Goal is to increase school’s base of strengths for long-term growth
Knox Christian School in Bowmanville is in the midst of final preparations to open the doors of its new preschool program on Jan. 5, 2009.
This comes after almost two years of work and planning, according to principal George Petrusma, and there is a sense of fulfillment of a dream.
“There’s certainly excitement here,” the principal says.
The preschool program is geared to ages two-and-a-half to five, including a kindergarten enrichment component.
Licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, the program is nevertheless offered from a Christian worldview and taught by Christian staff.
Children who may be attending full-time public, private or Christian schooling later on, may be enrolled in the program.
The Knox school leadership identified a need for a Christian preschool program in the Bowmanville area about two years ago; the closest Christian preschool is in Oshawa.
The leadership also noted that many families today have both parents working outside the home, which speaks to the need for early years child-care.
In addition to filling a gap in the community, the hope is that this program will expand the base of strengths the school has to offer in order to ensure it’s long-term growth and stability.
“We’re interested in expanding this preschool as much as the community is in need of Christian preschool,” says Petrusma.
“And we hope as well that when people come into the building they’ll catch the mission and vision of our school and decide to send their children to our Grade 1 through Grade 8 education as well.”
Petrusma says there is also excitement about the new supervisor for the program, Juanita Reid, who comes to the school with many years of experience in the field.
In order to ensure the opening of the program, regardless of initial registration numbers, four community-members have agreed to sponsor the preschool launch, donating a combined total of $20,000.
Petrusma says this is also encouraging, as it reveals there are people who believe in this initiative and hope to see it succeed.
The preschool will include opportunities for children to explore art, dramatic play, language, science, math, music and movement, among others.