St. Charles Catholic Elementary School
 Academic Programs

Environmental Education

Purpose and Goals

The primary objectives of the program are to ensure:

  • Students are able to define such fundamental concepts as environment, community, development, and technology, and apply these definitions in local, national, and global contexts;
  • Students use a range of resources, communications skills, and technologies in addressing environmental questions;
  • Students develop problem-solving skills and critical and creative thinking skills, including the ability to reason and apply logic, to recognize and apply abstract patterns, to identify connections and relationships between ideas and issues, and to test ideas against new information and against personal experience and beliefs
  • By the end of Grade 12, students will acquire knowledge, skills, and perspectives that foster understanding of their fundamental connections to each other, to the world around them, and to all living things.

Program Description

Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) is an appeal from Pope Francis to address “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path.

At Sudbury Catholic Schools, our students and staff participate in environmental action. We are making ongoing commitments to actively care for God’s creation. We recognize that we must share the responsibility to be stewards of the earth. Our teachers weave environmental issues and topics into all subjects and grades. Our students share in initiatives such as planting gardens to increase our bee population, recycling and composting, investigating units around egg hatcheries and old growth forests, etc. We are also dedicated to reducing heat, hydro and water consumption. Together we are working towards making a difference one step at a time.

Examples of environmental initiatives include community clean ups, tree planting, helping to nurture community gardens, Earth Day focused activities and crafts, energy conservation activities such as Earth Hour and learning about how to give back to the Earth!

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