Debating is a formal method of interactive and positional representational argument. As such students have the opportunity to hone their public speaking skills and to test their critical and analytical skills. Sometimes requiring extensive research or merely quick thinking, debate provides young people with the opportunity to involve themselves in the discussion of meaningful topics in an academic setting. Tournaments are held throughout the province with top competitors vying for a place at the national championships. For more information, email Mr. Charles McEvoy.
RNS is proud to offer all students the opportunity to earn the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, an international program that operates in more than 100 countries. This year, all Grade 9 and 10 students will be enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh Program through their Physical Education classes and will be provided opportunities through RNS Outdoors to earn the Bronze Level of achievement. For more information, contact Mr. Mike Carpenter.
The Outdoor Leadership Program at RNS is based around a passion and appreciation for the great outdoors. Through a variety of wilderness activities, we incorporate technical skills specific to outdoor adventure and interpersonal skills such as perseverance, teamwork, and commitment. These are blended with “green” skills that focus on environmental ethics and a knowledge about the natural world. Our goal is to provide numerous opportunities that allow our students to try new outdoor adventure activities in our local region as well as highlight the unique landscape around the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Students will be provided with numerous opportunities to fulfill the Adventure requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program. This will include the Practice and Qualifying Adventurous Journey for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels.
This program is the brainchild of University of Calgary professor Dr. James Cross, who partnered with fellow Round Square and CAIS school Strathcona-Tweedsmuir, to create an authentic and enriching learning opportunity for secondary school students. Students begin working on their project in October by brainstorming possible challenges populations will face in the year 2050.
Students in Grades 7-10 have the opportunity to take part in exchanges with other Round Square schools. Middle School students select a school within North America for a 2 week period, while Senior school students may apply to any Round Square school around the globe for a period of 6 weeks to a term. A list of full member schools and their websites can be found at http://www.roundsquare.org/. For further information on student exchanges, email Ms. Anna Simonds.
RNS students are enthusiastically productive in the performing arts. Two major productions are highlights during the year, drawing audiences and providing a valuable showcase for the students’ hard work and dedication. Performed in the Théâtre Susan B. Ganong, productions provide opportunities for student actors, singers, dancers and technicians to share their talents and participate in a collaborative process. Recent productions include Annie, You Can't Take It With You, Footloose, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, The Good Person of Szechwan, Doctor Faustus and Romeo & Juliet.
In addition to the two major productions each year, Middle School Arts Nights are offered three times per school year as a celebration of students' explorations in the visual, musical and performing arts. Plays and scenes are also performed informally by students enrolled in the IB Theatre Arts classes throughout the year. All students are encouraged to participate in drama regardless of their level of experience.
RNS has a diverse music program. In addition to the music courses offered at the Senior School level and the Arts Cycle program in the Middle School, there are many additional opportunities for students to become involved in music, including jazz choir, girls' choir, boys' choir, school choir, senior band, and jazz ensemble.
Top of the Hill has long been a special piece of tradition for the students, faculty, and friends of Rothesay Netherwood School. The yearbook is a representation of what we have accomplished in a year at RNS. While it may be impossible to compress an entire year into one book, we hope that Top of the Hill does capture what life is like at RNS. The yearbook is created by a dedicated team of people, who put a great deal of time and effort into creating a product that we hope will bring back fond memories of RNS, long after students have moved on from the Hill. For more information on joining the yearbook committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org. It's your yearbook. Get Into It!
The In-School mentoring program provides youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up within school grounds.RNS students in grades 11 and 12 serve as in-school mentors and are paired one-on-one with a student in a local elementary school to provide guidance and support. Students visit the local elementary schools weekly and serve as mentors throughout the year while receiving support from both Big Brothers and RNS faculty
Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 12-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating, and self-esteem. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life. RNS students in grades 11 and 12 serve as Go-Girls! Mentors at local elementary schools and RNS students in grades 6 and 7 participate in the program with the support from mentors in the upper grades.
RNS students and staff visit Outflow Ministry on a monthly basis to serve a hot meal to those in need in Saint John. All meals are prepared at RNS and delivered by students interested in supporting Outflow’s mission to restore dignity and realize hope.
RNS students and staff gather annually to create blankets in support of Project Linus. The mission of Project Linus is to provide a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need of a hug, through the gifts of new, handmade washable blankets.
As a member school of Round Square, our students have the opportunity to participate in international service projects as part of teams comprising students and faculty from around the globe. These projects generally overlap the Christmas, March, and summer breaks; however students may miss some school time as well. Emails are sent each time project registration becomes open. For more information on international service projects, email Ms. Anna Simonds.
Youth for Youth is a youth-organized and coordinated concert to help homeless and at-risk youth in Saint John. While the event takes place annually in April, student-led meetings are held throughout the year to plan and grow the event in support of the Teen Resource Centre (TRC). The TRC is a local organization which provides asafe and encouraging environmentfor local youth to explore theirfull potential. The concert features a variety of young, upcoming local artists.
"Knowing that you have had such a huge impact on that kid’s life, and experiencing growing up together, is the coolest thing ever. I hope everyone can have the same experience I did.” Cecil V (on his experience as a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.)