Principals, board members and other administrators will take part in an Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) learning conference March 31.
“The purpose of the day is to encourage board members in their local schools to reflect on and learn more about good management and government issues with respect to running the schools,” says Dr. Adrian Guldemond, the OACS executive director.
The conference is held on a Saturday in March and November each year. About 125 people attend from across the province.
The theme for the day’s devotionals is “Being that light on the hill,” which Guldemond explains relates to the OACS motto. The OACS motto, “… in your light we see light,” is from Psalm 36.
“That’s one of the texts that we use for our organizational motto, is passing the light to the next generation,” says Guldemond.
“It does reflect one of the distinct features in our tradition, which is that the Christian community and specifically Christian organizations need to be a light for the neighbouring community,” he says.
It is important to be a witness to the gospel, says Guldemond, adding, “That witness is also done very concretely in ordinary daily activities like running the schools,” he says. “So there’s a connection between what the devotions will be and the main purpose of the schools.”
There are several workshops planned throughout the day. Topics range from green schools to political funding issues.
“We’re going to be talking about the question of government funding for independent schools, which is one of our mandates,” says Guldemond.
The Good Neighbour Campaign will also be featured during the workshops, with the opportunity for schools to give updates on their progress.
The conference will be at King’s Christian Collegiate in Oakville. “We want our schools to see each other and learn,” says Barb Bierman, a Good Neighbour Campaign co-ordinator. “It’s a good event, in terms of sharing the information, seeing the people and hearing the stories.”
“We think it’s actually rather unique feature of our school movement that these meetings actually take place,” says Guldemond.
“A lot of other schools or organizations wouldn’t be able to get this kind of attendance on a Saturday,” he says. “We’re quite happy with our participation in the conferences.”