Integritas in Omnibus - Integrity in All Things is our school motto.
Canterbury School recognizes that the elements of a student’s intellectual, moral, and social growth are inextricably intertwined. We strive to create an environment that supports such growth through respect for self and others, and a cooperative attitude toward learning and working within a community of high standards and expectations.
Within the academic curriculum our faculty incorporates opportunities for students to grow intellectually. Learning is a process that extends well beyond the classroom, and the most enduring form of teaching is by example. As a community, we recognize many daily opportunities for promoting and modeling ethical choices and appropriate behavior.
Daily Chapel, community service efforts, and religion classes are just a few of the programs that promote character education.
Through these programs we strive to create an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and mutual respect among students, teachers, and parents. These qualities will, in turn, promote not only academic growth, but also the development of moral strength and self-discipline – qualities of character that will enable students to become positive, lifelong contributors to society.
Canterbury believes in the benefits of volunteering within the community. To support this belief, community service is an important part of student development.
Fourth graders rotate throughout the year as Cavalier Helpers in the lunchroom. They help students during all the Lower School lunch periods, helping to direct students, making sure they walk, helping student with food requests and helping the parent volunteers.
School Sponsored Projects
Throughout the year the Lower School participates in many ways to help area agencies. Students give of their time by helping to sort food at the food bank or filling backpacks for the Blessing in a Backpack program. They also write letters and create bookmarks for students or families outside our school. Following are projects in which Canterbury students have recently been involved:
- Adams Elementary: book collection
- All God's Children (Bangladesh): penny collection
- ASPCA: collect items for pets
- Associated Churches: canned food collection
- Associated Churches: Grade 4 sorts food
- Boys & Girls Club: school supplies
- Boys & Girls Club: visit the center
- Boys & Girls Club: toiletries/educational games
- Fairfield Elementary: make Thanksgiving bookmarks for the students
- Habitat for Humanity: can collection
- Haiti earthquake: more than $500 collected
- Kate's Kart: book collection
- Study School: socks and underwear collection
- Study School: children's coat collection
- Study School: toiletries/educational games
- Turnstone: visit the center
- Turnstone: school supplies
- Wellspring: hats, gloves, socks, coats
- Wellspring: Grade 3 visits center
From participating in service opportunities, to studying religious leaders and Biblical heroes, to learning about the differences and similarities of world religions, to supporting individual spiritual growth and promoting peace, Canterbury’s religion program makes an impact on the daily lives of students.
While the school is non-denominational, our founders felt it was important it be grounded in Christian principles. In doing so, the school focuses on teaching values and helping students to grow in spirit.
The basic principle of religion classes is to present students with the underlying issues, themes, beliefs and practices common to many religions. The Canterbury community is made up of many religions including Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian. With this in mind, classes are respectful of diversity and do not teach doctrine. Religion classes also are seen as a way to address ethical situations and personal beliefs from an intellectual perspective.
The Haven is a place and time for students to practice their faiths and explore avenues of growth. It is available during various lunch and recess times for students in Grades 1-4. The Haven is facilitated by the religion teacher, who developed this unique program. With a special, designated area withing the religion classroom, the Haven provides a safe and caring environment for students to talk, reflect, and pray about those matters which are weighing on their hearts or which are moments for celebration. It is a physical space with the appropriate sacred items for students to practice rituals such as prayer.
Haven Interfaith Parent Group
The Haven Interfaith Parent (HIP) group has been meeting for several years. The group came about as part of the development of the Haven as a place for students of many faiths to use.
The mission statement for HIP is “to support the mission of Canterbury School and encourage an understanding and appreciation of all beliefs and faiths, with the goal of promoting peace in our community.”
Through its meetings, the group has realized that each family's religious and cultural beliefs are different, but we do have common values. HIP’s vision is to build upon these common values to serve our community. Interested parents are invited to learn more about this group.