Northumberland Christian School has been raising its community profile through several events and a busy community relations committee.
Students, staff members and supporters of the Cobourg-based elementary school have been especially busy in November.
The school hosted a minister’s coffee hour Nov. 7, inviting local church ministers into the school for coffee and homemade apple pie.
“A lot more people came out this year, which was great – I think there was a representative from every church in our area,” says Meg Botha, a member of the community relations committee and school board. “We’ve got a lot of people interested in helping out and backing our cause, so that is very encouraging, we are thrilled.”
The ministers were entertained by students singing and reciting Bible verses. There was also a PowerPoint presentation showing the number of students who attend the school from the different churches.
“They were all thrilled to see the PowerPoint, they weren’t aware of how many children were actually in their own churches that come to our school,” says Botha. “They got a chance to see our school and they loved it, they loved the whole feel of it, and also we are hoping that they will encourage others to come to our school.”
On Nov. 18 the school had a float in the Cobourg Santa Claus Parade. The float had the words ‘An angel appeared’ on the sides and students from JK to Grade 8 participated. A student was dressed as the angel Gabriel and sat at the front of the float, while other students dressed as shepherds walked along to follow the star.
Botha says it’s important to have a float in the parade because a lot of people don’t know there is a Christian school in Cobourg. The school is in the process of allotting ambassadors who will help ensure local churches and day care centres have posters and updated flyers about the school, she says.
The school is now preparing for its Nov. 24 bazaar, which will be held at Grace Christian Reformed Church in Cobourg at 3 p.m. with a dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. The bazaar features food, a “quality” item garage sale, face painting, games, a jumping castle and handmade Christmas crafts. There is also a jar jamboree – each student has filled a jar with an item of their choice, which will be on sale.
Throughout the school year families are encouraged to participate in the Good Neighbour Campaign. The school has made business cards that say, “You have just been good neighboured by Northumberland Christian School.” If someone does a random act of kindness, such helping an elderly person with their groceries, they are encouraged to give them a card. In the summer, students handed out packs of seeds with the card outside of No Frills, which relayed the school’s message to “watch us grow.”
In the next couple weeks students will be bringing a candy cane into the school and attach it to one of the Good Neighbour cards. They are asked to give the candy cane to a friend who attends a different school.
“It’s really trying to get the name of our school out there,” says Botha. While she says the campaign is small right now, there are lots of plans to expand it in the new year.