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Christian Activities & Teachings

Our students are involved in a number of activities of a religious and, often, specifically Christian nature. These include, but are not limited to, activities such as:

  1. Classroom prayers that are spoken aloud by the teacher and/or the students;
  2. Regular lessons, projects and tests aimed at developing and assessing both Old and New Testament knowledge;
  3. Frequent whole-school chapels which involve singing songs of Christian worship, prayers, and listening to speakers give lessons about Christian living;
  4. Memory work of Bible passages that are assigned and tested weekly; and,
  5. Integration of Christian philosophy into entire curriculum.

Because GCCS is a Christian school, the school’s curriculum would make statements and actively teach on many matters of Christian faith and morality. Within our community of faith, some of these teachings are as follows:

  1. The God of the Bible is the One and only God, revealed as a trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Romans 1:19,20; Matthew 3:16,17; Matthew 28: 16-20; John 1; John 17; Luke 1: 26-38)
  2. We are called to seek a personal relationship with the Father, by trusting in the sacrifice for our sins made by the Son, and by trusting in the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  (Matthew 22:37-40;
    Acts 1, 2, Acts 4:10-12; James 4:7-10)
  3. The Bible as the written Word of God is the Truth by which the Holy Spirit enlightens our understanding of God, the world and ourselves.  It is the infallible authority by which God directs and governs all our activities.  (2 Timothy 3:16; Matthew 4:4)
  4. People are made in God’s image.  As such, human life is sacred from the moment of conception and all people are to be honoured and loved because of God’s image in them.  (Genesis 1:26,27; Psalm 139)
  5. Children are a gift from God and are to be nurtured in right relationship to their Creator, their neighbour and the environment.  (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy. 6: 6,7; Mark 12:29-31; Ephesians 6:1-4)
  6. Christians are expected to set examples for the use of God’s gifts in a manner that demonstrates the renewing influence of the Holy Spirit, as evidenced by the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control).  (Galatians 5:22; 1 Peter 4:7-11)
  7. Marriage is an exclusive union of body, mind, soul and spirit between a man and a woman that is recognized by the church or state.  Marriage is held as a holy and binding covenant that reflects the relationship between Christ and His church. Sexual union belongs exclusively within marriage. (Matthew 19:4-6; Genesis 2:21-25; Hebrew 13:4; Ephesians 5:31-32)
  8. Creation is the object of God’s love and care, and the subject of all things studied in school.  God created perfectly, but through man’s disobedience, all of creation suffers and groans in sin. In spite of the pervasiveness of sin, creation is a marvelous revelation of God’s power and majesty, and God has promised that it will be made new.  In the meantime, we are called to be good stewards of creation, including our bodies and the natural environment.  We are also called to share our wealth from creation in response to the needs of others.  (Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Genesis 2:15; 1Timothy 2:1,2; 1Timothy 6:17; Luke 10:30-37)
  9. God’s gift of democratic freedoms contains expectations of respecting the laws of the land, and engaging in healthy political discourse when those laws contravene God’s law. (Matthew 22:15-21; Romans 13:1-7)
  10. God’s gift of Christian community needs to be nurtured through fellowship and discipleship on a regular basis in order for there to be spiritual growth.  We need to have respectful relationships with other Christians and with our community at large.  (Hebrew 10:24,25; 1 Corinthians 12, 13; Romans 12:17,18; 1 Peter 3:15)
  11. There is more that unites Christians than divides them.  Our teachers do not make controversial statements on topics such as distinct forms of sacraments, e.g.  baptism, or communion, or eschatology.  (1 Corinthians 12:12,13; Galatians 5:6)