A Day in the Life – High School with LCH
On Friday, May 24th, the older half of our WCS student body was able to experience a day in the life of a high schooler – well … almost. London Christian High (LCH, formerly LDCSS) took several of their teachers, students, and a few alumni on the road, headed east and set up shop – literally – at WCS. The gym became a wood shop and in the gym, students donned their safety glasses, were instructed in the safe use of power tools, and were able to build a Mennonite Marble Machine. What is that you wonder? It is, potentially, a perpetual motion machine using gravity, a lever, and a few wood pieces. Should there be an infinite number of marbles available for it to scoop and drop, it could operate ceaselessly. Students participated in a drama workshop and learned about tableaux. In the geography workshop, they learned about world economies and the use of resources, particularly international trade, and were challenged to think about what it means to be keepers of creation. What a great way to learn a little about the Christian high school experience! There are many ways that we partner with our sister school in London. In November, our 8th grade students attend Grade Eight Day. We partner with transportation services. LCH provides the venue for some of our Bluewater District Christian School sport tournaments. Physical education students from LCH officiate and facilitate our sporting and Battle of the Books events. Many of our senior students go on to Christian secondary education at LCH. We share calendars and Remind groups. Our staff attend Edvance gatherings together, including the ‘new year kick-off’ breakfast in August each year. Our workshop day was a great way to bring students and schools together to celebrate Christian education.
Carol Verbeek, Principal
CITIZENS OF THE KINGDOM Christian Education Week 2019
Each school year Christian Schools International (CSI) designates a week to be Christian Education Week. Christian schools are established to glorify God, to recognize the lordship of Christ over every square inch of creation, and to nurture and equip students to become the next generation of those who answer the call to advance the kingdom of God across the globe. Christian Education Week is a time to remember the sacrifice of those who founded our schools and the continuous sacrifice of those who sustain them. It is also a time to reaffirm our commitment to advance God’s kingdom in the places we serve. Jesus’ ministry was singularly focused on the coming of the kingdom of God. Jesus said that the kingdom has ‘come near’, ‘is at hand’ or ‘is here’. The worldview of the schools that are part of CSI recognizes that the kingdom of God is here now. It is a present kingdom, not a kingdom that awaits us after we die. The kingdom advances when the people of God act like kingdom citizens and when God’s shalom bathes our schools, homes, and churches. Jesus empowered his disciples to open the door so all may enter. The kingdom of God is an unstoppable force. Jesus won. God’s kingdom is ever advancing. Our Christian schools are places where the good news is shared, where the next generation of disciples is being prepared for service, and where citizens of his kingdom are being equipped. Jesus teaches us to seek it: to put the kingdom first in our lives and in the lives of our children. That is the mission of the Christian school and the reason to celebrate God’s gift of Christian education today. The writer of Matthew focuses on the kingdom theme throughout the Gospel. Jesus tells and illustrates that Kingdom citizens love God above all. They seek to put obedience to God first. Kingdom citizens understand that kingdom living requires unmatched sacrifice and commitments that the world could never understa nd. They realize that kingdom living is a worthy calling along the difficult paths of life. Give thanks to God today that he has given us Christian schools as places to advance his kingdom and that he has given us the good news of his ever advancing kingdom to bring hope to the world. It is to glorify his name that we are called to kingdom citizenship. We have reason to remember and to celebrate God’s blessing of Christian Education. (Source: csionline.org/articles/christian-education-week-2019) Carol Verbeek, Principal