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New Primary School Teacher Post available

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.

Please read the job description here…

Please, apply to admin@sunrisechristianschool.org.uk.

Our placement at Sunrise Christian School. (from the Dutch interns)

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

End of year Winter Cafe

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.

Any enquiries or questions, please, email at admin@sunrisechristianschool.org.uk.

Easyfundraising helps our school

Have a desire to support our school but the budget just doesn’t stretch as far as you’d like? Then easyfundraising might be just right for you! So far our supporters have raised £945.07 this year – just by shopping for things they would have anyway! Particularly at this time of year as you may be purchasing gifts, please remember our school may also benefit through easyfundraising.

3 reasons to join:
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2. It doesn’t cost you a penny extra when you shop

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Over £11 million raised for good causes through easyfundraising.org.uk!!!

How to get started:
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News from the pupils!

Ancient Egypt
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.
Sarita P3

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.
Susanna P4

October Prayer Requests

 

“…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.

 

Pupils’ news!

This term our topic is ‘Light’, based on Day One of Creation. We have been learning that the Lord is our light by singing Psalm 27 at morning assemblies. Children in the older class have been learning about how light travels in straight lines, how light reflects off flat and curved surfaces, how shadows change, about the visible spectrum, about coloured filters and about the human eye. In the younger class, pupils have been learning that the sun is God’s lamp, which never goes out. They have also learned about the difference between luminous and non-luminous objects and between God-made lights and man-made lights. After investigating which materials allow light to travel through them, they sorted them into groups of opaque, translucent and transparent materials. The children worked in pairs to examine the pupils of their eyes in the light and in the darkness and learned how they contract and expand to allow the right amount of light into the eye to see as much as possible. Pupils in the younger class enjoyed watching a slide show about animals glowing in the dark and had a lot of fun creating a shadow puppet theatre and playing in a dark tent with ‘big bear’ and ‘little bear’. All these topics have amazed the children and helped them to learn more about our wonderful Creator!


As last week was ‘Eye Health Week,’ we talked about guide dogs and pupils got to use a walking stick with a small tennis ball at the end to experience some of the obstacles encountered by people who are unable to see. Continue reading Pupils’ news!

August 2017 Prayer Requests

The summer holidays are past and the new school year is full steam ahead. All children and teachers are refreshed after the break and are ready to learn and to teach to God’s glory.

Sunrise Christian School has much to be thankful for.
This month we have welcomed 2 new pupils, who are settling in nicely.
-We have new volunteers who are helping out with Art lessons (very grateful to our talented parents who are sacrificing their time)
-Grateful for the fundraising efforts of parents and their relatives. The table top sale organised by parents in August has raised £220.70! We would like to thank all who donated any items and personal time. Big thanks to Janneke’s dad, Jan, who established another personal record while cycling 170 km in one day, on his sponsored cycle for Sunrise!
-Special thanks to the Lord for the help which came from other organisations: Boyd Tunnock of Thomas Tunnock LTD, who kindly responded to our letter earlier in the summer and donated a £100.00 cheque (this will to go to parents and friend’s association funds). We were also delighted to hear back just last week from The Barrack Charitable Trust who responded to our small grant application and sent a cheque for £480.00 to be used towards the purchase of additional tablets for the children’s use.

The Lord has been gracious to our cause!
Please remember these requests in your Prayers:
Inverness as they seek to establish a Christian School
-A suitable building to come up to become permanent premises for our school where children and teachers may have ample space to work and play and grow as a school.
-More people to come to an increasing realisation of importance of Christian Education in our day.
-For the children and teachers alike, for the planting and nurturing of faith in The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Very Chocolicious Fundraiser

Saturday the 10th of June we held a fantastic fundraising event at our school. Themed “Very Chocolicious” it embraced a variety of home-made chocolate creations kindly created by parents and staff. The coffee shop was open to all visitors from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.
The table was truly bountiful. It was chocolate heaven! Thanks to all who kindly participated and those who came to support the school. A big THANK YOU to the organiser – Mrs Janneke Fraser who put massive amount of work into making this event a success. We all had a wonderful time working and socialising together. A wee plant sale was organised just outside the entrance, to which parents contributed plants and seedlings. The event raised £311.66.
If you have any ideas for raising funds for the school, please let us know. Whether it is a penny collection held by your family, collection box at your local church, sponsored walk or cycle. Whatever idea you have, we will encourage you to support the work of our school in teaching children to God’s glory and making them aware of the greatness of our Lord through all aspects of education.

The New Teacher

We are delighted to announce that the vacancy for a new teacher at our school has been very suitably filled! We are grateful for all who upheld the school in their prayers. The Lord hears our prayers and is so good to us!  Mr Samuel Markoff started in his new role on June the 5th 2017. Prior to coming to our school, he was Head Teacher at Lewis Independent Christian School in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis for five years where he was well loved and appreciated.

By way of continuing his professional development to acquire a PGDE in Primary education, he moved into Glasgow area with his family. Mr Markoff has over fourteen years teaching experience in a variety of settings and experience in school administration and curriculum development. He has qualifications in Education, Applied Linguistics, English Language and Literature.

Our new Teacher has an excellent multi-cultural and linguistic background. He was a Coordinator and Educator for “Love’s Bridge” charity in Russia, working with former street children for three years. He also taught English and French as a second language at schools in Shanghai for nine years.

Mr Markoff continues to serve the Lord through his vocation now as  a teacher at Sunrise Christian School. Let us give thanks for our new teacher who will help take the school forward assisting us in the provision of Christian education for the pupils at Sunrise!

First impression from a P4 pupil about his new teacher: “He is nice. He is good at singing and he is tall!”