Chapel Can Be Dangerous
This year our middle campus chapels are exploring the theme of Dangerous Discipleship: The Adventure of Following Jesus. Our theme verse is Mark 8:35, which says, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it”. At times the church has imagined Jesus as a tame saviour that does not call us to sacrifice, to live differently from those around us, or to lose our life. A closer look at the four Gospels reveals a Jesus who is controversial, challenging, and who speaks and acts differently from everyone who ever lived.
Following Jesus is risky and even dangerous, but the reward is a true life, a full life, and a life of adventure as we walk the sometimes dangerous path of discipleship with the True Guide.
In the past few weeks, we have enjoyed exceptional teaching times as our teachers and their students revealed what it means to be dangerous disciples. Mr. Reimer and 7BR showed us how sometimes the more difficult path through life is the better one (thanks to our special guest, Mr. Fork Indaroad, for illustrating this!). Mr. Penner and 8P used some hilarious videos and inspiring student messages to teach us that following Jesus requires us to respond to his call and leave everything else behind. Mrs. Wall and 7W challenged our culture’s definition of #blessed and powerfully explained how they have seen the truth of the Beatitudes in their own lives. Last week I spoke about walking the narrow path and how we need to trust the wisdom of Jesus over the opinions of the crowd.
Please come and join us Fridays at 2pm in the Bethel Church sanctuary to hear more about Dangerous Discipleship and to experience joyful and moving musical worship times led by Mr. Cheung and his student band. We hope to see you there!
Mr. Chris Finch
The RCS annual ‘Fall Evening of Music and Song’ brought together all Middle Campus students as well as band and choir students from the Secondary Campus. It was an evening featuring Band and Choir performances that filled the Secondary Campus gymnasium with soaring melodies, African rhythms, and words of praise and thankfulness.
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Grade 6 Students Grapple
This term in Science, Grade 6 students have been challenged to answer the question: What do living organisms reveal about the character of God? Students have been grappling with this question, as they researched living organisms from all five kingdoms. To conclude our Diversity of Life Unit, the Grade 6 students went on a field trip to the Vancouver Aquarium. Students were able to explore many of the exhibits, and were able to reflect on the many characteristics of our Creator!
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The Grade 7’s took a trip to the Elementary campus to meet with their little Grade 2 buddy for the first time this year. The Grade 2 buddies were excited to see who their older buddy was going to be. They welcomed their older buddies with excitement, hugs, and smiles!
The Grade 7’s work together with their little buddy on an arts and crafts activity. This was a great opportunity for our Grade 7 students to step into a leadership role and learn how to serve their little buddy. It was also nice to see the community amongst the students and how they were genuinely interested in knowing more about one another. The Grade 7’s are excited for their next meeting when they Grade 2’s come visit!
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Students and staff were given an opportunity on Tuesday, November 10th to remember, reflect and pay respect to those who placed our freedoms above their lives. The chapel opened with a beautiful essay on remembrance by Rachel Z., followed by a wonderful word given by Mr. Finch. He reminded us to be grateful that we serve the ultimate soldier who gave His life, so that we could have eternal life.
We then had the opportunity to listen to a few more poems written by some members of the Creative Writing Club. One in particular, by Marjorie C., left a haunting impression of what it must have been like for those who faced imminent death.
The poems were followed by a moment of silence. Time students stood to be thankful for the peace we have in Christ despite the tragedies of war that have taken over our news feeds. Time students could stand united in our gratitude for those who came before us and risked it all so that we could have so much. Time students could remember why it is so important to remember. The silence was broken by a beautiful choral of “In Flanders Fields” that closed off our Remembrance Day Chapel with a poignant call to never forget.
By Marjorie C.
Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight.
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Survive the day,
I fought for life.
For our country.
For your pride.
For my love,
Held by strife.
Keep her safe till I’m home,
Or, if the sun shall set
Against my tomb.
Reeks of death,
Smells of guilt.
From the scars on my back,
To the cross I bare,
With blood on my hands,
I’ll never forget,
The maroon taste of iron,
And the black smell of smoke.
To the wide eyes of foes,
To the sound of their cries,
I’ll never remember,
The way innocence lied.
I shall wish upon stars.
I shall wish upon dreams.
I shall wish upon love,
I hope to keep.
My star light, my star bright,
I wish I may, I wish I might…
By Rachel Z.
Remembering is an action.
It is dusting off boxes in the corner of the attic. It is picking up sepia photos of warm yellows and dusty browns. As I hold the fragile photographs in my hands, I am reminded of this action of remembering. The photographs, like a window into the past, shows me a time so far away I can almost smell the gunpowder, the sweat, the blood. Suddenly, these pictures become so valuable and delicate, like thin threads of silk, barely anchored to the world, floating with the wind. I tightened my grip on them. I cannot lose them and the stories they tell. I cannot let the lives of the men that these photos hold disappear that easily.
The faces in the photographs are young and smiling. I wonder why I don’t know their names. Have they been forgotten already, in these short 70 years? Who will carry on their stories?
“It’s time to go, honey!” my mom calls, interrupting my thoughts.
I gently place the photos back into the dusty box and run down the stairs where my mom is waiting, making a silent promise to myself that when I come back from the Remembrance Day service, I’ll put those photos in a place where I can see them, to remind myself how to remember.
Sometimes, the Remembrance Day ceremonies feel like routine and nothing else. We stand on the side of the streets in the chilly late autumn mornings, listen to cadets play their instruments, and watch the veterans march down the streets. For people directly affected by the war, this ceremony means a lot to them. To someone like me, however, whose grandparents are too young to remember much of the war, and the stories told in school, which seem so disconnected, a day like this may not mean much to me. In the past few years, I usually had to be dragged to the ceremony.
But, for some reason, those pictures I found in the attic spoke to me. What is it like to be frozen behind pages of yellows and browns for the rest of eternity? I never liked the idea of dying, disappearing into the negatives of history. Yet the lives of the soldiers who have fought so bravely to protect our country, to preserve the peace that we have now, surely their lives are much more deserving of our remembrance?
I watch our mayor place flower wreaths underneath the war memorial at city hall, my poppy flower clipped firmly on my shirt. I bow my head during the two minutes of silence.
Remembering is an action.
Another Banner for Bantam Girls Volleyball!
Well, it’s official, the Bantam Girls Volleyball Team has won the Richmond banner again this year! Coaches Mr. Man and Ms. Burton had a fairly easy regular season, winning all of their matches without a lot of resistance. However, during the playoffs, the team had to overcome early losses in order to continue to play and they went 3-2 for both their semi-final and final matches of the playoff season. Congratulations to the team and we wish them well as they compete at the Vancouver and Districts competition this week.
The Grade 6 and 7 students were away a day each this week for their Christian schools volleyball tournaments. The Grade 7 girls and boys played in 2 separate teams each and showed improvement over last year’s results. Thank you to Mr. Yee, Mr. Ong, Mrs. Burkholder and Mrs. Folkeringa for giving of their time and expertise to coach the 4 teams.
The Grade 6 teams were away on Wednesday, however, results are not in at this time. Ms. Steblin took the girls to Vancouver and Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Agon coached the 24 boys who joined the grade 6 boys team, thank you as well.
Basketball for the Grade 8 teams is already buzzing in the middle school. Try-outs for both the boys’ and girls’ teams are starting this week, with the season beginning the first week of December. The Grade 6 and 7 students will start basketball practices for their teams after the Christmas break.
Ms. Kay Harbridge
As we’re learning about discipleship and loving our neighbours this fall, the Grade 8’s participated in a variety of different service project activities. While Mr. Penner led his team in making hampers for the Crisis Pregnancy Centre, Mr. Finch led students raking leaves and doing garden cleanup for our literal neighbour, the Ling Yen Mountain Temple.
After a fieldtrip tour of the Richmond Food Bank, Mrs. Jenden and Ms. Steblin supported students as they promoted and held a food drive to benefit the Richmond Food Bank. With a combined total of more than 500 food items donated, these students also donated money to throw a pizza party for the class that brought in the most food.
On Wednesday October 28 a group of over 40 Grade 8 students went to serve our neighbours at the Ling Yen Mountain Buddhist temple. Despite the rainy weather, students worked hard as they raked leaves on the temple’s beautiful grounds. Before our service project, students were introduced to some of the major aspects of the Buddhist worldview and we discussed how we could engage our neighbours in Gospel-focused conversation. We have run this service project for several years and it has been wonderful to build a relationship with our neighbours that hopefully reveals the servant heart of Jesus.
Twin Day Twin Day!
When one is good, two must be better!” – This was the motto for our “twins day” at the middle school this past October. Students and teachers alike got into the act and dressed up as each other. While some costumes were more compelling than others, everyone had fun.
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Food Glorious Food!
The Foods 8 Elective class enjoyed a successful Foods Exposition this Thursday after school, as students where able to sell their restaurant ideas to the staff. The staff enjoyed a variety of flavours from savoury Italian lasagna, Greek lamb and French baguette sandwiches, to sweet and delectable cream puffs, macaroons, cake and baklava! By the end of the hour, we all left with full stomachs and satisfied taste buds!
A huge thank you to the students this term who worked so hard (and furiously at the end) to get their dishes out! They definitely made us all feel ‘at home.’ We are so proud of you!
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New Report Card!
The middle school is pleased to announce that we will be unveiling our new report card in December. We have been working very hard to ensure that all of the component parts accurately inform you about your child’s progress in all areas of the curriculum. We have had excellent input from the Middle Campus education committee and the staff and we are confident that you will find that the report card effectively communicates your child’s progress.