Oakville, ON | Grades PS - 8 | Shortlist
I am involved with the parent teacher association and I love being a part of the school community. There are many opportunities for parents to be involved from helpers in the primary classrooms to small volunteer spots at events to board positions on the PTA. It is such a wonderful opportunity to be involved with a great school. Parents are certainly welcomed to be involved in the life of the school. They are often asked to help chaperone field trips or help out at events held at the school. Parents can help in small and big ways, whatever fits in their schedules. The children love to see their parents involved in their school life. I wish more parents could be involved but many parents work full-time so it's not always possible. Parents need to know that even a little bit helps. Many hands make light work!
Oakville Christian School has an outstanding parent community. The school welcomes parental involvement in all aspects of the school life. As a new parent to the school it is very easy to connect with other parents and the administration. Oakville Christian School welcomes parents to volunteer in the classroom and at recess duties if they wish. Using the school weekly newsletter all opportunities for volunteering are brought forward to the parent community. Parents are always encouraged to attend and support all the team sports and tournaments. There are several class trips that parents are invited on both day, and overnight trips for the older grades. There is a great sense of shared community between the staff, administration and parents. Once a week there is a chapel where all the school and sometimes separate elementary or middle school years come together in Christian worship. Parents are always invited to attend. The Parent Teacher Association is very active and runs events throughout the year that rely on parental involvement. Most of these events are for the children - Christmas, Spring Fair etc. There are also day time and evening events for parents and staff to attend, hosted by the Parent Teacher Association. These speakers and activities allow parents to socialize with each other whilst listening to interesting and engaging seminars.
My experience with the OCS Community has been wonderful. There is a very active PTA group who are involved with many aspects of the school throughout the year. Parents are always asked to be involved with different activities, field trips, fun days, events, etc. I feel that if a parent wants to be involved there are more than enough opportunities to do so. On the flip side if a parent doesn't want to be involved there is no pressure to give time that you do not have available. There is a very good balance.
Oakville Christian school has a very tight knit school community. It is not uncommon to see parents gathered together in the school discussing upcoming events or helping out in the classrooms and with various school activities. It is a very welcoming place where people start off as parents of students but soon become friends. Families are invested in one each others lives often supporting one another through challenges and difficulties that families may encounter. The PTA is a very active group within the school community. They are a group of volunteers that work together to provide fun events for the students and support for the staff at Oakville Christian school. Some of the events that are planned each year include grandparents day, in which students are encouraged to invite their grandparents to the school for a presentation by younger grades, a fun Christmas event celebrating the birth of Jesus, a pastors lunch, staff appreciation lunch and a fun fair inviting students, staff and families to gather to celebrate the end of the school year. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and take part in the daily life of the school. They are regularly asked to help in the classroom, on field trips, in the library, pizza lunch or with supervision at recess. Volunteering within the school allows you the opportunity to see your child in their school environment and to give back to the school that cares so wonderfully for our children. The parents are also welcome to gather together in the evening for the students to display various projects that they have completed throughout the year. Including science and heritage fair. This is a wonderful opportunity to not only view your child's work but to meet and get to know other parents in your child's grade. Parents are invited weekly to attend the schools chapel service. Together they gather in community and prayer to support the school.
When we first arrived at OCS 9 years ago we felt welcomed and comfortable as a family. I chose to get involved in school life and found the parent and staff to be warm and friendly. I felt I could contribute in a fun and meaningful way. Our kids also quickly felt a part of the broader community. They like that they are known by name by all of the staff members, they tell me stories about their reading and computer buddies, and I hear of many other fun learning experiences with kids from other grade levels. I have also noticed that at unstructured times, the student body continues to act like a community - for example, often I have seen older kids helping younger kids, and younger kids cheering on older kids. Last year when our family went through a significant health crisis we truly discovered that OCS was our family. We were humbled as many parents, students and staff members rallied around us with practical support, encouragement and a ton of prayer.
Oakville Christian School definitely has a community feel versus a school that you just drop your kids off to, with no parent connection. The parents are invited to become a part of the school, to contribute their time and resources in order to better the experience for both the children and the families. I have personally been able to volunteer in different positions and help where possible. All parents are welcome to volunteer at the school in different capacities. The WAG (week at a glance) that the administration team sends on a weekly basis to all parents helps the community stay connected on what the school as a whole will be involved in within the upcoming week. There is no shortage of opportunities for parents to be involved in the life of the school.