Education Spotlight – Spring 2019
Profiles on local schools
Koinonia Christian School Red Deer is a preschool – grade 12 campus committed to a biblical standard of spiritual and academic excellence. KCS-Red Deer is fully accredited by Alberta Education and employs Alberta certified teachers. We offer biblical instruction and Christian service opportunities. Our mission is to teach truth, inspire excellence, experience Christ and serve through love. We also offer Home Education and Distance Learning programs through Koinonia@Home. At KCS-Red Deer, we love to develop student leadership! Students volunteer and coordinate activities that help build community through classroom initiatives, student council, leadership and discipleship programs. Whether students are learning in the classroom, leading worship, playing sports, making music, going on a mission trip, or just hanging out in the hallways, they are being equipped to serve and lead with a Christ-like and godly character. We provide a safe and caring environment for students to belong.
Koinonia Christian School Red Deer recently celebrated 35 years of service to the community. To learn more about our school visit us at www.koinonia.ca
Menno Simons Christian School (MSCS) has been providing an “Education for Life” for 35 years.
Located on the west side of Calgary, MSCS is an Alternative Program School with Palliser Regional Schools which allows us to be an affordable option for those interested in Christian education.
What makes us special?
• We offer small class sizes for students from Kindergarten to Grade 9
• We pursue academic excellence by offering a well-rounded academic program with additional opportunities in choral music, band, drama and sports
• We challenge faith and personal growth by emphasizing peacemaking, service projects and community involvement
• We provide a safe and caring environment for students to belong
• We teach and model Christian values by integrating them throughout all aspects of our school
• We model community by having active involvement and participation from parents.
Together with the home and the church, Menno Simons Christian School provides opportunities for students to integrate sound academic learning with growth in character, faith and service to God.
To learn more about what our school has to offer visit our website.
How do you learn best? That was a question put to a group of students in grades 9 to 12 at Calgary Christian School. Through a series of dialogues and research the nine students crafted their ideal learning environment. Included were lots of natural light, welcoming environments, intuitive navigation, spaces for group activities, and quiet corners for reflection. Students also sampled classroom furniture at RGO, investigated modular interior construction at DIRTT, and toured newly constructed schools. Their ideas – along with those of their teachers – are now being reviewed by the school’s architects, Sahuri + Partners, who are tasked with shaping these concepts into an addition to the 26th Avenue SW facility.
“We’ll take the next few months to refine the plan,” says Executive Director, Ken DeWyn, “and after a round of revisions with stakeholders, we hope to reveal the concept design at the May meeting for our society members.”
Calgary Christian School is a K – 12 school celebrating 55 years of service to the community, and currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. To book a personal tour and receive admissions info, visit www.calgarychristianschool.com.
…and all that Jazz.
If you love great music and tasty desserts, you should definitely attend Moonlight Jazz on Friday, February 15, 2019! The Senior High Music Program at Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) is partnering with professional jazz musicians, The Johnny Summers Quintet, for an evening of music, dessert and fundraising. Tickets are just $40 and are available at www.hcacalgary.com.
Johnny Summers has partnered with HCA’s Annual Moonlight Jazz fundraiser for over five years, and his passion for jazz and undeniable talent has been an immense blessing to the school.
“I love working with the next generation,” Summers says. “Using music to teach expression, confidence, discipline and so much more to the students, and seeing them light on fire when they hear professional musicians is extremely rewarding. I am proud to partner with the Heritage music program as they include valuable opportunities for study and listening time with professional musicians.”
Secondary Music teacher Torri Airhart has been teaching and developing the award-winning music program at HCA since 2004.
“We are excited for another year of excellent music at HCA! Opportunities to work with professional musicians within our music program help to inspire and build excellence in the students,” Airhart says. “I hope you are able to join us for Moonlight Jazz this year – you’ll hear excellent music and enjoy a great night out, all while supporting our talented students and building into the music program at HCA!”
Funds raised at Moonlight Jazz provide student bursaries for annual music tours and competitions, help purchase instruments for the music program, with a portion supporting the school’s overall mission.
If you are interested in attending or sponsoring 2019 Moonlight Jazz, visit hcacalgary.com and click on the Moonlight Jazz image on the homepage.