Guelph Community Christian School is a special place. We are first and foremost a school, however our philosophy on education takes us well beyond just being a school. We are a community. A community that believes that education is not the only thing that makes a school, a school. Let me explain
I am presently in my twelfth year of teaching at GCCS and I have learned firsthand what it means to be a part of a community. A community of people; God-made, loved by God and chosen by God. This is where our philosophy on education begins. We are all “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) The verse does not say, “we are made to be the same, learn the same and act the same.” No, God has made us, each of us, “wonderfully.” We are different. We learn differently. We behave differently. Each of us, though, is made by God and because of this, each of us is seen as unique, special, and loved.
Our mission is to “nurture, educate and inspire students in Christ-centred learning and serving.” This is what we, the staff, are called to do. As each student is seen as unique and loved by God, we are first to nurture them.
How do we nurture a student? We get to know them. We learn what their likes and dislikes are. We find ways to connect with each student. We make their family a part of their learning and their education. We listen to what everyone’s needs are and attempt to meet these needs.
Next, we educate. As teachers, we do not try to teach every student the same way. Each student learns differently and responds to learning in various ways. As teachers, we strive to differentiate our instruction and our projects in order that every student can become engaged and learn to the best of their ability. Sometimes I joke that this may mean standing on our heads to get that one student’s attention long enough for them to hear what we have to teach.
Finally, we inspire. It is not good enough to teach at students. We want them to be a part of their learning and to want to learn. To be inspired to take their learning a step further. To feel that they can move beyond what we do in the classroom and continue their learning whether this be at home or further in their education path. We want students to feel empowered to continue to be all that God wants them to be and to feel that they can move forward confidently through their life.
Truth be known, the teachers may work hard to nurture, educate and inspire, but many days, we feel that we too are being cared for, enlightened and motivated by our GCCS community.
Grade One Teacher