ESSENTIAL SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES – STMC GRADUATE
St. Thomas More Collegiate graduates will be able to:
1 THINK CRITICALLY AND SOLVE PROBLEMS
Students will think broadly, deeply, and creatively. They will learn to ask good questions and to pursue answers to those questions through their mastery of verbal, quantitative, and visual reasoning – reasoning, whose roots, are informed by their command of core content knowledge. This knowledge will enhance students’ appreciation for aesthetics and artistry. They will be flexible, yet resolute in this pursuit; resourceful and innovative, engaged and objective.
2 COLLABORATE EFFECTIVELY WITH OTHER PEOPLE TO ACHIEVE COMMON GOALS
Students will develop the many skills and approaches needed for successful collaboration; including respect for everyone, effective listening, intellectual generosity, open-mindedness, diplomacy, persuasion, accountability, and candour while valuing diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
3 COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY IN WRITTEN, ORAL, DIGITAL, AND GRAPHIC FORMATS
Students will learn to write, speak, and present their ideas effectively across the range of forms in a variety of settings while taking their audience into consideration. Students will be comfortable using numbers, equations, data, visual representations, and models. Students will respect the rights and sensibilities of others.
4 BE THOUGHTFUL, INFORMED AND ENGAGED LEARNERS THAT ACCESS AND ANALYZE INFORMATION
Students will discern meaning from various texts and offer interpretation and analysis. They will develop strong research and analytical skills that will rely on the ability to locate, evaluate, use and site sources. They will apply their understanding of content to the social, societal and scientific issues they encounter, to act as informed citizens. Cultivation of these skills will encourage in students a life-long interest in learning.
To prepare STMC’s students to be life-long learners, responsible global citizens, successful post-secondary students, and productive, faith-filled adults. To encourage students to embrace the joys, challenges, and rewards of a life of the mind and of a life grounded in the gospels.
5 ADAPT READILY TO NEW SITUATIONS AND INFORMATION
Students will develop strong executive function skills, including setting goals, organizing ideas, and managing time. They will be creative, resourceful, flexible, and resilient as they generate new ideas and apply knowledge to existing problems or novel situations. They will learn to connect disparate ideas and extend their understanding across various domains and disciplines.
6 UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES AS SERVANT LEADERS OF AN EDMUND RICE FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY AND ACT WITHIN A MORAL AND ETHICAL FRAMEWORK SHAPED BY THE GOSPELS.
Developing a clearer sense of self, students will better appreciate and respect others while coming to an understanding of their spiritual journey, the world, and their own place in it. Our students will learn to access a variety of media and texts in order to stay informed about local, national, and global events and will gain a sense of individual responsibility within a larger social context. With Jesus and Blessed Edmund Rice as role models, students will understand and appreciate what it means to think beyond themselves and to stand in solidarity with the marginalized locally and globally.