Students and staff in Rainbow Schools celebrate Earth Day in a variety of ways including energy conservation, litterless lunches, community clean ups and environmental projects and assemblies.
Each year, Rainbow Schools take part in Education Week, which celebrates teaching excellence, student achievement, parental involvement and exceptional community support. Students participate in a variety of learning activities geared towards an annual theme provided by the Ministry of Education.
Embrace Diversity: Free to Be Me Conference
Rainbow District School Board hosts the Embrace Diversity: Free to Be Me Conference (formerly Dare to Stand Out). The annual symposium delivers a day filled with keynote speakers and workshops aimed to create and enhance school-based supports for students who are lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and questioning (LGTBQ), as well as students with friends and family members in these communities.
Mock Trial Competition
The Mock Trial Competition brings together students from Rainbow District School Board, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board and the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario to compete for the coveted Hennessy Cup. Students enjoy this authentic learning experience, as they present their cases in actual courtrooms assisted by experienced court staff including Justice Patricia C. Hennessy. Awards are given out for best witness, best advocate crown, best advocate defence and team civility.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Orange Shirt Day
On September 30th, students in Rainbow Schools commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which coincides with Orange Shirt Day, a day to recognize the effects and intergenerational impacts of the residential school system on First Nation, Métis, and Inuit children in Canada. Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake, British Columbia by the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration project. Phyllis Webstad, a young girl from the Dog Creek reserve, attended the Mission in 1973, where her clothes were removed, including her brand new orange shirt. Phyllis’ story inspired the Mission to declare September 30th Orange Shirt Day, as this was the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to attend residential schools.
Rainbow students and staff take part in numerous activities to honour those who have fought and scarified their lives during war and peacekeeping missions.
Students in Grades 7 to 12 capitalize on their instinctive curiosity to inquire and discover during the annual Science Fair. Students research specific areas of science that relate to curriculum expectations in all areas including engineering, earth sciences, the environment and more. They test their projects and present their findings to a panel of judges as they compete for a spot at the Sudbury Regional Science Fair.
Stand Up, Speak Out Conference
Stand Up, Speak Out is a two-day annual conference presented by the Rainbow District School Board Student Senate. Rainbow secondary school students explore a series of activities and keynote addresses aimed to generate opportunities for empowerment, to nurture leadership, and create change.
Take Our Kids to Work Day
Grade 9 students in Rainbow Schools experience the world of work and the variety of career opportunities that await them as they spend the day at work job shadowing a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host as part of the national Take Our Kids to Work program.
Technological Skills Competition
Secondary students test their skills in carpentry, welding, TV/video edition, photography, auto-service technology, 2D character animation, cabinet making and small-powered equipment during the Technological Skills Competition.
Wear Pink Day – September
Staff and students wear pink for “Stand Up Against Bullying Day” in an effort to demonstrate a collective commitment to end bullying in Rainbow schools and communities.