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School Program

Instructional Program



1. Bible History

  • Story of Jesus Christ and His work of redemption and God's mighty deeds.
  • It is taught because the Lord demands it from us (Deut. 6:6,7) for our salvation, that we may be complete, equipped for every good work.
  • To make us aware of our covenantal relationship with God.


2. Church History

  • Christ, as Head of the church, gathers, defends and preserves His Church.
  • How the Church is to be governed.
  • Divergent beliefs as they appear in our environment.
  • Everyone to be a living member of the Church.


3. Music

  • God's structures for organized sounds and rhythmical patterns.
  • Another vehicle to praise God.
  • Develop individual abilities leading to aesthetic insight with good taste and spiritual discernment.


4. Social Studies (History and Geography)

  • The continuous revealing of God's plan for His people.
  • God governs and guides all affairs of mankind.
  • Major historical events serve as background for our stewardship in the service of God.
  • Evaluation of the motivating forces in world movements which are conditioned by sin.
  • The normative task man has with respect to his natural environment.
  • The understanding of the unfolding and formative processes of cultural expansion.
  • Life is a whole, and all the various aspects of life are interrelated within any given culture.
  • An understanding of the role that God's people have played in history.
  • Develop discernment of the spirits of the times (both past and present) in order to understand today's forces and motivating ideas, and their direction.


5. Language Arts

  • The gift we may use to communicate with God and with each other.
  • To be used to glorify God and to serve others.
  • Means of communication used so as to effectively fulfill the cultural mandate.
  • The ability to critically evaluate the world as it is portrayed in Literature and to distinguish the good from the trivial, the meaningful from the superficial and the distorted.
  • To show how literature contributes to deeper understanding of society and culture.
  • To develop ability to express oneself orally and in written form.


6. Mathematics

  • An aspect of creation; the logical structuring of.
  • The investigation and description of the numerical and spatial aspect of the universe around us.
  • The number system is to be used to His glory; is part of the orderly structuring in God's creation; respect for God's laws for creation and trust the dependability of God upholding these law structures.


7. Science

  • The world is a cosmos rather than a chaos.
  • There is structural order rather than evolutionary process to so-called perfection.
  • To develop awareness of richness of creation and see that all things, including physical objects, are part of God's plan.
  • Scientific activity is culture bound and therefore has religious direction.
  • To be aware that Science plays an important part in our society and has helped to (mis)shape that society. (health, population, resources, etc.)
  • To learn to recognize that Science has a limited place in the structure of knowledge; it can never become the ultimate authority in our lives lest man makes himself or science a god.
  • Deepen one's understanding of general structure of science, the concepts, laws, theories, methods of scientific inquiry.


8. French

  • To develop interest, awareness and understanding of different cultures and languages.
  • The laws governing the way people communicate.
  • How language draws people together into a community and that it interrelates with its culture.


9. Art

  • To develop abilities to use various media to express oneself pictorially
  • To gain perspective in viewing art.
  • To understand concepts that enhance both the ability to create and to respond (line, colour, light and shade, shape texture, form, design).
  • To develop aesthetic perception and awareness.
  • To use art as another way of serving God.

10. Physical Education

  • The body is a priceless possession (I Cor. 3:16, 17) whose proper care is a Christian responsibility.
  • To train one's body to move most efficiently to serve God and neighbour the more meaningfully.
  • Movement is an important channel through which children form perceptions of God's creation.
  • To educate the child in the proper use of his body throughout life.
  • Not an end itself ("body beautiful", glory of personal achievements, longer and more enjoyable life), but a requirement God places upon us to present our bodies "as a living sacrifice".


The Education Committee regularly reviews the program in terms of objectives and contents.


Special Education

Our Special Education classes, of which Learning Assistance is part are partly funded by the B.C. government, and partly by William of Orange Christian School (Cloverdale, BC) and CCES. Students in these classes receive additional service which requires additional staff/costs. The School has a written special education policy and procedure outlining the program, and its admission and exit criteria. All Special Education (SpEd) students have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

For funding purposes the Ministry has categorized Special Education as follows:

  • High Intervention: for students with very severe handicap who require high cost intervention. (e.g.; totally blind/deaf, autistic, severely multi-handicapped)
  • Moderate Intervention: for students needing special attention for as much as 50% of their day. They may require some one to one instruction during the day.
  • Low Intervention: for students requiring more than Learning Assistance but less than Moderate Intervention. They usually require 1 to 1 1/2 hours of special assistance in the core subjects daily.
  • Learning Assistance (L.A.) is provided in basic curriculum areas of Language Arts and Math to students who have mild to moderate learning difficulties. These students require limited and often short-term assistance. The L.A. teacher works closely with the regular classroom teacher in planning strategies and modifications which will enable students to experience success within the regular class.


Textbooks

Consideration is given as to what textbooks are used in our school, but wherever possible Christian textbooks are given top priority. All new text series recommended by the staff are reviewed by the Education Committee and approved by the Board. However important textbooks may be, they are not viewed as the main criterion in determining the speed of progress or in determining the amount of material to be covered.
All textbooks are stamped with the school stamp and numbered. The first two digits represent the year the book was purchased. Upon receipt of book, pupils are required to enter name in school stamp and teachers record their textbook number. All textbooks are expensive items and are supplied on loan to the student. Students must accept responsibility for their books and return them at the end of the year. If a book is lost or has been damaged due to negligence or abuse, a charge will be levied for the purchase of a new book.
 

Student Supplies

For the K through 3 students these are provided by the school. The 4 - 7 students need to provide for their own, however. Students will also need to provide for their own gym clothing and school bag. Uniform school P.E. clothes are mandatory for the grades 4 - 7

 


Homework

Homework in the lower grades (gr. 1 - 4) consists mainly of incomplete assignments and memory work. In the higher grades pupils could expect homework of 1/2 hour - 1 hour per day. Assignments or tests are given at least three days in advance to allow students ample time to prepare. Quizzes may be given without any prior notice. Students in the higher grades are responsible to catch up on work missed during days of absence. Students should be encouraged to assume proper study habits:

  • schedule a regular time for study and start promptly,
  • have ready all the materials needed and set aside anything that will distract their concentration,
  • be acquainted with proper reviewing and studying techniques,
  • maintain neat and well-organized notes & notebooks,
  • study in a quiet place,
  • concentrate on task at hand and banish irrelevant thought.

Student Agendas will be handed to the upper grade students who will be expected to use them.

 


Library Policy

Library hours are held every afternoons at which time two volunteer librarians check books in and out. Books may be taken out for two weeks and the loan may be renewed for one more week. Pupils returning books late must pay over due fines.