As we approach the end of the school year, I have the privilege as the grade 8 teacher to write an article to celebrate the incredible group of young men and women that make up the GCCS graduating class of 2020. It is an honour to share about the blessing that these students have been to each other, our school community, and beyond. Our graduates have excelled in academics, grown in their relationships with the Lord, flourished in the arts and extra-curricular activities, and have been gracious servant leaders. We are proud of each of them and we have been blessed by them.

This special group of graduates are true servant leaders. Whether it was helping younger students on the playground, reading to reading buddies, serving food for bake sales, or just doing everyday tasks; this group of grade eights brought joy to everyone. As leaders in our school, they have consistently displayed kindness and Christ-like humility through their actions and words. We want to thank them for being strong role models and for leading by example.

This year’s grade eight class has chosen Romans 12:2 as their class graduation text:

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

In this verse, Paul talks about not conforming but instead to be transforming by the renewing of your mind. Our grade 8 class did a great job with that this year and I know they will continue this journey as they head to their respective high schools in the fall. They are a unique class that respects each other for who God created them to be. This class understands that Jesus wants them to be themselves and that they are created in His image. They are content in the beautiful masterpiece that God made them to be! I have seen growth and a desire in the grade eights to be transformed by God and the Holy Spirit. In school chapels when they are singing out praise songs to our Father, in devotions and classes when they are being stretched to think about their faith, and when they are sharing how they can make a difference in God’s world…I can see it! I know that they will continue to strive for this in the future as well. As a community we will be praying that they always seek God, pray faithfully, and that they let their light shine as they did so well here at GCCS! Be blessed, grade eights! Be blessed.

Jody Scheerer

Grade 8 Teacher