OUR HEDGEHOG IS DISCIPLESHIP
On May 11th we celebrated our 40-year history and looked towards the future at our Inspire Gala. It is an exciting time at Kelowna Christian School and we seek to grow our programming by offering high school woodwork, as well as 21st century applied skills resources from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Funds raised this year will go towards these programs. Please reference the online donation form at the bottom of this page.
At Kelowna Christian School, we have a prestigious academic program, a fantastic arts program, and our sports teams have won more provincial banners in team sports than any other independent school in the province. Data suggests that these could all be our hedgehogs. I am so proud of our incredible academic success. I am also proud when I see our exceptional music performances and I am proud to coach at a school that has such a fantastic tradition of sportsmanship and success. Excellence and perseverance are two of our core values, and we should continue to excel through hard work in all we do at Kelowna Christian School.
However, our mission and vision focuses on discipleship. We must recognize that in all we do, we remain focused on Christ (Philippians 4:13). As we partner with home and church to educate, equip, and inspire our students, we must do so for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). We partner with home and church to provide an academic experience that brings each child closer to Christ.
Discipleship doesn’t not shift our focus away from academic, arts, and athletic excellence. The more programming we are able to have, the more options there are for students to learn about the big plans that God has for them (Jeremiah 29:11). Excellence is measured differently for each child, and this builds community. As our school grows, we have the opportunity to grow our programming to ensure that every child can reach their God-given potential. A weakness at Kelowna Christian School is our lack of applied skills programs. Through exit interviews, we have learned that some students leave our school because we don’t have an industrial arts program. An industrial arts program won’t distract us from all that is awesome at KCS, it will strengthen us in community. It will make us more excellent.
In September of 2019, we will start a Grade 10 and Grade 11/12 woodwork course.This program benefits all learners, and we are excited add this important program to our school. There is a significant cost to starting a woodwork program. We also would like to strengthen other applied skills programs from Kindergarten to Grade 12 at Kelowna Christian School, helping us become a stronger, 21st century Christian school.
This year’s annual giving drive funds will be targeted towards the following areas.
1. To purchase the tools and to retrofit a classroom to offer high school woodwork classes next year.
2. To purchase 3D printers for student project builds.
3. To build an electronic clean room with proper safety ventilation for the use of the laser cutter and 3D printers and to house sensitive electronic equipment.
4. To develop a dedicated ‘Maker Space’ at our Elementary School, with appropriate technology, to enhance the Elementary Applied Design, Skills, and Technology (ADST) program, allowing our youngest students to experience hands-on innovation.
These programs will help us grow and enhance to become a strong 21st century school. All of the resources purchased will also transition well once we build (dv), helping us build a cutting edge school.
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