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The educational philosophy of North Cariboo Christian School (NCCS) is based upon a God-centered view of man and truth as presented in the Bible. The essential truths of this view are detailed in Article 3 of our Constitution.
Since God created and sustains all things through His Son, Jesus Christ, the universe and all life are related to God and have the purpose of glorifying Him. This is true of man who was made in God’s image, with the unique capacity to know and respond to God personally.
Because of man’s sinful nature, he must be born again to do God’s will. The goal of education should be to enable man to know, love and serve God.
God’s authority commands that children be taught to love God and place Him first in their lives. Parents are responsible for the total education and training of their children. The Home, the Christian School, and the Church are partners in giving the education. From this philosophy comes our mission and goals.
Spiritual and Moral
- to teach the Bible as God’s inspired Word and to develop attitudes of love and respect towards it
- to teach the basic doctrines of the Bible
- to guide each student in their personal relationship with Christ as Saviour and Lord
- to develop a desire to know and obey the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures
- to equip the student to carry out the will of God daily
- to encourage involvement in and to provide opportunities for ministry and service in the school, church, community and in other cultures
- to encourage the development of obedience, discipline, consideration of others and responsibility in the students’ walk with God
- to help the students develop for themselves a Christian worldview by integrating life and studies with the Bible
Personal and Social
- to encourage the students to develop their personalities and talents to their fullest potential based on an understanding and acceptance of themselves as uniquely created in the image of God
- to teach students to show respect and obedience to authority
- to teach students how to resolve conflicts in a Biblical manner
- to encourage a healthy interaction between members of the opposite sexes through the teaching of Biblical morality
- to teach students to treat everyone with love and respect since everyone is made in God’s image
- to teach students to become an interdependent and contributing member of society
- to develop Godly attitudes toward work, marriage and the family, and the understanding and skills needed to establish a God-honoring home
- to promote physical fitness, good healthy habits, and wise use of the body as a temple of God
- to teach and encourage Biblical attitudes towards material things and individual responsibility for using them for God’s glory
- to help the students realize their academic potential by promoting high academic standards
- to help each student master the skills of communication such as listening, reading, writing and speaking
- to teach and encourage the use of good study habits
- to teach students research skills
- to develop logical reasoning, creative and critical thinking and the proper use of Biblical criteria for evaluation
- to encourage independent study
- to produce an understanding and appreciation of our Canadian culture, Christian heritage and of cultural differences
- to discuss and relate them to a Biblical understanding
- to produce an understanding and appreciation of God’s world, man’s place in it and responsibility to it
- to develop an appreciation of the fine arts through skill development, positive models, and participation
- to relate curriculum to real-life situations in the community
- to motivate the student to view education as a lifelong goal
- to cooperate closely with the parents in every phase of the student’s development and education
- to help the parents to understand the school’s purpose and program
- to strengthen families in their Christian growth and their development of Christ-centered homes.
- to encourage regular attendance and involvement in a local church
- to strongly encourage the involvement of parents in the ministry of the school
Implementation of the Educational Philosophy of NCCS
The School Board, in consultation with the Principal, hires educational staff.
- be born-again Christians
- affirm the philosophy of NCCS and agree to support Christian education in the Christian school
- hold a valid British Columbia Teaching Certificate
NCCS presently includes grades kindergarten – nine. Conforming with the B.C. Ministry of Education’s standards, we use a Bible-based curriculum which instills values in the lives of young children.
Instructional materials are provided by A Beka, Association of Christian Schools International, Christian Schools International, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Nelson Canada, Pearson Education, Houghton-Mifflin and from other sources approved by the Education Committee.
Weekly Bible lessons and daily devotions are held in each classroom, and the whole school participates in a weekly Chapel service. God’s Word is applied to all areas of study.
The community of parents includes all who wish to actively support our philosophy of Christian education. The primary responsibility for education rests with the parents. A partnership is vital to ensure the success of NCCS.
The parent-teacher relationship is further strengthened by volunteers, helping both in the classroom and on a number of working committees. These groups plan activities and events which mutually benefit and foster good relationships between parents and teachers.
We feel that it is the parents’ responsibility to instruct and teach their children in the way that they should live. As a school, we would seek to encourage that attitude and involvement by cooperatively instructing the children of our community.
The Board is elected by the Society Members at the October Annual Meeting and is responsible for determining school policy, hiring staff and carrying out the business of the North Cariboo Christian School Society.
North Cariboo Christian School opened its doors in September 1994, starting with 6 grades, 14 students, and 1 teacher. Presently, it has 6 teachers, a Principal, a Student Support Director, Business Administrator, 6 Student Support Workers, a Bus Driver, and 95 students ranging from grades K-9. In July 2002, the school relocated from the facilities at Bethel Pentecostal Church to the Richbar School Building. NCCS is an Interdenominational Christian School providing a Christian alternative to education for students. NCCS is a parent-run school where parents are involved in the school and making the policies that govern the school.
NCCS is a school where the teachers are Christians dedicated to presenting the knowledge from a Christian perspective and are B.C. certified teachers. NCCS aims to have a strong academic program that follows the core curriculum as established by the B.C. Ministry of Education, using Christian and some public school textbooks and taught from a Christian perspective with the infallible Word of God as the basis for all instruction.
NCCS welcomes students from all backgrounds; however, families applying for admission should realize that because of its roots in orthodox, evangelical Christianity, the school will stand for certain standards, values, and beliefs which cannot be compromised.
NCCS is the responsibility of North Cariboo Christian School Society, which is a registered society made up of 6-8 board members and 5-6 committees. The day to day operation of the school rests with the Principal, Business Administrator, and teachers. To become a member of the Society you must be over the age of 18 and agree with the purpose, basis, and principles of the Society. Membership must be approved by the Board of Directors.