Our Values

Charter of Values

The Charter of Values is an integral part of Canterbury College life and is evident in all we do. It is complemented by our Code of Conduct, an agreement we make within our community that exemplifies how we live our lives within the Charter of Values.

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct provides guidelines about appropriate behaviours expected by all in our College community to maintain a positive, inclusive environment.

Posters of our Charter of Values and Code of Conduct can be seen in every classroom and staffroom throughout the College.


Summary Ethos – Statement for Anglican Schools in the Province of Queensland

Published by the Anglican Schools Commission, Diocese of Brisbane: October 1996.

What should characterise an ideal Anglican school?

Many of its qualities will be shared with good schools everywhere. An ideal school would evidence a commitment to learning, justice, individual achievement and wholeness. Anglican schools will naturally value these qualities. This document seeks to define the normative features of an ideal Anglican school. In defining this distinctive ethos, the starting point has been the nature of the mother church itself on the simple assumption that Anglican schools will be like the Anglican Church.

Anglican Schools are Christian Schools.

In their day to day life Anglican schools should live out their faith in a creating and redeeming God. They should vivify the Gospel message of forgiveness, reconciliation, mission and loving service to God and our neighbour. The experience of sharing in the life of this community is itself an important part of Christian education quite apart from the formal content learned in the classroom.

Anglican Schools should be characterised by tolerance and a respect for difference.

The Anglican Church in its long history has come to value tolerance as a positive good and a distinguishing feature of a civilised community. Anglican schools should vivify such tolerance and acceptance and the care ethic implicit in this respect for others.

Anglican Schools should be characterised by a high respect for Intellectual Endeavour.

The teaching/learning ethic will show itself in hard work, intellectual rigour and an openness to ideas and debate.

Anglican Schools celebrate the contribution of the Mother Church to the wider Political, Social, Economic and Artistic life of our Culture.

The Anglican Church of Australia has grown out of the Church of England. As such, it has a long tradition of working within the heart of western culture in the broadest and most comprehensive sense. Our schools will be at the centre and not at the fringe of our culture.

Anglican Schools should be characterised by a commitment to Tradition and Dignity within School Worship.

The Anglican tradition of renewing ancient forms and Sacraments to meet modern needs will be evident in the way the school community worships.

Anglican Schools should be characterised by a commitment to Tradition and Dignity within School Life.

Anglican schools will use the richness of symbol, story and ceremony to promote their values and order their lives.

Anglican Schools should be characterised by a sense of Social Responsibility.

The service ethic and a commitment to social justice will be seen in the willingness of Anglican school communities to offer themselves to serve God and His people in the wider community as critical participants.