Welcome to Holy Name of Mary’s Eco-Schools Page
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
We are excited to show you what we have been up to 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.
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 b