Mrs. Bredenhof began her talk about the school dress code with an explanation of why Credo has a dress code in the first place. It is not a measure of modesty, rather, its purpose is to outline what is appropriate in the particular setting we find ourselves in—school.
When we talk about modesty, there are a couple of key points we need to remember. First of all, if a guy struggles with disrespectful thoughts towards a girl, that’s on him. We cannot shift the blame onto girls for this. Girls, that doesn’t make it okay to dress immodestly! We need to consider what the Bible says about modesty. Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:9 that we should wear ‘respectable apparel’, and Peter says in 1 Peter 3:4 that we must put on ‘a gentle and quiet spirit’. Jesus described himself in this way, when he said that he is ‘gentle and humble in heart’ (Matthew 11:29). The world tells us to value external beauty, but God tells us to value internal beauty. Outward modesty will flow out of pure inner motives.
Getting to back to the dress code, Mrs. Bredenhof outlined a number of different dress codes that exist in various jobs and cultures throughout our world (e.g. a construction worker’s dress code is very different from a waiter’s). Credo’s dress code is a result of parental expectations and is a pretty standard school dress code. There are certain things we take a hard line on, and others that we have some flexibility with, where discretion is needed. Sometimes it’s difficult to find appropriate clothing that fits the dress code (e.g. shorts for girls), but with a little extra effort, it really is possible! Some people may disagree with certain elements of the dress code, but with a wide range of opinions out there, it’s impossible to please everyone and so a peaceable balance must be sought. Should leggings be banned? Should hats be allowed? As a community, we will likely never be in total agreement about things like this. Instead, let’s all aim to be respectful in the way we dress and understand that living in community involved working together towards reasonable compromise.
- Do you understand why the school has a dress code? Do you agree with those reasons?
- Parents: If you work out of the home, what are the dress expectations at your place of employment?
- What do you like about the dress code? Are there things about the dress code you would like to see changed? Why?
- How do you feel about school uniforms?
- We are constantly bombarded with images of immodesty and worldly ‘ideals’. How does that affect you?
- What does it mean to have ‘a gentle and quiet spirit’ (1 Peter 3:4)?
We are now a full week into the new school year and have just had our second school assembly, where Mr. de Haan discussed our theme text in some detail. Throughout this year, we hope to send out emails following our school assemblies that give parents a summary of what was said, and provide some discussion questions or talking points that you can use at home to follow up on the theme of the assembly. Talk about them as you sit around the dinner table, or as you drive your child home from soccer practice. Many excellent topics are discussed and we would love to see that the conversations on these important issues are continuing beyond the assembly hall!
As previously mentioned, this week’s assembly was led by Mr. de Haan on the topic of 1 Timothy 4:12: “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” We heard how we are called by God to be examples to those around us (a student could even be an example to a teacher!) and that we are to conduct ourselves well as ambassadors of Christ’s name. We don’t want others to criticize Christ because of choices we’ve made!
A clear point was also made about expectations. Often, adult expectations for teenagers are too low; we excuse bad behavior because of “youth”. We should never be lowering the bar for our young people. Instead, let’s set them an example by aiming high for both them and ourselves! This is our challenge, as the adults in their lives. Want the same things from your teenagers that God wants from them.
Specific mention was made of the first item in the list Paul mentions: speech. Though crude speech is not a noticeably large problem in our school, we all know that this can be a struggle at times. Students were encouraged to think about the way that they speak around their friends, as opposed to how they speak around parents and teachers. Are they ever hypocritical in this? They were also encouraged to be brave and to speak up when a friend is using inappropriate language, and were applauded for the uplifting, supportive speech we do often hear.
Discussion Questions/Talking Points:
1. How does 1 Timothy 4:12 apply to you personally? How can you be an example for others (classmates, teachers, siblings, parents)?
2. Do you feel as though adults have low expectations for you? Are you able to use the “I’m just a teenager, what do you expect??” excuse, and get away with more than you probably should?
3. How would you like adults to view you? What kinds of expectations do you think they should set for you?
4. What kinds of expectations do you set for yourselves?
5. Do you notice an issue with bad language in your friends group? In your class? What about the language being used on social media, or in text messages? If you feel this is an issue, what is your part in it?
Thanks to Kayla VanderHorst for creating this assembly summary!
Thanks to Kayla VanderHorst for creating this assembly summary!
On September 4, our principal welcomed students and staff back to another year at Credo Christian High School. He also welcomed the large number of parents and grandparents who were in attendance.
In his address, he welcomed the new students and then shared “Ten Things You Should Know about Credo High.”
1. Credo is full of God's children. Students were reminded of their baptism and the fact that their attendance at CCHS is in response to the promises made by their parents.
2. Credo is full of sinners – both students and teachers. In spite of our best efforts and intentions, we will see and hear things at school that grieve God.
3. Credo is a result of a huge amount of effort by your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, who built this school and continue to support it many ways.
4. Credo is a generous community. Last year, students raised over $20 000 for various charities. This is something to be proud of!
5. Credo has teachers who may be a little strange, but they mean well. The teachers that work here really care about their students.
6. Credo is a place where the cool rooms are upstairs. At least, five of us teachers think so. (The rest of them just rolled their eyes at this shameless plug for the band program.)
7. Credo is a place where you can always come to the office if you have a question, thanks to Mrs. Bulthuis and Mrs. Horstman, our friendly and knowledgeable office staff.
8. Credo is a place where students can develop their talents, thanks to the wide variety of programs and courses that are offered.
9. Credo is a place where the vice-principal rules the badminton court.
10. Credo is a place where students belong, whatever their limitations or struggles. They belong regardless of intelligence, skin colour, physical capacity, or struggles with sexual orientation, depression, behaviour, or addiction. If you belong to God, then you belong here. We know that Credo might not be the best place for each student, but we will do our best to make it the best place for you.
1. How would you describe Credo to someone who was new to our community?
2. Do you feel that you belong at Credo? What is your place in the school? What do you do to add to the atmosphere?