LDCSS to host viewing of “Most Likely To Succeed”

April 20th, 2017

    London District Christian Secondary School will be hosting a screening of the documentary,  “Most Likely To Succeed” , at Fanshawe College in London next Thursday, April 27th, from 7:00-9:30PM. “Most Likely To Succeed”  is the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future. The film … Read more

Carla Alblas

The Final Word

April 19th, 2017

“If you are bored writing about something, we are going to be bored reading it.” This was just one of many nuggets of writer’s craft wisdom that author Caroline Pignat shared with book club students gathered at Woodland Christian High School on April 4 for The Final Word. Students not only learned about the source … Read more

Wilma Veenkamp

How Can it Be?

April 17th, 2017

Easter Presentation from Jennifer Shoniker on Vimeo. The grade three and four students at Kingston Christian School put together a video of their Easter presentation last week, based on the song, “How Can it Be” by Lauren Daigle. I am guilty Ashamed of what I’ve done, what I’ve become These hands are dirty I dare … Read more

Carla Alblas

Art Cafe at ACCS!

March 7th, 2017

The grade 7/8 students at Alliston Community Christian School hosted their school’s first Art Cafe last week. They invited the community to come and enjoy various art projects created by the students, from Junior Kindergarten all the way up to grade 8. The gallery featured foil embossed pictures, primary colour-splatter paintings, autumn and winter acrylic … Read more

Carla Alblas

Debt Free Kids!

February 21st, 2017
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Sharing Christmas through Song

December 12th, 2016

Students in the primary grades of John Knox Christian School (JKCS) in Stoney Creek had the opportunity to share the gift of music with members of the community this past week. The primary classes were thrilled to receive an invitation to sing a selection of Christmas songs at the Stoney Creek branch of the Hamilton … Read more

Carla Alblas

Hundreds Launch Ottawa Christian School Jubilee Celebration

October 3rd, 2016

Nearly 600 people gathered to kick off the 50th anniversary celebrations of Ottawa Christian School (OCS) on September 24th with a barbecue, party, and worship service. Alumni, past and current families, and school supporters came together to celebrate and give thanks for a half-century of quality Christian education in the Ottawa area. “It was an … Read more

Carla Alblas

Trenton Christian School Kicks Off 60th Year!

September 12th, 2016

On Friday, September 9th, 2016,  Trenton Christian School kicked off their 60th Anniversary year with their annual school BBQ.  There were over 250 people in attendance, varying in age from 3 months to 80+.  Everyone enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by the school Board, and there were bouncy castles and bubble balls for the … Read more

Carla Alblas

Woodland’s Robot “Jackknife” Earns a Spot in World Championships

June 8th, 2016

 The past season for the robotics team at Woodland Christian High School was very successful! The team, made up of 30 students, worked together for over six weeks at the beginning of the year to put together a robot which they named Jacknife. The team  ended up gaining a wildcard spot in the World Championships … Read more

Carla Alblas

CCS Choir Takes Home Silver in National MusicFest

May 13th, 2016

Congratulations to the Senior Choir from Calvin Christian School (CCS) in Hamilton, as they achieved a silver award in the National MusicFest held in Ottawa on May 11, 2016. The choir qualified for the national festival by receiving a gold standard at the 2016 Golden Horseshoe Music Festival held in February. As part of the … Read more

Carla Alblas

WCS Students Host Mother’s Day Tea

May 9th, 2016

  Rather than making gifts and taking them home to give their moms on Mother’s Day, the Junior Kindergarten class at Woodstock Christian School decided to host a Mother’s Day Tea this year. Invitations were sent home asking moms to come into the school this past Thursday afternoon, and the children were given the opportunity … Read more

Carla Alblas

Dunnville Students Rally to Fix Historic Fountain

May 6th, 2016

The grade three/four class at Dunnville Christian School is working to inspire their local community to fix the fountain in a local park. The fountain in Centennial Park (across the road from the school) was created to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday, but has been neglected for several years. As part of a Social Studies unit, … Read more

Carla Alblas

Students at JCCS in the News!

April 13th, 2016

Students at Jarvis Community Christian School decided to celebrate their 100th day in class, recently, by helping others. As a school community, they wanted to do something that would benefit the local community, and also to invest in something that would have a global effect as well. Their goal was to collect 100 items for … Read more

Carla Alblas

New Roads Ahead for Milton Christian School

March 21st, 2016

Milton Christian School (MCS) had some very exciting news to share with their community last month. As of March 15th, 2016, they are the new owners of a property at 7419 Tremaine Road in Milton, where they plan to build a permanent new school facility. In just under four months, the purchase amount for the … Read more

Carla Alblas

Ottawa Christian Students Participate in Engineering and Robotics Competition

March 9th, 2016

  Twelve grade 7 students participated in the 6th Annual Robotics & Engineering Challenge held at Glebe Community Centre on Saturday, Feb 27. The theme of the challenge was the Summer Olympics and students were asked to build and program an autonomous robot that proceeded to the starting circle and hurled a shot put. The … Read more

Carla Alblas

Re-Source Thrift Shop To Support TCS in Barrie

March 7th, 2016

The re-Source Thrift Shop in Barrie had its grand opening this past Saturday, March 5, and there were many new customers that came out to the event. The opening celebrations included an official ribbon cutting, cake, and a silent auction. The new thrift store, which is run completely by volunteers consisting of eleven board members … Read more

Carla Alblas

73rd Birthday Festivities at King Christian School

February 16th, 2016

  King Christian School in Newmarket recently celebrated their 73rd birthday with their traditional Winter Carnival festivities. The carnival took place on Friday, February 12th.     Despite the cold and wind, students had a great time working together in teams to participate in various fun winter events, including broomball, tug-of-war, obstacle courses, target throw, … Read more

Carla Alblas

Woodland Students Travel to DR for Service Trip

February 5th, 2016

Fifteen grade twelve students from Woodland Christian High School in Breslau left last week to serve alongside NEXO ministries of Waterloo in the Dominican Republic. Since their arrival to the DR on Monday, students have been involved in many different areas of service among churches, hospitals, shelters, and schools. Team members were prepared to share … Read more

Carla Alblas

Spirit Days at Knox Christian School

February 3rd, 2016

  It was “Pajama Day” at Knox Christian School in Bowmanville last Wednesday–which meant that students didn’t even have to get changed when they rolled out of bed that day! Pajama Day is one of the Spirit Days that Student Council students organize each month, to engage students across all the grade levels. The theme … Read more

Carla Alblas

Orillia Students Weave Milk Mats for Third World Countries

January 28th, 2016

Sometimes people in third world countries have no bed or anything comfortable to sleep on. For example, after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, many people were left without homes and had to find places to sleep at night. Students at Orillia Christian School have recently joined a growing number of groups and organizations that have … Read more

Carla Alblas

Celebration of Learning Day at LDCSS

January 22nd, 2016

On January 21, London District Christian Secondary School had its first Celebration of Learning Day. They started the day with worship and an assembly where students shared some of the interesting things they had created during semester one, both in the classroom and on their own. It was a fun day with displays, presentations, visitors … Read more

Carla Alblas

Breaking Toys to teach Energy Transformation

January 20th, 2016

Recently, the Grade 4/5 students at Trenton Christian School were given permission to break their toys. No, they weren’t their Christmas toys–they were learning how to look for energy transformations. The classes have begun studying the OACS unit on Conservation of Energy, and were exploring energy transformations. Tapping into their playful and inquisitive minds, teacher … Read more

Carla Alblas

O Glorious Night: A KCS Christmas Card

January 5th, 2016

Each of us has a part to play in the telling, unveiling, and fulfillment of God’s story. During the season of Advent, when things can often get quite hectic, the students and staff of Kingston Christian School provided this moment to pause and reflect on the Gift that was given for the delight and salvation … Read more

Carla Alblas

TDChristian Students Receive Vaughan ALIVE! Award

June 10th, 2015

Members of TDChristian’s Environmental Block (E-Block) program were recently named as recipients of the Vaughan Alive Award. On May 19th, students in the two credit Grade 10 program attended a Vaughan Council meeting, where schools, organizations and businesses were recognized for their contributions and achievements in goodwill, beautification, environmental, active living and arts and culture.

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Cambridge Christian School Presents, Annie

May 29th, 2015

The cast and chorus of ‘Annie Jr.’ sang, danced and acted their way into the hearts of their audience in an amazing four performances during Christian Education Week, April 27 – May 1. Mackenzie Place, who starred as the loveable and spunky Annie, helped lead a cast and chorus of over 50 talented performers in … Read more

Fran Huberts

Fractured Fairy Tales

April 22nd, 2015

“I’m just a kid….how can I write a story?” Students in the grades 5 and 6 classes at Milton Christian School were faced with this driving question recently in their Literature class. Their task was to create and publish a new version of an old favorite – to modernize or put a new spin on … Read more

Carla Alblas

Art and Andy at SCCS



April 17th, 2015

Through his collaborations with nature, British artist Andy Goldsworthy has produced spiral shaped rock formations on the beach, life-sized nests in the woods, and many other dazzling outdoor sculptures—most of which decay into their surroundings over time. Recently, students at Strathroy Community Christian School (SCCS) were invited to make their own “Goldsworthy-esque” art. Like the … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

A Sound Solution

April 15th, 2015

I recently encountered an intriguing project that peaked my curiosity while strolling the halls of Toronto District Christian High school. Uniquely shaped wooden panels had been attached to the walls in the high school hallway. When I moved in for a closer look, I realized that the panels were there to serve a greater purpose … Read more

Carla Alblas

Connecting Learning with Lego

April 11th, 2015

LEGO is one of those toys that has been around for as long as most of us can remember. Many of us have fond memories of creating imaginary worlds and characters with LEGO when we were younger. Lately, LEGO is being reintroduced to children in their classrooms, as a valuable educational tool.

Carla Alblas

Recycled Runway

March 30th, 2015

Staying green has always been an important factor for June Tenyenhuis, as she plans the curriculum for her art classes. She wants to make sure that students stay consciously intentional about what they use and dispose of.

Carla Alblas

History in the Making

March 23rd, 2015

Milton Christian School teacher Stacey Voorberg wanted to make the study of Canadian history both engaging and relevant for her grade 7/8 students. So she came up with a unique and collaborative multidisciplinary project for her class.

Carla Alblas

PAWS for Reading

March 16th, 2015

Very often children who are challenged with reading don’t feel good about themselves; this makes them feel special. The dogs don’t care if you can’t read well. They’re not judgmental. They’re just happy for the attention!”

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OACS News Takes to the Road

February 3rd, 2015

“Welcome to Halton Hills Christian School!” was the cheery greeting that Laura and I received as we walked through the front doors of the Georgetown elementary school this past Tuesday morning. Two student ambassadors on the school’s Hospitality Team were quick to make us feel welcome, and were eager to take us on a tour … Read more

Carla Alblas

ICS “Journeys with Jesus”

January 20th, 2015

In November 2014,  Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer  introduced the idea of Project-Based Learning through an Integrated Study entitled “Journey with Jesus”. Each grade investigated and researched different driving questions: What did Jesus eat? What did Jesus wear? What kind of work did Jesus do? Which buildings did Jesus know? What did the Family tree … Read more

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Stepping into the Sights and Sounds of Learning

January 16th, 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. … Read more

Carla Alblas

Redeemer Students Help Ottawa’s Homeless

December 3rd, 2014

For the third year running, students at Redeemer Christian High School in Ottawa have partnered with Ottawa Innercity Ministries (OIM) to create Winter Survival Kits which will be given to individuals living on the streets.

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ICS Principal selected for Fellows program

June 20th, 2014

Matthew Mann, Principal of Immanuel Christian School in Charlottetown, has been selected for Calvin College’s 2014-2015 Van Lunen Center fellowship. Mann will take part in  case studies and interactive workshops, and will receive expert training led by the the Center’s faculty and consultants. He and other participants will gain a deeper understanding of topics relevant … Read more

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Gleaning in grade 8

June 20th, 2014

This June, the grade 8 class at Holland Marsh District Christian (HMDCS) School spent a day volunteering at Ontario Christian Gleaners, snapping asparagus and washing pails. This isn’t the first time that the HMDCS community has connected with Ontario Gleaners. In the fall, students from the school took to the fields and gleaned 13,000 pounds … Read more

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Three Cappies nominations for RCHS

June 13th, 2014

Referred to by some as “Ottawa’s mini-Oscars”, The Canada’s Cappies Awards Gala recognizes excellence in high school theatre. This year’s eagerly anticipated gala took place on June 8th, drawing hundreds of nominees from high schools in the Ottawa area. Among those to attend were students from Redeemer Christian High School (RCHS)—and with good reason. In … Read more

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Running (and pedaling) for hope!

June 13th, 2014

Belleville Christian School hosted its 3rd Annual Spirit Run on Saturday, June 7th. Twenty percent of the money raised at the event went towards the Canadian Cancer Society’s Pedal for Hope Campaign, which supports pediatric cancer research. A 2 km kids run followed the fundraiser on the new school property just south of Quinte Christian … Read more

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Mission statement Mondays at JKCS

June 9th, 2014

Earlier this year students at John Knox Christian School (JKCS) in Oakville crafted their own personal mission statements as part of a monthly study on The Seven Habits of Happy Kids by Steven Covey. Thanks to a recent (and anonymous) parent donation of blank t-shirts, each child in the school has now had the chance … Read more

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GCCS partners to SHINE

June 9th, 2014

Guelph Community Christian School (GCCS) recently joined with Centennial Collegiate and College Heights Secondary to participate in SHINE (Students Helping in Neighbouring Environments). The initiative was inspired by a program based on the life and writing of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine tragedy in 1999. Scott’s legacy led to the formation of a … Read more

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A Ga-ga pit for HCS!

June 6th, 2014

Recent visitors to Huron Christian School may have spotted an unusual octagonal structure in the grass surrounding the building. No, the mysterious grey object isn’t a decorative item— it’s a Ga-ga pit used for Ga-ga Ball, a variation of the game of Dodge Ball. The pit is also a product of the school’s foray into … Read more

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OCS students bring back the salmon

June 6th, 2014

With muddied shoes on their feet and mini fishing nets in hand, grade 5 and 6 students from Orangeville Christian School (OCS) knelt by water’s edge this May, to release Atlantic salmon hatchlings into of the Credit River. The school’s partnership with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), gave students the opportunity to … Read more

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More OACS schools writing for rights!

May 29th, 2014

During a recent assembly at London District Christian Secondary School (LDCSS) the grade 10 Civics and Citizenship class put a powerful spotlight on ‘Write For Rights’, a campaign organized by Amnesty International that presses governments to respond to a human rights concern on selected high-priority cases. The campaign also aims to offer prisoners or people … Read more

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Fine Arts at WCS

May 28th, 2014

Have you visited the Willowdale Christian School (WCS) Facebook page recently? Those who stop by will find an impressive collection of photos from the school’s fourth annual Fine Arts Display. During the May 22 event, the school’s gym served as both a gallery and performance area, where attendees could view fantastic art work created by … Read more

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A Smithville season finale

May 21st, 2014

Back from an exciting tour to Halifax and a joyful experience of rehearsing and performing at the Ontario Christian School Choral Festival, members of the Smithville Christian High School Choir invite you to join them for their season finale on Thursday May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious refreshments, beautiful choral music, and the inspiring … Read more

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Woodstock Christian School sings for the Jays!

May 21st, 2014

For residents of Woodstock and Oxford County, April 26 was a good day to spend at the Rogers Centre, watching the Toronto Blue Jays play ball. For a few students at Woodstock Christian School (WCS) “Woodstock Day” at the stadium was also an exciting opportunity to sing. Wearing their purple WCS t-shirts with pride, members … Read more

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A TCS Campaign of kindness

May 16th, 2014

Timothy Christian School’s (TCS) Grade 2 class has launched a “Do Something” Campaign of kindness, which aims to share kindness and love to the broader Barrie Community in various ways. With great excitement, the Grade 2 class picked up garbage and litter at Marsellus Community Park today, as their first act of kindness. It was … Read more

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UCHS track team wins big at OCSSAA

May 16th, 2014

This month’s All-Ontario Christian High School Track Meet saw Unity Christian High School’s (UCHS) 25 member track and field team win the Small School Championship title for the first time in the school’s history, after finishing a close 2nd for four straight years. The UCHS athletes broke school records, won individual competitions, ran, threw and … Read more

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Walk or bike for CCS!

May 9th, 2014

Calvin Christian School’s (CCS) Walk/Bike-a-thon is fast approaching! Join the CCS community on May 31st at 8 a.m. on the beautiful Rail Trail through the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. The event will be a great opportunity for CCS supporters to walk or bike up to 20km, connect with friends, and raise money for the school … Read more

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ACCS participates in New Path Mental Health Walk

May 9th, 2014

This Friday, Alliston Community Christian School (ACCS) will be walking in support of children’s mental health. Staff and students will be  joining with other schools in the area to participate in New Path Youth and Family Services Mental Health Walk, set to begin at the GA Wright Park and will finish at Riverdale Park. Children’s … Read more

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HMDCS announces Groundbreaking Ceremony

May 7th, 2014

With hearts of thankfulness Holland Marsh District Christian School (HMDCS) in Newmarket would like to announce the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new school on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Staff at the school are grateful to God for the opportunity to gather with the surrounding community as well as local dignitaries to officially … Read more

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Leaving Iowa at SCHS

May 2nd, 2014

Smithville Christian High School proudly presents “Leaving Iowa!”, a funny and poignant comedy about family vacations. The play will bring to mind many “we’ve been there” moments: being stuck in traffic behind RV’s, getting lost, and listening to kids arguing in the back seat of a minivan. The heart of the play is a son … Read more

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GCCS parent runs for Arrowsmith

May 2nd, 2014

Guelph Community Christian School (GCCS) parent, George Brattan, will  be running 110 km on May 9th to raise awareness for The Arrowsmith Program. Although Brattan’s son, Kai, is not an Arrowsmith student, the program is in its 5th year of implementation at the school he attends (GCCS). Brattan says that inspiration to run came from a close … Read more

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LDCSS sings with the Gettys

April 29th, 2014

Included in the repertoire of modern hymns authored by Keith Getty are songs like “In Christ Alone”, “The Power of the Cross”, and “Speak, O Lord”. Getty is a Northern Irish composer, who co-writes many of his songs with his wife, Kristyn Getty, and Stuart Townend, British songwriter and worship leader. On Thursday, May 1, … Read more

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JKCS golfers ready to tee off

April 25th, 2014

Only a few more days until the John Knox Christian School (JKCS) community in Oakville tees off for its annual Charity Golf Event on Saturday, May 31st. Golfers will play the Masters course at the Lionhead Golf and Country Club, located in Brampton. Over the past few years, the golf event has grown considerably, and … Read more

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Choral festival draws 9 OACS schools

April 25th, 2014

Students from nine OACS schools will gather at Woodland Christian High School on Friday May 2nd, to participate in the 38th Annual Ontario Christian High School Choral Festival. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m., with performances led by Mass Conductors Mark Bartel and Jennifer Moir. Bartel is the Director of Choral Music at Friends … Read more

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An OCS anniversary reminder

April 25th, 2014

April is almost over and Orillia Christian School (OCS) wishes to remind the OACS community of its upcoming 35th Anniversary Dinner Celebration, set to take place on May 24 2014. It’s not too late to secure tickets for the event! Reserve a table for eight for $250 or purchase single tickets for $35 each. Kindly … Read more

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A first look at a second hand store

April 25th, 2014

Celebrating the Grand Opening of Barrie’s newest thrift store—just in time for spring cleaning. re-Source Thrift Shop is located at 221 Cundles Road East and is inviting the community to join in the event on Saturday May 3, 2014. Doors will  open and the ribbon will be cut at 10 a.m. Enjoy 20% off everything … Read more

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SCSBC appoints new Directors of Learning

April 25th, 2014

The Society of Christian Schools in BC (SCSBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Directors of Learning, Darren Spyksma and Greg Gerber. Starting August 1 2014, Spyksma will fill a full-time Director of Learning position and Gerber will fill an 80% Director of Learning position. Darren Spyksma has 16 years of experience … Read more

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Christian Education Week

April 17th, 2014

Every year, Christian Schools International (CSI) designates one week in April as a time for its member schools to celebrate the gift of Christian education. The theme of this year’s Christian Education Week, set to take place between April 21-27, is “Plant a Tree”. Many OACS schools are members of CSI and will join in … Read more

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OCS paints bowls for beds

April 17th, 2014

Along with a few other schools in the area, grades 4-6 classes at Orillia Christian School have been busy painting ceramic bowls this Spring. The students’ colourfully rendered creations will be given away at an annual fundraiser called “Bowls for Beds” on April 27. The soup-tasting extravaganza will feature recipes from local Orillia restaurants and … Read more

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Hamilton Spectator Features HDCH Artists

April 10th, 2014

Every week, the Hamilton Spectator presents a page of news from local schools. This week, the newspaper featured an assortment of paintings and poems by students from Hamilton District Christian High School (HDCH). Members of the school community were proud to see work from students like Nicole Koevoets, Johanna Benjamins, and Dillon Vyn in the … Read more

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LDCSS presents The Matchmaker

April 10th, 2014

London District Christian Secondary School presents The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, a comedy about the search for love set in the early 20th century. The play is directed by LDCSS drama teacher, Christine Boer, who recently won several awards (four Dish awards and a Brickenden award) for last years’ production of Flowers for Algernon, along … Read more

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GCCS stage ready to bloom

April 1st, 2014

There are only a few more days to go until student actors at Guelph Community Christian School (GCCS) take to the stage! The school will  delight audiences with Tim Kelly’s theatrical adaptation of The Secret Garden from April 9th to the 12th, beginning with an afternoon performance at 1:30 p.m. Those who visit the GCCS … Read more

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A good year for CCS thrift shop

March 31st, 2014

Volunteers at Calvin Christian School’s re-Source Thrift Shop invite community members to drop by for coffee, cake and conversation on April 2nd, to celebrate a successful first year of business. Since opening its doors last April, profits from re-Source have gone towards the support of Christian education, locally and beyond. The store is operated by … Read more

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DCHS Instructor new assistant coach for Team Ontario

March 26th, 2014

Durham Christian High School (DCHS) Instructor Tammy Dibbits has been named as one of the new Assistant Coaches by the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) for the Women’s Team Ontario. Dibbits has coached volleyball for the past twelve years at DCHS and within OVA. One of her four experiences coaching with the organization’s Athlete Development Program for … Read more

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CCS welcomes Kevin Huinink

March 25th, 2014

The Niagara Associate of Christian Education (NACE) is happy to announce that Kevin Huinink has accepted the position of principal at Covenant Christian School (CCS) in Smithville for the 2014-15 school year. Huinink currently serves as the head of guidance of Woodland Christian High School. He and his wife, Karin, along with their four children … Read more

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Maranatha Students in Israel

March 19th, 2014

Every year, grade 12 students at Maranatha Christian Academy (MCA) have the opportunity to participate in a cross cultural mission trip. During the twelve day experience, students are encouraged to respond to the needs of the communities they visit and share God’s love with the people they meet. This year’s mission trip took the group … Read more

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UCHS introduces new principal

March 19th, 2014

The Board of Directors at Unity Christian High School (UCHS) is pleased to introduce Mr. Aaron Harnden as the school’s Administrator, thanks to the diligent work of the Principal Search Committee. Harnden has lived and taught overseas for a number of years, and has fond memories of attending a Christian elementary school as a child. … Read more

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Open House at ACCS

March 19th, 2014

The annual Kindergarten Open House at Alliston Community Christian School (ACCS) is fast approaching. On March 25th and April 8th, children aged 3 – 5 will have the opportunity to become familiar with the classroom routines of the school. The free program will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and will introduce children … Read more

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Discover and Learn 2014

March 11th, 2014

EduDeo Ministries, in partnership with Canadian Christian Education Foundation (CCEF) and other associations affiliated with Christian Schools Canada, has developed an exciting opportunity for Christian teachers in Canada to experience the global Christian school movement! Through school visits, classroom observations, and interactions with teachers, students and community leaders, Canadian teachers will be challenged in their … Read more

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OCS celebrates 35 years

March 7th, 2014

A 35th Anniversary Dinner Celebration for Orillia Christian School (OCS) will take place on May 24, with a Meet and Greet beginning at 6:00 p.m. and a Dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guests can look forward to an evening of reminiscing with old friends, special guests and entertainment. Reserve a table for eight for $250 … Read more

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TCS steps back in time

March 7th, 2014

A Glitz & Glamour Gala Fundraiser for Timothy Christian School (TCS) is set for April 5, 2014. The school’s fundraising committee has been hard at work, preparing an evening of old fashion glamour set in the 1920’s. If you’d like to experience the Roaring 20’s, or dress up old Hollywood glamour style, join TCS for … Read more

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JCCS places first

March 4th, 2014

Last Thursday, Jarvis Community Christian School (JCCS) participated in the Norfolk Music Arts Festival. The students performed well, with the Grade 3/4 class placing first in both the singing and choral speaking categories. In addition, the JCCS choir (made up of students from grades 1 through 4) placed second with an excellent score of 85%. … Read more

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Supporting N.A.C.E.

March 4th, 2014

A Fundraising Dinner for the Niagara Association of Christian Education (N.A.C.E) is set to take place on April 5 at Smithville Christian High School. Guests will be treated to a performance by Trevor Dick, a popular electric and acoustic violinist, whose musical stylings have been compared to Jean Luc Ponty, Hugh Marsh, Mark O’Connor and … Read more

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SCSBC appoints Ed Noot as next Executive Director

March 4th, 2014

The SCSBC Board is very pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Noot as the next executive director of SCSBC, taking over from the retiring Henry Contant. Ed comes to SCSBC with 28 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in BC lower mainland Christian schools. Ed has a BA in Philosophy from Calvin … Read more

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PCS teacher blog reaches millions

February 20th, 2014

If you’re a grade school teacher, with an interest in hands on learning, there’s a good chance you know about the blog of Anita Bremer. The Senior Kindergarten teacher at Providence Christian School in Dundas (PCS) has been blogging about life in her classroom for over two years now. Recently, mrsbremersk.blogspot.com was added to the … Read more

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Let kids be kids

February 18th, 2014

After listening to a keynote address about the reality of human trafficking during an All Ontario Youth Convention last May, Derek Schurrman, a grade 11 student at Hamilton District Christian High School (HDCH) knew he couldn’t just “sit idly by” anymore. He and his friends (also HDCH students), have since launched a “Let Kids be … Read more

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Stanley goes to Sochi

February 14th, 2014

While many OACS schools are finding fun ways to celebrate the 2014 Winter Olympics, it’s arguable that the most creative response to this year’s Sochi Winter Games came out of Beacon Christian School (BCS) in St. Catharines. It all began with Flat Stanley, a children’s book about a boy who is flattened by a bulletin … Read more

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TDChristian buys fire station

February 11th, 2014

Last Friday, Toronto District Christian High School officially purchased the adjacent Woodbridge Avenue Fire Station. While the property will be leased back to the city until a new station is built (no later than June 2017), it’s an exciting development in the future plans of the school. “We thank Ren Siebenga for his dedication and … Read more

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ICS on CBC

February 11th, 2014

In a recent CBC Radio podcast “Island Morning With Mitch and Matt” Immanuel Christian School (ICS) principal, Matthew Mann, is interviewed about his school’s anticipated move from Park Church in Charlottetown to a facility three times the size— the old Kent Building Supplies store on Allen Street. In October, Mann was invited by the father … Read more

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GCCS enriched by Julien Project

February 6th, 2014

Recently, the Julien Project was given funds to  help three local schools set up sustainable composting programs. This winter, Guelph Community Christian School (GCCS) was excited to be selected as one of those schools. Based in Guelph, Ontario, the Julien Project is a registered charity that seeks to enrich communities through therapeutic gardening. Their youth … Read more

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Macbooks for TCS

February 6th, 2014

Last week the administration at Timothy Christian School (TCS) received word that a donor had arranged for the delivery of 26 new MacBook Pro laptops for the school’s computer lab. “We are incredibly thankful to the donor for this donation!” says Principal Rod Berg. “If our new TCS vision statement rings true that we “deliver … Read more

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Brantford Christian School celebrates 50 years of God’s faithfulness

January 31st, 2014

In September of 1963, Brantford Christian School (BCS) opened its doors for the first time and welcomed 38 children to the building. Today, 198 students fill the classrooms of BCS! To commemorate 50 years of God’s faithfulness, the school invites the broader BCS community to celebrate with them throughout the 2013-2014 school year. 

On May … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Celebrating Bob Moore

January 29th, 2014

A retirement celebration for Guelph Community Christian School Principal, Bob Moore will take place on Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Italian Canadian Club in Guelph. The evening will include appetizers, finger foods and a musical performance by Trevor Dick—violinist, music missionary, founder and artistic director of Flyingbow Music Ministry. Those who would like to … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Way to go, David!

January 29th, 2014

After hearing a teacher speak about her trip to Uganda, a boy named David from John Knox Christian School (JKCS) in Stoney Creek felt compelled to take action. Saddened by the fact that many people in the country don’t have enough food, David emphatically explained to his mother that he wanted to do something to … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Remembering Dr. Harro Van Brummelen

January 16th, 2014

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Dr. Harro Van Brummelen, surrounded by his family, passed away on Wednesday morning, January 15, 2014, into the presence of God. He is now truly home; his faith is sight. A memorial service for Harro Van Brummelen will be held in his home church. … Read more

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GCCS introduces new Principal and COO

January 14th, 2014

It is with much gratitude and joy that Guelph Community Christian School introduces Mike Vanderboor as its next Principal and Chief Operating Officer. Vanderboor holds a Bachelors degree in Art and Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education from Redeemer University College. He is also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Dordt College. … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Kleinburg journeys to Bethlehem

December 20th, 2013

Although they weren’t performing for an auditorium packed with people, students at Kleinburg Christian Academy (KCA) had every reason to stay in character last Tuesday, during their school’s interactive Christmas program. Traveling in groups of twenty, parents and friends moved from classroom to classroom to see students celebrate the birth of Jesus through dramatic re-enactments, … Read more

Laura Konyndyk


The pen is mightier than the sword!

December 20th, 2013

To mark International Human Rights Day, Writer’s Craft students at Woodland Christian High School participated in Amnesty International’s ‘Write for Rights’ event. In total, students wrote 28 handwritten letters to government officials, urging them to respond to specific human rights concerns. According to Amnesty, just one handwritten letter has the same impact as 200 emails. … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

“I don’t want to miss school, it’s Fish Days!”

December 12th, 2013

Exploring new ways of teaching, Immanuel Christian School, located in Aylmer, Ontario,  has just finished an integrated study of fish. Fish were chosen as a rich theme which allows students to see the wonder of creation, to respond in language and in art in many areas, and to appreciate this symbol of Christian faith. Emphasizing … Read more

Keith Cameron

TCS Winter Gala a Success

December 11th, 2013

Last Friday, Timothy Christian School in Owen Sound (TCS) held its first annual Winter Gala Fundraising Dinner. 

The evening allowed for a time of community building and celebration, says TCS Principal, Matt Bittel. 

He attributes much of the gala’s success to parents from the school, who spent two days preparing food for the dinner. The … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

A Spirit of Excellence in Wallaceburg

December 6th, 2013

It’s been one week since members of the Wallaceburg Christian School community (WCS) attended the grand opening of Re:Find, a charity thrift shop that supports the work of the school. Described by its managers as upscale, funky and eclectic, Re:Find provides customers with a wide range of gently used goods— clothes, furniture, knick-knacks and more. … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Knox tournament fosters community

November 29th, 2013

Fifty-four teams from Christian schools in Ontario (some coming all the way from New York State, as well) traveled to Bowmanville earlier this month, for Knox Christian School’s (KCS) 20th annual Invitational Volleyball Tournament. The event began on Friday afternoon, with girls and boys teams gathering for dinner at KCS before competing in games scheduled … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Smithville wins OFSAA gold

November 29th, 2013

Visitors to the Smithville Christian High School (SCHS) YouTube channel may have already seen footage of the Senior Boys Volleyball team putting their athletic prowess into practice. The skillful teamwork demonstrated by the SCHS volleyball players in the “Sr. Boys Volleyball SOSSA Champions!” video, is was what helped the team win provincial gold at last … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Woodstock Christian School students ‘warm hearts, heads, bodies, and hands’


November 28th, 2013

 As cold fronts sweep over Ontario, students at Woodstock Christian School (WCS) are taking time to provide warm outerwear for those who need it. This November, Grade Eight, Grade Three and Senior Kidergarten classes challenged their school community to donate 100 coats to the Coats for Kids program, through a ministry called Operation Sharing. “Though … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Quinte Christian High School to host youth worship concert

November 28th, 2013

In collaboration with Kingston’s Youth Network (KYN), Quinte Christian High School will host a community-wide Christian Youth Worship Concert this Friday at 7:30 P.M. Students from the school will unite with students from the seven churches that comprise the KYN, in the sanctuary of the Salvation Army Citadel in Kingston. The concert will feature two … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Unity Christian High School wins 2013 Heritage Award

November 22nd, 2013

This November, the City of Barrie named Unity Christian High School as the 2013 Winner of the Heritage Preservation Award, in the Institutional category. “I personally want to commend the host of volunteers that all share in receiving this award. It truly is in recognition to all the members of our community who have poured … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Smithville Christian High School students named as video contest finalists

November 19th, 2013

Etudier le français c’es très amusant (studying french is very fun). It’s not a phrase you hear every day, but it certainly applies to Grade 11 and 12 French students at Smithville Christian High School. If there’s one thing that the class’s student created and directed music video, “Nos deux langues” communicates, it’s that learning … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Halton Hills Christian School soon to celebrate building expansion

November 11th, 2013

Halton Hills Christian School (HHCS) began dreaming about expanding its facilities close to five years ago. With the establishment of the Cornerstone Capital Campaign two years ago, that vision became an exciting possibility for the community. On November 18th, all are welcome to celebrate the completion of the school’s building expansion. An Open House will … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Developing leaders to serve in the community

November 1st, 2013

Grade 3 and 4 students from Timothy Christian School (TCS) prepared lunches this week for the David Busby Street Centre in Barrie, a non-profit working with the homeless. Each month during the school year, TCS students from Grades 4 to 6 are committed to donating and assembling items for lunches to be distributed through the … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Re-imagining education at the 2013 Edifide Convention

October 22nd, 2013

The 2013 Edifide Convention will invite Christian educators from across Ontario to re-imagine their classrooms and schools as places for service and learning in God’s kingdom. The convention will begin on Thursday October 23, at Redeemer University College in Ancaster. Author, teacher and PhD recipient, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, will deliver the opening keynote address at … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

200 students run in annual Cross Country Meet

October 21st, 2013

Timothy Christian School (TCS) hosted the annual Toronto North District Cross Country Meet on Friday October 11, drawing over 200 students from nine different schools to Sunnidale Park, Barrie. Christian schools from Alliston, Barrie, Holland Marsh, Muskoka, Orangeville, Owen Sound, Orillia, Port Perry and Willowdale  were able to compete at the Barrie course. Last year,  … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Jason Hildebrand slated to perform at John Knox Christian School’s Annual Celebration Dinner

October 17th, 2013

Described as part storyteller and part creative catalyst, Jason Hildebrand works as an actor, filmmaker, communication coach and producer. He is most recognized for his performance in Blue Like Jazz//Live, a one-man show based on the best-selling memoir by Donald Miller. He is also known for his solo performance in The Prodigal Trilogy, a multimedia, … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Redeemer Christian High School to celebrate its Building Expansion and Capital Campaign

October 9th, 2013

Redeemer Christian High School supporters are reminded to plan ahead and mark their calendars for Saturday, January 11th, 2014. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the school’s new gymnasium to celebrate the completion of the school’s Building Expansion and Capital Campaign project. Already, 177 donors have given generously … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Orillia Christian School partners with Kidney Clothes Donation Program

October 9th, 2013

In partnership with the Kidney Clothes Donation Program, Orillia Christian School (OCS) will be launching a new clothing drive as part of its fundraising platform this year. Neighbours, friends, and family can join OCS in this venture by dropping off their gently used clothing items at the school (that includes cloth-based goods too—like linens and … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Northumberland Christian School Repaints and Revitalizes ‘Almost Every Square Inch’

October 7th, 2013

God has his ways of speaking to us, urging us to our knees in prayer and stillness. The psalmist write in psalm 46, “Be still and know that I am God.” The 2012-2013 school year was such a moment of stillness for Northumberland Christian School. Pushed into a transition in leadership, the NCS community paused. … Read more

Beth Kapteyn

Providence Christian School honoured to host the Special Olympics Ontario Four Corners Bocce Tournament

October 3rd, 2013

Starting at 9:20 this morning, over 100 athletes from Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville and Brantford began arriving at Providence Christian School (PCS) to participate in the Special Olympics Four Corners Bocce Tournament. “We would love a crowd of fans to help us give a heroes’ welcome in the high five line when the athletes arrive,” said … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Mike’s Miracles soccer tournament honours memory of Mike Vandendool

October 3rd, 2013

On Tuesday October 1, Beacon Christian School in St. Catherines held its sixth annual soccer tournament in Mike Vandendool’s memory. Days before Mike passed away from cancer in the spring of 2008,  he launched a charity devoted to helping other kids with cancer called  “Mike’s Miracles”. An article and video about Mike’s legacy was recently … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

There are ‘All Kinds of Minds’ at John Knox Christian School in Stoney Creek

October 2nd, 2013

October promises to be a busy month for John Knox Christian School (JKCS) in Stoney Creek, as it takes steps towards implementing its All Kinds of Minds framework. This year, The Niagra Association of Christian Education (NACE) will seek to introduce a culture of Instructional Excellence, where teachers are actively engaged in identifying the affinities, … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Join Immanuel Christian School in the Ride for Refuge

September 25th, 2013

The Ride for Refuge is a cycling fundraiser that partners with over 175 charities to raise funds for the displaced, the vulnerable and the exploited. This year, Immanuel Christian School (ICS) in Alymer is registered to partner with Ride for Rufuge and will receive up to 70% of all funds raised by its teams. The … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Timothy supports Terry!

September 20th, 2013

Timothy Christian School (TCS) in Barrie will be participating in its annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer on Friday September 27. In preparation for the run, TCS students have been asked to bring in loonies and toonies for the cause, to honour Terry’s dream of each Canadian donating $1 to cancer research. The goal of … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Providence Christian School celebrates a new name and a new school year

September 20th, 2013

The Providence Christian School (PCS) community came together on September 5 for a dessert social to celebrate an exciting name change and the start of a new school year.  PCS principal Kevin Bouwers believes that the decision to change the school’s name from Dundas Calvin Christian School to Providence Christian School will help clarify the … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Trenton Christian School to host award winning Canadian comedian Bob Cates

September 16th, 2013

Canada’s favourite clean comedian and juggler Bob Cates will be performing at Trenton Christian School (TCS) on Saturday November 23 for its Medieval Gala Dinner and Auction. Cates will provide guests with an interactive show that is sure to enthrall and delight. It includes advanced juggling, wild unicycling and balancing skills, black light laser effects … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Unity Christian High School engages with community through annual car wash

September 12th, 2013

To celebrate Grade 10 and 11 Service Day, students from Unity Christian High School stood outside with signs in hand, inviting drivers to stop by for a free car wash. What followed were hours of voluntary service and team work. When students weren’t busy washing cars with buckets of water, they could be spotted at … Read more

Laura Konyndyk

Eating Hot Dogs, Shaving Beards for a Cause

July 23rd, 2013

Ottawa Christian School (OCS) students recently raised more than $400 to support the Sud Academy, a refugee camp/school in Sudan. “A fundraiser like this is important because we want the children to learn to serve as a part of what it means to be a Christian in the world,” say staff members Grace Sontrop and … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Grade 8 Graduates Celebrate with Service

June 11th, 2013

  Students from Timothy Christian School’s Grade 8 graduating class recently volunteered at two homes operated by Christian Horizons, a ministry supporting people who an intellectual disability. Students cleaned, painted and worked around the yard. “This is a way for the Grade 8 students to ‘leave their blessing on the community’ before they leave Timothy … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

OACSF Scholarship Program has New Offering

June 6th, 2013

The Ontario Association of Christian Schools Foundation (OACSF) scholarship program now includes a professional development bursary to keep teachers current on the best teaching techniques and learning theories, as well as a continuing education scholarship to provide masters level training for selected teachers. “By getting one teacher on staff excited about Christian education and new approaches to … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Vaughan Mayor Visits TDCH

June 4th, 2013

Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua is slated to visit Toronto District Christian High (TDCH) on Friday June 7 to help celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary and officially open Vaughan’s newest community garden. The garden project is partnership between TDCH and Seeds for Change, a grass-roots community organization seeking to create healthier neighbourhoods through school and community … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

New Study to Explore Religious Schooling Outcomes

May 24th, 2013

Canadian think tank Cardus has partnered with the University of Notre Dame to research how parental choice of religious school influences long-term student, family and community life. The study launches in July. University of Notre Dame sociologist Dr. David Sikkink said the primary goal is to provide the educational world with comprehensive, trustworthy data on … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Students Spark ‘Green’ Change in City

May 17th, 2013

Thanks to the initiative of students from Smithville Christian High School, a partnership has been formed between the school and the Township of West Lincoln to create new walking trails in the urban area of Smithville. The school and township were also recently awarded $6,500 from the Niagara Community Foundation (NCF) to plant trees along … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Tree-planting for the Greater Good

May 3rd, 2013

Reading buddies in Junior Kindergarten and Grade 7 at Guelph Community Christian School became planting buddies on May 1 as they helped the Grand River Conservation Authority with a re- forestation project in a park beside the school.  “(They were) serving the Lord and serving the public good,” says principal Bob Moore.

Michelle Strutzenberger

Project-based Learning: Building Ukuleles

April 19th, 2013

Blending their music and visual arts classes, two teachers at John Knox Christian School in Woodstock have engaged their Grade 8 students to build ukuleles. A brief video captures the first stages of the project. Videos will also be posted on stringing the instruments, learning to play, and performing. This is another example of project-based … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Opening Up, Students Transform a Vicious Circle

April 5th, 2013

Twenty-one Oakland Calif. schools, as well as schools in Chicago, Denver and Portland, Ore., have introduced a restorative justice program, a New York Times article reports this week. The intent is to nip problems and violence in the bud by forging closer, franker relationships among students, teachers and administrators. More

Michelle Strutzenberger

Neuroplasticity and Learning Disabilities with Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

March 28th, 2013

On March 28, Guelph Community Christian School is hosting Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, author of the international bestseller The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, and founder of Arrowsmith and the Arrowsmith Program. Arrowsmith-Young will be in Guelph to accept the 2012 Alumna of Honour Award from her Alma Mater, the University of Guelph, on March 27. The … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Banking, Trust and the Culture of Capitalism

March 28th, 2013

The Hill Family Lecture Series is hosting a conversation May 3 between outgoing governor of the Bank of Canada Mark Carney, dean of the Rotman School of Management Roger Martin and editor-in-chief of the faith and citizenship publication Convivium Fr. Raymond de Souza. More

Michelle Strutzenberger

Finnish Education Consultant Tours Alberta, Sask.

March 13th, 2013

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, one of Finland’s foremost thinkers on educational reform, is touring Alberta and Saskatchewan to explain ideas that many North Americans might consider controversial, even radical, a CBC news article reports.

Michelle Strutzenberger

Wayne Harris Named Canadian Head Coach of the Year

March 8th, 2013

Wayne Harris, a long-standing teacher at Woodland Christian High School in Breslau and head coach for the men’s volleyball team at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, has received a distinct honour. Harris was awarded the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year Award at the National Championship Awards banquet recently. This is the … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Basketball Tournament Builds Character

February 26th, 2013

Timothy Christian School in Barrie hosted a basketball tournament Feb. 21. Girls and boys teams from six Christian schools from Alliston, Barrie, Holland Marsh, Orangeville, Orillia and Owen Sound competed for the championship title. The boys’ final saw TCS facing off with Orillia Christian School. TCS won with a score of 32-16. The girls’ final … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Rhema Christian School paddles for a cause

June 14th, 2012

Rhema Christian School showed its support and community spirit through its participation in the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival on June 9. The team of 20 paddlers and one drummer comprised of parents, staff members, graduates and friends of the school who desire to reflect the love and compassion of Jesus Christ for people in the … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Schools engage in Math Olympics

June 8th, 2012

The May 30 event saw teams of four Grade 8 students from Knox Christian School in Bowmanville, Immanuel Christian School in Oshawa, Heritage Christian School in Lindsay, Northumberland Christian School in Cobourg, Durham Christian Academy in Courtice and Scugog Christian School in Port Perry participate. Ryan Hamelinck, DCHS math teacher, says the Grade 12 students … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Take a swing at the OACSF golf tourney

June 5th, 2012

There are still some spots open to participate in the Ontario Association of Christian Schools Foundation’s (OACSF) annual golf tournament fundraiser June 12. Funds raised through this year’s tournament will support the curriculum development fund. The foundation is looking to raise $200,000 towards the Grade 7 and 8 language arts curriculum entitled “Choices and Decisions.” … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Thin-client technology saves computer costs

May 29th, 2012

When Calvin Christian School recently embarked on a quest to update the 30 computers in its lab, it discovered a way to spend a third of what it would cost to replace the machines. Thin-client technology allows the computers to be used as a screen, mouse and keyboard that runs applications remotely on a thin … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Last call for CEIADA applications

May 29th, 2012

Applications for Grade 7 and 8 students to participate in year two of the Christian Education in a Digital Age (CEIADA) project this fall are due May 30. CEIADA gives students the opportunity to learn about working in a digital environment and communicate digitally through project-based asynchronous learning. Students participate in a series of digital … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Sarnia Christian School receives government grant

May 18th, 2012

Sarnia Christian School has received funding through the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund to improve accessibility for people who have a disability through two projects at the school. Announced this week, the first project is creating an inclusive playground where children of all abilities can play together. The second project involves accessibility upgrades to … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

KCS explores generating revenue through solar power

May 8th, 2012

Kingston Christian School (KCS) is working through the last steps of the approval process to participate in the Ontario Power Authority’s microFIT program and install solar panels on its roof. William Vander Wilp is on the school’s revenue generating committee and says the idea came when looking for creative ways to raise funds outside of … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Ontario Christian High School Choral Festival

May 3rd, 2012

The public is invited to attend the 36th annual Ontario Christian High School Choral Festival at Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) in Woodbridge May 4. Students from eight high schools have been practising for months and will spend the day preparing for the 7:30 p.m. concert. Choirs will be signing individually and as a … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Dunnville Christian School marks 40 years

May 2nd, 2012

Dunnville Christian School is celebrating 40 years of Christian education with an open house Thursday May 3. People are invited to the school, at 37 Robinson Road, from 9-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., with a cake cutting taking place at 8 p.m. Click here to read an article on the school in the Dunnville Chronicle.

Jennifer Neutel

Readers engage in Battle of the Books

April 27th, 2012

Christian school students in eastern Ontario with a love for reading took part in the April 19 Battle of the Books hosted at Trenton Christian School. Jane Hoogendam, vice-principal at Knox Christian School in Bowmanville, organized the event, and says this is the fifth year she has been involved. “It’s really good for the enrichment … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Students fasting for 30 Hour Famine

April 26th, 2012

More than 100 students at Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) started fasting this morning at 6 a.m. to take part in World Vision Canada’s 30 Hour Famine. Grade 11 students Monika Hanna, Rawan Mokabel, and Monika Watten are leading the event. The school aims to raise $2,500, which World Vision Canada will use to … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Beacon students perform Narnia the musical

April 25th, 2012

Narnia filled the halls at Beacon Christian School last week as students performed to packed audiences. They performed the musical April 18 for area school children and in the evening on April 19 and 20. All students participated as choir, cast and crew in the production. Teacher Ron VandenBurg says when he told the Grade … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Timothy Christian School prepares spring musical

April 20th, 2012

Staff and students at Timothy Christian School in Barrie are preparing for its annual spring musical. Called “Esther-Ordinary Faith,” the musical tells the Old Testament story of Queen Esther set in Persia in the 5th century B.C. “Musical productions are an engaging way for students of all ages to build confidence in their singing, acting, … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

King’s Christian rejoices in graduate’s Olympic dream

April 17th, 2012

Sharon Van Beilen’s voice wavers describing the realization of daughter Tera’s Olympic dream. “It’s very emotional. All the love and prayer — just to see how happy she was to turn around after the 100 and look above the clock and realize that she was going to the Olympics was just incredible,” Sharon says, recalling … Read more

Lisa Bailey

3 OACS school students earn spot at national science fair

April 5th, 2012

The annual Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair was held March 28-31, and three of the 16 winners qualifying for the Canada-Wide Science Fair are from OACS member schools. The science fair draws Grade 7 to 12 students from the areas of Hamilton, Halton and Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk. There were 465 students at the event held at … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Knox Christian School hosts speech festival

February 23rd, 2012

Students from five OACS schools took part in the Durham Regional Speech Festival hosted at Knox Christian School in Bowmanville Feb. 23. Grade 5-8 students presented on a variety of topics, from Jack Layton and the importance of sleep, to The History of Books and Hiroshima and Nagasaki/Peace. Participating schools were Scugog Christian School in … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Feeling blue – principally

February 23rd, 2012

EduDeo Ministries has an excellent relationship with Christian Schools across Canada. Many schools desire to share their blessings with others and raise globally-minded, Kingdom-focused citizens. Through a partnership with EduDeo Ministries schools are able to attain both objectives. The Grade 3/4 class at Alliston Community Christian School just put on a wonderful assembly for EduDeo … Read more

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Halton Hills Christian School launches capital campaign

February 9th, 2012

Halton Hills Christian School aims to raise $4 million through its Cornerstone Capital Campaign to support expanding its current campus in Georgetown, Ontario. The construction will provide enhanced facilities to provide quality Christian education to an increasing enrolment, and is the fourth school expansion since the school opened in 1965. A campaign cabinet is comprised … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Story highlights power of natural learning

February 3rd, 2012

At SelfDesign Learning Community, a distributed learning school based in Nelson, B.C., human beings are seen as natural learners from conception. “We are constantly opening to the world and interacting with the world and opening into ourselves and coming to know ourselves, and that’s learning,” says vice-principal Barbarah Nicoll. People are most connected when doing … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Students shave heads to support peer

January 25th, 2012

Durham Christian High School in Bowmanville hosted an assembly Jan. 18 where three staff and 13 students shaved their heads to show support for a Grade 10 student, Wesley Karelsen, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Wesley is undergoing cancer treatments at Sick Kids Hospital, and his peers decided to shave their heads when they … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Huron Christian School to celebrate 50 years

January 23rd, 2012

On Saturday, May 12 Huron Christian School will be celebrating 50 years of God’s faithfulness in providing Christian education in the county. Formally Calvin Christian School and Clinton and District Christian School, Huron Christian School will host an open house from 2-4 p.m. at 87 Percival Street in Clinton. There will be a celebration fundraising … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

New principal wants small school to think big

January 19th, 2012

Scugog Christian School’s new principal is thinking big. Mike Vanderboor came to the Port Perry elementary school in September and says like many small schools, there is no strategic plan in place. “Part of my vision coming here is we’re a small school, but let’s start acting like we’re a big school,” says Vanderboor. “Hopefully … Read more

Deb Bartlett

HDCH student wins national competition

January 18th, 2012

Hamilton District Christian High (HDCH) senior student Kat Vos won the Canada-wide My Just BeCause competition, aimed to raise awareness for youth to take an active role in international development. Kat and fellow students entered a video into the contest, sharing about her volunteer work with City Kidz, a Hamilton organization working to transform the … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Woodland welcomes Grade 8 students

December 9th, 2011

On Dec. 1, 141 Grade 8 students from Christian schools, home schools and the community visited Woodland Christian High School to experience a day in the Christian community of learners. The students had the opportunity to meet staff, students and learn about the school’s programs. Click here to watch a video photo show of the … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Professional development podcast

December 8th, 2011

A recent PD day at John Knox Christian School sparked the idea to delve into the topic in a podcast. Principal Michael Meinema explains why the school is committed to professional growth, noting teachers need to be lifelong learners in order to effectively engage students in learning. He says teachers are asked to be knowledgeable, … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Trinity scores big at Rogers Centre tournament

November 30th, 2011

Trinity Christian School in Burlington had an exciting finish to its inaugural flag football season, as the school played against 11 other Christian schools from the Greater Toronto Area at the Rogers Centre Oct. 21. Trinity’s team, the Titans, practiced diligently for six weeks and the 14 player roster saw the team play a perfect … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Education trends

November 25th, 2011

In the latest Calvin Christian School In Touch newsletter, Ted Postma shares in his principal’s ponderings education trends he’s been coming across at recent conferences. He writes that the most often discussed trends include technology, global education (inclusiveness), green education (from recycling to environmental activism), financial literacy (money management & business skills) and health & … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Students harvesting produce for good

November 25th, 2011

Students from two OACS member schools recently ensured local produce didn’t go to waste and spent time in the fields for a good cause. At Calvin Christian School in Hamilton, Grade 6 students spent a September afternoon working to salvage crops from a community garden. The group mostly picked green and yellow beans, as well … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Service learning at JKCS Woodstock

November 11th, 2011

Michael Meinema created a podcast about service learning projects at John Knox Christian School in Woodstock. The principal shares how staff are working on the new initiative to integrate meaningful projects into the curriculum. Each class works on three service projects a year; one to bless to school internally, a second to bless the greater … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Smithville engages students in culture making

November 7th, 2011

Smithville Christian High School principal Ted Harris shared about culture making at last Tuesday’s morning chapel. Harris attended the recent Edifide (formally the Ontario Christian School Teachers Association) convention, where author and thought leader Andy Crouch presented a keynote on culture making. The principal shared that students must be equipped to be part of the … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

HDCH podcast on 21st century learning skills

October 28th, 2011

There’s a lot of buzz around the term 21st century learning skills in the education community, and the term means different things to different people. Hamilton District Christian High school (HDCH) principal Nathan Siebenga explores 21st century learning skills in a U-Knight podcast, a biweekly communication with its community. He shares at HDCH they strive … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Extended kindergarten program addresses need in the community

October 20th, 2011

Ottawa Christian School is offering an extended kindergarten program (EKP) in response to parents’ inquires and the implementation of full-day kindergarten on the horizon in Ontario. “I think it really meets the needs of the community in that you have that option,” says resource teacher Pauline Naftel, who spearheaded the idea and has enrolled her … Read more

Lisa Bailey

Travelling teacher reflects on Christian education career

June 8th, 2011

Jackie Brinkman has been back in Ontario for 10 days, having spent the last two years teaching at Hillcrest Christian School in Jos, Nigeria. And while she didn’t know it when she left to teach in Nigeria, she is now changing careers after being a teacher in Christian education since 1976. Brinkman spent 16 years … Read more

Jackie Brinkman

Aylmer school community fired up to continue making a difference

June 1st, 2011

Nancy Robinson is seeing exciting things happening in Christian education, and as she moves from the role of principal to librarian at Immanuel Christian School she says she’s most enjoyed the relationships with people and the strength of community. Robinson jokes that she’s been at the Aylmer school “forever,” having attended it herself and taken … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Christian school motivations, outcomes assessed in study

May 30th, 2011

A peek into the findings of the Cardus Education Survey (CES) was released last week, featuring the largest representative sample of Christian school graduates with the aim to discover the alignment between motivations and outcomes of Christian education. Pre-release events for the CES, which incorporates five separate studies, took place in Washington, D.C., May 25-26. … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

The common love of children that drives career educators

May 27th, 2011

Drayton Community Christian School principal Jerry Ottens has a few simple plans for her upcoming retirement. She intends to dote upon her grandchildren and shower them with the same sort of affection she’s shown countless kids who’ve passed through her school during 38 years as an educator there. She’ll grow a few more flowers in … Read more

Kristian Partington

Gayle Freeburn reflects on three decades of Christian education

May 25th, 2011

After 32 years working in Christian education, Gayle Freeburn has more memories to consider than she can count. As she prepares for her upcoming retirement, as principal at Community Christian School in Metcalfe, she reflects on a career that saw her stand before classes in all grades from kindergarten to Grade 8, and lead as … Read more

Kristian Partington

Ottawa school community starts the day with a ‘fundraiser and friendraiser’

May 20th, 2011

  Ottawa Christian School ((OCS) satisfied appetites and strengthened bonds with its annual pancake breakfast May 13. More than 300 people, including most of OCS’ 175 students and their families as well as families newly enrolled or considering enrolment, purchased tickets to enjoy pancakes, ham, fruit, tea and coffee prepared and served by staff in … Read more

Kristian Partington

Raising a school’s profile one event at a time

May 18th, 2011

Joel Slofstra once heard Rhema Christian School in Peterborough referred to as the city’s best-kept secret. As the small school’s principal, he wasn’t flattered by the phrase. “I don’t want to be a secret,” he says. “I want to make sure that our community knows who we are and what we have to offer in … Read more

Kristian Partington

Looking towards a school’s year end, reflecting on its beginning

May 18th, 2011

As the Victoria Day long weekend approaches, students, staff, volunteers and parents prepare for the final push towards the end of the school year. At Bowmanville’s Knox Christian School, the push is marked by today’s track and field day, (provided weather holds), or the Grade 8 class’s recent return from the annual three-day trip to … Read more

Kristian Partington

Redeemer Christian High School prepares to celebrate its roots in the community

May 16th, 2011

When Nepean’s Redeemer Christian High School was established 35 years ago as the Community for Christian Learning, it was thought of not just as a Christian-centred alternative to established educational practice, but an alternative educational experience altogether. Margaret Van Dyk sat on the original board of trustees in 1976 and today, she sits on the … Read more

Kristian Partington

HHCS raises funds for Rick Hansen Foundation

May 11th, 2011

Halton Hills Christian School Grade 7 students organized week-long activities with the entire school to raise funds for the Rick Hansen Foundation. Activities included a bake sale, a movie time, a chewing gum day and a silent auction. Through the project $2,155.84 was raised. The school is proud of the students for showing their creativity, … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Distinctive teen forums offer insights into lives of young adults

May 11th, 2011

Every generation of young people face their own set of challenges and who better than teens to articulate what issues they face and how these problems are handled throughout their growth into young adulthood. At Woodland Christian High School in Breslau, students have been invited to speak to parents, faculty and the board of directors … Read more

Kristian Partington

Celebrating the past, looking to the future of Christian education

May 2nd, 2011

Two members of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) celebrated 50 years of Christian education in the communities of Guelph and Stoney Creek last month. In Guelph, three former principals joined current principal Bob Moore and a host of revellers to share an evening banquet following an alumni soccer game and open house at … Read more

Kristian Partington

Assessing environmental impact at Laurentian Hills Christian School

April 6th, 2011

At Laurentian Hills Christian School (LHCS), environmental stewardship and ecologically-efficient operations are important enough that a course at the University of Waterloo has been structured around the assessment of the LHCS’s environmental impact. Grade 8 students at the school had the opportunity to work alongside 15 university students from the faculty of Environment and Resource … Read more

Kristian Partington

Beacon Christian School boots technology

March 30th, 2011

A group of students from Beacon Christian School (BCS) in St. Catharines seems to be challenging Albert Einstein’s notion that “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” The BCS student council is challenging their fellow teens to eliminate technology from their lives for a 24-hour period in late May, while … Read more

Kristian Partington

The Christian High School Book Club fosters love of reading

March 28th, 2011

Love for the beauty of a well-crafted story is one of the greatest gifts the education system can provide for young people, and a collection of librarians from five schools is once again celebrating this gift with their book club students and a great Canadian author. Ingrid Scott and Annette Vermeer are librarians at Hamilton … Read more

Kristian Partington

Stage set for largest Ontario Christian MusicFest to date

March 18th, 2011

More than 600 performers are set to gather in Bowmanville for Ontario Christian MusicFest to share the gift of music with “an audience of one.” “People get to hear some wonderful music…and bring praise and glory to God through the gift of music,” says Dennis Ullman, the regional director of Ontario Christian MusicFest, and president … Read more

Kristian Partington

Community leaders receive gifts of appreciation from student council

March 11th, 2011

The teachers, administrators and parents at Guelph Community Christian School are continually looking for new ways to involve their students in the community. They often rake leaves or shovel snow for elderly neighbours, for example, or they might bake a tray of cookies to share with someone in the neighbourhood. Last month, members of the … Read more

Kristian Partington

Belleville school creates new position targeting enhanced student relations

March 7th, 2011

Seeking to build on an already good school environment, Belleville Christian School has created a new position with the primary goal of enhancing student relations, particularly amongst girls in Grades 5 and 6. Principal Jennifer Shoniker says families usually enrol their children aged seven and over in the independent school for two reasons — safety … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

The foundations of cross-cultural enrichment

March 4th, 2011

About four years ago, a Korean businessman came to Ontario looking for a partnership. His focus was training the future leaders of South Korea and he needed a school where these children could hone their English skills, and wholesome families to care for them during their stay. He found the ideal match when he visited … Read more

Kristian Partington

Sharing faith across cultures at London Christian Elementary School

March 2nd, 2011

In a wave of tears, host families, pupils and staff from London Christian Elementary School (LCES) said goodbye last week to 10 Korean pupils who became part of the school under the month-long Keystone Leadership Institute leadership training program. According to LCES principal Mary Haven, the program is designed to train future leaders of Korea … Read more

Kristian Partington

Bus experience transformed with new GPS system

February 23rd, 2011

The impetus for the latest innovation at Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) happened one cold, snowy morning in early January. Vice-principal Tim Bentum recalls it was a morning that slowed traffic down in Toronto, which meant parents were calling in to the school wondering the location of the school bus. To find out where … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Innovative group Guelph school’s ‘secret weapon’ for success

February 11th, 2011

A group formed a couple years ago is creating change that is attracting and retaining families at Guelph Community Christian School (GCCS). Principal Bob Moore says a number of years ago during an Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) event the school learned about recruitment and forecasting tools from then principal of Cambridge Christian School … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

TDChristian students engage with ‘purple cows’

January 21st, 2011

In addition to its innovative learning spaces, Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) offers a unique learning approach for students. Multiple courses such as civics, careers and science are combined into “one blob,” as principal Ren Siebenga calls it, or chunk of learning, which is project-based. “We put kids together for long periods of time … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Parents ‘thrilled’ with positive Christian school experience

December 8th, 2010

Lynne Stewart says sending her children to a Christian school wasn’t something she and her husband expected, but since having her son switch schools believes it is “worth every penny.” The decision to enrol her son at Holland Marsh District Christian School in Newmarket for senior kindergarten was a lengthy process, spurred by an unhappy … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Maranatha Christian Academy celebrates 25 years

December 3rd, 2010

Maranatha Christian Academy in Windsor is inviting the community to join in celebrating the school’s blessings during its 25th anniversary. “We are so thankful to God for all He done for us,” says Margaret Van Niejenhuis, parent and wife of one of the school’s founding fathers. “Over the years, we have had challenging and rewarding … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

BCS class benefits from intergenerational program

November 26th, 2010

Grade 3 students at Brantford Christian School (BCS) have been visiting seniors at St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre, and recently surprised their ‘grandpals’ with flowers and crafts during the local Random Acts of Kindness Day Nov. 12. BCS visits the seniors through its involvement with the Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Programs (SKIP), a local organization that … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Attending Ottawa Christian School ‘a dream come true’

November 24th, 2010

Being able to send her son to Ottawa Christian School (OCS) is a dream come true says parent Asha Lawrence. It’s also proving to be so for her son, who began Grade 4 at the school in September, and only weeks into his classes came home one day “so happy,” and saying ‘my dream has … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

People the best part of the job, says OACS staff member

November 17th, 2010

Audrey Roorda remembers joining the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) as a staff member 15 years ago, and says the people and the work environment are what she most enjoys about her work. Roorda, financial services advisor, is currently the longest-standing employee at the OACS. Before joining the organization she had been working as … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

New school family hopes for comprehensive education, spiritual growth

November 15th, 2010

When asked as part of a series engaging new families what would elicit the greatest emotion at the time of her daughter’s graduation from Northumberland Christian School (NCS), Priscilla Holden says it would likely be the comprehensive education and spiritual growth her child experienced. Holden was interviewed by the OACS News about her reasons, hopes … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Focus on character development, community attracts family to NCS

November 8th, 2010

As a new family at Northumberland Christian School (NCS), parent Lisa Hickman points to the school’s focus on character development as a main reason for choosing to enrol her sons at the independent elementary school. During the past year, while her sons were attending another school, Hickman made a list of questions she wanted to … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

LDCSS’ students in limelight for proposing plastic bag ban

November 5th, 2010

London District Christian Secondary School (LDCSS) students Miranda Van Rooyen and Hannah Deboer would like to see plastic bags banned in Canada, and their views have triggered an outpouring of media attention recently. They’ve been featured on CBC Television, CBC Radio, a local radio news show and a local Rogers TV station. LDCSS advancement director … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Jarvis school ‘feels like family’

November 3rd, 2010

One of the best things about Jarvis Community Christian School (JCCS) is that it feels like family, says Bobbie-Jo Kinniburgh, whose son is enrolled in the school’s kindergarten program. Kinniburgh says she appreciates the fact that people from the school ask how she’s doing and “come alongside” her, particularly in light of the fact that … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Family seeks to strengthen child for life through Christ-centred education

October 29th, 2010

Anxious and excited. That’s how Monica Vrolyk says she feels as she and her family launch their journey into Christian education. This September her son began attending Junior Kindergarten at Sarnia Christian School. The family is new to the community, so there’s still a lot of connecting to do but so far it’s been a … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

NCS social event gears up Living Out Community theme

October 27th, 2010

On Friday night teachers at Northumberland Christian School (NCS) welcomed parents into their homes for a progressive dinner, the first of three major social events this year that correspond with the school’s theme for the year — Living Out Community. The theme is internally focused on building the NCS community. The Bible verse for the … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Mom has great hopes for son’s development at Halton Hills

October 25th, 2010

While it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where it all stems from, Yumi Bognar says she and her family have found there is something different about Halton Hills Christian School, something they didn’t experience at another school. She has a real hope and belief her son will develop into a confident, responsible and happy young man. … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Oakville students excited about serving

October 22nd, 2010

Two summers ago Betty Panza felt pressed to do something more to teach the students at her school what it means to serve God and serve the community. “That was bubbling in my heart all summer, what else can we do,” says Panza, a Grade 2 teacher at John Knox Christian School (JKCS) in Oakville. … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Hamilton high school director succeeds with local press

October 18th, 2010

Hamilton District Christian High (HDCH) director of recruitment and advancement Harry Meester has experienced significant success in piquing the interest of local media recently, resulting in great coverage of a school activity, with the strong likelihood this won’t be a one-time case. Like many Christian schools, HDCH had found it difficult to attract mainstream media … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Individualized education key to family’s school choice

October 15th, 2010

Tina Buono and her husband decided they would look into an independent school when it came to deciding where to send their son for junior kindergarten. She notes they wanted a faith-based, Christ-centred focus, and considered different options to gauge what would be most successful for their son. The family knew of Sarnia Christian School … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Schools participate in Santa parades

December 2nd, 2009

Schools seek to advance Christian message, identify with community Several Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) member schools are participating in community Santa parades again this year, identifying several reasons for doing so, including advancing the Christian message of the season. Guelph Community Christian School (GCCS) entered a float in the Guelph Santa parade for … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Musical talent Dana Jorgensen to perform benefit concert for Heritage Community Christian School

November 12th, 2009

Jorgensen, who describes his musical focus as contemporary worship, leads concerts and worship services in spaces across North America. He has just released a new album Brave. Parent and active volunteer Oliver Marx facilitated bringing Jorgensen to Brockville to support the New Dublin school, an opportunity he describes as “a gift in a time of … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Olympic torch visits Ottawa Christian School

November 11th, 2009

School focuses on building community relations as it looks to move to new location Excitement was high as the torch for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games was carried into Ottawa Christian School (OCS) last week by RBC Olympian John Hastings, a member of the Canadian National Kayak Team. As OCS plans a move to a … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Canadian Olympic team visits Cambridge Christian School

November 2nd, 2009

School raises support for women’s biathlon team The Canadian Women’s Biathlon Team visited Cambridge Christian School (CCS) recently and gave an energetic presentation to a group of students, staff and community members. The visit was part of a three-day fundraising tour in the region for the team, who rely on sponsors for a portion of … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Social media workshop teaches parents and students how to wisely use Facebook

October 28th, 2009

Students and parents at John Knox Christian School in Oakville are more Internet-savvy after taking in an information workshop on Facebook. “It was really excellent for our kids and probably a great idea for other Christian schools to know about,” says Jennifer Bergner, the elementary school’s director of communication. “We want to be able to … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Sarnia Christian School has ‘outstanding’ results in provincial testing

October 23rd, 2009

Sarnia Christian School recently learned it had achieved “outstanding” results on its provincial tests for the 2008-2009 school year. Seventy-five per cent of the school’s Grade 3 class met or exceeded the Ontario Ministry of Education standards in reading and writing. The provincial averages were 61 per cent and 68 per cent respectively. These results … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Schools benefit from reflective practices, exploring educational marketplace changes

October 21st, 2009

TRENTON, Ont. – Schools should apply reflective practices when thinking of the work they do at the committee and board level and explore what it means to be part of a changing Ontario educational marketplace. These were the two messages Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) director of curriculum publications Hugo Marcus says he hopes … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Schools need marketing and advancement programs

October 19th, 2009

TRENTON, Ont. – Executive director of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) Dr. Adrian Guldemond told delegates at last week’s advancement conference schools need a formal marketing advancement program to flourish in the next several decades. “A formal marketing advancement program is a must in the schools today and it should be properly resourced … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

California school enrolls average of 200 new students annually

October 14th, 2009

Ontario Christian Schools (OCS) in Ontario, California has been enrolling an annual average of 200 new students for several years following a number of changes to its policies and procedures. “It’s been a great journey,” says director of admissions Dianne De Groot. “We have been blessed.” The most significant alteration at the school has been … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

London academy’s weekly chapels keep school theme at forefront

September 28th, 2009

School experiences steady growth in enrolment Seeking to focus on more than just accomplishing daily tasks, London Christian Academy has moved to weekly chapels to help keep the school’s theme at the forefront of people’s thinking. The current theme, which has been chosen by school leaders, is developing Christ-like character, with a new character trait … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Georgetown school changes name to reflect broader reach

September 25th, 2009

School experiencing growth trend Georgetown District Christian School has changed its name to Halton Hills Christian School to more accurately reflect the community it serves, according to development director Tisny Braam. “Our research shows that almost half of our current families are now coming from communities outside of Georgetown, with the large majority residing within … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Metcalfe school aims to lower tuition with golf fundraiser

September 18th, 2009

Event also strengthens school’s relationships with partner organizations, says co-ordinator  Community Christian School (CCS) in Metcalfe is holding its third annual golf fundraiser Sept. 19 with the goal of keeping tuition as low as possible. The all-day event includes a dinner and variety of prizes. Local businesses sponsor various aspects of the tournament. As with … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Willowdale’s new principal brings experience from TDChristian

September 14th, 2009

Justin De Moor has smooth transition between OACS schools With experience as the vice-president of communications at Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) and recent masters of education completion, Justin De Moor says he is excited to use his skills as principal at Willowdale Christian School. De Moor, who officially started his position at the … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Jarvis school raises funds through The Sound of Music all-inclusive trip

September 11th, 2009

Christian schools are open to sharing fundraising ideas, says parent On Oct. 21, a group of Jarvis residents will take in a live performance of The Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, enjoy a buffet lunch and avoid having to navigate Toronto traffic, thanks to an all-inclusive trip co-ordinated through … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Kingston school introduces innovative robotics program

September 9th, 2009

Evidence of school’s forward thinking a draw for families, says principal More than just humans may be roaming the halls of Kingston Christian School (KCS). Through the international program First LEGO League, the school’s Grade 7 and 8 students will be tackling real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks. The hope is … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Listowel school joins grassroots initiative to build character in local community

September 9th, 2009

‘It’s about building a better place to live,’ says council co-chair By joining a grassroots initiative focused on character building Listowel Christian School (LCS) is seeking to reinforce its commitment to character development among its students, as well as become more involved in the local community, says principal Garth Bierma. The North Perth Community of … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Director ‘in awe’ of growing preschool program

August 28th, 2009

Collaborating closely with parents a rich opportunity, she says Marianne Schenk says she’s in awe of the growth the preschool program she directs has experienced within the last year. In response to demand, openings for the program have been doubled for the coming school year. “(The growth) tells us God is continuing to open the … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

TDChristian spared from tornado damage

August 26th, 2009

‘There’s a lot of damage all around us, but we’re blessed to be part of such a strong community’ When a tornado struck a neighbourhood in Vaughan Aug. 20, several nearby properties were severely damaged but Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) was relatively unscathed. “We are really thankful for having been spared like we … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Burlington Christian Academy plans New Zealand trip

August 19th, 2009

Excursion an opportunity to build cultural and geographical experience, says principal Excitement is building as Burlington Christian Academy (BCA) plans a trip to New Zealand for March, 2010. The 14-day excursion is a strong opportunity to grow cultural and geographical experience, says principal Gord McNeice. McNeice taught in New Zealand for a time, so he … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Grieving school community shares pain, hope

August 17th, 2009

Durham High builds gazebo to commemorate student A grieving Christian school community has come together and found ways to support one another through the pain of losing a loved student. Active love and ongoing reminders of the after-death hope they share are carrying those affected through the tragedy. Described as a vibrant and inclusive person, … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Dundas school hosts late summer open house

August 12th, 2009

Event held in response to public school changes Dundas Calvin Christian School (DCCS) is hosting an open house on Aug. 25 for families who might be interested in joining the school. Principal Rick Dykstra says this is the first year the school is holding the late summer event. It is doing so largely in response … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Drayton school raises funds with aerial photography

August 10th, 2009

  Members donate flying time, photography and framing skills On a windless summer morning one might see an ultralight gliding above the trees of the Drayton community. If the aircraft seems to be circling periodically in different areas it is likely two members of Community Christian School (CCS), a pilot and photographer, out for a … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Durham High continues cherished tradition of all-school campout

August 7th, 2009

Year-end event ‘an incredible community building experience,’ says principal More than 160 people from Durham Christian High School (DCHS) spent four days at Algonquin Park recently, canoeing, camping, eating and enjoying the outdoors and one another’s company. “It’s an incredible community building experience,” says principal Fred Spoelstra, noting the DCHS all-school campout has been taking … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Covenant Christian School welcomes Christian ballet troupe

July 22nd, 2009

School has solid arts program, says principal  Students of Covenant Christian School in Smithville were able to witness a performance by a ballet company with a vision to glorify God through dance this past spring. Principal Sid Bakker says when he heard about the ballet troupe’s touring theme, The Lord’s Prayer, he was immediately interested … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Service trip to Halifax helps students grow as they leave high school

July 15th, 2009

‘It definitely does make an impact on the student’s lives’  Carmen Borger says out of many things that blew her mind on a recent service trip to Halifax with Quinte Christian High School (QCHS), one stands out as a divine moment. When the Grade 12 Belleville high school graduate went to leave the room of … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

London church helps spread vision for Christian education

July 13th, 2009

Christian schools collaborate to raise awareness West London Alliance Church helped spread the vision for Christian education on a Sunday morning this past school year. A local Christian high school and three elementary schools were able to make brief presentations during the church’s two morning services. The schools also set up information booths in the … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

London high school hosts community-building weekend for incoming Grade 9 students

July 3rd, 2009

Senior high students co-ordinate, run successful overnight event  Surviving on only about an hour of sleep the night before, Nola spent a Saturday morning this past spring mixing up pancake batter for a group of about 55 Grade 8 students. “It was so much fun, even though I was exhausted,” says the London Christian Secondary … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

OACS high schools create collaborative book club

June 29th, 2009

Club promotes reading, provides forum for students Five Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) member schools joined together to form a Christian High School Book Club (CHSBC) during the 2008-2009 school year, and look forward to continuing the collaboration. Durham Christian High School in Bowmanville, Hamilton District Christian High in Ancaster, London District Christian Secondary … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Willowdale honours retiring principal with peace garden

June 26th, 2009

‘I’m hoping it will be an amazing thing for the school,’ says Mary Jansen Willowdale Christian School (WCS) in North York surprised retiring principal Mary Jansen with a farewell gift of a peace garden, to honour her work over the years to make peace a priority at the elementary school. Students, teachers, volunteers, alumni and … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Rhema Christian School partners with long-term care home

June 24th, 2009

Intergenerational program a ‘win-win’ The Grade 5 and 6 class at Rhema Christian School in Peterborough has developed a partnership with Riverview Manor, a nearby long-term care home, that’s proving to be beneficial for everyone. Since February, Rhema students and Riverview Manor residents have shared visits and engaged one another in a myriad of activities. … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Laurentian Hills student scores perfection in national math competition

June 22nd, 2009

Recognition is a boost for student and school, says teacher When he’s bored, Grade 8 student Braden Cok fills out online math quizzes. “I like a math,” he says. “I do a lot of it.” It’s no surprise that the Laurentian Hills Christian School student achieved a perfect score in a national math competition this … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

OACS high schools host provincial soccer championships

June 17th, 2009

Smithville and London welcome young athletes to OFSAA event Smithville District Christian High School and London District Christian Secondary School were the hosts of this year’s Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) A division soccer championships June 4-6. Smithville hosted the girl’s championship, welcoming 16 teams from across the province. “The event was a … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Hosting OFSAA championship an opportunity for school to serve and build community

June 12th, 2009

‘The experience of community was incredible’ When Hamilton District Christian High School (HDCH) hosted the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) boys AA soccer championship last weekend, it was an opportunity for the school to extend its hospitality to the 20 teams participating. The June 4-6 championship was the first time the school hosted … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Heritage Christian School’s hymn fest gathers community through music

June 8th, 2009

Annual event brings together surrounding churches, school supporters Heritage Christian School in Lindsay runs an annual hymn fest that brings together supporters in the region who share a love of traditional music. Held each year at the end of March or beginning of April, the event takes place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Lindsay, … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Belleville Christian School honours retiring teacher with alumni homecoming, fun fair

June 3rd, 2009

Rennie VanderWal celebrated at May 30 event Belleville Christian School (BCS) honoured the retirement of Rennie VanderWal, who has been teaching at the school for 28 years, with an alumni homecoming and family fun fair May 30. Principal Jennifer Richmond says VanderWal is a beloved teacher in the community and they wanted to host an … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Durham region Christian schools collaborate for golf tournament

June 1st, 2009

Schools partner to make a bigger impact for Christian education in the area Immanuel Christian School in Oshawa and Pickering Christian School collaborated to host a fundraiser golf tournament May 28, successfully bringing together two communities in support of Christian education in the region. “This is an excellent way to bring communities together,” says James … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Beacon Christian Schools celebrate 50 years of Christian education

May 29th, 2009

Hundreds of alumni to join in weekend festivities  Hundreds of alumni, families and teachers past and present will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Beacon Christian Schools in St. Catharines May 29-31. Stephanie Vanderwal, the 50th anniversary co-ordinator, says the weekend is a great opportunity for reminiscing and celebrating. She says the schools anticipate approximately … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

St. Thomas students get involved in local issue through artwork

May 25th, 2009

School partners with local library to exhibit art  Artwork made by Grade 7 and 8 students at St. Thomas Community Christian School will be exhibited at the St. Thomas Public Library May 28 to June 25, highlighting the community’s loss of the heritage site Alma College one year ago. Art specialist Peggy DeVries was hired … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

John Knox organizes inaugural Move-a-Thon fundraiser

May 22nd, 2009

June 5 event to raise school awareness and encourage healthy lifestyles On June 5 students at John Knox Christian School (JKCS) in Oakville will move it to raise funds for the school while having fun and being active. For its first ever Move-a-Thon, the school is organizing a variety of activities, with the goal to … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

TDChristian breaks ground for new science wing

May 20th, 2009

Expansion focuses on sustainability Toronto District Christian School (TDChristian) recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of the high school’s new science wing. Held May 7, the groundbreaking ceremony was part of the school’s annual grandparent’s day. The mayor of Vaughan, Linda Jackson, attended as well as other city and regional councillors to … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Excitement high for tomorrow’s Michael W. Smith concert

May 15th, 2009

Tickets still available for May 16 OACSF event  Excitement has been building for the Michael W. Smith concert and there is still time to get tickets for the May 16 event presented by the OACS Foundation (OACSF). Held at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, doors will open at 5 p.m. with opening artists starting at 6 … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

TCS kicks off campaign, receives ‘overwhelming response’ from community

May 13th, 2009

School reaches more than 50 per cent of its $2.5M campaign goal Timothy Christian School in Barrie kicked off the public and active phase of its $2.5-million debt-reduction campaign at the school April 24, with 200 donors and community leaders attending. The school built a new campus in 2005 at a cost of $7 million, … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Students dig into local history at school’s Historica Fair

May 11th, 2009

Projects get students interested in local history Heritage Community Christian School in Addison recently hosted a Historica Fair, providing students an opportunity to get involved in local history through their projects. The Historica Fairs program is a national initiative that started in 1993, encouraging students to explore Canadian history in a hands-on learning environment. Students … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Metcalfe school hosts successful corporate sponsorship and church awareness event

April 29th, 2009

Inaugural evening welcomes supporters into school Community Christian School in Metcalfe recently hosted its first corporate sponsorship and dessert evening, bringing current and potential supporters into the school and raising $5,500. Nancy Schoenmaker, event organizer and board member, says the idea started with the desire to increase awareness of the school and expand its support … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Unity’s Spring Thaw 5K raises money, brings running community out in support of the school

April 22nd, 2009

Fifth annual event fundraised $6,000 for the high school Unity Christian High School in Barrie hosted its fifth annual Spring Thaw 5K Sat. April 18, bringing out runners from the community and raising $6,000 for the school. The event, which supports the school’s main budget, was advertised on the Running Room website and had several … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

KCS auctions student art to fundraise for malaria prevention

April 20th, 2009

School and partner raise $2K for mosquito nets  Kingston Christian School (KCS) and the Oxford Learning Centre Kingston teamed up for a silent student art auction in support of BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group for NET Kawempe Campaign 2009. The initiative furthered the KCS’s theme for the year, “Jesus Let Us Be Your Face,” says principal … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

TBCS students take part in regional science fair

April 15th, 2009

Student selected to attend Canada Wide Science Fair Several students at Thunder Bay Christian School (TBCS) participated in this year’s Northwestern Ontario Regional Science Fair, bringing back to the school awards and positive feedback from the event. TBCS sent eight Grade 6 and four Grade 8 students to the regional science fair, held at Thunder … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Ticket sales going strong for Michael W. Smith concert

March 27th, 2009

Deadline extended for school sale to March 31 Ticket sales for the upcoming OACS Foundation (OACSF) Michael W. Smith concert are going well, with member schools promoting the event and sponsors secured. Smith, an award-winning contemporary Christian singer and songwriter, is performing Sat. May 16 at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. “We’re quite happy with … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Ontario Christian MusicFest returning to Bowmanville

March 25th, 2009

30 schools participating in this year’s event The Ontario Christian MusicFest is returning to Bowmanville with 30 schools signed up for the April 1-3 event. This year’s festival, hosted at Knox Christian School, has an increase in the number of praise and worship teams performing. The participating schools include independent and public schools with representation … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Children First grants make school choice a reality for low-income families

March 23rd, 2009

March 31 deadline to apply for this year’s grants Children First provides low-income families grants for independent school education to empower parents to choose the right education for their children. The Children First: School Choice Trust is currently accepting applications until March 31. The grants are awarded based on financial need and cover half the … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

School teams up with Worldwide Christian Schools for Guatemala service trips

March 13th, 2009

Woodland Christian High School opens student’s eyes to the broader world Woodland Christian High School in Breslau has teamed up with Worldwide Christian Schools for two service trips to support construction of a new school in Guatemala. Located in San Cristobel, Guatemala, Colegio Juan Wesley needed a new building to accommodate its growth. Providing education … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Stratford District Christian School and city partner on new building project

March 11th, 2009

New build provides opportunities to collaborate with greater community Stratford District Christian School’s new building was made possible in part due to a reciprocal agreement with the city that is beneficial for everyone, says principal David Straatsma. He says they are the fifth school in the area to have a reciprocal agreement with the city. … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Unity Christian High School’s pancake dinner an overwhelming success

March 6th, 2009

Event raises funds for athletics program, builds community Unity Christian High School’s Feb. 24 pancake dinner was a success, raising $1,300 for the athletics program and attracting more than twice as many people as the previous year. Teacher Mike Vanderboor says they hosted a dinner last year because the Barrie school found a lot of … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

King’s Christian Collegiate students learn about God and themselves through service trip

February 25th, 2009

‘These trips are about what God is doing’ A group of 37 students and six teachers from King’s Christian Collegiate high school in Oakville recently returned from the Dominican Republic where they served others while learning more about God, says teacher Ron Masengi. The group teamed up with Careforce International and went to the city … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

OACS Foundation presents Michael W. Smith concert

February 9th, 2009

May 16 event to raise profile of schools and organizations that ‘transform lives’  The OACS Foundation (OACSF) is organizing a Michael W. Smith concert May 16, 2009, at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. Larry Lutgendorff, director of development for the OACSF, says it is amazing to have Michael W. Smith performing a concert on … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Rhema hockey game a ‘fantastic community event’

January 26th, 2009

Teachers and Grade 8 game met with energy, team building  Rhema Christian School in Peterborough held its first staff vs. Grade 8 hockey game last week, bringing spirit and high energy into the school community. Former principal Ray Hendriks continues to help prepare the ice rink in the schoolyard each year. Parents and a teacher … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

OACS school partners with academy in Kenya

January 19th, 2009

Connection provides opportunity to make a real difference, says teacher London District Christian Secondary School (LDCSS), a member of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS), has formed a long-term partnership with a school in Kenya. Sud Academy, based in Nairobi, has about 250-300 students, most of them refugees from southern Sudan. The school was … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

London school drama class raises funds to support Kenya school

January 14th, 2009

To donate proceeds from two January productions of ‘An Ideal Husband’ As drama students in London share their dramatic production skills with their local community this week, they also intend to use what they’re doing to help a school in another part of the world. Students in the London District Christian Secondary School (LDCSS) senior … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School takes steps to become more involved in community

January 9th, 2009

Goal is to increase awareness of school as an effective option In recent years John Knox Christian School (JKCS) in Wyoming, Ontario, has taken steps to become more involved in the local community. “I would like to see our school be considered a viable, interesting option for parents,” says principal Ymko Boersma, who began taking … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Belleville Christian School supporters pay for new playground equipment

December 24th, 2008

$20,000 structure covered by donors When Belleville Christian School needed some new playground equipment to ensure a student who has a cochlear implant is able to participate in recreational activities they received generous support from donors. Cochlear implants provide a sense of sound for people who are profoundly deaf or very hard of hearing. Children … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Laurentian Hills students want to bring hope to children in Central Asia

December 17th, 2008

School collects 141,000 pennies for education in Pakistan and Afghanistan Students at Laurentian Hills Christian School in Kitchener have joined an effort to bring hope and educational opportunities to young children, especially girls, in Central Asia. This past fall students collected 141,000 pennies for the Pennies for Peace campaign, a program of the Central Asia … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

TDChristian students featured in AIDS campaign video

December 10th, 2008

Video encourages a new generation to shine Christ’s light into the darkness of AIDS The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) iEmbrace AIDS campaign video was launched Dec. 1 on World AIDS Day and features students from Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian). The video, entitled Embrace AIDS: Let Your Light Shine, is on the … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

School in Owen Sound highlights gifts and talents of students

December 8th, 2008

The goal is to build the school community, says principal Timothy Christian School (TCS) in Owen Sound is focusing this school year on highlighting the gifts and talents of its students. The ultimate goal is to build a sense of community at the school, says principal Matt Bittel. “We want to focus on trying to … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

King’s choir and band receive first place at music festival

December 1st, 2008

Festival experience first of many King’s Christian Collegiate high school in Oakville recently entered its band and vocal class choir into the Burlington Music Festival and both groups received first place. Kevin Norbury, the school’s director of music, has worked at the school for six years and says this is the first time the groups … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Immanuel Christian School links with local community groups to raise abuse awareness

November 28th, 2008

Activity ties into school’s exploration of a theme on peacemakers this school year Immanuel Christian School (ICS) in Oshawa has linked with local community groups to raise awareness of abuse at all age levels, including school-age bullying. Principal Jasper Hoogendam says working together on the issue will be more effective than tackling it as an … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Guelph school’s name change fosters community involvement, says principal

November 26th, 2008

‘It feels like walls are coming down’  Since changing the school’s name to reflect its broader reach, Guelph Community Christian School principal Bob Moore says it feels like “the walls are coming down” and the community has expressed more interest than ever in the elementary school. Formerly John Calvin Christian School in Guelph, the school … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

59 teams participate in Knox Christian School volleyball tournament

November 19th, 2008

Annual event brings together Christian school teams  Knox Christian School in Bowmanville hosted its annual Invitational Volleyball Tournament, attracting teams from 59 elementary schools Nov. 14-15. Member schools from the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) participated in the event. Knox invited all area schools to participate, and … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

School food booth at local event promotes school, raises funds

October 17th, 2008

Clinton and District Christian School raises $10,000 from broader community Clinton and District Christian School (CDCS) raised $10,000 at its recent International Plowing Match (IPM) food booth, which was an opportunity to receive support from people outside the immediate school community, says Marilyn Bruinsma. Bruinsma co-chaired the fundraising initiative with her daughter, Tina Bos, whose … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

TDChristian hosts all-candidates meeting

October 10th, 2008

Event serves as an opportunity to open school doors to the broader community Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) hosted an all-candidates meeting for the Vaughan riding Oct. 6 and welcomed 120 people from the Woodbridge community into the school to hear from the local candidates in the upcoming federal election. The school partnered with … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Rhema Christian School’s walk-a-thon is a great success

October 8th, 2008

Prizes boost student motivation Rhema Christian School held its annual fundraising walk-a-thon on Saturday, Oct. 4 with topnotch results. Participants raised more than $23,000 in pledges and donations, about $6,000 more than last year. Donations are directed to the school’s Tuition Assistance Fund, as is the case with all Rhema fundraising events. Families that require … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Grade 9’s experience unique back-to-school service trip

September 15th, 2008

Trip lays foundation for students to serve in community As part of their first week at school, Grade 9 students at Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) embarked on a service trip downtown Toronto and helped the homeless while developing friendships with new classmates. The overnight service trip has run for several years at the … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Parents choose Christian schools for the calibre of teachers, focus of instruction

August 1st, 2008

Schools provide excellent caring role models and God-centred teaching When Barry and Lorna Landry talk about what they value most about the Christian school their twin daughters have attended since junior kindergarten they mention what many other families also emphasize – the calibre of the teachers and the focus of instruction. Barry, who did not … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Thrift shops help curb tuition costs

July 28th, 2008

Michigan second-hand stores support local Christian schools New Life Thrift Store is one of four thrift shops in Michigan that has been launched specifically to help curb tuition costs for area Christian schools. Given the poor economy and growing interest in recycling and reusing, the stores, which have all opened within the past several years, … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Camp Edge utilizes school resources to provide fun summer camp

July 16th, 2008

Knox Christian School camp grows in its second year of operation Knox Christian School in Bowmanville is running its second year of Camp Edge, offering a fun week for its elementary students and the opportunity for alumni to come back to the school as leaders. The camp is being held this week, July 14 -18, … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Orangeville Christian School principal becomes a chicken for literacy

July 9th, 2008

Paul Marcus lays eggs after students reach reading goal  Since the Orangeville Christian School (OCS) students reached their reading goal this year principal Paul Marcus followed through on his promise to perform an unusual stunt. June 23 Marcus could be seen running around the OCS soccer field, dressed in a chicken costume and tossing manufactured … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

NHL family says Thunder Bay Christian School provided ‘solid foundation’

July 2nd, 2008

School reinforced what was taught at home and church, say parents A family with three of four sons in the National Hockey League (NHL) says the elementary school that both parents and sons attended – Thunder Bay Christian School (TBCS) – “provided them with a solid foundation.” “We are certain that the foundation laid at … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School receives award for environmental achievements

June 25th, 2008

TDChristian wins Outstanding Secondary School Award in Schools in Bloom contest Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) has been awarded the Outstanding Secondary School Award in the City of Vaughan’s Schools in Bloom contest. The award is given to the school with top scores in four areas: curriculum integration of outdoor space, environmental awareness, schoolyard … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Kings Christian Collegiate soccer team takes OFSAA gold

June 20th, 2008

Several Christian schools see success at soccer championships Kings Christian Collegiate men’s varsity soccer team has captured gold in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) ‘A’ Soccer Championship June 11. “Overall it was just a phenomenal experience,” says coach Mike Zietsma. “The guys did awesome on the field and really behaved well off … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Rhema school honours community’s ‘ultimate soldier’

June 13th, 2008

Students attend Second World War veteran’s funeral Rhema Christian School made an impact on the Peterborough community recently when a number of students attended the funeral service of Wally Smith, 83. Smith, described as Peterborough’s “ultimate soldier,” died last Saturday morning. It was a day after he had spoken to hundreds of students during a … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School runs cell phone recycling program to benefit environment, impoverished and school’s music program

June 9th, 2008

Alliston Community Christian School works with Canadian cell-phone recycling group  Alliston Community Christian School (ACCS) recently became involved in a cell phone recycling program with the goal of benefiting the environment and helping the impoverished as well as raising some funds for the school’s music program. The school’s Good Neighbour committee is heading up the … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Social justice class organizes walk for cancer research

June 2nd, 2008

Students drive activity to raise funds for Princess Margaret Hospital Students in Toronto District Christian High School’s (TDChristian) social justice class are hosting a walk to raise funds for cancer research June 5. They are hoping to raise at least $4,500 to support cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital. Grade 11 students Amanda Boonstra, Kayla … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Burlington Christian Academy hosts literary tea to celebrate student authors

May 30th, 2008

Grades 7 and 8 students recognized for hard work on children’s books Eli, a Grade 7 student at Burlington Christian Academy (BCA), recently had the honour of attending a literary tea where a portion of his first-ever published work, The Adventures of Nick and Matt, was read to attendees. Eli’s book details the escapades of … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Four students from OACS schools take top spots in regional Historica fair

May 21st, 2008

Historica fairs a great resource for schools, says Dunnville Christian School principal Four students from schools that are members of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) received top honours in the Grand Erie District Regional Historica Fair 2008. Three of the students have been selected to advance to the Ontario Provincial Historica Fair and … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Trenton Christian School promotes active living, healthy lifestyles through intramural programs

May 16th, 2008

School receives Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award from Ontario association Trenton Christian School (TCS) encourages active living and healthy lifestyles among its students through a range of intramural and recreational programs. In recognition of its efforts the school has been selected to receive the Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award for 2008 from CIRA Ontario. CIRA (Canadian Intramural … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

NACE to introduce weekly open house for prospective families

May 14th, 2008

Research shows schools have positive experience with weekly event Following a three-day seminar on Christian school marketing May 8-10 the Niagara Association for Christian Education (NACE) is ready to implement some of the strategies introduced at the seminar. One of these strategies is a weekly open house. Tony Kamphuis, NACE executive director, says he would … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

High school raises funds, awareness to help cure leprosy

May 9th, 2008

Students wear mitts to experience effects of leprosy In an effort to raise funds and help cure at least one person of leprosy, students at Patmos College in Sarnia wore a mitt on one hand for an entire school day. Wearing the mitt helped them understand to a degree what it’s like to live with … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Willowdale runs international program to meet need in community

May 7th, 2008

Large percentage of student population is Asian Willowdale Christian School in North York is running a sizeable international program in response to requests from families from Asia, primarily Korea. About 35 per cent of the school’s population is Asian. About eight per cent are students who do not speak English and are enrolled in the school’s … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

London school hosts first winter-camp for international students who want to learn English

May 5th, 2008

Month-long program has unexpected benefits for students, families London Christian Elementary School (LCES) hosted its first winter-camp for international students who want to learn English in January. The camp ended up bringing some unforeseen benefits for the international and LCES students and their families. The month-long program was arranged in conjunction with an agent through … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Students show incentive, innovation with this year’s 30-Hour Famine

May 2nd, 2008

Raise record funds, real awareness for world hunger While participating in World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine is nothing new for many schools, the drive and creativity that students from several Ontario Christian high schools showed in planning and carrying out this year’s event is noteworthy, say school staff. As is usually the case, the student council … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Holland Marsh works toward new facility to meet future needs

April 30th, 2008

School raises about one million dollars in first phase of campaign Holland Marsh District Christian School (HMDCS) is working towards a new facility to accommodate the future needs of the school, including projected growth. The first phase of the capital campaign for the new facility has brought in close to one million dollars, according to … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Hamilton school accommodates a great deal to meet needs of individual students

April 28th, 2008

Collaboration, accountability and a qualified special education team key to success Calvin Christian School (CCS) in Hamilton seeks to do whatever it can to meet the needs of individual students. “We do a lot of work towards accommodating and modifying and that’s appreciated,” says principal Ted Postma. “It’s become a trademark of our school.” The … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Upcoming choral festival organized ‘to inspire love of singing’

April 25th, 2008

32nd Ontario Christian High School Choral Festival takes place May 2 The 32nd Ontario Christian High School Choral Festival takes place at Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) Friday, May 2. “The purpose of the festival is to inspire the love of singing, to support the broader community of believers as we join together and … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

New Milton school meets need in fast-growing community

April 23rd, 2008

School enrollment triples within two years Milton Christian School (MCS) is meeting a need in the fastest-growing community in Canada. While adjacent communities like Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington and Georgetown have Christian schools, MCS is the first of its kind in Milton. It has experienced major growth since its inception. The school’s growth speaks to the … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Students have their say at Toronto’s Speaker’s Corner

April 9th, 2008

Drama teacher introduces unique class activity “The students I teach are part of a generation who feel pretty isolated and powerless. What better way to have them realize they have a voice and they can be heard – on national television.” Drama teacher Richard Peters sums up why he’s begun taking his Grade 9 drama students … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Chatham Christian Schools launches tuition assistance campaign

March 31st, 2008

Aims for $500,000 for school foundation Chatham Christian Schools has embarked on a tuition assistance fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $500,000 for the school’s foundation within three years. To date, the campaign, which started in late February, has had good results, according to development director Linda Wolting. “Pledges are coming in and we’re … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School to change name to reflect broader reach

March 28th, 2008

John Calvin Christian School to become Guelph Community Christian School John Calvin Christian School in Guelph is undergoing a name change to reflect its broader reach in the Christian community. Effective July 1, the school will be known as Guelph Community Christian School. Founded in 1961 by a group of families at First Christian Reformed … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Community theatre production brings people together

March 17th, 2008

Also raises $28,000 for school A recent community theatre production brought parents, alumni and friends of Hamilton District Christian High (HDCH) together and raised $28,000 for the school. While the funds were a bonus, Harry Meester, director of recruitment and advancement, says the real success of the event was how it fostered new relationships. Christian … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Drama teams connect to share interests, knowledge

March 12th, 2008

Two schools take part in play exchange  Drama teams from two Christian high schools in Ontario are meeting this spring to share what they’re learning and what they love about the world of playacting. Students involved in the spring drama productions at Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) and London District Christian Secondary School (LDCSS) … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

South Africa visitors glean information from OACS members

March 10th, 2008

Goal to set up South Africa Christian teacher training institute in 2009 Three visitors from South Africa met with OACS members last week to share their vision, seek knowledge and create partners in their quest to build a Christian teacher training institute. Principal of Theocentric Christian College Wilson Mandende, chairman of Theocentric’s board Sammy Mamapfha … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

School supports Multiple Sclerosis research

March 7th, 2008

Students read 600 books to raise funds Beacon Christian Schools Elementary School in St. Catharines recently held a three-week read-a-thon to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research. The school’s 260 students pledged to read 600 books within the three-week timeframe. They collected pledges based on the number of books they read. To make the … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School partners with media group on creation of films

March 3rd, 2008

Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer has partnered with a Christian media group to create two film clips on the topics of prayer and the Bible. The films, each several minutes in length, are intended to be a unique and powerful venue for spreading Christian truth. One clip, called Pass It On, was created to inspire … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School stages powerful drama about Jewish family during Second World War

February 15th, 2008

Hopes to spark dialogue around active citizenship Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) in Woodbridge is staging a powerful drama about a Jewish family that went into hiding during the Second World War. Evening performances beginning at 7 p.m., are on February 14, 15, 16, 21, and 22, with a 2 p.m. matinée on February 16. “This … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

25 schools signed up for Ontario Christian Musicfest

February 11th, 2008

Registration is open until Feb. 22 A music festival that started with a handful of schools five years ago now has 25 schools already signed up for the April event. Registration for the Ontario Christian Musicfest (OCM) is open until Feb. 22. OCM was the brainchild of Dennis Ullman, band instructor for Knox Christian School … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School provides space for government-funded autism program

February 6th, 2008

A school with an empty classroom has been able to rent that space to a community agency, which runs a government-funded program for children with autism. Cindy Warr, principal of Northumberland Christian School, and Angela Rose, senior therapist for the program, say the arrangement is proving beneficial for both sides. In Ontario, the publicly-funded Autism … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Garden to grow long-term financial support for school

January 30th, 2008

Trenton Christian School (TCS) is creating a garden that is to fulfill several purposes, including the provision of long-term financial support for the school. The TCS Outdoor Planning Giving Garden is intended to help boost awareness and encourage long-term giving to the school foundation, according to Karen Whitley, development director. The Central Ontario Christian Education … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Student numbers steady at Trenton Christian School

January 28th, 2008

Public board plans possible closure of 27 schools In a region where 27 public schools may be closed within 10 years due to a declining student population, Trenton Christian School has been able to keep its numbers steady to date. Considering the situation in the broader community, that’s a significant achievement, says principal Ed Petrusma. … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Festival celebrates art in the Christian community

January 21st, 2008

Students in Grades 7 to 12 are invited to participate in this year’s Fine Arts Festival May 14. The festival, now in its fifth year, is organized by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and is held at King’s Christian Collegiate, an Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) high school in Oakville. All students … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Students transfer learning about servanthood to community

January 18th, 2008

Students in Thunder Bay Christian School’s (TBCS) Grade 8 class are learning both in class and the community what it means to be a servant, according to their teacher and principal Bea Hayen. A Bible study on servanthood and the teaching that those who are the servants of all will be the greatest of all … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School receives Try Day funding

January 18th, 2008

Grade 9 students enjoy floorball Grade 9 students at Hamilton District Christian High School (HDCH) had the opportunity to play in an intramural floorball program as a result of receiving Try Day government funding. Try Day funding is from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Federation of School … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

School participates in national spelling bee

January 16th, 2008

Thunder Bay Christian School (TBCS) has signed up to participate in the CanWest CanSpell National Spelling Bee this year. The event engages Grades 4 through 8 students in spelling study and regional, national and international competition. Over 250,000 students are expected to participate across Canada this year. Principal Bea Hayen says interest from students and … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Student group shows compassion to refugees

January 7th, 2008

Blanket campaign opens dialogue for global issues Hamilton Christian District High School (HCDH) student Annette Hamilton keeps her eyes open to suffering around the world and hopes to make a difference, such as through her school’s recent Blankets to Darfur campaign. Hamilton, 16, is a member of the school’s WATCH group (Working at Teaching Children … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Students run with project to buy livestock for families in developing countries

January 2nd, 2008

A project intended to be a small alternative to Christmas presents for teachers took off at St. Thomas Community Christian School recently. “The kids took it by storm,” says principal Janet Baird. “(It) totally exploded in front of us.” In early November staff asked students to forgo Christmas presents for their teachers and instead bring … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Students spread holiday cheer

December 21st, 2007

Students at Listowel Christian School have been spreading holiday cheer in their community. On Monday the Grade 7 and 8 classes went to the Salvation Army to help sort out toys for local families. They sorted hundreds of toys into age categories. The students always enjoy helping to sort the toys and are motivated to … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

School takes Christmas program to retirement residence

December 19th, 2007

Vision is to be a more active presence in the community Stratford and District Christian School is aiming to bless family and friends as well as a group in the community with a Christmas program this season. Every December classes devote time to preparing for a Christmas-themed event, which is presented at the school. In … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Ontario school wants to bring hope to students in South Africa

December 12th, 2007

With apartheid in South Africa a not too distant memory, a visit from an Ontario school group to students in that country is expected to have special meaning. “The biggest thing we bring there is hope,” says John van den Boogaard, a teacher at Smithville District Christian High School (SDCH). “These are people that have … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Students eager to help care for school

December 6th, 2007

Students at Halton Hills Christian Schools want to help out. That was clear this past fall when about 90 per cent of those who were eligible applied to join one of the school’s 24 student leadership groups. Each group is responsible for a different school task, from recycling to morning announcements to caring for computers … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School ties community service to in-class work

December 5th, 2007

St. Thomas Community Christian School is making efforts to choose community service activities that flow naturally out of what the students are working on and learning in the classroom. “We really want to look for ways for us to not only be good neighbours but also that have on emphasis on things that we’re trying … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

New families introduced to school through story hour

December 3rd, 2007

A comparatively small Christian school in Port Perry is introducing new families and children to its program with a story hour for preschoolers. Scugog Christian School has about 50 students and 30 families. “We have to think of ways to get the community into the school so that they know about us,” says principal Grace … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Orangeville Christian School celebrates Christmas season with community

November 28th, 2007

Orangeville Christian School is planning several events to celebrate Christmas with the community, according to principal Henry Lise. A main activity is a nativity musical event on Dec. 5, which is being promoted through flyers, local churches and the newspaper. “We’re asking people to simply come and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas,” says Lise. … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Rhema reaches out to community

November 26th, 2007

The Good Neighbour Committee at Rhema Christian School in Peterborough has been growing since it began five years ago. With 10 members now, parent and committee member Reema Sukumaran says it has become one of the more popular committees at the elementary school. There are several outreach events the committee organizes each year. Last week … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Students help beautify local park

November 23rd, 2007

Charlottetown students serve community as good neighbours The junior high school aged students at Immanuel Christian School in Charlottetown helped plant 2,000 bulbs at a local park Nov. 21. The 14 students who participated helped to clean up the grounds and plant tulips, daffodils and crocuses at Joe Ghiz Memorial Park. Principal Matthew Mann says … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Northumberland Christian School gets involved with the community

November 21st, 2007

Northumberland Christian School has been raising its community profile through several events and a busy community relations committee. Students, staff members and supporters of the Cobourg-based elementary school have been especially busy in November. The school hosted a minister’s coffee hour Nov. 7, inviting local church ministers into the school for coffee and homemade apple … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Student council directs service projects at Smithville school

November 16th, 2007

The student council of Smithville District Christian High School (SDCH) organized a country festival day recently to raise funds for a water project in a developing country. The day’s activities included a pie-eating contest, pumpkin-carving competition, pie-baking match and a pie-throwing event with the principal as the object of the flying projectile. The council raised … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Redeemer Christian High School tackles world poverty

November 9th, 2007

Nepean school partners with local radio station Redeemer Christian High School (RCHS) in Nepean partnered with a local Christian radio station to raise money for international poverty Nov. 1 and 2. Students from the school’s senior world issues class volunteered for a telethon to raise funds for Compassion Canada, an organization with a mission to … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

London school partners with Youth for Christ ministry to help needy

November 7th, 2007

For the past 15 years London District Christian Secondary School (LDCSS) has been partnering with the London and Area Youth for Christ (YFC) to help the needy. The YFC ministry runs an annual Christmas campaign called SCROOGE (Students Christmas Rush for Oodles and Oodles of Goodies Etc) to collected canned goods, which are then distributed … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Schools practice what they preach through community service

November 5th, 2007

Whether it is volunteering at a local soup kitchen, singing at a long-term care home, or helping to build a school in another country, experiences like these are arranged by some schools to ensure students have opportunities to practice what they are taught about the value and important of service. “It’s fundamental to our vision … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Hamilton school gathers backpacks for Afghani school children

November 2nd, 2007

Students of Hamilton District Christian High School (HDCH) have shown their support for their fellow students in Afghanistan by gathering backpacks filled with school supplies for them. Last spring Canadian Forces Major Lawrence Hatfield, who had just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, spoke at the school about his experiences on the HDCH … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Students bike for United Way

October 31st, 2007

Quinte Christian High School (QCHS) was one of five high schools in the Belleville region that participated in the 2007 One-to-One Students Care Bike-a-thon last week. “We’re just looking for ways to get involved in the community and to get into the media so that people realize we’re here and we’re concerned about the larger … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School integrates Good Neighbour activities with values, vision

October 26th, 2007

At Knox Christian School in Bowmanville, serving the community through the Good Neighbour Campaign is integrated into the classroom and the school’s values. The idea of linking students with the community is something that the school has in its mission statement, says principal George Petrusma. The mission statement is “to provide each student with opportunities … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Service trip an ‘eye-opening’ experience

October 24th, 2007

Rachelle Veldkamp says during her recent class service trip in Toronto she learned a lot about people who live on the street and has respect for people who dedicate their lives to helping others. Veldkamp is one of 52 Grade 11 students at Toronto District Christian High School (TDChristian) who learned more about the issues … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

School partners with community organizations for Good Neighbour Campaign

October 22nd, 2007

Each grade at Brantford Christian School is partnered with a local organization for their Good Neighbour Campaign activities. “We just started this last year, trying to do something each month, and that seemed to work quite well, so we are just getting going again,” says Heather Murray, the school’s part- time vice principal and one … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Ottawa school sees success with fundraising efforts

October 15th, 2007

More to be raised for new facility Ottawa Christian School (OCS) has seen a significant return on its fundraising efforts among those who don’t traditionally support Christian schools. Principal Paul Triemstra attributes this success to several factors. “It’s happened because a number of people in the community have simply taken the initiative to make contacts … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School expands kindergarten program to accommodate parents

September 7th, 2007

One of several new developments at Immanuel Christian School Immanuel Christian School in Oshawa has a number of new initiatives this year, including an optional full-time junior and senior kindergarten program. “Last spring we looked at how we can be more responsive to the needs of families who are looking for a school,” says Principal … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Renfrew school brings music to seniors

August 27th, 2007

Students of the Renfrew and District Christian School brought their music to residents of the Quail Creek Retirement Home several times this past year. The school choir, comprised of the school’s 35 students, presented several numbers to the seniors. Some students performed individual piano concertos and one young man who is learning to play the … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School to grow planned giving memorial garden

August 22nd, 2007

Garden to enhance creation and environmental studies Trenton Christian School (TCS) will be digging up its school grounds next spring for a large new garden. The garden is to include a memorial component for donors as well as enhance the creation and environmental studies of the school curriculum, according to Karen Whitley, director of development. … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Two OACS schools finalists for Donner Awards

August 15th, 2007

Two members of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools are finalists for the Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services. Trenton Christian School Society, which supports Trenton Christian School (TCS), and John Knox Christian School (JKCS) in Oakville are two of three finalists in the traditional education category for the … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School leading way with heritage fair

August 10th, 2007

Students recognized at national level Chatham Christian School (CSS) is one of the first Ontario Christian schools to hold a heritage fair but vice-principal Scott Beda expects more schools to follow in coming years. Beda, who admits to being a history aficionado, spearheaded the CSS’s first heritage fair two years ago. He organized a second … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Grade 6 class donates art piece to hospital

July 6th, 2007

The Grade 6 class of Strathroy Community Christian School recently donated a large piece of art to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. The four by six foot art piece now hangs in a room where patients and family-members wait to hear the results of a surgery or test. “They can be kind of nervous, waiting … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School blesses community with 700 hours of service

July 4th, 2007

This past school year students from a Stratford school blessed their local community with over 700 hours of service. Principal David Straatsma notes the project was not intended to be a promotion for the school. “We were simply encouraging children to reach out more,” he says. “(It was done) to encourage them to be Biblically … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Belize co-op trip “life-changing”

June 29th, 2007

Grade 11 student Elena Knibbe says her co-op trip to Belize has changed her perspective on life. “(Before) I would stress a lot,” she says. “(In Belize), I barely stressed the entire three months. They’re busy there, but at a much slower pace. I found it taught me to calm down and take things as … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Rhema team paddles for breast cancer awareness and support

June 25th, 2007

‘We’re trying to reflect God’s love and compassion’ says team coach A team from Rhema Christian School was one of the 104 crews paddling dragon boats in a Peterborough breast cancer fundraiser. The team name, Rhema Reflections, speaks to the group’s purpose, says Coach Dave Moon, also a Rhema teacher. “We’re trying to reflect God’s … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Toronto school raises funds for hospice

June 22nd, 2007

A Christian school in Toronto recently raised funds and awareness for a centre that cares for people who are terminally ill. Two Grade 11 students, Samantha Ufkes and April Dekkema, came up with the idea to support the centre. “The idea evolved from a visit that those two girls made to the hospice,” says Justin … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Small school has big heart

June 20th, 2007

Wellandport Christian School raises $5,300 for Heart and Stroke Wellandport Christian School has shown that it may be a small school but it has a big heart. Last month the school, which has 112 students, raised over $5,300 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “It’s the most money our school has ever raised and we’re … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

St. Catharines school has grand re-opening

June 11th, 2007

“It was a very successful day,” says principal Beacon Christian Schools in St. Catharines celebrated the completion of its renovations with a grand re-opening Saturday, June 2. “It was a very successful day,” says Karen Gerritsma, principal of Beacon’s elementary school. The schools invited the community to celebrate with them by delivering 30,000 flyers throughout … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School top fundraiser in community cancer run

June 6th, 2007

We wanted to show community ‘we’re here to serve’: principal Last year, Mike, a Grade 5 student, ran in a local community cancer run. This year, after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in November, he rode in a golf cart. But, as he told participants in a speech at the event, next … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

The goal to help children with autism at any cost

May 4th, 2007

How one independent school is working to transform lives Dawn Lunan says the world was a different place within a month of transferring her daughter from a public school to Kohai Educational Centre, a school for children with disabilities. Her 10-year-old daughter Paige was never officially diagnosed but has several health problems and autistic tendencies. … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Successful fundraiser builds home and community

May 2nd, 2007

Belleville Christian School (BCS) recently fundraised over $88,000 through a building project called Home Sweet Home. The project included many volunteers from the school and local homebuilder Andy Geertsma, BCS alumni. “This is the second time he’s done it for us,” says BCS principal Jennifer Richmond. “He takes one of his lots that he would … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Orangeville Christian School participates in the community

April 18th, 2007

Good neighbour campaign in full swing Spring is a busy time for Orangeville Christian School (OCS) as staff and students participate in a variety of community events. And this year, the elementary school has a lot of new initiatives. Principal Henry Lise explains the many ways OCS creates community awareness. One new event this year is … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

Students clean up neighbourhood to celebrate Earth Day

April 16th, 2007

Students from Trinity Christian School in Burlington observed Earth Day last spring by cleaning up the neighbourhood. The City of Burlington and local MP’s office initiated a community clean-up, in which the grade seven and eight students, under the direction of Annette van der Woerd, science teacher, participated. The City provided large garbage bags and … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

School and business collaborate to donate batteries

April 11th, 2007

Larger corporation inspired to get involved Members of Clinton and District Christian School are planning to collaborate with a local business, Microage Basics, to donate batteries to community-members for use in their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors. The batteries will be donated to people visiting the local Clinton Food Bank as well as others … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Brantford Christian academy performs musical at school for the visually impaired

April 4th, 2007

Students from Brantford Christian academy performed a Christmas musical at W. Ross Macdonald school this past season. W. Ross has a strong music and drama focus, says Principal Don Neale. Students have travelled province-wide to do music concerts. They’ve sung on the steps of the legislature at Queen’s Park. The school also offers a dramatic … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Gearing up to be good neighbours

April 2nd, 2007

The first province-wide Good Neighbour Campaign for the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) is underway. The Good Neighbour Campaign encourages OACS schools to increase their profiles by organizing and participating in events to serve the local community. “The stories for this campaign are just starting to come in,” says Barb Bierman, the central region … Read more

Jennifer Neutel

School offers parenting workshops to community

March 30th, 2007

In its effort to ‘be a good neighbour,’ Alliston Community Christian School has offered a number of parenting workshops over the past year. Eleanor Miclette, development director at the school, says that parents are indicating an interest in receiving more information and support to raise their children with moral values. “They have a great desire … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

Burlington Christian Academy students deliver baked goods

March 30th, 2007

Over the past year, a staff member and two students from Burlington Christian Academy (BCA) have been regularly delivering baked goods to local businesses and organizations. Jann Schlett, advancement and recruitment co-ordinator at the school, says the activity is probably most beneficial for the students themselves. Schlett came up with the idea of delivering an … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger

OACS would like to see autism supports follow children in all school systems

March 30th, 2007

The McGuinty government recently announced a plan to expand supports for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) would like to see these supports available for all children, regardless of the school system they belong to. “This autism issue is about individual children and our belief is that help … Read more

Michelle Strutzenberger