Students are given the opportunity to develop relationships not only with their peers, but also with older and younger students in the school. Prior to 2020, students of different grades were able to interact with each other through the reading buddy and computer buddy programs. Our student body is constantly encouraged to develop Christian character and to exercise leadership skills as they interact with one another. As we adapt to the changes around us, we continue to find ways for our students to use their God-given talents while being nurtured in a community where everyone is encouraged to be the best that they can be.
OCS Student Council is a group of dedicated children in grades 5-8 who, under teacher supervision, volunteer their time for the benefit of the students and staff of our school. They also engage in a variety of ways to raise awareness of needs within our local community as well as around the world. They are expected to be role models for their fellow students using respectful behaviour in the classroom and on the playground, along with the maintenance of their school work. These students are encouraged to give action to their faith and to make a difference in the lives of others.
Several years ago we adopted the “OCS House System” which includes the designation of House and Sports Captains from grades 7 and 8. These Captains along with additional students from grades 5-8 collectively make up the OCS Student Council. You can find out more about OCS Houses on this Community page.
Our parents enjoy being part of our community and being a part of their children’s education. Research shows that when parents are involved in their children’s education, children achieve better results. At Oakville Christian School we greatly value our parent involvement and – prior to 2020 – have welcomed parents to volunteer in the classroom according to their talents and areas of expertise. Our community has always been enriched by the presence of our parents and their willingness to help out and be involved. For the safety of our students all volunteers must have completed police checks on file.
Our Parent Teacher Association enhances our community in a wide variety of ways throughout the year. This group of caregivers has always been a vital part of our school. Although the current situation has put a temporary halt to their physical contributions within the halls of our school, they have creatively been at work and continue to find ways “from a distance” to bless students and staff! We appreciate the collective efforts of these volunteers who are willing to give of their time, energy, and resources in order to make the school experience for all of our students a much richer one. You can find out more about our PTA by visiting the PTA page on our website.
The emphasis that we place upon academic excellence ensures that our students leave Grade 8 with a solid foundation for success in their high school studies. Each student’s success is supported by excellent study skills and homework habits. Exam preparation in Grades 7 and 8 equips our students for their Grade 9 experience.
Our students go on to succeed in public, separate, and independent secondary schools. Our annual graduate survey indicates that students from Oakville Christian School adapt well both academically and socially in their Grade 9 year. Feedback from our graduate survey enables our staff to constantly improve our program to meet the needs of our students. Our alumni frequently come back to visit, with very positive memories of their years at Oakville Christian School.
OCS has served the community for over 25 years. We are always interested in hearing from former students and friends of OCS. Please contact us to update your information and join our growing alumni database.
The traditional school structure is linear, which does not encourage as much interaction between age and year groups. This system provides a structure for school spirit and fun competition.
Upon enrolment, each child is assigned to one of four “houses.” Students are given opportunities to both participate and lead on the sports field, on the stage, in service to others, and in academic settings. This wide range of opportunities serves to help students develop as a well-rounded person. The variety of events means that every student has a chance to shine!
HOUSE POINTS are assigned through participation in special events and activities throughout the school year. At the end of the year, the school house with the highest point total wins the “House Cup.”
The STRUCTURE of this system includes 2 House Patrons (staff members), 2 House Captains and 2 Sports Captains (chosen by staff members after going through an application process).
House and Sports Captains serve to lead and motivate students in their specific house while encouraging high levels of participation from students of all ages. They work with each other and within the Student Council to organize “house events” and to help share information about the activities. They are committed to their position and act as role models for other students, always treating others with respect and showing a servant’s heart.
Every enrolled student will belong to one of four “houses.” Siblings belong to the same house.
CHAMPLAIN / Integrity / Philippians 4:8 – Finally, my brothers and sisters, always think about what is true. Think about what is noble, right and pure. Think about what is lovely and worthy of respect. If anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think about those kind of things.
FRANKLIN / Determination / I Corinthians 9:24,25 – In a race all the runners run. But only one gets a prize. You know that, don’t you? So run in a way that will get you the prize. All who take part in the games train hard. They do it to get a crown that will not last. But we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
MacKENZIE / Courage / Joshua 1:9 – Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.
THOMPSON / Wisdom / James 3:17 – But the wisdom that comes from heaven is pure. That’s the most important thing about it. And that’s not all. It also loves peace. It thinks about others. It obeys. It is full of mercy and good fruit. It is fair. It doesn’t pretend to be what it is not.