At St. Teresa of Calcutta this year, we will be focusing our efforts to try to reach Platinum certification. We are exploring our recycling practices in hopes of adding plastics, tin cans, styrofoam, etc. to our waste and recycling management processes. We will be enhancing some green spaces outside (e.g. adding gardens, "sister" garden, vegetable garden, etc.).
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