As our school's mandate is quality Christian education, integrating spiritual teaching with our program is critical. While the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum is followed in all grades and courses, the Christian philosophy of the school is woven into daily class activities.
At the start of each day, a 15 minute devotional time is held in each of the homeroom classes. The homeroom teacher leads a time of Bible study and prayer with the students in the class. Students are encouraged to participate in these times with their comments and their prayers.
Students study a variety of topics from both Old and New Testament books. In the grade 7 and 8 curriculum, an entire class is devoted to Bible study. In grade 10, a credit course in Christian Studies is a mandatory part of every student's course schedule. In the grade 9 - 12 English curriculum, at least one book of the Bible is included in the students' literature studies each year.
Chapels are held on a regular basis throughout the school year. These chapels are times to remind the students of the spiritual component of their lives, for the students themselves to share their spiritual experiences and insights, for the school worship team to lead the student body in songs of worship, and for guest speakers to challenge the students in their spiritual walk.
Students and staff are also involved in various events and service projects like Thanksgiving food drives, the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child project, and other charitable efforts to encourage the student body to focus on the needs of others. NTCS students also participate in grade specific service projects organized by their classroom or homeroom teacher.
Each year, students in grade 9 - 12 participate in Spiritual Emphasis Day where they attend small group workshops and dig deeper into developing a relationship with Christ. Topics vary from year to year but in past years have included: prayer, finding God's will, living with purpose, healthy relationships, social media use, developing good boundaries, and coping with stress and anxiety.
All NTCS students, from JK to grade 12, participate in a serve project each year. These range in nature from writing to veterans on Remembrance Day to planting trees in a community park. We feel that giving back to our community is an excellent way to show God's love and further His kingdom.