Boys' High earns award for students' character

Concentrating on its pupils beyond academic success has helped Palmerston North Boys' High School to pick up a national character award.

New Zealand Foundation for Character Education named Boys' High as one of the five recipients of a a National Schools of Character award this year.

Rector David Bovey said the high school put plenty of emphasis on character. "Character determines behaviour, just as behaviour demonstrates character."

While school was for academic learning, it was also a place to become a better person, he said.

"In the last 50 years, schools are increasingly seen as the only solid place for character education.

"A long time ago it came from families and churches, with schools helping. It is now vastly different."

Mr Bovey said the school's Barrowclough Programme - named after an old boy - was a big part of the success.

The programme focused on encouraging students to do well in academic, cultural and sporting achievement, character development, leadership, and service.

"Sometimes we get a bit of a bad rap and accused of being focused solely on sports," Mr Bovey said.

"All of our programmes here are designed for the benefit of our students."

Encouraging positive character in the pupils also helped keep the teachers on form, he said.

Manawatu Standard