Our teachers have worked together to establish a vision of what we want learning to be like at RSGC by 2018, and the task of realizing that vision is already well underway. The following principles guide learning at RSGC. Boys are encouraged and supported to:
- Constantly refine the question through an ongoing inquiry process
- Use collaboration, feedback and reflection to co-construct knowledge
- Contribute positively and substantially to our learning community
- Welcome challenge and adversity as part of reaching excellence
- Understand how one’s personal experience impacts their perspective
- Think critically and generate ideas to solve relevant issues
In our vision, learning occurs in all areas of a student’s experience at RSGC – not only in the classroom, but also throughout the campus and into the community. That’s why you’ll see students outside conducting test flights of wooden gliders they’ve built, or planting vegetables and garlic in our community garden. It’s why we’ve established the Design Engineering Studio to bring boys of all ages together with the resources they need to make things. It’s why a group of RSGC boys took the initiative to raise funds to purchase iPods and music for a local extended-care facility, for the enjoyment of people living with Alzheimer’s and other disabilities.
At the heart of learning is the application of knowledge. At RSGC, we provide opportunities for learners to work collaboratively to build understanding in order to solve problems. Our students can be seen working together all over campus, drawing up plans, working with numbers, and writing and re-writing solutions to problems that exist in the immediate community and beyond. These opportunities allow each boy to expand his own creativity and challenge his limits.
Our learning culture provides many opportunities for the boys to develop awareness of how they learn, through academics, athletics, arts and service learning. Technology is used to support learning in a developmentally appropriate manner, and a variety of technological tools are available to facilitate the boys’ designs and creative solutions.
Although we utilize the Ontario Curriculum as the basis for our academic program, we continually expand and enrich the learning experience to reach far beyond the province’s requirements. By providing an academic program that taps into each boy’s motivation, we develop committed and self-aware boys who will have the potential to thrive and lead in a changing world.