800 Juliana Drive, Woodstock, Ontario

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Field Studies

Field Studies at WCS

It is almost fall, and our out-of-school explorations are about to begin. We are excited about learning about God and his creation in our classrooms, but there is something special about getting beyond our classroom and school walls and investigating, first hand, other spaces, and other parts of creation. As parents, guardians, or grandparents, you are also invited into these learning experiences. If you have signed up as a chaperone for one of the WCS field trips, here are a few items to remember: 

●    Please be familiar with the WCS Code of Conduct as this applies to all of the adults who interact with our students.
●    Be punctual both with school departure times and arranged meeting times at the venue
●    Use your cell phone/device to snap a few photos, but keep your attention on the students, rather than your screen.
●    Be conscientious about sharing photos. Some of our students are on the 'do not photograph' list.
●    Make sure your police check is current. Check in with the office if you are unsure.
●    Be amazed at what God has done. Have fun and learn along with the students! 

                            C. Verbeek, Principal

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60 Years Today

60 years today! Did you know that on September 9, 1959, exactly 60 years ago today, our school opened its doors for the first time. More then 90 children attended school on the first day and 3 teachers were hired. Tuition was set at $4.00 per week and Mr. deGraaf was hired to drive students to school in his bread truck. It’s amazing to see how much change has transpired in the last 60 years and we are "Overflowing with Thankfulness" that this all happened. There is so much history that comes from this school and we are excited to share our school's history with you throughout this school year. Looking back at the last 60 years it is amazing to see how God has blessed our school over and over again. Joleen Mulder

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Welcome Back to School

It’s a brand new year and it’s our 60th year of Christian education in Oxford County! Welcome back to school families, students, and staff. A special welcome to our new students and staff. This morning, we were blessed to spend some time together as WCS community in our New School Year Chapel. We were welcomed parents, relatives, friends, and neighbours. We are happy to have your support and share your excitement for another school year. We are welcoming many new students and some new staff this year. Welcome to Mrs. Rebecca Dam in grade 6 and welcome back to Mrs. Jessica VanLeeuwen as an educational assistant in JK. At our opening assembly this morning, we welcomed so many new students to Woodstock Christian School! We hope you will soon feel ‘at home’ in this community.

 This summer, five classrooms were painted, repairs were made, and a new Movement Maze was added to the east-west hall. Take a stroll through the school and check out it out. Better yet, try it out! We are so blessed to have three kindergarten classes again this year. The excitement and energy in our kindergarten/primary wing is tremendous! We praise God for a new year and new beginnings! I am excited to explore our new theme: OVERFLOWING WITH THANKFULNESS. Stay tuned for future chapels, assemblies, and editorials exploring how  we can live for God and respond to his great love for us. Blessings for the new school year.

Carol Verbeek

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Walk With God, Talk With God

As we worked through our theme this year, Walk with God, Talk with God, we learned the importance of knowing God, reading the Bible, sharing with God in prayer - both speaking with, and listening for God. We wondered, "what does it mean to be in step with God?" We learned that God is Lord of all creation - of words and language, of math, of people, of living and non-living things. We learned to pray not only for our own needs, but for others and on behalf of others. We learned finger prayers and acronyms, and to remember to praise the God of creation for His goodness, mercy and love. We have walked with our students for the first year or one more year. As we walk in this world, we trust that the Spirit is going before us. As students grow into the next grade and as we send off this group of grads, we thank you parents for sharing your family with us and partnering with us on the journey. We thank God for the opportunity and blessing of getting to know these students - for their joy, their sense of humour, their creativity, perseverance, their energy, their peace and for all that makes them who they are. To walk in this world requires wisdom and a heart in rhythm with God. Go well students and graduates. Go well into highschool and beyond: Alex, Allyson, Amber, Ashley, Brandon, Brennan, Brynn, Elliot, Eric, Frank, Hayden, Heeyeon, Jana, Julian, Katie, Liam, Malachi, Matthew C, Matthew T, Nathan, Owen, Paige, and Quinton. We thank God for each of you.
C. Verbeek
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nurture faith...

nurture faith….engage learning….grow in community
 
“As everyone has received a gift, even so serve one another with it, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10. God has given us an exceptional gift, Woodstock Christian School. Our physical building grants a safe space for children to gather and develop in the knowledge and understanding of God. To support this process, God has richly blessed us with classrooms, furniture, learning tools and beautiful outdoor space. Grade 7 used WCS to reach out and serve children in Liberia. The students imagined, planned for and held a fund-raiser to support the development of a library in Liberia, Africa. To complete this task the students collaborated with our school librarian, Mrs. Dieleman. She informed the students of the needs in Liberia and connected our students with an organization called CODE: Rewriting the story of global literacy. Students used math class to plan monetary and baking goals. The students used geography class and devotional time to initiate an understanding of the ‘injustice’ that exists in Africa. They used art class to design and create posters to promote the bake sale. The students used our school kitchen to bake their sale products. Parents supported the students by volunteering their time to supervise and encourage students in the kitchen. Generous parents sent their children to school to purchase the baked goods. Our school community raised $860. This is a significant amount of money for the development of a library in Liberia. In obedience to God’s word, we focus on the needs of others. Our curriculum allows us to gain knowledge and  plan service. Our community supports our vision and encourages our success. The experience of meeting our goals in serving others deepens our love for God. What a beautiful cycle of biblical education, glorifying and giving testimony to the greatness of our God.
 
nurture faith….engage learning….grow in community
 
L. Racicot
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A day in the life

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

 

 

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Field Trips

The Benefits Of Field Trips
 
What do you remember from school? Chances are, a group project, a special speaker, or a field trip helped you decide. Every student comes to the classroom with a different world experience. We know that students who have been exposed to many different things do better in school. In order to be successful readers, students need to relate what they read to what they've experienced. To think broadly students need to have a variety of experiences.
As teachers, we know that field trips are important, but why specifically? There are a number of significant benefits. As teachers, a field trip is one of the best tools that we can use to provide every student with real-world experiences. Whether that's a trip to the local grocery store, waterfront park, a library, a museum, a theater, each experience that a student participates in contributes to their understanding of the world. They begin to see that what they learn within the walls of the classroom can help them solve the problems they see in the world around them.
Field trips and hands on learning make concepts more memorable. Just think back to what you learned in school, the field trips you took, and what you learned on them are still some of the clearest concepts. By seeing real-life application of the lessons that they are learning in school, children might be more likely to understand and appreciate the importance and relevance of what they are learning. Students are exposed to new experiences that hopefully broaden their horizons. Educational trips encourage the development of social, personal and study skills. It has been observed that students appear to come out of their shell on field trips, becoming creative and displaying leadership qualities.
At WCS field trips are an important part of the curriculum and I am sure your child will agree that it is something that they wouldn’t want to part with. 
Mrs. J. Hickey
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The effectiveness of PBL projects

Every teacher longs for student engagement in their learning. Most teachers covet this because it means less behaviour issues which equals an easier time teaching. However, there are more reasons: teachers want their students to hit the curriculum targets for the year and gain important skills for later in life. But they also want their students to have fun at school and go home satisfied at the end of each day.
In my recent experience as a teacher, I've experimented with a concept that you may be familiar with: Project Based Learning (PBL). The Buck Institute for Education describes it as "Students working on a project over an extended period of time… a project that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience."
In my experience, PBL units have allowed my students to hit the curriculum requirements and be engaged in their learning, especially when it's a hands-on project. In my last PBL, students were learning about medieval history in social studies. They were required to research a medieval person/occupation (i.e. blacksmith or serf) and the structure associated with that person (i.e. blacksmith workshop and serf's cottage). Students eventually built a miniature structure as well. Having students show this project off to parents and friends at our 1st Annual Celebration of Learning night was a highlight for myself and many of my students this year. Many teachers at WCS are now using PBL units as part of their teaching methodology and I'm excited to see more in the future!
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Physical Fitness & Health

Physical Fitness and Health
If you were at our Celebration of Learning, you would have seen, heard, and perhaps participated in the Daily Physical Activities which took place in the school gym. Our 6th grade students researched, wrote about, and presented the case for regular physical activity, as it is good for the body, the brain, and for our well-being. God has gifted us with beautifully designed bodies - bodies ready to move! As educators, we have commented that our students at WCS generally make excellent use of our playground and outdoor activity centres. Students are shooting hoops, playing soccer and four-square, climbing, sliding, playing baseball, practising their gymnastics skills, skipping, and playing GaGa ball. They are an active and lively bunch and embrace the opportunity for exercise. In just a few weeks, we will have our school-wide track and field day. Students are spending phys ed classes outdoors in preparation for this event. Please note that this is a school day and that we expect all students at school to be able to participate in this opportunity to run, jump, throw and to socialize with classmates and family. Parents and grandparents are most welcome to join us as well as we celebrate the gift of movement and physical abilities. We praise God that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made". 
C. Verbeek, Principal
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Busyness

What business at WCS lately!!
 
Last week was Christian Education Week. What a blessing it is to have a Christian school where God is the center of everything we do. It was so great to see so many parents at the Picnic lunch on Wednesday. The children couldn't wait for your to come and with special lunches! The weather even cooperated and we were able to eat outside. What a blessing all you parents are to our students! Thursday was Grandfriend's Day and wow, what a lot of grandparents came to visit with their grandchildren. It is so much fun to watch the children and their grandparents interact with each other. The love they have for each other is so evident. What a blessing our grandparents are to our students!
This week, we are having our first ever, Celebration of Learning. The teachers and students have been busy learning, working, and polishing for this Wednesday evening event. The children are super eager to show off what they have been learning at school. Some of the learning on display will be about plants, 3D shapes, self portraits, living and non living things, simple machines, severe weather and natural disasters, legends, poetry, medieval structures and reports, healthy living, Sustainability presentations, art, and structures. We hope you will be able to see how amazing our Creator God is through our celebration. See you all on Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00!!
 
N. VanAndel
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CITIZENS OF THE KINGDOM Christian Education Week 2019

Each school year Christian Schools International (CSI) designates a week to be Christian Education Week. Christi​an 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 d​ie. 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

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Palm Sunday

Yesterday, in my church the Sunday School students stood at the back behind closed doors  waiting for their entry into the sanctuary at an appointed time. It is an annual occurrence on Palm Sunday that students wave palm branches down the aisles as a reminder what happened when Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem. It was in his day that Jesus rode into town on a donkey, and a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and cloaks across the road as they welcomed the Son of David. But what we, the adults in church, expected was not to be. Instead the students waved swords down the aisles as a reminder to us of what kind of Saviour the Jews were expecting. The crowd wanted a Saviour to deliver them from the hands of the Romans. What they received instead is a Saviour who could deliver them from their sins.
As we approach Good Friday and Easter take time to reflect on the message that Christ came into the world to be a Saviour who delivers us from our sins. It is a "lifesaver" (to use a word we heard at the Volunteer Tea this morning) that our students can hear that consistent message each year, each week, and each day at Woodstock Christian School. They can proclaim that "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
Have a blessed Good Friday and Easter!
G. Hiemstra
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