October 8, 2015

A Letter from the British Columbia Minister of EducationCO_BC

An educational shift in the British Columbia school system will begin to take place in September 2016. This shift will encompass both the public and independent school systems. So what is this shift? A new curriculum is being developed that places much more emphasis upon individual student skills and competencies and less importance upon the actual learning of content.

As our society moves more and more into the Age of Information, educators are realizing that there is a growing need for students to develop their critical thinking skills and competencies in order to deal with the ever growing volume of information. More emphasis will be placed upon how students think, internalize, and utilize the information that is readily available at their fingertips through their computers, iPads and phones. The focus will move away from the acquiring and learning of information. The new curriculum will focus upon what we do with that information and how this information may be applied to the world and the culture around us.

Following is a letter from the Minister of Education, Mr. Mike Bernier. Schools in British Columbia have been requested to forward this letter to all the members of their school communities. Please read this letter so you are better informed about this new educational program and curriculum.

Mr. Roger Grose

Click the link to read the letter from the Ministry of Education:

Letter from the Ministry of Education

Introducing the RCS Board of Trustees

At the June 2015 General Meeting two new members were elected to the Board of Trustees. Please welcome Ms. Carolyn Rhee-Thompson and Mr. Keith Cheung to their new position and responsibilities. Mr. Simon Tang was elected for a second three-year term and Mrs. Anita Chiu was requested to extend her existing term by one year. Mrs. Chiu has been the treasurer for the last three years and the extension of her term will help facilitate the work of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management committee.

The primary role of the Board of Trustees is governance and to be keepers of the vision. It is the responsibility of the Board to ensure that the Mission Statement of the school is upheld and adhered to through all its policies and decisions. The board utilizes a variety of committees to help carry out the many different tasks and responsibilities of operating the school. Administrative Staff are hired to fulfill the day to day management requirements.

This year’s Board of Trustees is composed of ten members:

Chairperson Mr. Simon Tang
Vice-Chairperson Mrs. Marni Adrian
Secretary Mrs. Lily Kwok
Treasurer Mrs. Anita Chiu
Member Mrs. Lisa Zastre
Member Mrs. Sabrina Sylvester
Member Mr. Walt Lawrence
Member Mr. John Lee
Member Ms. Carolyn Rhee-Thompson
Member Mr. Keith Cheung

Coffee and Tea with Mr. G!


We want to warmly invite our elementary parents to coffee time with Mr. Grose our Superintendent. He will share thoughts about RCS of where we have come from and where we are headed. Join us for a time of sharing and learning together. Ask questions and learn more about our incredible community.

We are inviting by grades, however, you are welcome to attend any session depending on your schedule and availability.

RCS Elementary Library
9:15am or immediately following the chapel service in the gym! We will keep our time to one hour.

October 16th Grade 4/5 parents
October 23rd Grade 2/3 parents
November 20th Kindergarten parents
December 11th Grade 1 parents

Can’t wait to meet you there! Stay tuned for more dates for our Middle and Secondary parents.

Ann-Michele Ewert
Development Director

Questions? Please email me at amewert@myrcs.ca

Are you a new family to RCS? RCS 101 is where you need to be next week!

Wednesday, October 14th at the Secondary Campus Multi-purpose Room 6pm – 9pm Coffee/Tea and goodies will be provided. New families in our community need to attend RCS 101 in order to qualify for membership in the RCS Society.  As part of your enrollment you are required to attend this session.  Mrs. Sawatsky has sent out invitations to all parents who must attend.  Mr. Grose and others will be leading this informative evening giving you an understanding of christian education, the workings of RCS, our three campus vision and more. Questions?  Please email Mrs. Sawatsky at jsawatsky@myrcs.ca

Are You on Facebook?

Richmond Christian School has their own page and we want you to “like” us so that you are up to date on some of the amazing things that are happening at all three of our campuses.

Go to:  https://www.facebook.com/richmondchristian

Under the large photo of the Secondary Campus Phase 2 photo, click “Like.”

Preschool for Next Year

Do you have friends who are interested in learning more about Richmond Christian School 3 year old Preschool?  We will be having an Open House at the Elementary Campus on Wednesday, October 28th that will answer questions, provide a tour and give more information about entering our school community.  Be sure and spread the word to your friends and family.  Limited space is available!  For more information about preschool enrollment please visit Our Website.

A Day in the Life of an RCS Student

The school year has begun with excitement and anticipation for a wonderful year ahead.  We have been busy filling the school calendar with lots of opportunities for families to connect with each other, visit other campuses and spend time volunteering.  Be sure and check out the All School Calendar at https://myrcs.ca/events/month/ for details on our various events.  Each campus’ events are colour coded for easy reference.  You can even export an individual month and add it to your calendar!