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All the hard work of preparing for the last of the year event has paid off. The Winter cafe was a great success! We had many visitors from family and friends who came to see our school, have a lunch with us and enjoy a performance from the pupils. Parents and staff brought delicious soups and home baking and worked hard as a team at serving probably the largest number of guests we have ever had on a single fundraising event! We are so grateful to all who came and supported our school on that day.
While parents were hard at work looking after the cafe, the children did a marvellous job at entertaining the visitors. Some of the pieces were: singing of the Psalm 116, “Head, shoulders, knees and toes “ in French and the younger classes impressed the guests with a song in Gaelic. P4-P6 showcased their recorder skills with presenting a Dutch piece. Well done everyone for being so brave to perform in front of the audience!
During this event we raised over £700 through selling lunches, school calendars and school tea towels designed by the children.
We will certainly think of hosting more events like this to draw a wider community to come together and enjoy the time spent at the school!
Sunrise Christian School is an independent Reformed Christian school serving families in the Glasgow area. The school’s Board of Directors are seeking to recruit a new Teacher who will help to take forward its vision for Christian Education in Scotland. The successful candidate will need to be a committed Christian and member of a church, as well as GTCS registered. The school benefits from small class sizes and an excellent teaching and learning environment. The school received an excellent inspection report at the end of its first year and has grown considerably over the last few years. We look forward to further growth with plans being formulated to secure larger permanent premises which will allow an increase in capacity to provide more places in our primary school and the development of both nursery and secondary schooling provision.
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“One of the questions raised by those who cannot yet see the need for Christian schools is whether it is not possible for a God-fearing child to know and hold the Truth even though the child attends a school where the Truth is not taught. After all, the child has the church and the home. The answer is that this is possible; indeed, it has often been the case, especially where Christian schools were impossible. But it is also the case that many children are weakened, and some even destroyed, spiritually. We must not underestimate the power of education, whether for good or for bad.
Although it is possible for covenant children to know the Truth and embrace it apart from Christian schools, we Christian parents cannot be content that our children receive instruction five days a week, seven hours a day, for some twelve or fifteen years, that opposes and undermines our teaching at home and at church. We are desirous that all the teaching be harmonious and complementary. We are convinced, with the wise Preacher, that a threefold cord of home, school, and church is not quickly broken (Eccl. 4:12).”
Excerpt from”The Necessity of good Christian schools” by Rev. David J. Engelsma.
Time flies… Three weeks of teaching and assisting are behind us. How we enjoyed our placement at Sunrise Christian School! Rianne Meerkerk, who was at the school last year, told us about her placement. We became enthusiastic and contacted the school. We are grateful to everyone who helped us with the organisation of our placement. The purpose of our placement was to gain experience at a school in another country and to look into similarities and differences between education in The Netherlands and education in Scotland.
What a great experience it was! There was a lot to do at the school, but that’s why we felt we could be very useful. We also felt accepted and appreciated by the teachers and children. In the morning we did a lot of activities with the children during the maths and language lessons. We also helped to teach some PE lessons on Friday. The infants learned a beautiful song about the Netherlands. In the afternoon we were busy making educational materials and assisting with some activities.
Even though our English was not very strong, we had many conversations with the pupils and teachers. We learned a lot of new words during our stay in Scotland. And the children learned a few Dutch words. For example: goedemorgen (good morning) en dankuwel (thank you).
Norris family, we are so grateful to you for our stay during weekdays. Nothing was too much.. And Mrs Stewart and Mrs Campbell, thank you so very much for our stay with you at weekends. You were all so hospitable!
To everybody who made our placement possible and educational: thank you so very much! It was an unforgettable period of our training. It was hard to say goodbye to everybody after three weeks. We wish you all every blessing. We hope that God will bless the Christian education to the teachers, assistants, parents and children.
Margreet den Hartog and Petrine Vermeer
Sunrise is planning to have our annual Winter Café to mark the closing of this year. It will be held at the school on Friday the 22nd of December between 12 and 2.30 pm. The tickets are £3 each, for which you will get a lunch including soup and a roll, home baking, tea/coffee, juice. And of course the children are preparing a wee performance for friends, family or visitors to enjoy! If you missed our Open day, this is the chance to come and see our school and have a lovely lunch with us.
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In topic we have been learning about Ancient Egypt. It is where Moses and Joseph lived for a long time. The kings of Egypt were called pharaohs. Pharaohs and other important people were buried in pyramids. There was a river called The Nile. It was famous. The Nile ran into the Mediterranean Sea. In Ancient Egypt dead people were wrapped in cloth and ointments. They were called mummies. Once a year the Nile flooded its banks, and this made the soil soft for the farmers to grow their crops. I love this topic because it helps me understand the past and places like Egypt.
The Early Church and The Middle Ages
This term we have been learning that in the Early church there were martyrs. The first one martyred was Stephen. He was martyred in 35 AD. There was Early church fathers too and they wrote a lot of books.
We have also been finding out about the Middle Ages. In the Middle Ages people were put in prison and tied up and chained. The prison was usually in the knights’ castle. The Knights wore armour.
The visible church in Scotland just before the Reformation was one of the most corrupt and degenerate in Europe. The prevailing vices of the clergy, their worldliness, covetousness, idleness, immorality and oppression of the poor merited the biting scorn of the court poet, Sir David Lyndsay of the Mount in his Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estates. The people shared in the almost universal dissatisfaction with the Roman Church throughout Europe. Furthermore, ever since the reign of David I, “ane sair sanct to the crown” – as one of his successors described him, Rome had amassed not less than a third of the richest and most productive estates and lands for its abbeys, monasteries and bishoprics through pious bequests for soul masses, indulgences and penances. In addition there were the tithes levied on all kinds of produce (including fish!) and even funeral exactions such as the priest taking away the cow of a poor widow (vividly described by Sir David Lyndsay)! At the same time the numerous clergy, both secular (bishops and parish priests) and regular (abbots, abbesses, priors, prioresses, monks, nuns) and mendicant friars of various orders, were exempt from state taxation! Along with this enormous wealth we find the malign influence of great power, both civil and religious, enslaving with superstitious fears of maledictions and eternal torments the minds and souls of the people. Clerical dominance of society was ensured by the fact that the hierarchy formed the educated class in society, filling the financial, legal and administrative posts in government and the highest offices in the state. Continue reading The Scottish Reformation. Its Origin and Background.
“…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
We are thankful for:
- Outdoor renovations with new monoblock
- Storage cabinet organised by Janneke Fraser
- Carpet cleaned by Simon Anderson with cleaner donated by Homebase
- Art (Janneke Fraser and Vera Wilson) and PE volunteers (Ian Gillies)
- Dedicated, skilled and enthusiastic volunteer teacher assistants
- School Vision Workshop organised by Simon and Syinyi that taught us to channel our efforts in order to achieve our dream for the school
- Harmony amongst staff and pupils
- Visit from Dutch Christians with an interest in supporting the school
- Anjali, who was one of the first pupils at our school, has come back from down south to join our school again!
We would like to focus our prayers on:
- The Lord’s help in organising an open day for the school
- A suitable school building to be provided to grow our school and fulfil our vision for Sunrise!
- The Lord’s provision of funds to either purchase land to build on/or purchase the new premises
- As grateful as we are to our Dutch Christian supporters, we would like to pray for an increased interest from local Christians and growth of kind donations from our homeland to help the school meet the running costs and follow its vision
- Continued interest in the school and more parents coming to realisation of importance of Christian education
- Continued favour within the community and from government agencies.