At Redeemer we know school should be fun. Our Student Council is made up of 2 representatives from every grade level, and an Executive Committee chosen from the two senior grades. Redeemer Student Council works hard to engage the whole student body in a number of activities throughout the school year to create a real sense of community. Even our teachers and other staff join in the fun, whether it's dress up days, team games, Christmas Dinner and Talent Show (remember "U3"!!), fundraisers, 30 Hour Famine, or our pancake breakfast, everyone takes part. With only 175 students between grade 9 and 12, no one gets left out at Redeemer.
But what about engaging our community? At Redeemer our staff are effective in challenging and inspiring our students not just in classes and school activities, but we are also committed to seeking opportunities for our students to engage with the wider community. Students are encouraged to get involved in the world around them - to display Christian stewardship, seek justice, and use their gifts and talents to serve others.
In February our Student Council had a number of activities during Valentine's week to raise money to support a mission headed up by a former Redeemer teacher now working in Africa. Money was raised that week and sent to Sierra Leone where Andy Pentlow and his wife are assessing educational needs and teaching practices in schools there. Redeemer students have also sponsored a child through World Vision for many years and hold a Pancake Breakfast each year to raise the funds needed to send the monthly allowance overseas. Our fundraising efforts provide our students with a very practical example of how their work here can bring Christ's love to others far away. And in April, students in our grade 12 World Issues class participate in the mock United Nations Conference in Toronto, where they debate real issues affecting our world today.
While students in the public boards have to accumulate 40 service hours to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Redeemer graduates are required to get 60 hours of community service in order to get the Redeemer certificate. Many of our students accumulate 100, 200, 300 hours and more working in their churches, local clubs, nursing homes, food banks, helping neighbours with chores, working in our cafeteria, etc. At Redeemer, we want our students to understand that service is a key part of their Christian walk.