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OCT Election Underway

January 28, 2015

Shannon Marcus, teacher at Woodland Christian High School, would like your vote!



Marcus is running to represent independent schools in Ontario for the Ontario College of Teachers Council. And, she’s eager to give Christian educators “a voice in the province”. 

Thirty seven professionals make up the Ontario College of Teachers Council, which exists to develop and approve policies that regulate the teaching profession in Ontario. Only fourteen of those members are appointed by the government. The remaining twenty three are elected by their peers.

Beginning March 2nd, 2015, College members will be able to vote for those members online, via the Council Election section of the Ontario College of Teachers Website.

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Learning and Leading in E-Block

January 19, 2015

When TDChristian High School student Mark Hanna enrolled in a mandatory grade 10 civics course two years ago, he didn’t know he’d end up on a plane to Ottawa, or that he’d be invited to deliver a presentation to the late Jim Flaherty, Canada’s former Finance Minister.

The experience is still shaping Mark’s academic journey at TDChristian, particularly the role he plays in E-Block, a hands-on environmental science program for grade 10 students. Over the last few months Mark (now a student in grade 12) has been mentoring a group of four students in E-Block. His goal: help them become experts in issues related to government affairs, expenses and revenues—so that they can turn around, take to the podium and teach one another.

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HDCH Christmas Tree Project takes on a “Life of its Own”

January 6, 2015

When Jonathan De Vries suggested to his grade eleven sculpture class, four years ago, that they should design and create a Christmas tree to decorate the front lobby at Hamilton District Christian School (HDCH), he had no idea that it was the first of many different trees he would be building with his students at …

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Entering 2015

January 5, 2015

By the time school begins in January 2015, 2014 and the Christmas programs of just a couple of weeks ago are fleeting memories while the activities of the school days absorb us right away. I want to take a moment however to bring you back to part of the Christmas story, a part that the Orthodox Christian calendar marks on January 6 but which the churches commemorated on Sunday January 4. The Epiphany brings to light the story of the Magi and the Star and the divinity of Christ, a celebration of the royal birth. While we may have moved beyond the Christmas season in our need to get things up and running again, the Epiphany calls us back to the story one more time.

Staff Blogs

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Welcome to Secularism.v3

January 22, 2015

Did you catch the shift? Everybody loves Pope Francis, Right? This man has certainly caught the imagination of many Roman Catholics, Protestants and leaders of other faiths around the world. Even the secular international news organizations consider him a refreshing voice. Remember their coverage of his comments on gay relationships? A refreshing voice, that is, …

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Stepping into the Sights and Sounds of Learning

January 16, 2015

Walking through the front doors at HDCH last night for their Celebration of Learning could be compared to walking through the doors of the wardrobe into Narnia – the land of wonderful, unexpected sights and sounds to be explored and admired. Their selected theme of Narnia seemed a fitting choice for their evening of celebration. …

Carla Alblas

Keynote Summaries

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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!

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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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