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Educational Excellence to the Glory of God

STRATEGIC PLAN 2013/14 - 2017/18


TABLE OF CONTENTS 1 Introduction 2 Context 4 Our Vision 5 Our Mission 6 Our Values 8 Goals and Strategies 13 Next Steps

cover photos by Irene Fennema


INTRODUCTION

The Strategic Plan for Pacific Christian School shares our hopes, dreams and plans with our community of parents, students, staff, alumni and supporters. This plan reflects the passion and commitment of our community and what we set out to achieve over the next five years. Thank you to everyone who spent time completing the surveys, participating in the community discussions and dreaming about the possibilities.

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Our History Defines our Success

For over 50 years the staff at PCS

has passionately provided Christian education in academics, fine arts, athletics and special needs to students from over 90 churches that comprise our community. The strategic planning process brought the community together to lay out our plans for the next five years in our continued pursuit of excellence in everything we do.

Christian Education Is Worth It Schools must equip students to meet current and future challenges. Having surveyed thousands of Canadian school graduates aged 23-39, The Cardus Education Survey 2012 Report determined that Christian education graduates are more spiritually formed, family oriented and actively involved in community and volunteer work. PCS values these qualities and instills them in our students as they prepare for the future.

CONTEXT


Education is Changing

The provincial

curriculum is moving toward more flexible, personalized learning, providing schools with more choice in shaping their learning environments.

Maximizing Resources Excellence in programs, facilities and operations is a priority for PCS. Investing in these resources supports the current community and attracts new families.

A Shared Vision

We have thoughtfully considered

our context and have outlined a plan that builds on our strengths and successes, giving us the power of a shared vision and clear purpose.

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OUR VISION

Educational Excellence to the Glory of God


OUR MISSION

Nurturing students in Christ-like living, critical thinking and joyful service to be faithful citizens in God’s world


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Godly Living

We value a life rooted in Christ that exhibits

the fruit of the Spirit and seeks God’s glory.

Biblical Worldview

We value the integration of God’s

truth into every school activity.

Excellence in Education

We value all children,

believing they are uniquely gifted; by encouraging, mentoring and supporting them to be lifelong learners, they can achieve their highest potential.

Community

We value a caring community where people come

along side one another with support, encouragement, accountability and grace.

OUR VALUES


Integrity & Responsibility

We value a lifestyle that is

above reproach and being dependable and accountable in all we do.

Service

We value generosity and service within the school and

community, serving as a Christian witness in all we do.

Parents as Partners

We value partnering with parents in the

training and instruction of their children through their engagement in school events and activities.

Stewardship

We value faithful stewardship of all God entrusts to

us, and we desire to honour Him in all our decisions.

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OUR GOALS Excellence in Learning

Our goal: to

lead with innovative approaches and programs, supporting all children to be lifelong learners, to achieve their highest potential, and to be confident and courageous to make a difference in God’s world.

Partnerships in Action

Our goal: to foster a more extensive network of

partnerships enriching the Christian education experience.

Campus Renewal

Our goal: to invest in our facilities and use of technology to

create a learning environment that supports excellence in our programs.

Leadership and Governance

Our goal: to see stakeholders - VCES Board,

school leaders, staff and membership - work together and demonstrate progress

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toward our shared vision.


GOAL 1 - EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING

Our goal: to lead with innovative approaches and programs, supporting all children to be lifelong learners, to achieve their highest potential, and to be confident and courageous to make a difference in God’s world. We will: 1.

Explore and pilot new learning and instructional models.

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Jointly develop a staff professional development program and individual development plans.

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Build upon our core offering by assessing and

improving programs to challenge students to apply

their Christian perspectives with real world issues.

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Further explore the middle school concept and

program (Gr 6-8).

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GOAL 2 - PARTNERSHIPS IN ACTION Our goal: to foster a more extensive network of partnerships enriching the Christian education experience. We will: 1.

Enhance our international partnerships and programs.

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Build community and financial support for campus renewal.

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Increase student participation in local outreach and explore the benefits

of campus-wide coordinated efforts on service projects.

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Engage with alumni to further develop PCS community relations.

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GOAL 3 - CAMPUS RENEWAL Our goal: to invest in our facilities and use of technology to create a learning environment that supports excellence in our programs. We will: 1.

Define and gain support for a master campus renewal plan.

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Prioritize and refine the Campus Maintenance Plan.

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Invest in facility improvements including the upgrade of the secondary

school science labs and the construction of a campus gym.

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Develop an IT educational philosophy and plan; invest in technology

based on this plan.

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GOAL 4 - LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE Our goal: to see stakeholders - VCES Board, school leaders, staff and membership - work together and demonstrate progress toward our shared vision. We will: 1.

Increase board effectiveness by clearly defining strategic roles, improving planning

and communications and measuring progress.

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Empower and support the Superintendent Team to implement this strategic plan.

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Consider the recommended action plan from the SCSBC Financial Review and

implement at the discretion of the Superintendent Team and Finance Committee.

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Begin PCS community discussions to review and consider revising our current

enrolment policy.

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NEXT STEPS A strategic plan is like the cover of a puzzle box. It illustrates a vision and outlines the goals and strategies to build it. However, the real work begins with implementation. The planning phase outlines the yearly actions required, when and by whom. This work is led primarily by the Superintendent Team with the support of the Board of Directors and committees, and draws on the expertise and enthusiasm of our staff and members. There is power in a shared vision. Join us where you feel called to lend your expertise and enthusiasm. Progress toward our goals will be monitored and measured. We look forward to celebrating the results with our community and members.

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PCS Strategic Plan 2013/14 - 2017/18