In 2014, we launched our Portrait of a Graduate video series, featuring Graduates who opened up to reveal who they are today and how CDS helped shape their character. After a year of faculty brainstorming and teamwork developing the components, in our final assembly of the year in May 2015, we introduced our Portrait of a CDS Graduate to the students, asking them to continue to question Who Will You Be? Each year as our students graduate, our hope is that they will leave us with these qualities at their core (below).
Building on this idea, past student Jillian Sward '18, created banners based on the works of Canadian author and artist Douglas Coupland, which highlight some of the qualities described in the Portrait of a CDS Graduate mantra outlined below. These now hang proudly in the Senior School hallway. In addition, the words are now on display in each Senior School classroom, encouraging students to be their best, each and every day.
Living - Lives life with balance and pursues their passion - Is independent, confident and resilient, and perseveres in the face of setbacks - Acts with integrity and honours their commitments
Learning - Is a critical thinker and creative problem-solver who values lifelong learning - Can be self-directed and collaborate effectively with others as needed - Is adaptable and ready for the challenges of an ever-changing world
Leading - Values diversity and seeks to understand others - Is a relationship-builder who treats people with respect - Actively participates in and enriches their community