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First Hamilton CRC Offering Tuition Assistance

On March 2nd, 2015 by Laura Konyndyk

Hamilton First CRC
“One of the more repeated challenges facing Christian education, particularly at the primary and secondary level, is the refrain “we simply can’t afford it,” says Chris Schoon, Pastor at First Hamilton Christian Reformed Church (CRC). That’s why deacons working within his congregation want to help out where they can. Together, they’re ...

A Community Ice Rink for Sarnia Christian School

On February 24th, 2015 by Laura Konyndyk

Sarnia Christian School Students
Construction on a public outdoor skating rink at Sarnia Christian School (SCS) is now underway, thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Awesome Foundation, and some dedicated students in Nicole Rekman’s grade 4/5 class. The finished public rink will come complete with boards, floodlights and benches. You could say that the ...

A TCS Clean Water Campaign

On February 18th, 2015 by Laura Konyndyk

When sinks and drinking fountains were turned off for one day at Timothy Christian School (TCS) in Etobicoke, students were given buckets and invited to seek hydration elsewhere—first to their gym, where a small pool of murky water was set up, and then to a water purifying station in a ...

Staff Blogs

Growth Mindsets for Learning–Grand River District PD Day

On February 23rd, 2015 by Justin Cook

Group pictures2
Just before 6 PM on April 4th, 1968–a Thursday–Martin Luther King Jr. stepped out onto the balcony of room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, to address his colleagues from the Christian Leadership Conference in the parking lot below. The group was preparing for another non-violent protest march, ...

School Budgets: “Macro” and “Micro” Values

On February 20th, 2015 by Ray Hendriks

Financial Plan
I began a recent presentation on establishing sustainable financial plans by asking the participants to reconcile two thoughts—the first from the Sermon on the Mount: “For where your treasure is there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). With the idea that “The annual operating budget is a reflection of ...

Thoughts on Family Day

On February 13th, 2015 by Ray Hendriks

Family Day
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” These words from Matthew 6:21 were originally going to form part of a blog on the budget planning process. That will come. However, I was reminded today that this coming Monday is Family Day here in Ontario. Respecting that new and ...

Keynote Summaries


Re-forming the Formers: Self-Examination for Teachers

November 7th, 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 28th, 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 17th, 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 13th, 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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