Christian Schools across the province celebrated Christian Education Week this past week by participating in a variety of school activities and events, and by inviting the community to share in their learning.
“Christian Education Week is about celebrating God’s work and transformational power through quality, Christ-centered education,” shared Kevin Bouwers, principal at Providence Christian School (PCS) in Dundas. “When we talk about connecting to something bigger, we come to realize that it is bigger than our school, our province, our continent, and even our world. It is about being faithful to God’s kingdom.”
Throughout the week, Christian schools extended the invitation for community members to experience the learning that happens in their classrooms by hosting events such as Open Houses, a pastor’s visit day, grandparent’s day, and spring drama productions.
“It’s Christian education on display!” described Kevin Huinink, Executive Director of NACE. “Bringing together the learning, the students, the parents, and the rest of the community is so valuable. It’s this type of experience that reminds us all that God is at work.”
“The walls of the school are littered with student work,” added Mr. Bouwers. “From art pieces to student projects—the learning of our students is on display for all who come in to the school throughout the week. It really is a wonderful way to celebrate Christian education.”
“I think it’s important to celebrate Christian education week. It isn’t just learning about the gospel, it’s in every subject that we do at school,” shared Joelle, a grade 7 student at PCS. “Like in math, for example, God teaches us how to be order-disoverers!”
Her classmate, Curtis, agreed. “Christian education is important to me, because it can transform people’s hearts while teaching the essentials. God’s threads are interwoven into everything we do.”
Not only does Christian Education Week provide the opportunity for long-term supporters to connect with the learning that is happening in Christian schools, it also allows those who might be new to Christian education to explore the school and to experience the impact that Christ-centered education is having on students.
“New parents and supporters get to see and hear the stories of decades of vision, hopes, and dreams of God’s sovereignty in our kids’ learning,” shared Mr. Huinink. “A parent might attend their first public event and hear the principal share the story about how it started so many years ago, or have the stories of God’s faithfulness over the years explained by a long-term supporter who was there in the early years. And vice-versa, those who grew up knowing the story of Christian education get to experience the excitement and refreshing energy of those who are just discovering it.”
“Christian education matters because we learn about God at our school,” shared Koby, a student in grade one. “This week we learned about community building.”
Along with the community events that are planned throughout the week, students are also invited to celebrate Christian Education Week in fun and interesting ways, like dressing up as their favorite book character, decorating their classroom doors, wacky hair day, backwards day, hat and gum day, and pajama day—just to name a few.
“Sometimes, it’s just good to celebrate,” shared Mr. Bouwers. “Students are excited, and parents have told me that this is their child’s favorite time of the year. The joy that comes from this week is a real community builder.”
“It’s such a great time of the year in our schools,” added Mr. Huinink. “Christian Education Week provides one of those wonderful opportunities for the story of Christ-centered education to continue to be celebrated and shared with others.”
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