January 2017 - Featherpen
On January 8, 2018, students, staff, and faculty returned refreshed after the Christmas break. Reminded once again by the school year’s theme text of Micah 6:8b “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God,” faculty and students could pause and reflect how this theme impacts the work that will be done at CCTRC during the winter semester.
For four students, this semester will mark the final semester in their Diploma of Teaching program, and one student will have completed the two-year Diploma of Education program. It also means that in addition to their regular studies, these five students 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 British Columbia. We remain very thankful that member schools and staff continue to welcome our students into their schools.
At the end of this school year we will bid farewell to one of our long time faculty members, Mr. Allard Gunnink. Since 2004 he has served as an instructor at CCRTC, with a specific focus on social studies, ethics, and educational psychology. The board at CCRTC has been aware of this for some time and has struck up a search committee to find a suitable replacement for Mr. Gunnink when he retires. It is with much thankfulness that the board could receive and approve a recommendation to appoint Mr. Menco Wieske as a replacement. At CCRTC we are looking forward to having Mr. Wieske join us in the fall of 2018. By this time, D.V., Mr. Wieske will have successfully completed his Masters of Arts (Leadership) degree at the University of Guelph. This will supplement his already great enthusiasm for Reformed education. At the same time we also acknowledge that CCRTC’s gain is the loss of Cornerstone Christian School in Guelph, as he has capably served as the school’s principal since it opened 8 years ago. It is CCRTC’s wish and prayer that the work to find a replacement at Cornerstone may also be blessed in due time.
On the accreditation front, things are moving along steadily. Board and faculty remain amazed at the amount of documentation, v
erification, and paperwork in general this application generates! While this is taking longer than initially planned, you will understand that we want to submit the strongest application possible.
Finally, in all that we do we remain focussed on our theme of walking humbly with God, trusting that in all things he does what is best for us. Together with you, our readers, we rely on God’s blessing in the Year of Our Lord, 2018.
PR Committee, CCRTC