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Learning the Right Moves conference to convene board members and administrators

Written on April 17th, 2009

April 25 event includes ribbon cutting and open house at new OACS building

The Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) is hosting its spring learning conference April 25, offering board members and administrators an opportunity to gather together, engage in workshops and share with each other.

The Learning the Right Moves event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hamilton District Christian High School in Ancaster.

“There’s an ongoing commitment of the organization to continue to move the schools forward, to have an opportunity for board members and administrators to gather, to keep that sense of being part of a larger community or family of Christian schools,” says OACS director of advancement Ray Hendriks.

The day features two keynote presentations and delegates can choose one of three workshops to attend.

Dr. Adrian Guldemond, executive director of the OACS, will deliver a keynote on Christian Schools in An Age of Identity Drift.

“Dr. Guldemond will pick up on the discussion of the original vision of our schools and where the pressures of our culture have and may take us. This highly engaging topic is relevant to our schools as we look to sustaining a strong legacy of Christian day school education in our communities,” states the conference literature.

OACS director of curriculum publications Hugo Marcus and director of technologies Chris van Donkelaar will deliver the afternoon keynote session on Technology and Changing Educational Goals.

Delegates can also choose to attend one of the following workshops:

The CRA and Financial Wellness - OACS director of financial development Jennie Das leads this session intended for board members, finance committee members and administrators to learn how school policy and programs affect donation receipts issued

The CTBS and the OACS - Hugo Marcus leads a session for board members, program and development committee members and administrators on the Canadian Tests of Basic Skills results, designed to prompt discussion on how the results are useful for school improvement and promotion

Best Practices for Employment - Ray Hendriks presents on the new best practices manual and its framework to help make decisions to accomplish the school’s purpose, mission and vision for staffing. This workshop is designed for board members, human resources personnel, contract partnership committee members and administrators


At 2 p.m. there is a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new OACS building at 790 Shaver Road in Ancaster followed by a wine and cheese reception and open house.

Hendriks says they have invited a few people to say some words of congratulations.

“We’re excited about having our own place,” says Hendriks, noting it will allow the OACS to enhance its own office space and provide the opportunity to grow with the changes that are coming.

“Finally, we have a facility that allows us to do all of that,” he says.