The regions RNS offers busing from are:
Additional notes: We have our own bus; however, it is not used to trasport students to and from school. It is used during and after the school day, and on weekends, to take students to the city, or some type of planned event.
How we see Rothesay Netherwood School
How Rothesay Netherwood School sees itself
"Founded in 1877, Rothesay Netherwood School (RNS) is a progressive, co-ed, boarding and day school for Grades 6 to 12. We offer rigorous academics in a beautiful, safe community that is supported by low student-teacher ratios and a world-class IB curriculum. Our mission is to provide a nurturing environment where students are empowered to embrace their individuality while pursuing the greater good. Our graduates are compassionate leaders with the determination to make a difference in the world."
"RNS has a daily Advisor Program that is truly unique. It ensures that each student receives the highest possible level of emotional and social support from our tremendously committed faculty and staff. Our well-rounded student support services provide our students with encouraging words when they need them. And our University Placement office works one-on-one with students as they make their post-secondary education decisions, helping them navigate the application and scholarship process."
"RNS is a small school with a big reputation worldwide. We are recognized across Canada and around the world for our 100% commitment to educating, celebrating and supporting each and every student. Our position at the forefront of education is because of our inspired and inspiring faculty and staff. Our highly-qualified, committed teachers know every student, and every family, by name. They work tirelessly toward our students' education and enrichment."
"Our day mirrors a typical adult working day: We start at 8:15am and end most days at 5pm. We have a rich academic program, followed by participation in competitive or non-competitive physical activities like field hockey, soccer, tennis, yoga, track and field, rugby, martial arts, or rowing, to name a few. We also have a passion for promoting the arts. Students can join bands, develop their visual arts skills, act in plays or a musical, or take on costume or set design."
"The RNS community is a family. If students arrive on the Hill feeling a little apprehensive, their nervousness is fleeting thanks to the friendliness, encouragement, and welcoming nature of not only our faculty and staff, but of the other RNS students and families. All of our students are immediately embraced; they are supported, assured, and cheered on throughout their journey (and beyond!) at RNS."
"- We have a 100% acceptance rate to our students' school of choice
- Our student-to-teacher ratio is 7:1
- We offer more than $1M in scholarships and bursaries every year
- We have an Advisor Program that is the only one of its calibre in the country
- Our unique and exceptional experiences prepare students for university and ready to embrace all of life's opportunities"
Fine Arts Studio
Science Hall is a STEM-focused centre of excellence in innovation and one of the finest academic buildings in the country.
Hanging out in Kirk House
How people from the school’s community see Rothesay Netherwood School
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Paul McLellan, Head of School
BSc, BEd, MEd
Almost a century and a half ago, Rothesay Netherwood School (RNS) was established as a place where students would receive an education of excellence that would meet their individual interests, abilities, passions, and needs. I am proud to say that this tradition continues today.
RNS is a small school with a big reputation worldwide. We are an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for students in Grades 6 to12 that is situated on the tree-lined banks of the majestic Kennebecasis River in the charming town of Rothesay, New Brunswick. We offer a rigorous academic program and extraordinary life experiences to a diverse student body that hails from both Canada and around the world.
We are a school that is distinctive in so many ways. We provide a safe and nurturing learning environment that presents students with unparalleled opportunities to make an impact on our extraordinary 125-acre campus as well as in the nearby community. Our vibrant and fully integrated academic, residential, and co-curricular experience is sustained by a diverse and exceptional faculty and staff that is 100% committed to celebrating, supporting, and challenging every one of our students so they can be their best.
Please feel free to reach out to us should you require other information before you choose where your child will be pursuing their path. I look forward to the possibility of your family being an active part of our community.
Most big schools provide your extroverted child with plenty of social opportunities and the ability to interact with different peer groups with a wide range of personalities, interests, values, etc. A larger student population and more extracurriculars—including activities like team sports, arts programs, and debate—will give them a broader scope of opportunities to participate in events that scratch their interpersonal itch. “This may also give them the opportunity to hone certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students.”
Throughout the continuum—from the Primary Years Programme (PYP) to the Diploma Programme (DP)—the IB offers plenty of group work, projects, and activities, which can be great for extroverts who often enjoy social and collaborative learning. Also, “Since IB schools have a strong emphasis on community service and activism, your child will have great opportunities to harness their outgoing and collaborative personality,” says Stacey Jacobs, Director of Clear Path Educational Consulting. These schools will also give your child the chance to interact and spend time with a bright, motivated, and ambitious group of kids who may have interests similar to them.
However, given the challenging curriculum and heavy workload of the IB, it can sometimes leave less time for socializing. This makes it especially important to ask about social opportunities at the school, including the ability to interact with different peer groups, both in class and out.
At a boarding school, your extroverted child will likely enjoy seeking out and interacting with peer groups from different backgrounds, away from home. In fact, studying and living with other kids for an extended period of time, as many alumni tell us, provides the unique opportunity to form close relationships that can last well beyond the school years. Many boarding schools also have large student populations and more extracurriculars—including activities like student council, team sports, and arts programs—which will give your outgoing child a broader scope of opportunities to feed off the energy of others, and possibly even become a leader, in a dynamic environment.
Keep in mind, though, “Being an extrovert can be a catalyst for getting involved in lots of activities, which can sometimes be hard to manage,” says Joanne Foster, Toronto-based education consultant and author of ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids. “For instance, a particularly extroverted child may try to end up juggling too many people and activities. While they still may thrive at a boarding school, it helps to know your child and how much social interaction they can handle comfortably.”
Make sure any prospective school, no matter what size, provides the right social environment to help your child feel at home, make friends, and develop confidence. This is especially important at big schools, which are sometimes more socially overwhelming and challenging for an introvert to find their bearings in. Of course, “Because larger schools usually have a more diverse student population, introverted kids are more likely to find a small group of people like them, a peer group they can relate to and find acceptance from,” says Dona Matthews, Toronto-based education consultant and co-author (with Joanne Foster) of Beyond Intelligence.
Bigger schools often have a broader scope of extracurricular activities, which is another way to help your child meet the right group of friends. “This may also give them the opportunity to develop certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students. Remember, though, each child is different—so what works for one may not work for another.”
IB schools give your child the opportunity to interact and spend time with a bright, motivated, and ambitious group of kids who may have interests similar to them. Due to the IB’s heavy focus on group work, the programme offers a social and collaborative learning environment, which can help your introverted child overcome their shyness and get to know their peers well. This can relieve some of the pressure associated with having to take the initiative outside of class to make friends.
Just make sure any school you're considering offers enough independent work time for your introverted child—something which can vary widely between IB schools.
At a boarding school, your introverted child will be more motivated (and virtually compelled) to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Away from home and in a new environment, they’re more likely to take the initiative to form close friendships, which can boost their independence and confidence, and help them develop critical social skills.
"Consider, though, whether your child will be comfortable and confident while living away from home, and while having to navigate the various, and sometimes unforeseen social-emotional experiences, alongside the academic challenges,” says Joanne Foster, education expert and author of ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids. Finally, ensure support systems are in place to promote their social and emotional development, and that your child is willing and prepared to take advantage of them. Your child will often need to advocate for themselves at a boarding school, and they’ll need confidence and perseverance to do so.
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