As we wrap up our school year I thought it might be interesting to highlight the intentional way our GCCS students are taught to serve. Christ-centred serving involves teaching our students the purpose and background to service in order to engage their hearts in the activity. There are a variety of ways service happens within our school community. Our parents model it, our teachers discuss, teach, and host it, and above all the Holy Spirits directs. Below is a list of some of the serving that took place within our student body this year:

JK

“The boys and girls in JK brought in contributions of infant gifts for our Christmas Cradle for Beginnings.”

SK

“The SK service project for this school year happened in November and December. We collected teddy bears for the toy drive. They were added to the GCCS barrels.”

Gr. 1

“The Grade 1 class travelled to the Salvation Army to help sort toys for the Christmas Hampers. As well, they delivered cards and gift baskets to some of Guelph’s service providers to thank them for all that they do for our city.”

Gr. 2

“The Grade Twos had the privilege of baking Christmas cookies for those who use the services of Hope House. They also collected school supplies for the Burton Family’s trip to Nicaragua.”

Gr. 3 and 6

“Together, these classes are baking muffins for Lakeside Hope House. This allows the Hope House to serve people who come in for visits.”

Gr. 4

“The Grade 4 group sold Freezies at our Parking Lot Party and one recess in order to raise money to buy a subscription of Encyclopedias for their penpals in Kenya. ”

Gr. 5

“This group put on a Tone Chime Concert for the J.O.Y. (just older youth) group at Kortright Church and at the OMAFRA Government Building.”

Gr. 7

“Grade 7 sorted food for Christmas hampers for Hope House to distribute to families in need.”

Gr. 8

“Grade 8 is going to serve at the Zocalo Organic Farm by working with the community members there. We were also active in our school with things like buddies, serving lunches, safety patrols, and milk helpers.”

Tanya Pennings
Interim Principal