I often pass along the Coles Notes version of our Character Ed assemblies but this month I thought I would pass along Marie’s words to the children in their entirety. Reliability is such an important character trait and Marie had us all up on our feet to vow to be reliable CGS’ers at the assembly on Wednesday. It was a powerful moment in our little gym. The CGS Vow may be something you want to use at home too!


‘This month we have been focusing on the character trait of Reliability. Reliability really is a very positive character trait, one that is important for our entire lives. The earlier we learn what it means to be reliable, and then work on becoming a reliable person, the easier it will be when we are all grown up with responsibilities like family and a job.

First of all we need to understand what it means. Being reliable means people can count on you to do what is expected. Plain and simple. If you are asked to do something you will do it! For example, if you are supposed to work on your spelling words before a Spell Well, then your teachers should expect that you will be reliable enough to do that. If you are asked to bring in something for Fun Fact Friday, then your teachers should expect that you will be reliable enough to bring something and be prepared to share your facts with the class. If your parents make a rule that you are to put your toys away at the end of the day, then they should be able to see you reliably doing that task without even being asked.

Part of being reliable is not making excuses! If we slip up and don’t do what is expected we must own up to it, apologize, and work harder to fulfill our responsibilities the next time. ‘No excuses’ is probably one of the most important things to remember about Reliability.

The benefits of being reliable are that people trust you and feel they can count on you. A reliable person will get and keep friends much easier than someone who is careless in personal relationships and can’t be counted on to keep his or her word. A reliable person will also do much better in school and eventually at work.

As a group let’s stand up and vow to be reliable CGS’ers. Repeat after me:

We Keep Our Word!
We Can be Counted on!
We Never Make Excuses!

Trust me, I can reliably say, if you become a reliable person, it will feel really good knowing that you can be trusted and counted on by others.’

Marie Bates
Children’s Garden School