OCS: Where Jesus is celebrated and God is at the centre of it all.
It was a new venture when we began kindergarten at the Orillia Christian School (OCS) with our oldest child, Jasmine (grade 4). Rob and I did not go to Christian schools ourselves growing up. So, to be honest, it was a bit of an experiment that we agreed to “try” for a year. Here we are five years later with Levi (grade 2) and Jack attending kindergarten too!
At times, the financial commitment of tuition has been daunting. This past year has been especially challenging as Jack began junior kindergarten and needed an educational assistant with him in the classroom. All the more reason to reflect on why Christian education is important to our family. Decidedly, with each passing year it has become clear that OCS is where we want to be. The teachers, the community of families, and especially the presence of God at OCS are invaluable elements that are forming our children's character, knowledge base, and love for God.
What we have also discovered is that raising up our children in God's truth must also be important to God as He keeps on providing for us in amazing ways from cheques arriving at the exact time needed to funding coming through for Jack's educational assistance not to mention how responsive the teachers and community is at OCS to help each of our children learn and thrive according to their individual needs.
Rob and I have also taught and teach in the public school system. When we consider public education for our children, it ultimately comes down to this: God is the most important person in our lives and we want our children to be able to learn about the world in an environment where God is not only allowed to be included but is at the centre of it all. We want to be at a school where Jesus is celebrated and students are free to learn about God, the Bible and experience His love and grace in an unapologetic way. It is not about protecting them from the bad but allowing space for God's goodness to grow in them.
The bonus of being at OCS is having very hard-working, creative, and Godly teachers and staff who love, teach, support, and pray for our children every day. It is also good to be a part of a group of God-fearing families who rally for one another. We are grateful to be a part of the community at OCS and draw strength from knowing that we are all in this together!
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” Hebrew 10:23
Rob & Jenn,
Levi: Christian school helps me learn how to follow God.
Jasmine: I love being part of Compassion club where we learn about the Holy Spirit and helping others know God's love.
Jenn: I like volunteering at the school and helping students use their creative gifts for the Lord with special art projects and experiences.
Rob: I like the small class sizes. Our kids are getting lots of time with their teachers.
Jack: Has enjoyed being a loved and valued part of the school community as a student with special needs.