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News stories

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Reflections and Resolutions: Sharing Stories

On June 27th, 2016 by Carla Alblas

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Have you ever celebrated New Year’s Eve in a tropical country? There’s something very unusual about shouting , “Happy New Year” while standing barefoot under a spectacular display of fireworks on a hot beach. This was exactly my experience a few years ago while vacationing in Florida with my family ...

Class of 2016 Meets Class of 2028

On June 13th, 2016 by Carla Alblas

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It isn’t often that you see a group of Kindergarten students learning alongside a grade twelve Robotics class. But that’s exactly what happened recently, as students in Stephanie Robinson’s Kindergarten class at King Christian School in Newmarket travelled by bus to spend the day learning about Robotics with David Robinson’s ...

Staff blogs

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Ubuntu

On August 24th, 2016 by Julius de Jager

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  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 ...

Filled With Hope

On August 8th, 2016 by Ray Hendriks

ELDI 2016 Participants
I had the privilege of attending the Educators Leadership Development Institute (ELDI) during the last week of July. ELDI is a week-long summer institute specifically designed to help teachers without administrative positions experience firsthand what it might mean to be a leader and/or administrator in a Christian School community. Participants came ...

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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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 ...

CCS Choir Takes Home Silver in National MusicFest

On May 13th, 2016 by Carla Alblas

Congratulations to the Senior Choir from Calvin Christian School (CCS) in Hamilton, as they achieved a silver award in the National MusicFest held in Ottawa on May 11, 2016. The choir qualified for the national festival by receiving a gold standard at the 2016 Golden Horseshoe Music Festival held in ...

Partner voices

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Cardus Announces John Rozema Education Awards

On June 16th, 2016 by Beth Green

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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 ...

Christian School Foundation Announces New CEO

On June 2nd, 2016 by Marlene Bergsma

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The Board of Directors of the Christian School Foundation is pleased to announce Tony Kamphuis as our Foundation’s new Chief Executive Officer. Kamphuis was the unanimous choice of the CEO Search Committee, which employed the services of a professional consultant to assist with the exhaustive, four-month search. With 31 years in Christian ...

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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