To read more about the OACS News Service, or subscribe to our Communicator newsletter, click here.

News Service

A TIFF Trip for WCS

On March 24th, 2015 by Laura Konyndyk

WCS Students at TIFF
Grade 8 students from Willowdale Christian School (WCS) learned about the art of film making from experts in the field this winter, thanks to a trip to Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) located in downtown Toronto. 
 The February visit allowed students to take part in the festival’s Film in a Day ...

Delighting in the Desk at CCS

On March 12th, 2015 by Laura Konyndyk

What do you do when your desk offers little to no storage space? For grade 5/6 students at Community Christian School in Metcalfe, the answer to that question was simple: You design a bigger, better desk. So that’s exactly what they did this winter, under the guidance of their math ...

Welcome to Trinity Grace Academy: Scugog Christian School Renamed and Rebranded

On March 6th, 2015 by Laura Konyndyk

TGAFeatureImage March got off to an exciting start for Trinity Grace Academy (TGA)—formerly known as Scugog Christian School. Members of the North Durham community came together with staff and students last Wednesday to celebrate the school’s cohesive rebrand—an ongoing process that included a new name, an enhanced Genesis Kindergarten Program, a ...

Staff Blogs

Pusillanimity, a Providential Finger and Discussions About a Pope

On March 20th, 2015 by Ray Hendriks

Blog Feature Image Smaller
It is a Tuesday evening during March break but more importantly the mid-point of the Lenten season of 2015. Tonight I am listening to a conversation on the life of Pope John Paul II and the movement of Evangelical Catholicism. Peter Stockland uses these descriptive words for the place we find ...

On the Lighter Side: Cars, Credit Cards and Casting Cares

On March 6th, 2015 by Ray Hendriks

Urban survival kit
It started with the car taking longer to start than normal. I noticed also that when I pressed the gas pedal my “peppie” Sonata didn’t respond in the manner I was accustomed to. When the little yellow warning light appeared (something that looked like an engine) I knew it was ...

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, ...

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.

2 of 4

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!

1 of 4

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!


Learn more

Sign up for our OACS News Communicator
By submitting your email address you agree to receive monthly emails from the OACS News Service. You can unsubscribe at any time.

The OACS News Service exists to share the stories happening in the OACS community. If you’d like to learn more, you can read about our vision for this service at Or, if you’ve got an idea you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear from you! Please get in touch with us at