Welcome to Holy Name of Mary’s Eco-Schools Page!
We are excited to share with you what we have been doing this year.
During September, we began excitedly our recycling and composting program again. Mr. Brennan raised our garden beds and made a section of the garden accessible, by making it taller.
We participated in Take Me Outside Day. Take Me Outside Day is a reminder to students and teachers that learning can go beyond the four classroom walls. Each class committed to spending a minimum of one hour outside.
November our Eco-Team collaborated and finished our Eco-Schools Yearly Planner and began our Initial Eco-Review.
Holy Name of Mary participated in Christmas Shopping, which focuses on reusing items. Students are invited to bring in items that are no longer needed at their homes. Students then participate in shopping for needed items for their families.
Our Eco-Team promoted the idea of GOOS paper. GOOS stands for "Good On One Side". GOOS paper is perfect for drawing, practicing math, or even as an agenda for the day. Each class was encouraged to make their own GOOS paper bin.
All classrooms are participating in National Geographic's Energy Diet. Students will be exploring how much energy we use here at Holy Name of Mary and in their everyday lives. Classes will participate in challenges throughout the months of February, March and April. Each challenge will introduce students to a new concept of reducing the energy they use.
In March our school community was hard at work planting seeds. These seeds have begun to grown and will be used in our food gardens. We can't wait to use all the yummy produce right here at school.
In April, we finished our Energy Diet Challenge. Mrs. Murphy’s class won our Hour Without Power contest, and Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Hayes’ class won both the Get Growing and Post It (recycled art) challenges. Well done to all the classes for participating!
In April, we also celebrated Earth Day! To do our part in taking care of God’s creation, we headed outside to pick up garbage in our school yard.
At ALCDSB we embrace our call to be stewards of God's Gift of Creation. In the context of student success, stewardship takes on a holistic meaning encompassing stewardship of the environment, self and those around us. With this in mind, Outdoor and Environmental Education programming within the ALCDSB seeks to engage our students, Kindergarten through Grade 12, in authentic, integrated learning experiences within the natural environment and within the school community. Engagement levels are high at our Outdoor Centres as students are physically active while exploring the interconnectedness of living things.
Within the school community, our students continue to participate in Ontario EcoSchools, a rigorous, province-wide certification program which is the vehicle for the Ministry of Education's Policy Framework for Environmental Education in Ontario Schools. The Ontario EcoSchools program places eco-action directly within the sphere of student influence leading to a sense of empowerment and meaningful participation in the local community.
For more information on Ontario EcoSchools, please visit: ecoschools.ca