Why We Believe So Strongly in Christian Education
It is hard to believe that the month of August has already come and gone! If you are like me, it has FLOWN by! As your Head of School, it has been a joy for me to witness the excitement of our teachers and students as they have reconnected with old friends and welcomed many new ones to the school. It has also been a different kick-off to the school year for me as it is the first time in twenty-four years that I do not have a child of my own attending my school. My wife and I dropped our youngest daughter off at Covenant College last week, leaving her to be the new kid on campus. This prompts me to give another BIG welcome to those of you who are new to the WCCS family. We are so glad you are here, and we cannot wait for you to personally experience what is so unique and valuable about Christian education. With this in mind, I wanted to share with you three main ways a Christian education will benefit your child.
We are a “safe” environment
“Safety” is a catch-phrase in educational circles today. Schools do what they can to promise protection from the world. While this kind of safety is important to us as well, we want to prepare our students for the world they will grow up in. They are already in the “real world.” Though we are a Christian school, we are all flawed human beings - students, teachers, and school heads alike. We are not perfect. WCCS is not, nor was it ever meant to be, education in a bubble. What I’m talking about here is much better. It’s the idea that as a group of administrators, faculty, and staff, we have the unique opportunity to come together in a safe environment to minister to your child through life’s biggest questions. Peer relationships, family life, identity, technology, the secularization of modern culture, evolution, etc. - there is no topic that is “off limits” within our walls. Trust me, your child is searching for answers. Our teachers, coaches, and administrators get to have these conversations with our students through a Biblical lens – pointing them to Christ and His Truth - reinforcing the same values that you teach them at home and that they are learning in church. We are in this together and WCCS is a safe place for your child to learn and grow.
Our teachers are “for” your child
I want you to know that your child’s teacher at WCCS desires for him or her to receive an outstanding, well-rounded, education. However, even more than this, we want your child to know that he or she is genuinely cared for by our teachers, even when (and maybe even especially when) they fall short. Christ’s love has never been dependent on our performance. In the same way, as Image-Bearers of Christ, we would never want your child’s self-perception to be based on their ability to get an A, perform on the field, behave well at all times, etc. What might this look like in the classroom? It could mean that your child’s teacher has the freedom to allow your child to approach an assignment creatively, from his or her own strengths or interests. Or perhaps to allow them an opportunity to make up a failed assignment to show that the material has been learned. It could even mean giving a measure of grace to a student in a discipline situation, knowing it is undeserved - just as Christ has done for us. WCCS teachers are for and want the absolute best for your child – that he or she would discover and live out their place in God’s world.
We get to tell a BETTER story
Our hope is that when your child walks across the WCCS stage at graduation, WCCS has had a significant impact on both the mind and the heart. God has created your child to do more than go to a certain college, obtain a degree, make a certain amount of money and fulfill a personal dream. HIS story for your student is so much better. I truly hope and pray that all of our students will leave here, no matter how long or short their time has been, with a sense of who God created them to be – ready to bless the world as a disciple of Christ, for HIS glory. Then, we will be able to say together that we have no greater joy than to hear that our children are walking in the truth!
As YOUR family experiences Christian education at WCCS, I hope you are becoming just as passionate as I am about the difference a Christ-centered learning environment has on the life of your child. Our teachers get to share the transforming power of Christ in the academic setting, and that’s exciting! If you are anything like I am, when I find something great, I want to share it with my friends, family, and neighbors.
In the next couple of weeks, we will have an opportunity for you to do just that. You will be receiving a couple of postcards that we encourage you to hand out to those people in your circle that you think might be interested in learning more about the difference a Christian education at WCCS could make in the life of their own student. As parents, you are invited to join me for coffee as we discuss these benefits. We would also love for you to invite interested friends, neighbors, and church families so that they, too, might "Discover the Difference" at WCCS!
Lower School Coffee – Friday, September 13, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. in Westminster Hall, Section A
Upper School Coffee – Friday, September 20, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. in the Upper School Chapel
RSVP today to Jane Wilson at 803.328.5472 or firstname.lastname@example.org.