Harbour Christian

Academy

Christian School Update
January 12, 2024

Happy New Year! Thanks for your continued interest in the establishment of a Christian School on the Sunshine Coast.

At the end of November the Ministry of Education conducted an interview with Harbour Christian Academy Steering Committee. The interview was in-depth, discussing matters of education philosophy, understanding of BC curriculum, location and building plans, hiring and recruitment of teachers as well as school policies. The conclusion of which was a determination by the interviewers that we would not be prepared to operate a school in the Fall of 2024 and instead invited our team to submit for the following year – September 2025.

Naturally, our initial reaction was a strong level of disappointment at this outcome but as the Steering Committee debriefed and discussed plans for the future we sense this is in God’s timing. Throughout this process our team has been praying that God would keep us in step with Him and not force ourselves and our plans ahead of His. The team is in no way dissuaded from working to see a Christian School open here on the Sunshine Coast.

So, a couple of matters to communicate to you. Firstly, we will not be launching for this coming Fall but are now preparing for 2025 school year. Secondly, due to this change in plan we are not going ahead with the scheduled Open House Information Evening in January but will rather plan for a later date.

The Steering Committee is scheduled to resume meeting towards the end of the month to carry on with the work to open Harbour Christian Academy. We are also attending the Legacy Education Summit in Langley, BC on Jan.20, 2024. If this is something you would be personally interested in attending here is a link with further info: https://riversidecalvary.com/legacy-education-summit/

If you have questions or would like to discuss anything with a Steering Committee member please reach out to us at: info@harbourchristianacademy.ca

For now, here’s a few things:

1. Please continue to pray for the planning and establishment of Harbour Christian Academy.

2. Please pray for us to find the right educator in the establishment of the school.

3. If you would like to contribute financially, you can give at ctkgibsons.com and designate the funds to: Harbour Christian Academy. We have established an Education Fund and all giving will be tax-receipted.

In the meantime:

1. If you do not have a church home and would like to see your children learning about Jesus and the Kingdom of God we would encourage you to connect with a local church. Please reach out to us and we can help you connect.

2. Christ the King Community Church has an after school program for boys (Grades 4-7) called Valour Boys Club. VBC meets on Monday after school at 3:30pm. If you have a child who would like to participate in that program please reach out to us and we will connect you.

3. If you are aware of other families that may be interested in learning more about Harbour Christian Academy please feel free to pass on this info and we can add them to the email list if they send a reply to: info@harbourchristianacademy.ca

We will continue to provide you with updates as we progress with this school vision. With a 2025 launch planned we will be praying to stretch our initial vision and dream even bigger. Thanks for you prayers and support,

Steering Committee

Harbour Christian Academy