As someone thinks within himself, so he is. Proverbs 23:7
A mindset is a belief about yourself and your basic traits relating to your intelligence, talents and personality. An individual may hold a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is a belief that traits are fixed and cannot be influenced nor increased. A growth mindset is a belief that traits can be cultivated through attention and effort. Believing that your qualities are fixed, or can be cultivated, leads to a host of thoughts and actions that carry an individual down entirely different paths of growth and development (Dweck, 10).
The students of grade 7 began their year learning about mindset. Angela Watson is a Christian, wife and educator. She has created a 10 lesson unit on Growth Mindset. Grade 7 began the year in this curriculum. We explored the terms, definitions and practical applications of mindset. We learned the difference between a fixed, and a growth mindset. We identified our responsibilities in our own learning and contributions at WCS. We became aware of, and put to use, language that develops and supports a growth mindset.
The following visual is helpful in distinguishing between how a fixed, and a growth mindset, responds in a learning environment (www.quora.com).
Most importantly, we learned what God’s word instructs us about how he created us and how he desires us to think in order to grow and flourish in his will.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Phil 4:13
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. Rom 8:5–6
God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Tim 1:7
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor 10:5
Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Phil 4:8
Lesa Racicot- Gr. 7
As we worked through our theme this year, Faith in Action: Heroes for God, we learned about many godly traits exhibited by Bible heroes. We learned about what these stories of faith tell us about God. As a connection to the theme, one of the assignments for the eighth grade art class early in the year was to illustrate their art folder with their name and with five character traits that students thought described themselves well. Choosing traits was difficult, and many students consulted with friends and classmates to complete their five. Students described themselves as bold, creative, athletic, caring, awesome, and in many more ways. We have known some of our grade eight students for 10 years, and some for just a short time. Staff and students at WCS have been blessed by our bold, creative, athletic, sincere, godly, caring and awesome (and more!) grads. We will miss you, but we also know it’s time for you to move on to new challenges. Walk with God and He will continue to guide and bless you. Fare well & God bless you, Alyvia, Sarah, Ian, Brayden, Kayla, Ellie, Grace, Christi, Emma, Caleb, Kailyn, GraceAnn, Sophie, Joseph, Matthew, Jesse, Wesley, Samantha, Max, Amber, Avery, and Josh.
As I was doing my end of the day bus supervision duty on Friday I noticed a student stop to write “9 days of school left” on the dirty back door window of a bus. Yikes, was he serious? Where did the time go? Time flies when you are having fun is the age old saying. I know we are near the end of a school year when we wrap up track and field. Last Wednesday WCS sent 50 students to compete at the Woodstock District Track and Field Meet in Strathroy. Christian school athletes from Aylmer, Clinton, London, Stratford, Strathroy, St. Thomas, and Woodstock joined together in a variety of running, jumping, and throwing events. It was a joy to see students use their talents and celebrate one another’s achievements. I saw students encouraging one another and show good sportsmanship. There were a lot of parents and grandparents that came along to support the students. The competition was great and in the end Aylmer took home the championship banner. Woodstock placed 4th overall.
This is an exciting time of the year. Lots of students are looking forward to class trips, project based learning and other displays of learning are going on in many classes. Grade 8 is getting ready for graduation and the rest of the school is getting ready for the grade 8 tribute assembly. There is a librarian visit from WPL sharing about summer reading programs, and the list goes on. Of course teachers are trying to get the last of the curriculum covered before it is time to say goodbye to the students.
I am reminded that every day is a blessing and gift from God. He is in control and he uses each one of us to live out his plan. I am so thankful that we at WCS can share this news with each other and our students. Enjoy the last 9 days of the school year!
Mrs. J. Hickey- Grade 3
In this spring (almost summer!) season, when everything is green and growing, seeds are sprouting in the fields and gardens, flowers and shrubs are blooming, we thank God for His creative power and for the rhythm of the seasons. Recently our staff devotions have highlighted the precision and detail of the created world and the amazing opportunity we have, as educators at WCS, to show students God’s glory. We want for them to experience awe and wonder as they explore and see the world around them. I was blessed this past weekend to enjoy a little bit of Canada’s west coast. From oceanside to mountain top views, from sunshine to sudden snow showers, from soaring eagles to diving seals - the beauty and majesty of God continues to be revealed.
In his song, Creation Calls, Brian Doerksen writes:
“I have felt the wind blow,
Whispering your name
I have seen your tears fall,
When I watch the rain.
How could I say there is no God?
When all around creation calls!!
A singing bird, a mighty tree,
The vast expanse of open sea…”
Our God has created an amazing world for us to care for and enjoy. See it. Share it. Praise God for it.
-Carol Verbeek, Principal
Please, go back in time to 5 weeks ago when the older students performed the play Oliver Twist. What a blessing the play was to our school, our school community, the students, and myself. As the co-director with Mrs. Martin, I had the enjoyable privilege of watching the students develop their acting skills. It is so interesting and exciting to watch them come to an understanding of how their character moves, talks, reacts, and thinks in each situation their character find themselves in. What an awesome experience it is to observe children as they grapple and struggle with the not so nice things their characters do. It is so fun to see them become the character and be free to act. WCS is so blessed to be able to put on a major production every other year! I am grateful for the learning opportunities these productions give our students.
I want to thank each student who acted in Oliver Twist. I am so proud of you! You were always eager and dedicated in practices. Thank you to all the teachers who helped behind the scenes with props, costumes, and set. Without your assistance, the play would not have been successful. Our stage crew was willing and eager to tackle every job given them. Thanks guys! A very huge thanks to the parents who encouraged, helped memorizing lines, found costumes, and picked up their children from practices (and more). Without all your dedication and prayers the play would not have been a success. Thank you, God, for all the talents and abilities you have given these children and how they overcame fears and gave an amazing performance.
N. Van Andel