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What is a Christian school?

“Christian school is not to be confused with a Sunday School, or with any other institution that exists to give children instruction in the Bible.  The Christian school is an institution that has the function of instructing children in the various departments of knowledge that also constitute the curriculum of the public school:  reading, history, science, math, and the other subjects.  It does this seven hours a day, five days a week, throughout the school year.  This raises the question:  What is the distinctive feature of the Christian school that warrants its existence as a separate educational institution?  The Christian school certainly does begin each day’s classes with prayer to God and with the reading of the Bible.  It does this under the conviction that nothing that man does is profitable, unless God blesses it.  Everything must be “sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (I Tim. 4:5).  However, these activities of prayer and Bible-reading, although they are important, are not the main reasons for the existence of the Christian school.  The distinctive feature of the Christian school is expressed in the word Christian.  It is a school that is Christian throughout.  It has a Christian foundation; it has Christian teacher; it gives Christian instruction; it provides a Christian moral environment; it has a Christian goal.  All of this must be briefly explained.

The starting point is our firm faith that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.  The Bible itself teaches this:  “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” (II Tim. 3:16).  As the Word of God written, the Bible is the authority for our faith and our life.  To believe and live according to God’s Word is the mark of a Christian.  A Christian school, therefore, is a school that is founded upon and in every respect in harmony with the Scriptures, the written Word of God.”

Excerpt from “The Christian School:  Why?” by David J. Engelsma.

The Christian School in History

“The Christian school is no new thing.  It has a long and honorable tradition.  What is new is the willingness of parents who confess Christ to have their children educated in schools from which God’s Word is rigorously banned.  During the centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Word of God was central in the instruction that the people of God gave to their children, a God Himself commanded in Deuteronomy 6:6-9.  The education provided for the children of the church during the 1,400 years between the time of the apostles and the time of the Reformation of the church in A.D. 1517 was permeated with the Word of God.  In this period, the schools were closely connected with the church.  After 1517, the Reformers, notable among whom were Martin Luther and John Calvin, were agreed in their zeal for the establishment of schools in which all the children might receive an education. Their concern for schools was only surpassed by their concern for the church herself.  But they were also one in their insistence that these schools be founded upon and ruled by the Word of God, the Bible.  Those early citizens of our own country who set up schools and universities that were intended to be Christian continued the long tradition of the Christian school.”

(An excerpt from “The Christian School:  Why?” by David J. Engelsma .  Originally published in the 1960s by the Protestant Reformed Christian School Society in Loveland, Colorado.)

Funding appeal

Dear friends,
On behalf of Sunrise Christian School, I would like to thank you all for your interest in our school life and in Christian education. We are ever grateful for those of you praying for the school. We are a small school with a big vision! We believe that Christian education should be available all over this country and parents should have a choice where to send their children.
Sunrise Christian School started with parents praying for a Christian school. Over the past few years by God’s grace the means of running the school often came through kind donations from our supporters.
We have truly been blessed with wonderful Christian teachers who are devoted to giving children Christian perspective throughout their education. A major objective is to keep the school affordable for all families who would like to have their children benefit from Christian education.
The School is reliant on additional fundraising activities to help with the day to day running costs, materials, staff wages. This is an appeal to those who may be led by The Lord, are able and inclined to support the school by making a one off or regular donation. Our school is part of seeing living Christian reformation in our nation again! We are very grateful for any donations, it all adds up. The easiest way to contribute, is to use the BT my donate link on our website: https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/donate.html?charity=sunrisechristianschool
The site allows you to make a single or regular donation with the option of gift aid.
Thank you.

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.

June prayer requests

The last month of the school year has come. It has brought wonderful blessings of answered prayer!

Let us thank God for:
– Providing Mr Markoff, the teacher we have all been praying for, who is helping lead and guide the school through God’s grace.
– For all the people who are supporting Sunrise Christian School through monetary contributions and those who are giving their time as volunteers.
– The vision and commitment of the school Board for more Christian schools nation-wide.

Please pray for:
– A suitable building to be found to expand our school’s capacity and help to move forward with provision of much needed secondary Christian education.
– More successful fundraising events that we can enjoy together.
– The news of Sunrise Christian School to be spread far and wide around the country, and that more people understand the necessity of Christian education in our day.
– That Government legislation will not prevent the existence of Christian schools.

“Continue in prayer, and watch in it with thanksgiving;” Colossians 4:2.

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!”

Easyfundraising update May 2017

Since we opened our cause with Easyfundraising, we have gained 80 supporters. The total sum that we raised together through this simple method since starting out is a smashing £789.52!

Our goal this year is to raise this total to  £1500. How can we achieve that? Let’s do simple maths.

In the last 30 days our cause has raised £43.66. To reach our goal of £1500, £710.48 is still to raise before December is finished. That is 7 months to go! It will take about £100 a month to reach our target. Continue reading Easyfundraising update May 2017

May 2017 Prayer Requests

The last term of the school year has come and we would like to express our gratitude to the Lord for all His goodness in our lives and specifically in His dealings with Sunrise Christian School. We are thankful for those who faithfully pray for the school near and far!,  Remember “…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much,” James 5:16.

Please give thanks for:

          The hard work that Mrs Stewart and Mrs Campbell are putting in in the time of vacancy for the new head teacher Continue reading May 2017 Prayer Requests

Term 4 2017 Sunrise Christian School pupil news

In Maths the younger children have been learning the properties of 2D and 3D shapes as well as identifying symmetry in shapes and in the creation around us. 

During Art they have been drawing round 2D wooden shapes and creating some interesting pictures;

 Also, they each designed a butterfly collage which displayed symmetrical wings: Continue reading Term 4 2017 Sunrise Christian School pupil news