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SCHS Students

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.

CSC plenary

A Canadian Voice for Christian Education 

October 13, 2014

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.

Hands On

Wednesdays are Hands-on at SCCS

October 6, 2014

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.

Library Conference

Learning Needs and Libraries

September 29, 2014

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.

Keynote Summaries

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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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Grade 7 and 8 students from Timothy Christian School (TCS) in Barrie were recently involved in a very unique fundraiser. Close to 40 of the school's senior students had the chance to glean several acres of potatoes to raise money for two charities in Barrie.

Local farmers Walter Weening and John Halverda joined the grade 7 and 8 students and teachers as they spent a full day gleaning and filled almost nine crates with potatoes. The profits from this gleaning project, once all the bags are sold, will be presented to the David Busy Center (an organization that supports the homeless in Barrie) and the Local Barrie Foodbank.

It's certainly inspiring to see OACS schools bless their communities!
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Preparation for this Wednesday's Special Olympics Bocce Tournament has begun! This is the second year that Providence Christian School will be hosting the event. Students are busy decorating the school to make the athletes feel welcome! ... See MoreSee Less

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