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“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young…” is a Biblical quote from the book of Timothy that embodied our theme of last school year. “...For if you possess these qualities (faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love) in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” is a Biblical quote from 2 Peter guiding our thoughts and actions this year. Our mission statement requires us to ignite wonder for our neighbour.

When I place the three ideas of young students, growth mindset, and love and care for our neighbour together; the blend looks very much like the opportunities given to our students this week.

We are bringing in food for Kerr Street Mission because we support our neighbour who may need food. We are hosting a Celebration of Missions event because our students have decided that various organizations need financial support, and they are willing to put in the effort to help. Our Servant Team is going to Ontario Christian Gleaners because we want to help get food into the hands of organizations and individuals who can help our neighbours.

Being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ is very important to us. Providing opportunities to our students where they can learn the habit of loving and caring for neighbours is part of our mission.
Check out this week’s video which takes you to the Celebration of Missions event to hear and see some of our eager students supporting an organization they have chosen. Be inspired!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma


When I was much younger than I am now, I thought leaders were people who stand behind microphones and speak to many people. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 speech called “I Have a Dream” was the stuff that made leaders.

To be sure, that is a leader behind a microphone at his finest; however, the definition of leadership is much wider today. At JKCS, we place our students in situations and circumstances in which our students are called to give leadership to one or more people from behind a microphone or not.

We also talk a lot about “Growth Mindset” as we talk to our students about setting goals and using their God-given talents so the Lord can work through them to affect the lives of others. Our school is working hard to ensure that our students are challenged to grow in their leadership skills.

Last week, three events challenged thinking around leadership development and growth mindset. Our grade 8 students took part in a Leadership Retreat at Ontario Pioneer Camp, our grade 6 students experienced the “Light Up Your World” program, and I travelled to Finland to research best educational practices.

Check out this week’s video to hear how these events shaped the participants to grow in leadership and learning. May you be blessed by what you hear!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

Our school experienced a tremendous blessing this past week. Through much prayer and conversation, our students, teachers, and some parents had the privilege of meeting Dr. Charles Mully.

Putting not only personality, but a God-loving disposition on a man seen previously only on movie trailers was inspiring. His rags-to-riches-to-large-family story is worthy of notice by the Hollywood film makers. We heard his story, we asked him questions, we told him how his story inspires us, and we prayed for him. There were a number of moving moments.

Check out this week’s video to hear our students answer the question, “How does Dr. Mully and his story inspire you?”

I pray that the Lord will continue to use Dr. Mully, the world’s largest family, and his story to inspire the hearts and minds of our students. My hope is that they dream God-sized dreams as they continue to figure out God’s will for their lives. Be inspired.

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

Welcome to a new year!

Excitement has hit the halls and classrooms of John Knox Christian School! We have welcomed returning students, staff, and parents. We have made special mention of our new students, staff, and parents, and tried to create a warm environment in which each can flourish.

Every other week, you will see a short, reflective piece of writing from me and a video which complements the writing. Although this week’s video shows only my image, know that in the future you will see more student involvement.

By clicking on the television image below, you will find a video in which I explain the essence of our school’s theme and the Bible verse on which our theme is based. Watch for your children to come home from school talking about growth in a variety of areas through the school year.

May the Lord bless and keep you as you and your family continue to adjust to the new routines of school life, and the ebbs and flows of homework, events, rest, and family times. Talk frequently with your children about their life here at school. We pray each child will grow in a variety of ways as they seek to use their God-given talents to His glory. Have a tremendous school year!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

Wow! Where has the time gone? Time is an interesting concept only because it remains constant, but people view it differently depending on their circumstances. When you are eating an ice cream cone, the time tends to move quickly; but when you are having a tooth filled at the dentist, it seems as though the same amount of time moves slowly.

I am pleased to report that this school year has moved very quickly. That must mean that I enjoyed myself! When I reflect on what I love most about leading this school, I can’t help but think of the energetic and eager students, the dedicated teachers, and the wonderful lessons that have ignited wonder for God, neighbour, and creation.

I am very thankful for the way in which the Lord has worked in the lives of our students this year. We have seen and heard of marvelous ways in which the Lord has touched the lives of our students. We hope and pray the words of the poem below reflect what we have tried to do with your children this year. Watch this week’s video for a quick summer blessing from some of our staff.

His absolute truth will light our way;
He’ll lift us with His love and grace.
The Bible is our cornerstone;
In God’s word, we take our stands;
Role models we will strive to be,
Examples of our Lord’s commands.
Dear Lord Jesus, strengthen us
To complete the tasks you’d have us do;
We pray you’ll lead us, guide us now
To know and love and follow you.
By Joanna Fuchs

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

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