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