Champion Initiative at Monsignor JJ O’Brien
Long-time educator Rita Pierson stated: “Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”
At Monsignor JJ O’Brien, we are supporting the district initiative in having every student connected with a champion. The term ‘Champion’ could easily mean mentor, parent, advocate, difference maker or coach: roles that describes a positive and stable caring relationship between a student and any adult. It is important every child has a positive relationship with an adult, the child knows who their champion is and the adult knows the children they champion. In this initiative, an adult can include teachers, administrators, caretakers, or support staff in our school.
We are implementing the ‘Champion’ initiative at Monsignor JJ O’Brien by tying into some virtues that make up being a champion and recognizing these virtues within our students. We are looking to build and discuss the virtues of a champion through breaking down the word into rememberable terms. Using the Carrie Underwood song ‘Champion’ - https://youtu.be/Htu3va7yDMg- students and staff will focus on a virtue to develop and foster every two months. During that time, we will look at building and recognizing these champion virtues in our students. It is our goal, that through this initiative, students and staff will be able to see ‘Champion’ qualities in each of us. Our initiative was shared with the students in a kick-off assembly on Wednesday, February 28th.
C – Courage- March / April 2018
H – Honour- May/June 2018
A – Attitude- September/October 2018
M – Motivation- November/December 2018
P – Persevere- January/February 2019
I – Integrity- March/April 2019
O – Optimistic- May/June 2019
N – Never giving up-September/October 2019
-from Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion”