During Technology week, our Christian Elementary and High School teachers taught various lessons around using technology safely and responsibly. As a school we also took time to have a technology free day, where teachers and students attempted to go about their day without the use of modern technologies such as phones or computers. The day was a great reminder about our reliance on technology and was an opportunity to interact in more social ways. Families were challenged to take part in the ‘Device Free Dinner’ challenge to promote relational interaction with family members.
SCA Community Clean-Up
Our Jr. and Sr. Christian high school students had a fantastic opportunity to give back to our community by going out and doing a community clean up this fall. They raked and bagged leaves in many yards in the surrounding area. Our students did us proud by exhibiting excellent work ethics and behaviour! Our staff demonstrated amazing leadership skills by getting in there and raking right alongside the students! It was a great way to practice thinking outside of ourselves and helping others selflessly!
The SCA Concert Choir, at our Christian High School, was thrilled to be invited to sing with renowned Canadian choral conductor Scott Leithead on Friday February 1st. Five schools from Winnipeg came together to perform for each other and engage in a mass choir as Mr. Leithead lead them in learning some songs from South Africa. These students sang with about 175 other singers in two choreographed, 6 part, chant style songs all to the beat of the African drums. This was a rare opportunity for Winnipeg, and we were privileged to be included in a very selective experience.
Apps for Social Change Workshop
In the fall, students from our Christian High School were invited to participate in an exclusive day with a representative from Apple Education where they learned about using App creation to make social change. Springs Christian Academy was selected as the first school in Canada to host this event. The students were put into groups and assigned a relevant issue in our society that would become the basis of their app. Students then had to come up with the concept and basic layout of an app that would help meet needs in the area assigned. Our students came up with fantastic ideas and some elegant looking app designs. Feedback from the students was very positive and they came away with a number of new skills.
At Springs Christian Academy, we love the opportunity we have to be a blessing to others! Our annual Springs Inner City Toy Drive was November 12th-December 4th this year. Students dropped off unwrapped gifts for boys and girls at our Christian elementary school office and wrote them a special note. In total, we collected 142 toys this year to bless the Springs Inner City kids! What a great way to teach children to be generous at a young age!
Our Christian High School Campus also participated by bringing in non perishable food items which were brought to Springs Inner City. We collected 284.2 pounds of food which helped many families have a happy Christmas!
The Springs Christian Academy Youth Parliament occurred on Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14. This 25th Anniversary session at our secondary school was one of the best ever as the members discussed important topics that affect today’s society. All the grade 10, 11 and 12 students from our Christian school worked for a number of months preparing resolutions and research for the two days of deliberations. A number of invited elected officials also attended the session as they brought greetings and spoke on the importance of public service, educating oneself on current issues and being active in the community. One specific highlight was the wonderful gift/presentation that was made at the end of the session and presented to Mr. Dowler. This was a ceiling tile which was planned and painted by the students in our Art program. It was greatly appreciated! Check out the session pictures in the 2018 album on the SCA Youth Parliament Facebook page.
Varsity Girls Volleyball
The varsity girls’ volleyball team had a successful season going undefeated in league play and winning the Zone 12 Tier 2 championship! With several first-place finishes in high school tournaments, they qualified for provincials in MacGregor! These Christian high school students made it all the way to the quarter-finals, losing out to the eventual winner. Congratulations on the successful season!
Social Media Awareness
Our High School campus had RCMP Constable Gord Olson do a presentation on social media awareness including the current issue of sexting. Our goals to educate as many as possible was achieved as 137 people also attended the follow-up evening presentation to parents, and Gord was subsequently contacted by CTV news to do a segment on these issues.
I Love to Read Month
February was I love to Read Month. The Elementary School at SCA celebrated with a Winter Olympics theme, encouraging students to “GO FOR THE GOLD!” Many guest readers visited (including some local celebrities), team competitions were had and the Elementary School proudly donated 1600 books to the Stony Mountain Penitentiary.