It is important to tell our story to help you understand our school.
Understanding our roots helps to highlight the incredible changes that occurred over our 65-year history. It tells the remarkable story of God’s faithfulness and highlights the commitment of multiple generations. The story below was taken from the 4oth Anniversary book. The theme for the anniversary was “Celebrating God’s Faithfulness.” The story was written by Ruth Van Zwol based on her conversation with Henry and Grace Duimering.
Mr. Duimering remembers talking to Henry Zantingh about two years before the school opened in September of 1956. Mr. Duimering and Mr. Zantingh felt that the education that their children were receiving in the public school was not what they wanted for their children. They felt there should be more of a Christian focus on their children’s education. They called a meeting of interested parents and thus the Society for Christian Education in Drayton and Vicinity, our legal name, was formed. The original membership fee was $1.50 per month.
The Challenge of Christian Education
From the beginning, meeting the financial obligations of a Christian school in Ontario was difficult. While the budget above seems small when looked at with today’s eyes, meeting those financial obligations was a sacrifice for many of the families. These families were starting over in a new land. Along with the school, they were building new businesses and new churches. We stand in awe of the vision of those first families that gathered together around a shared vision.