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Gingerbread Man Hunt at Laurentian Hills

On September 19th, 2016 by Carla Alblas

The first day of school is filled with all kinds of emotions for students, especially those who are entering kindergarten for the very first time. To ease her new kindergarten students into their unfamiliar environment on their first day of school, Laurentian Hills Christian School (LHCS) teacher Yvonne Grootenboer planned a ...

New School Year—New Leaders

On September 12th, 2016 by Carla Alblas

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Twenty-two percent of OACS schools have a new principal or administrative team at the helm for the 2016-2017 school year. That’s almost one in every four schools. “It became clear over the course of the past school year that there was going to be a higher than average number of leadership shoes ...

Staff blogs

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Holding Fast to God

On September 1st, 2016 by Ray Hendriks

The journey of another school year is upon us.  Already, teachers and administrators are engaged in preparations, and on Tuesday morning they will welcome students and parents with great excitement.  As we embark on the 2016-2017 school year, I’d like to share a story from the book of Joshua. Joshua 22:5 ...


On August 24th, 2016 by Julius de Jager

  While listening to the latest CD from the Mars Hill Audio Journal, I heard a reference to an African proverb that caught my attention. It read, “I am because we are”. I have since learned that this proverb is called Ubuntu and its full description is better stated as “I ...

Interview stories

Celebrating “Mr T.”—Ed Tennant

The OACS News Service is working with Edifide to write a series of articles that focus on teachers in different parts of their Christian school journey. In our very first article, we’re writing in a special, long-form format, to share the story of Ed Tennant as he retires from teaching at Kingston Christian School.

School snapshots

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Trenton Christian School Kicks Off 60th Year!

On September 12th, 2016 by Carla Alblas

On Friday, September 9th, 2016,  Trenton Christian School kicked off their 60th Anniversary year with their annual school BBQ.  There were over 250 people in attendance, varying in age from 3 months to 80+.  Everyone enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by the school Board, and there were bouncy castles ...

Woodland’s Robot “Jackknife” Earns a Spot in World Championships

On June 8th, 2016 by Carla Alblas

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 The past season for the robotics team at Woodland Christian High School was very successful! The team, made up of 30 students, worked together for over six weeks at the beginning of the year to put together a robot which they named Jacknife. The team  ended up gaining a wildcard spot ...

Partner voices

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How Great Thou Art!

On September 30th, 2016 by Diane Stronks

Last week, over two hundred leaders in Christian education from across North America met at the biennial Christian School Canada conference in Banff.  We had the pleasure of listening to Andy Crouch (for some of us again) talk about vulnerability and power/authority.  I have many reflections about the week but ...

Cardus Announces John Rozema Education Awards

On June 16th, 2016 by Beth Green

Cardus President and CEO Michael Van Pelt has announced winners of the first-ever John Rozema Awards for Teacher Excellence at Ontario Independent Christian Schools. Van Pelt and John Rozema, in partnership with the Christian School Foundation, presented the awards June 9 2016 at a reception in the Royal Botanical Gardens at ...

The Multiplier

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Educational Assistants

On May 16th, 2016 by Carla Alblas

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It has been said that a well-run school can function for a day or so without the principal, but if the educational assistant does not show up in a classroom for work, the day can go off the rails very quickly. An educational assistant (EA) is a paraeducator who supports the ...


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