

“To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” Theodore Roosevelt 

The program includes the following modules:

Performance Character 
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Goal setting
  • Work ethic
  • Determination
  • Self-confidence 
  • Initiative
  • Creativity 
Moral/Ethical Character 
  • Respect
  • Responsibility to others
  • Love (Compassion)
  • Humility
  • Integrity 
  • Justice
  • Moral courage