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petrusma11Clear communication is one of the many key components of a great school.  Part of the clear communication process is ensuring that you receive a principal’s perspective on the various aspects of our school.  On a weekly basis, I will write an article about various aspects of our school community. I look forward to comments about our vision, our students, our parents, our staff, our curriculum, and our extended community.  Feel free to stay in touch as we work together as home and school. 

George Petrusma, Principal

I can hardly wait! Our annual Christmas program is coming to ClearView Church on Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm. I have had the pleasure of watching one of our administrative assistants, Mrs. Mrkobrada, put the finishing touches on all the plans. On Monday and Tuesday, we will practice the contributions from each class.

If you have never been to the JKCS Celebration of Christmas and you will be attending this year; you are in for a treat. You will be inspired by our students as they help you focus on the birth of Jesus Christ. We will celebrate and also provide each family with the opportunity to contribute one last time to the Bursary Fund for tuition help, should you decide that blessing a family or two in that manner is part of your Christmas plans.

So how are you? How do you feel about the Christmas season? What does the month of December mean for you? Reflective, overjoyed, melancholy, and contemplative may be some of the emotions that come to your mind. If you haven’t experienced those as yet, some of those emotions may come to you in the near future.

My hope and prayer for you is that you have some time set aside to reflect deeply about the Child, about the Son, about the Government Carrier, about the Counselor, about the God, and about the Prince of Peace.

May you be filled with so much joy that it causes you to sing: “Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven and nature sing” (Psalter Hymnal, #337).

Take a look at our video this week in which you see a number of our staff members who are standing in the lobby singing, “Joy to the World.” The Lord be with you and yours as we take a break!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

Have you ever thought about what your life is about?
Why do you get up in the morning?
What drives you to be the best you can be each day?
How does your relationship with Jesus Christ affect your actions and words in a given day?

We posed these questions to our students recently. It is our attempt to have our students think deeply about their lives so they can love the Lord above all and their neighbour as themselves. Here are the three instructions we gave to our students:

  1. Your mission statement should touch upon what you want to focus on and who you want to become as a person (character). Think about specific actions, behaviors, habits, and qualities that would have a significant positive impact in your life.
  2. Create a mission statement that will guide you in your day-to-day actions and decisions. Make it a part of your everyday life.
  3. Make it emotional. Including an emotional payoff in your mission statement infuses it with passion and will make it even more compelling, inspiring, and energizing.

Check out this week’s video to hear some of our students unpack their mission statements. Discover how their personal mission statements will guide their lives. Who knows, it may encourage you to think about your own life and your mission statement. I pray that you will be inspired.

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

I must make reference to our Celebration Dinner which took place last Friday night at Le Dome Banquet Hall. It was a night filled with food, fun, and fellowship. We celebrated our school and thanked God for the blessings received. We raised approximately $27,000 towards our Bursary Fund goal of $60,000.

Five of our grade 8 students spoke beautifully as they talked about their own personal growth in the areas of Christian Worldview, Academic Excellence, Christian Leadership, Christian Character, and 21st Century Learning Skills. It was a pleasure to hear how they have pushed themselves to new levels of learning in those areas.

In addition, the Junior Choir made their first public appearance, and they exceeded all expectations. Each song allowed them to showcase a different aspect of their abilities. The first song demonstrated their abilities to sing in parts, the next one showed a quieter, more solemn tone, and the third one was laced with energy and volume.

Check out this week’s video as our energetic Junior Choir performs the song “Make A Difference.” It is a song that encourages us to make a difference in the world. We ensure that our students understand that God first loved us so we must love one another. This song directs us to do exactly that.

Be blessed by the lyrics of the song and the enthusiasm of our young students!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

“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

Last week, I received a great e-mail from Mr. Shelley. He periodically e-mails me about a variety of different matters, but this one was very special. Let me tell you why.

You see, each year our grade 7 and 8 students participate in a contest sponsored by the University of Waterloo which tests students on content that is based on the Ontario curriculum standards. Many students across the province participate. This year, 1,676 students from 66 Christian schools participated in the contest.

Each year, Mr. Shelley shares the results with me. He gave me a clue that our students had performed well. When I opened the e-mail, I discovered our school--from a “pool” of 66 Christian schools--placed sixth in grade 8 and first in grade 7!

This is cause for rejoicing. This is a reason to celebrate as our teachers have been working hard to ensure a solid foundational base mixed with an inquiry-based approach. That vision has brought our students into some very good results in a well recognized test based on Ministry standards.

Check out this week’s video to meet some of our high-performing grade 7 math students. After watching it, join me in celebrating their giftedness, their hard work, and our school’s math program. Thank the Lord!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

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