Orangeville Christian School is planning several events to celebrate Christmas with the community, according to principal Henry Lise.
A main activity is a nativity musical event on Dec. 5, which is being promoted through flyers, local churches and the newspaper.
“We’re asking people to simply come and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas,” says Lise. “(The event) has a real focus on the nativity and what that means.”
The entire student body will be participating in the program, which includes traditional Christmas carols and hymns and invites audience participation.
Kindergarten to Grade 2 students will also be singing for the first time in the By the Kids For the Kids Choirs Festivals Canada Dec. 11.
The festival takes place locally at the Orangeville mall and includes representation from schools across the city and region.
Similar festivals are taking place across Canada throughout the season.
While the festival has a competitive option it is intended primarily to be a fun way for schools to showcase their talent.
Lise says a secondary reason for participating in events like the festival is to raise awareness about the school in the community.
“We want to get out in the community. We want to share what we have with the community and get people to know us,” he says.
The Orangeville school has seen a recent minor drop in enrollment numbers and is taking some steps to restructure its community relations and financing.
Three task forces have been formed to address the provision of other streams of revenue, the increase of enrollment and the reduction of current expenses.
The groups are identifying specific activities this week to impact each of these areas.
The school has already become more intentional about getting the word out that it has space for groups to use, says Lisa. The school was the site of two polls on election-day this year.
Offering community groups the use of the facility for a minimal fee is one way to raise awareness about the school, according to Lise.
Orangeville Christian School has a student population of 70 from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. It first opened its doors 28 years ago with a move to a new facility in 2001.