Education for sustainable development (ESD) is considered important and is growing as a priority in our division, school and classrooms. It makes sense that we understand more about how to be good citizens and caretakers of our school, our community and our planet. ESD is part of many courses throughout the grades here at Collège Garden City Collegiate. Teachers and students explore issues related to the environment, culture, economics, social justice and health/well-being in many of their classes as these areas are embedded in curriculum. Students extend their learning by doing research on the internet and participating in field trips during flex days.
Almost all of our extra-curricular groups have an ESD flavour as well. Athletes, musicians, actors, recyclers, unity group members, gardeners, Amnesty members, Marsville participants, Bright Futures members and our student council leaders all contribute to a vibrant school that sustains itself through students and staff participating in positive learning experiences. The presence of our youth in the community, with their many talents and capacities to make a difference, contributes to positive potential. Through common experiences in athletics, the arts and volunteering, we see students, staff and families coming together in many positive ways that help to sustain and energize our school and community.
Unite to Change
Collège Garden City Collegiate students and staff were part of the beginnings of our 7 Oaks Unite to Change conferences. Working together with school leaders and trustees, a group of our students from a variety of grades helped to grow the idea of gathering representatives from around the division to celebrate efforts and plant seeds for further change in our schools and their surrounding communities. The planning committee is open to all.