The Four C's of KBS

KBS is a community which inspires independent, lifelong learners by building competence, confidence and character.

KBS Definition of Excellence in Teaching

Excellence in teaching and learning is sustained by innovation that follows from experimentation and is fuelled by inspiration, new ideas, and exposure to communities of learning.

Kempenfelt Bay School is this type of community.

Excellence in teaching and learning at Kempenfelt Bay School (KBS) is a collaborative and reflective learning process. Our teachers and students share in a culture of achievement and wellness that promotes inquiry, innovation, and global mindedness. It involves making real-world connections with the students. It leads to the establishment of future ready competencies which include entrepreneurship, creativity, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving while also embedding the KBS 4C’s of Confidence, Competence, Community, and Character.

Excellent teaching is not linear, but responsive, and can be recursive and flexible. It recognizes that traditional strategies such as direct teaching and the practice and mastery of literacy and numeracy skills still play a role in order for inquiry to be successful. It requires a balance of agency and supported guidance. Excellence in teaching is demonstrated at KBS utilizing an evolving range of pedagogical models rooted in best practices, directly tailored to the subject area, supported by professional development, and enabling teachers to leverage their expertise. Excellence in teaching and learning occurs at KBS because teachers are innovative and continually learn alongside their students.

What are the 4C's at Kempenfelt Bay School?

Our Values are at the heart of KBS. Our 4C’s, Confidence, Competence, Character, and Community, are the cornerstone of our quarterly goal setting, learning and future-ready competencies. This is reflected in our reporting process, where you will see the reporting of learning skills reflects the future-ready skills within the definition of our 4 C’s on report cards. This structure empowers teachers to advance and reflect on the development of the future-ready skills we know students will require.



“My child now has the confidence and independence to adapt and try new things”

At Kempenfelt Bay School, Art, Music, Drama and Physical Education are essential elements in your child’s development. Our students also enjoy an enriched Arts Programme through the teaching of an Art Specialist. Instrumental music instruction begins in Grade 3, and they are encouraged to enroll in the KBS Jazz and Concert Bands, the Spring Musical, and our Primary and Junior Choirs. The sum of all these parts builds and shapes our students today, into the community leaders of tomorrow.

To develop confidence, we offer:

  • Extensive co-curricular activities, including athletic teams, drama, clubs and Community Service.
  • Incorporation of inquiry based learning and a reflective learning profile into every grade.
  • Enriched learning opportunities, integrating community partnerships.
  • Public speaking/communication competency programming for all grades – JK to 8.
  • Leadership awareness and opportunities for all students.
Confidence - The Four C's at KBS
Competence - The Four C's at KBS


"Every year is a great year..."

We emphasize academic excellence at KBS. Each student’s progress is monitored, and programmes are individually tailored to ensure that each child progresses to his/her maximum potential. All students learn differently, and our teachers increase the possibility for success through a variety of teaching methods. Team teaching plays a key role in our integrated curriculum in every subject.

How do we develop competence?

  • Enhance attention to individual needs through regular monitoring of performance and adaptation to students’ learning styles.
  • Achieve undisputed excellence in core subjects such as language and math, as measured through annual CAT tests and other standardized performance tests.
  • Employ, develop and retain the best faculty and staff and provide a consistent performance evaluation system to support teachers’ performance.
  • Use technology to improve learning effectiveness and integrate the use of technology into a higher proportion of classes.
  • Provide French as a Second Language education in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8.
  • Maintain small class sizes - our average class size is 18.


"Help students learn to do the right thing..."

At KBS, we integrate character development and the ability to advocate for self and others using ethical means, into all learning experiences to support good citizenship on the local, national and global level.

As part of character development, we:

  • Enrich local community relationships by providing students with more opportunities to do outreach or volunteer work.
  • Incorporate global and environmental awareness and responsibility into the curriculum in all grades.
Character - The Four C's at KBS
Character - The Four C's at KBS


"The environment in which we live, work and learn is a mirror of our attitudes and efforts..."

We are building a strong community today and a stronger community for tomorrow.

We prepare our students for success in their educational endeavours and for leadership roles in the future. As the KBS students move on to their future careers, they will contribute to the growing quality of their communities.

As a community, we’re committed to:

  • Creating a culture where commitment to personal excellence, respect for self and others and good personal work habits creates a safe, calm and purposeful school environment.
  • Encouraging our parent volunteer base through participation on the Board, committees, and the Parent Council.
  • Developing KBS family relationships.
  • Maintaining contact with KBS alumni and their families.

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