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.
The goal of Christian Schools Canada (CSC) is to develop and promote a Canadian identity for education based on a Biblical worldview. For over ten years the organization has attempted to do that in a number of ways—through curriculum projects, written publications, international partnerships, and involvement in ongoing public dialogue.
The organization’s desire to foster meaningful dialogue among Christian leaders in Canada was especially evident during this year’s seventh annual Christian School’s Canada Conference. Hosted by the SCSBC in Victoria, the event invited over 200 participants to engage with a number of compelling topics related to Christian education.
Ken VanMinnen, principal at Strathroy Community Christian School (SCCS), is a strong believer in tactile, experience based education. That’s one of the reasons he’s excited about SCCS’s Hands-On Wednesdays program.
Hands-On Wednesdays is a ten week program that has grade 6-8 students dabbling in a number of community driven, interactive workshops. Groups can explore mechanics, carpentry and martial arts off site, or stay on campus to study quilting, nutrition, music and theater arts.
Twenty eight librarians and over one hundred Special Education teachers from Christian Schools across the province gathered at Meadowlands CRC in Ancaster last Monday. The church served as a venue for two engaging events—the OACS Special Education Conference and the first annual OACS Library Conference, hosted by the OACS Library Advisory Council. Both occasions provided attendees with the chance to learn and excel in their areas of expertise.
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!
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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