At St. Thomas More Catholic School we embrace our responsibility to the environment and to the care of God’s creation. We strive to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate and foster Christian Leadership while developing effective environmental stewardship campaigns such as waste reduction, awareness of the school’s ecological impact on the environment, promotion of environmental curriculum, energy conservation, school ground greening, and Climate Change awareness. As stewards of the environment, we provide opportunities for the Eco Team to learn in, about and for the environment. We will continue to build on our successes as a Gold Certified EcoSchool. Our EcoSchool community will continue to nurture environmental leaders who respect the environment and use its resources wisely, contributing to the common good. Some special projects that will occur this year include Lights Out Lunches, rejuvenating our Peace Garden and raising awareness regarding Climate Change.
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: www.ontarioecoschools.org