RSHM Heritage Award: Celebrating Lifelong Learners
The RSHM Heritage Award Program is an enriching learning experience at Marymount International School, developed by a committee of faculty members, as program for Grade 8 students. This program endeavors to enable students to grow in their individual sense of agency, recognizing their own ability to become discerning members to the RSHM global learning community. For this program, each goal of the RSHM Network of Schools has been used as an educational standard to anchor the learning and growth of the students. With the wide array of potential projects to fulfill the five goals, our aim is to attend to all aspects of our students' characters.
The criteria for the RSHM Heritage Award Program have been developed to be accessible to our heterogeneous student body whose diverse talents provide the rich fabric of our international community. In the words of Mother Butler, "The aims of a Marymount education are manifold: to educate the heart and mind, and to provide for each student's total growth, intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically."
Each student participant is required to complete a project related to each of the Goals & Criteria of the RSHM Network of Schools:
- Goal 1: To foster a personal relationship with God - Student participants will explore their spirituality.
- Goal 2: To create unity through diversity - Student participants will experience team building through sports.
- Goal 3: To instill a life-long love of learning - Student participants will develop and express critical thinking skills.
- Goal 4: To encourage and affirm personal growth - Student participants will facilitate a learning experience for others.
- Goal 5: To awaken a consciousness of social justice -Student participants will actively serve their community.
- Goal 6: To fulfill the Mission of the RSHM: That all may have life
Student participants then conduct a personal reflection on what they have learned about themselves and how their experience is a reflection of the Mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. The students who have chosen to participate are asked to find an adult sponsor who can support their projects as they fulfill the program's requirements.
At the end of the year, the students present a portfolio of their activities to representatives from the Administration and faculty. In this presentation, the students shared their personal reflections about the process and explained how their projects embody the goals of the RSHM Schools. Each student participant that successfully completes the program is awarded the RSHM Heritage Award - a special recognition for our Grade 8 graduates.
Upon learning about the RSHM Heritage Award, Sr. Rita Arthur, the RSHM Delegate to the United Nations, highlighted that our students need to feel empowered with the knowledge that they can "create the world they want so that all may have life." It is our hope that participation in the RSHM Heritage Award Program helps the Marymount International School, Paris student participants see themselves as active and valuable representatives of the RSHM Global learning community.