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 the town of Halton Hills,” Braam says in a press release.
The 45-year-old school has also reconfigured its vision statement to include reference to the broader reach.
“(We want) to be recognized as the leader in full service, family-based Christian education for preschool to Grade 8 servicing the greater Halton Hills community,” the vision states.
Braam and others at the school emphasize that while the name and vision statement has changed, the Christian foundation on which the school is built has not.
“Though our vision is evolving, we remain fully committed to the core mission and values that the school was founded upon nearly half a century ago,” Dave Stewart, a member of the school’s parent-run board states in the press release.
Braam agrees the mission remains the same.
“We feel privileged to help prepare the way for the children and teach them about being firmly rooted in Christ,” she says.
While times may be challenging economically, Halton Hills is in the middle of a growth trend, having increased in numbers over the past two years with signs indicating this could continue.
The director attributes the school’s enrolment increase to several factors, including the academic quality of the school and the separation of membership from the admission process, which allows the school to welcome non-traditional families and students.
Braam also notes that the school board has been supportive and progressive, which has enabled the school to introduce several new programs, including the Arrowsmith Program, an international student program, nursery school and full-time junior and senior kindergarten.
Finally, the school’s location is a key factor; Georgetown is targeted for a significant population growth over the next 20 years, which will likely have an affect on the school’s population as well.
“Overall, I believe there is a growing need for values-based Christian education where every child feels nurtured, embraced and safe within the school’s walls and this is an area where Christian schools are delivering successfully,” says Braam.
“We are excited about what the future holds for us as we continue to explore opportunities that are aligned with our new vision and core values.”
A new logo, designed by a local sign crafter, Carla Hassell, has also been created and is featured on a new sign outside the school building.