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 opportunity to meet old classmates and reconnect with alumni and parents,” said Paul Triemstra, current principal and one of the school’s first students.
The jubilee kick-off was in two parts. The family-friendly party included games, face painting, and a barbeque on the school grounds, while inside the school attendees examined photos and memorabilia from five decades of school history. Afterward, families and friends offered praise and thanksgiving at Cedarview Alliance Church. Worship was led by Nashville recording artise Dana Jorgensen (OCS Class of 1997), while pastor Kevin deRaaf (OCS Class of 1981) delivered inspiring and well-received remarks.
Commencing operations in 1966 with 50 students, Ottawa Christian School is now home to a diverse population of 220 students from 117 families, representing more than 40 different congregations. After renting space for the first four years of its existence, the school opened its first permanent building on Benjamin Avenue in 1970, before moving to its current location on Tartan Drive in Barrhaven in 2010. OCS is known for its high academic standards, dedicated teaching staff and caring community. OCS participates in the Barrhaven Santa Clause Parade and Canada Day parade, contributes to the Ottawa Mission and Sud Academy in Kenya, visits local retirement homes, and sings in neighbourhood stores.
The 50th Anniversary celebrations continue through 2016. A Jubilee Gala will be held at the school on Friday, November 25, 2016.