Cross community work borne out of Education for Mutual Understanding (EMU) continues to be at the heart of RSD and is provided through a wide range of stimulating curricular and extra-curricular activities.
In RSD, EMU emphasised the need for self respect and respect for others. Much of this takes place in the classroom, but the practical outworking and application of what goes on within the curriculum is expressed to a large extent in the wide-ranging curricular and extra-curricular activities which cement relationships within the school and within the community. As individuals and as groups they gain much in terms of integrity, respect, co-operation, and teamwork.
RSD’s commitment to EMU has been best demonstrated in the partnership with St. Patrick’s Academy and St. Patrick’s College under the auspices of the Sharing Education Programme (SEP). As part of the SEP pupils from both schools undertake lessons together in some subjects and participate in broader enrichment opportunities. These have included joint Irish History Conferences, joint Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions, joint Art exhibitions and a variety of careers and university events. There is a commitment to sustaining such activity in the period after the formal conclusion of SEP in 2013.
RSD pupils at different levels throughout the school year engage in a variety of activities at inter-school, cross-community, national and international level. Sixth form also participate in the inter-school Christian Education Movement programme of events. Such contact groups are mixed both in age and gender, providing an opportunity to work with and relate to others. Further examples are found in Public Speaking and Debating, rugby and hockey, musical competitions and drama, community service (including working in a local special school) and visiting the elderly and infirm.