At first glance, North Cariboo Christian School looks much like any other elementary school, with students arriving by bus, eager to meet up with classmates, classrooms abuzz with industrious learning.
However, on closer inspection there’s something very different about the atmosphere. There’s no yelling, certainly no angry exchanges either. Students are respectful, parents freely involved in the daily life at school and teachers speak lovingly and respectfully to their students.
With more than 60 students and a staff of 12, including a principal, administrator, teachers, support workers, a custodian and a bus driver, everyone works from the same foundation principles – to inspire a generation of children who radiate the light of Jesus Christ while still providing a quality education that has a biblical foundation. The school’s goal is to empower students to reach their fullest individual potential – academically, spiritually and physically.
Evidence of this dedication is all over the school with projects proudly displayed on the walls, sitting on tables and pride of place in each classroom. A simple, evocative cross hangs near the entry way leaving no doubt as to what’s important in this school.
“I believe passionately that when children have their deeper identity questions answered, they can more confidently move forward in their other life pursuits,” NCCS board chair Angela Zieske said.
“We endeavour to help children answer those deep questions of the heart while imparting knowledge to empower them educationally.”
Grade 1/2 teacher Doug Baxter shares his thoughts on his role in the school.
“I love teaching at NCCS because it is a very supportive and loving environment. When I work I feel that others are helping me to always better myself as a teacher and a Christian.”
Grade 6/7 teacher Heather Olson said, “I enjoy so many aspects of teaching at NCCS, including the students, good relationships with parents and other staff members.”
Business administrator Sandi Evjenth added, “It is very gratifying to serve the Lord by helping Christian families seeking a faith-based education.”
Parents Gilbert and Melissa Schotel spoke about why they enrolled their children at NCCS.
“We enrolled our children in NCCS to offer them the opportunity to learn in a positive environment that supports their individual needs and compliments our family’s values.”
Parent and student support worker Adrian Schmitke said, “I work for an awesome God in a place with amazing people. You can’t get any better than that.”
Student support worker Linda Birch said, “It’s fulfilling to see children grow and meet their potential both spiritually and academically.”
Jennifer Moore, Intermediate teacher and school parent summed up her feelings about the school, “I am blessed to have a job I love, where I am part of a family and can make a difference in the lives of every student I teach.”
However, possibly the most resounding endorsement for this school came from the students.
“I love my classmates and they love me and computers, cool math kids is the best. The teachers are really talented and so smart,” Gabe Simpson, Grade 2 said.
“I like that we have chapel and get to read our bible and pray at school,” Paige Zieske, Grade 4, said.
“I love NCCS because the teachers are willing to help and will never refuse. They also care for our future. The students are accepting to others and it’s just a great place to express your faith,” David Neilsen, Grade 9, student body president, said.
“I love NCCS because we learn about how God has made our world. I love God so much,” Anna Lee Simpson, Grade 1, said.
North Cariboo Christian School is celebrating its 20th anniversary of operation.
The school is accepting applications for all grades kindergarten to Grade 9 for the 2014-2015 school year and welcomes all interested families to come in for a tour of the facilities and learn about the accredited interdenominational Christian, Ministry of Education-approved curriculum. Contact 250-747-4417.