On Guard: How To Abide By a Code of Conduct

Standing Guard

Yesterday was the first day of school for 2011/2012 and as I was going over things with my 140 new students we looked at the code of conduct for schools in New Brunswick.  There is nothing shocking in the code and, as I said to the kids, if we could all follow that every day our school would be amazing!  The thing is that we all intend to do just that.  There is not one of us, I don’t think, who gets up in the morning planning ahead to break a few rules, be rude, pick a fight, deface some property and maybe steal something!

I am also listening to The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and now feel I have to temper that last statement.  One of the characters is an exception to what I wrote in the last paragraph.  She does, indeed, wake in the morning with plans to, at one point in the book, connive to get someone to murder the Duke of Buckingham, break her out of a sort of prison, and provide her transportation from England to France where she has further designs to murder, or cause to be murdered, at least one more person.  I can hardly stand to listen to those portions of the book in which she is weaving her plans!  She is, in a word, evil!

I suppose that people who make their livings through crime are often engaged in planning to do things which would be contrary to the code of conduct.  I do maintain, however, that my students do not leave home in the morning with a plan to break the code of conduct.  What happens to most of us is that we get caught in unexpected circumstances for which we lack the preparation, or the strength to avoid reacting on a purely emotional level.  Sadly, neither my ever vigilant pooch, nor a selection of rapiers will protect me against the next time I


slip up and do something I will later regret.  My only real shield is the Word and my strength is the Holy Spirit.  The more I keep what I know about God’s commandments and the knowledge of the great sacrifice of Jesus in the forefront of my mind, the less likely I am to fail and the more ready I will be to apologize to anyone I have wronged.

As a student, I am responsible for my own behaviour to the best of my abilities.
I will be responsible for my own personal choices.
I will respect others’ differences, ideas and opinions and treat everyone fairly.
I will not tolerate bullying of any kind and I will report bullying when I have knowledge of it.
I will do whatever I can to help those around me who may be struggling.
I will respect the school’s rules.
I will attend my classes, do my homework, and be prepared and on time.
I will behave in a way that is empathetic, responsible and civil to those around me.
I will resolve my conflicts in a constructive manner.
I will treat school property and the property of others with respect.
I will respect myself. I will respect others. I will respect my environment.

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