Excited faces weren’t hard to spot at John Knox Christian School’s opening assembly this year.
Take one look at the before and after pictures of the JKCS gym, and it’s easy to see why energy in the room was high that day. New photos of the gym show a well lit, recently renovated space, where colours are crisp and bright. The lower half of room’s walls, once covered in brown outdated carpet, are now a fresh shade of blue. The gym is only one part of the school’s ongoing ‘reNEWal’ project, which, slowly but surely is transforming the JKCS facility.
Halton Hills Christian School’s (HHCS) outdoor classroom is a good spot to be still and ponder creation’s beauty. Leafy shrubs surround a circle of wood chips and a cheerful sign with the words “Welcome to our Natural Habitat Classroom” stands above a cluster of six tree trunk benches.
Thanks to a generous donation from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, students at HHCS had the opportunity to build a special outdoor space for learning last year. The project turned out to be a school wide effort, with teachers, community volunteers and over forty students working hard to restore a forested woodlot behind the HHCS soccer field.
My first year of writing news stories for the OACS News Service is finished and I’m mindful of a piece I published in October, about Marilyn Chandler McEntyre’s keynote address at the 2013 Edifide Convention. Those who filled the seats of Redeemer University’s crowded auditorium may recall McEntyre reflecting on what it means for us to be “stewards of stories” and, by extension, “custodians of something that needs to be cared for”. In a way, my job at the OACS has allowed me to embrace that invitation. The bulk of my work this year was about the act of “stewarding” or “caring for” stories—and doing that in community.
This year, students in OACS schools took part in a wide range of athletic activities. Facebook pages abounded with pictures from badminton tournaments, volleyball practices, and basket ball games. Photos from the many track and field events that took place this spring show students leaping over triple jump pits, running around outdoor tracks, and hurtling over high jump bars. These are exciting moments to celebrate!
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