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The Pillar of Trustworthiness

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The  colour blue is used to symbolise the pillar of Trustworthiness. 

Together we can help "our" children to develop the tools and strategies they need to make the right choices. They will be learning that it is not always easy to make the "right" choice, but that the moral compass they are developing in their hearts will guide them to do what is right, even if it is the harder of the choices. The rational that "everyone is doing it" is too widely used today. Children need to learn that what is right is right even if no one else is doing it and what is wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.

Children will be learning that trustworthiness is essential to building positive relationships with others. A trustworthy person is honest, reliable, loyal and has integrity. The color blue is used to symbolize the pillar of trustworthiness, helping to remind children to be a "true blue friend" in all situations. These key ideas are outlined more thoroughly below.

Key Ideas

  • Integrity: Living with integrity means having the courage to do what is right, to speak out about what you think is wrong, and to try new things even when they are difficult or you might fail. Integrity often takes the willingness to do what is right, even if it is costly or risky.
  • Honesty: Honesty is being truthful and sincere in your actions and words, and accomplishing goals fairly, without cheating or stealing.
  • Reliability: Reliability means keeping your promises, honoring your word and commitments, doing what you say you will do, returning what you borrow, being on time and being dependable.
  • Loyalty: Loyalty means protecting and supporting your family, friends, school and country.

Signs of Trustworthiness

You will know that your child is using their character compass and integrating the concepts of trustworthiness into their behaviour if they…

  • tell the truth, knowing that a consequence might result
  • are willing to try again even if they did not do as well as they would like the first time
  • return things that they borrow and in the proper condition as they received them
  • keep their promises and don’t tell secrets
  • are following through on their chores and responsibilities
  • are loyal to their friends, family, teams, etc.

When you see these behaviours, make sure to praise and encourage them. It will continue if they know it is being noticed and they will feel even better about themselves for doing the right thing.