February 2017 - Featherpen
News Bulletin from Covenant Canadian Reformed Teachers College
On January 9, 2017, students, staff, and faculty returned refreshed after the Christmas break, all ready to begin the Winter Semester. At the start of a new calendar year, we remind ourselves that as we ‘tell the next generation’, we are completely dependent on the blessing of our Covenant God: “May the favour of the LORD our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.” (Ps. 90:17).
Covenant continues to be a hive of activity. For 5 students, this semester will mark the final semester in their Diploma of Teaching program. It also means that in addition to their regular studies, they will soon be engaged in extra-curricular activities such as preparing and submitting applications, and attending interviews. All the students are looking forward to the February/March practicum session. In addition to placements in the schools in Ontario, some students will also be travelling to Manitoba. We thank the schools for their willingness to host our students.
The beginning of the second semester not only implies teaching new courses, but also is characterized by the ramping-up of the accreditation process. The faculty continues its work in lining up course contents to illustrate how we seek to meet or exceed Ministry requirements. At the same time, we are looking ahead at next year when the second year of the restructured 2 year Diploma of Education program will be implemented.
During the past semester, the work of preparing the accreditation application has progressed steadily. We give thanks to our heavenly Father for providing health, strength, and stamina to walk this process one step at a time. With the strong support and excellent services of Pathway Group, the focus has been on working with our member school societies to introduce ourselves to our elected representatives, to give them an opportunity to learn about who we are, and ask them to endorse the application.
With respect to the accreditation process, CCRTC is encouraged by the tremendous and enthusiastic support it is receiving from the member school communities. We hope that this also translates into a successful fundraising drive to cover the costs that are incurred. In all this we walk in faith, working and praying that the work of preparing future teachers to tell the next generation about God’s mighty works may also receive the recognition of accreditation.
PR Committee, CCRTC