Experiential Learning

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." - Aristotle

The Global Programs at RSGC challenge our students to value differences and similarities among people both in our own community, as well as those in the world around us. These programs allow students in Grades 7 through 12 to choose from a selection of experiences that focus on developing caring, cooperative, responsible and engaged global citizens. Students who participate in these global experiences will gain the knowledge, skills and mind-set; to understand the inter-connectedness between local actions and global outcomes.

Through local, national and international hands-on experiences, students become aware of their role in the global village while developing a sensitivity to the needs of others. In doing so, they will be empowered to make choices that are environmentally sound, economically sustainable and socially just.

We are no longer solely Canadian citizens but also Global citizens and as such, our knowledge of global issues as well as our participation on the global stage is essential.

Excursions & Exchanges

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  • International Service Learning

    RSGC understands the growing importance of preparing its students to participate in issues of development, equity, social and environmental justice.  Over the March Break, students in grades 7 through 12 have the opportunity to travel to another part of the world to immerse themselves in the culture while partnering with local organizations to work alongside community members on a joint project.  Each project will determine the focus of the trip.  For example, helping to build homes while learning about the importance of breaking the poverty cycle or assisting with construction of a school and learning about the importance of access to education for all children.

    Germany & Poland: Coalition for Kids International

    After a historical and educational tour of Berlin, Germany, this life-changing journey takes students to Poland, where they are empowered to fulfill the dreams and wishes of children who suffer from life-threatening and terminal illnesses, often in circumstances beyond imagination. The program promotes compassion and cooperation and after 11 days, students come away with a lasting impression, mature awareness, greater respect, a deeper sense of perspective and much more.

    Belize: St. Joseph's Primary School

    As part of a partnership with St. Joseph’s Primary School in the Cotton Tree Village, Cayo District, boys engage in various projects for the school, including building a new school sign, improving waste facilities and building walkways between classrooms. Along with this work, students contribute donations of much needed school supplies, such as books, paper, pens, pencils, stickers, soccer balls and more, as well as meet with the students and spend time playing games together and getting to know one another. The goal of the trip is to develop a greater sense of cultural literacy and global awareness, as well as skills in group dynamics, communication, problem solving, flexibility, adaptability, self-direction, and responsibility.
  • Student Exchange Programs

    Students may participate in exchanges with RSGC’s partner institution. Exchange programs afford RSGC students unique opportunities to partner with other students from around the world, study and use other languages, and enrich their knowledge of diverse cultures. Many exchange students are impacted not only by the academic life but also by living and learning in a community, an essential aspect of many international programs.

    Paris Language and Cultural Program

    In partnership with OSEF (Organisme de Séjours Éducatifs Francophones), our Grade 10 students have the opportunity to participate in a cultural and linguistic exchange with students from France and Belgium. Our students host their partners from the end of August until the beginning of October, and then travel to Europe from the beginning of February until the end of March (7 weeks total including the March Break). All Canadian exchange participants travel together and begin their experience with a 2-day visit to Paris before continuing on to their exchange partner's home town. Students will attend classes at the host's school and participate in daily life as a member of their partner's family. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to improve their French communication ability, develop their independence as well as create greater global cultural awareness.
  • Cultural Exchange Experiences

    Tokai University, Japan: Judo Cultural Exchange

    RSGC has partnered with Tokai University and their sports exchange program, Judo club members and  alumni of Tokai University led by Prof. Toshiaki Hashimoto will perform a Judo demonstration in front of the students and faculty members.  Then there will be a session with Sombo players at Sombo training field at Tokai  University.  "Tokai Judo" could play a great part to enhance the amity between Canada and Japan breaking the language barrier.
  • International Excursions

    England & Scotland: Choir Tour (2017)

    Members of the RSGC Choir will participate in a choir tour of Scotland and Northern England in June 2017. 

    Montreal: Junior School A Band (2017)

    The Junior School A-Band will be travelling to Montreal in 2017.

    Cuba: Baseball Trip (2018)

    This trip provides high-level baseball training for RSGC students athletes to engage in a cultural exchange with a vibrant society undergoing significant cultural change. It is an opportunity for the team to develop comaraderie and engagement with student athletes and artists in Cuba, a country rich in historical ties to Canada, the arts and of course, a powerful baseball tradition. In addition to at least five games being played against Cuban teams, the students will spend mornings at baseball training facilities with Cuban coaches and evenings engaged in cultural excursions including music and dance in and around Havana. This is a rare opportunity to benefit from both cultural exchange and high-level training.
  • Outdoor Education

    Grade 3 & 4: Independence and Belonging

    The Grade 3 and 4 outdoor experience takes place in January at Camp Mini-Yo We. The trip focuses on students learning to be comfortable away from home and deepening their sense of independence and belonging at the school.

    Grade 5 & 6: Building Confidence and Venturing Out

    The Grades 5 and 6 outdoor experience takes place in September at Camp Pine Crest. The Grade 5 program is centered on the theme of building confidence, while the Grade 6 program is directed at the theme of venturing out. The Grade 6 program includes a short overnight canoe trip.

    Grade 7: Community Building

    The Grades 7 outdoor experience takes place in September at Camp Onondaga. Since Grade 7 is an entry point for many students, an emphasis on community is essential. Through a variety of camp activities, the focus of this trip is to have the boys work together and interact with their new peer group.

    Grade 9: Community Building

    The Grade 9 outdoor experience takes place during the first week of school at Camp Arowhon. Though many begin the week as strangers, after a week of team-building activities, shared meals and community-building workshops, students return to school with new connections and new friends. This trip serves as a foundation of the group journey on which the students are embarking for the next four years.

    Grade 10: Self Discovery and Skill Development

    The Grade 10 outdoor experience takes place at the end of January. There are two options from which students may select: a four-day dog sledding trip in Algonquin Park or a four-day winter skills adventure at Camp Wanakita. This program allows students to explore their personal interests. It creates opportunities for students to challenge themselves and develop skills they may draw from when contributing to the school community.

    Grade 11: Personal Adventure and Leadership Development

    The Grade 11 outdoor experience takes place in early April at Strathcona Park Lodge on Vancouver Island, BC. The focus of the trip is in recognizing moments when leadership is needed and the different styles of leadership in varied contexts. The expectation is that all students will come to recognize the leadership strengths they possess and grow in their confidence in using them as they move into their final year, becoming the senior leaders in the school.
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award

    The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an internationally recognized program that, according to its founder, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, "provides an introduction to worthwhile leisure activities and voluntary service, as a challenge to the individual to discover the satisfaction of achievement and as a guide for those people and organizations who would like to encourage the development of their younger fellow citizens."

    Tom Stevens is the Faculty Advisor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme at RSGC. Recent expeditions have included canoeing in Killarney Provincial Park, hiking around Silent Lake and dog sledding in Algonquin Park. Four components to the program include: Service Expeditions and Explorations Skills or Hobbie Physical Recreation