By Rori Bennett – Junior Reporter
On Monday night, February 3, Wallaceburg Christian School hosted their annual open house for prospective students.
Parents and families were greeted by members of the administration team, as well as many of the school’s teachers. Private tours took place, where parents were able to see their child’s potential learning environment and the focus of the curriculum.
“So here at Wallaceburg Christian school, we strive to have our children discover the gifts that God has given them, to develop those gifts while they’re here, and dedicate their lives to Christ and service toward him,” Season Hoogstad, a Grade 3/4 teacher and a member of the administration team, told the Sydenham Current.
“This is just our yearly open house, which we host, so we can invite people in to see what we’re about, to give them a tour and ask questions.”
Wallaceburg Christian school is an independent Christian school for students from kindergarten to Grade 8.
Christian morals and content is included in every class and every part of each child’s learning.
It was opened in 1961 and is run by an administration team, made up of three teachers at the school: Hoogstad, Laurie Hooyer and Matt Charron.
Approximately 10 to 15 churches are represented in the school’s community at any time.
“We do offer up over and above what the public and catholic systems offer,” Hooyer said.
“We don’t have to go by what the system says. Curriculum-wise, we meet or exceed what the provincial requirements are, and by being independent, we can choose to put Christian contents in all subjects and that is what we do. That is our goal, our aim to do that.”
Hooyer added they are a small school, with small class sizes.
“We encourage home, church, and school… a three column approach for the education of your child,” she said.
“We welcome parents and guardians to be part of their child’s education. It is important that the communication is there and that we can communicate that way. Listening to people’s concerns, or positives and negatives, we are completely open to communication between us and parents.”
As a private institution, Wallaceburg Christian School receives no funding from the Ontario Government and is run on a tuition-based system.
Parents seeking to enroll their child, or inquire about tuition are encouraged to visit the school’s main office, which is located at 693 Albert Street.
Tuition assistance is available, as well as promotional rates for new families and fundraising opportunities.
Here are some photos from the open house: