'Character Matters' - 1000 kids spell it out

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Captured from above, 1000 Christchurch kids have spelt out the words 'Character Matters' on Sumner Beach this afternoon.

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For 'Character Day' Christchurch kids formed up to spell the words 'Character Matters' on Sumner Beach.
For 'Character Day' Christchurch kids formed up to spell the words 'Character Matters' on Sumner Beach.
Source: ONE News

The children from five Christchurch schools set themselves the challenge to be broadcast globally, so 40,000 other participating schools can see what they've achieved and follow suit.

Character Day began in 2014 with just over 1000 schools involved, to start children thinking about how important character is.

Dr Lucy Hone who has worked with the five Christchurch schools involved said, "Gathering at the beach today gives us the opportunity to join with other schools and organisations from all over the world which are increasingly recognising that developing good character matters."

"Faced with escalating rates of mental illness the need to teach students how to take personal responsibility for their wellbeing, and equip them with tools to do so, is more apparent than ever." 

Part of the day involves students filling out a survey to help them identify the main strengths in their own character. 

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