On the evening of Nov. 24, London Christian High held its Annual Fall Community Meeting. The focus of the meeting was the future of the school. In fact, we have now spent the last two Community Meetings talking about the future of the school and we anticipate that this will be a common theme moving forward at our Community Meetings as well as in various other formats. Also, on a related note, whether you are a member or not, you are most welcome to attend Community Meetings. With the focus at these meetings squarely on the future, we want to hear from anyone who has a stake in the future of the school. We would love to hear from you!
In a word, the Annual Community Meeting was awesome. The main event was an interview with a panel of people from a variety of different industries about the current realities in their work space with specific emphasis given to what we, at London Christian High, can learn from their experiences in the ‘real world’. The four panelists were: Angelina Dieleman, David Stelpstra, David Sparling and Andrew deBoer. Here is the link to learn more about our panelists as well as information about the rest of the meeting.
Here is a brief summary of what our panelists talked about organized by key trends or ideas that emerged in their responses:
1. What has changed the most in your line of work over the last number of years?
– Technology has changed things dramatically in so many ways across all industries
– Instant access to information is increasing productivity but is also hard to keep up with at times
– Everyone is grappling with how to adapt to and use the technology that is available so that it is optimized for each industry
2. What do you look for when hiring?
– Character and behaviour are the most important things to consider, even more so than particular skill sets, which can often be taught and are always changing
– Key words that emerged included: humility, willingness to learn, integrity, heart for service
– Some other key ideas that were mentioned more than a few times include: soft skills, a positive attitude and optimistic outlook on life, ability to overcome diversity, good communication skills, adaptability, able to work on teams
3. What advice do you have for a school that is trying to adapt to this changing world?
– Schools, teachers and students need to learn to be increasingly adaptable
– Cultivate a biblical understanding of character, integrity and honesty
– Teach and demonstrate that everything is connected, inter-disciplinary studies are critical in our interconnected world
– Focus on developing self-learners, students who have an ability to solve complex problems together
– Create spaces that are conducive to learning in the 21st century
– Foster relationships and opportunities outside of the school building
We then broke off into small groups and talked about what we had just heard from the panel. Here are some of the key thoughts that were shared from each table:
– Adaptability and integrity are very important on a number of levels
– An appropriate physical space is critical to cultivate learning that is relevant
– Technology integration is very important, but we must continue to see it as a tool and not an end in itself
– Integrating a Christian worldview into what we see going on around us in the wider culture is very important for Christian schools
– Teaching character and developing relevant skills do not have to be expensive, often there are opportunities all around us in the wider community
– Is school unintentionally killing creativity?
In summary, these are some really powerful ideas to build around moving forward. The world continues to change at a faster pace all of the time and we, at London Christian High are ready to accept the challenge of not only adapting but also leading change in our corner of the world.
In addition to opportunities like the Annual Community Meetings, we would also like to invite you to provide feedback to us on our current course offerings by following THIS LINK.
As always, if you have ideas or suggestions for us to help us improve any part of our school, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued support of the school! Blessings.