At RND 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 at RND seeks to engage our students, in authentic, integrated learning experiences within the natural environment and within the school community.
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. In 2015/2016, RND received Silver Level Certification.
In addition to working toward EcoSchools certification, RND's Green Team helps create awareness about various environmental issues in the school and plans events & campaigns that are connected to these issues, such as electronic waste disposal days, the plastic bottle campaign and our regular recycling pick-up.