A woman at the 'heart' of a Dartmouth community centre
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Cheryl Devine (left) and Nicole Hurlbert take the paper wrappings off the legs of the new students’ desks at Oceanview Christian Academy in Centreville, C.S.I., which is opening this fall.
CAPE SABLE ISLAND, N.S. – Plans are well underway for the opening of a new private school in Shelburne County.
Come September, Oceanview Christian Academy in Centreville, Cape Sable Island, will be welcoming their first students at the Centreville Baptist Church, which was built with a vision to being a Christian education center some 25 years ago.
“Oceanview Academy was founded by God through the hearts of people in this community,” says the board of directors in a letter telling the story of how the academy has came to be. “The idea was originally laid on the heart of a mother who wanted to see her children brought up and taught from a Godly worldview. It didn’t take long for others to join in this calling for Christian education in our area.”
Since the process was started last fall “the school has hit many milestones in its establishment,” say those behind it. Teaching staff has been hired, classroom furniture purchased, curriculum materials acquired and the academy is registered as a charitable organization.
The Centreville Baptist Church will be home to Oceanview Christian Academy, slated to open this fall. The Academy is hosting an open house on Saturday, April 1 from 12 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to tour the school, meet the teachers and review the curriculum.
“We’ve had a tremendous amount of help from the Association of Christian Schools International,” said Cheryl Devine, who will be the school’s principal as well as a part-time teacher. Two other teachers, both with ties to the area have also been hired; Laura Ingersoll and Alannah Pang.
“They are both young and enthusiastic,” said Devine, and just starting out on their teaching careers.
The curriculum being offered “is very solid,” said Devine, and includes math science, language arts, social studies, physical education, music, French and technology. In addition, the school will have a bible study each morning, and each cycle, a bible class and chapel assembly.
Devine said statistics show children in private schools with a Christian background score higher on aptitude tests than their counterparts attending public school. She said smaller class sizes and more one-on-one instruction plays a role.
For the upcoming year, Oceanview Christian Academy will be accepting students from grades Primary to 6.
“It’s interdenominational. It’s open to anybody,” said Nicole Hurlbert, whose children will be attending the school.
As it stands, the plan is to have three, split classrooms. With kitchen facilities on-site, the goal is to provide at least two hot lunches a week, with the help of parents and volunteers, said Hurlbert.
Where Oceanview Christian Academy is a private school there are tuition costs. However, a scholarship program has been created to assist low income families who want to send their children there.
“It’s a big commitment,” said Devine, adding the Academy is welcoming any community support they can get, be it a painting for the wall, a financial donation, or volunteer help setting up the playground.
Oceanview Christian Academy is hosting an open house on Saturday, April 1 from 12 to 5 p.m., The public is invited to tour the school, meet the teachers and review the curriculum. Several question and answer sessions will be held during the open house.
Further information on Oceanview Christian Academy can be found online at www.oceanviewchristianacademy.ca or by calling 902-635-0436.