Capital Fundraising Campaign
History of CCS
Covenant Christian School first opened its doors on September 7th, 1976. This event was the culmination of several years of effort by members of the London and Kerwood (formerly Watford) Canadian Reformed Churches. By God’s providence and care the necessary resources were gathered and the building project was completed. It began with just two classrooms, two teachers and 20 students. The founders realized the need to have a Reformed School that created unity between the home, church, and school. They understood the role of the school is to assist parents to fulfill their covenant promises made at the baptism of their children. It was their aim to equip students to use their talents in the service of God and His kingdom. This purpose continues to be the focus at Covenant Christian School. In 2009, the current 15,000 square foot facility at 7 Howard Avenue in Lambeth was purchased. Students and staff enjoyed the increased space as well as the use of a gymnasium. The Lord has continued to bless our school community in the 42 years since the opening day. Many things have changed over that period. We are blessed to now have students from seven different Reformed churches. Our students now come from a very large area including London, St. Thomas, Strathroy, Watford, Wyoming, Aylmer, Woodstock, and everywhere in between. January 2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of CCS at 7 Howard Avenue location. Over that time, we have grown from 48 students to 157 students (a 327% increase). What a cause for celebration!
Current School Life
Our school is now bursting at the seams. With our enrolment now at 157 students with 16 staff members (9 full-time, 7 part-time) we see that the Lord has blessed us greatly. Most of the more recent changes at the school have been to manage our expanding student body. At the beginning of this year the library was moved into the portable to allow for grades 5 and 6 to be split. Our volunteers can often be found doing their work in the hallways. CCS has implemented staggered recess times in order to facilitate washroom use by the student body. Those who have attended school assemblies can attest that it is difficult to seat everyone in the current gym.
The enrolment forecast for 2019/2020 school year indicates an increase of seven students for a total of 164. Historically, actual enrolment has tended to exceed our enrolment forecasts. In the past 5 years our student numbers have been higher than anticipated. There is a need for more classrooms, washrooms (with improved septic system) and storage space to accommodate our growing student population. Looking ahead the board has determined it is also necessary to split grades 7 and 8 into separate classrooms in the 2019/2020 school year.
Resource Needs and Special Education
Our resource and special education program are growing and there is a need to increase the space available for these activities. Each week there may be up to 5 different therapists at the school that need a dedicated space to work.
Plans for Expansion
Covenant Christian School has reached a point where it needs to expand. This expansion must include more classrooms, storage space and washroom facilities. This expansion to address current needs and future growth is not a luxury but is a necessity. At a recent meeting the membership of Covenant Christian School approved a $1,732,000 proposal for the expansion of and renovation of our current facilities. This would include the addition of new larger gym, kitchen facilities, storage space, along with a large common area. This new common area is designed for a variety of school activities and can be turned into a classroom if future growth demands the use of this space. The addition to the school would give us the opportunity to renovate the current school to allow for needed classroom space, library, resource rooms, additional washroom facilities and new staff room. The expansion plan also includes a new septic system to accommodate our current school enrolment and allow for future growth.
Prayer and Financial Support
We desire to continue to provide Reformed education that is Covenantal, Antithetical, Confessional and has Unity of Purpose. In that way we trust that by God’s grace our school will continue to be a blessing to our parents and church communities. Considering the need stated above we are asking you to prayerfully consider how you can financially support the expansion plans of Covenant Christian School.