Celebration spans past and future as NPCS marks 100 years of Christian Education

Photo: Grade 2 students (right to left) Alexa Van Beek, Matthew Coutts and Jack Barr sing O Canada in their pioneer-era classroom.

On March 9, Neerlandia Public Christian School celebrated 100 years of Christian Education by recreating a pioneer-era Grade 2 classroom where visitors watched students participate in a spelling bee.

Down the hall, visitors toured a modern classroom featuring a smartboard and dry-erase tables. Instead of traditional desks students were seated at tables, standing desks and chairs that rock.

Event organizer — and school administrative assistant — Debbie Fisher told Kevin Berger of the Town and Country that the idea was to let guests compare the pioneer classroom with a modern classroom.  

The school’s foyer was decorated with historic photos, art and even examples of field trips from years gone by.  As people toured they were asked to help identify the artifacts or the people in the pictures.

The school’s Food Studies students served tea and goodies and the afternoon closed with a 100th anniversary celebration and assembly.

In keeping with the theme, guests heard from recent principals and from two long-serving teachers from earlier years. Clara Schoonekamp and Ruth Jansen talked about the challenges of teaching in one-room schools with a large group of students ranging from Grade 1 to 8.

“Over the past 100 years, the community of Neerlandia and the Neerlandia (Public Christian) School has witnessed God’s Faithfulness as the tradition of Christian Education has been continued and expanded to include students from other communities,” said principal Lisa Gehring. “Our building may be new, but our school is not. This celebration allowed us to honor past history and current successes as we gave thanks to God. We are truly blessed.”

Published Mar 15, 2017