• The Old Mill Learner Profile


    Old Mill School is continuing to develop its Character Education program. Students, Staff, Parents, and Guardians strive to exhibit the attributes of the Old Mill "Learner Profile". Old Mill was inspired by this character education framework from the International Baccalaureate in 2017. Last year, we added 2 more attributes to align with the entire school district for a total of 12 MVSD Learner Profile Attributes.


    The Old Mill Learner Profile is posted in all classrooms. There are assemblies and school bulletin boards dedicated to the Learner Profile and staff use this language regularly so the vocabulary is natural for our school community. Weekly school newsletters also highlight attributes with the "Weekly Challenge". Parents and staff can use this activity to discuss how striving for these attributes help us to become global citizens.


    We encourage adults and students at Old Mill to become...

      • Courageous They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
      • Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
      • Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
      • (Critical) Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions
      • Communicators They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
      • Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
      • Open-Minded They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
      • Caring (Empathetic) They show empathy, compassion and respect toward the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
      • Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
      • Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
      • Collaborative They can build respectful working relationships and understand that multiple perspectives are essential to solving complex issues and problems.
      • Perseverant They see challenges as opportunities to grow. They take initiative and demonstrate self-discipline, grace, and tenacity, especially in challenging situations.