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Thinking Big Picture at TDChristian

November 11, 2014

For the last two months, the eighteen students enrolled in TDChristian’s Internship Block Program have been immersed in an exciting blend of real-world experience and in-class learning.

Each student has been matched with an adult mentor in their industry of interest, and is spending two full days a week at that mentor’s workplace. 
It’s a program is modeled after an educational movement called Big Picture Learning (BPL), where students are placed in personalized, innovative learning environments that work in tandem with their greater community.

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Entering the Story with Administrative Assistants 

November 4, 2014

It takes all kinds of personalities to run a school: leaders, learners, visionaries and organizers. 
At this year’s Edifide Educators Convention, professionals with a wide array of skill sets were supported—including the administrative assistants working diligently (and often behind the scenes) within the Christian School movement.

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Learning with Young Leaders in Nunavut

October 27, 2014

Hannah Hill is Arctic bound. In only a few short days the grade 12 student from Unity Christian High School will travel to Iqualuit Nunavut, with a youth-oriented non-profit called Global Vision. During her stay she’ll serve as an ambassador from her community and meet with sixty of Canada’s young leaders (thirty from the South and thirty from the North) for the first-ever Arctic Council Youth Ambassador Summit.

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Ambitious SCHS Fundraising Campaign 
a Success

October 14, 2014

A small Niagara high school is hoping to boost enrolment now that its ambitious fundraising campaign has been exceptionally successful.

Smithville Christian High School launched a $1.4 million campaign in January to increase enrolment by improving its curb appeal and boosting its bursary fund. In just over half a year, the campaign has reached over 90% of its goal, said principal Ted Harris, which means the school will now offer even more bursaries in the future.

Keynote Summaries

Re-forming the Formers: Self-Examination for Teachers November 7, 2014

The final lecture summary in our “Imagining the Kingdom” series has some valuable words of advice for any educator aspiring to be a teacher of virtue. What might attending to our own virtue formation really mean? And how can we best sustain one another in this ongoing project? We hope that you’ll find plenty of food for thought in what Jamie Smith has to say!

Christian Schooling in a Secular Age: Reimagining Education as Mission October 28, 2014

This week’s summary (number three of four) invites readers to think about the nature of our secular age, and the implications it has for the Christian school movement. Where do the “spiritual but not religious” fit in? How do we make sense of the spiritual longings that endure in our culture today? Join with Smith in thinking seriously about how Christian schools can bless those who are looking for something more.

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Restory(ing) the Imagination: The Art of Education October 17, 2014

This week’s summary (number two of four) invites readers to think about the power of ritual and story within the sphere of Christian education. Read on and consider why micro habits might have macro implications!

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Beyond Worldview and Back Again October 13, 2014

This year, the keynote speaker at the biennial Christian Schools Canada Leadership Conference was James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College and the editor of Comment magazine. Smith is also the award-winning author of Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?

Over the next few weeks, the OACS News Service will provide readers with summaries of Smith’s four keynote addresses. We hope this series will be a benefit to conference attendees wishing to revisit Smith’s ideas, and for those who were unable to attend the event!

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Staff Blogs

Looks like Trinity Christian School in Burlington had a very successful 50th Anniversary Celebration Bazaar! Along with raising $24,000 for their school, TCS was able to raise $800 for a charity called Food4Kids and $500 for Partnership West Food Bank. Well done! ... See MoreSee Less

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This morning, and over the last few days, OACS Schools were intentional in setting aside time to commemorate Remembrance Day.

The photo below comes out of Jarvis Community Christian School where students recited "In Flanders Field" for members of the Hagersville Legion last week.

Today, the OACS community joins with Canada in remembering and honouring the sacrifices made by those who served Canada in times of war, armed conflict and peace.
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