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Redeemer Christian High School is an independent, grades 9 through 12 Protestant high school serving students from Ottawa and the surrounding area. Visitors are always welcome. Call us to make an appointment to tour the school, meet our Principal or observe classes.
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Redeemer welcomes new principal
Linda Delean excited to exercise her leadership skills at the high school level and help students grow.
“It is my desire that this year is filled with growth for our students,” says our new principal, Linda DeLean. She is looking forward to working with the staff of Redeemer to teach students how to be leaders in their own learning.
Mrs. DeLean has been involved with Christian education for more than twenty years, both as a classroom teacher and in administration as a vice principal. Prior to being at Redeemer, she was a part-time instructor in the Education Program at Redeemer University College in Ancaster. For the past decade, she has concentrated on leadership, special education, teaching gifted students, project based learning and fostering creativity and critical thinking skills in students.
She started her new role as principal of Redeemer on August 15, 2016. "I am so excited to work with students, families, teachers, and community leaders," she admits. Mrs. Delean looks forward to "partnering with Christian parents and teachers to provide an education for Redeemer students that is rooted in a Biblical perspective and way of life." She adds, "it is our mission to prepare young people for their future learning and roles, to give students guidance, and also space to develop their own faith convictions and worldview."
A priority for Mrs. Delean this year is to “establish relationships in the school and community.” She says, she also intends to work with the staff to articulate our learning vision. Before the school year began she met with all staff members to get to know them. "I'm impressed with the staff--their deep faith, their sense of warmth and caring. Everyone is also very willing to help me learn about this school and the community," she said.
Redeemer will introduce our new principal to the school community at our Fall Social and Orientation Evening on Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m. in the gym. Some of you many even know Mrs. Delean as she grew up south of Ottawa and is a Redeemer Christian High School alumnus.
Alumnus well prepared for University and beyond
Redeemer alumnus, Luke Steiginga, received a Governor General's Medal at his convocation from Carleton University. Luke studied Biomedical Engineering and received top marks in his class. He acknowledges the role his high school played in helping him achieve academic excellence. (See full article in the Carleton Now online newsletter.)
"I found Redeemer had prepared me quite well for University," says Steiginga. "The tests and the lab reports were similar to what I encountered at Carleton. When I started my program at Carleton, other students seemed to have a lot of trouble doing well on their lab reports. However, I found them straightforward and did quite well on them simply by writing them as I would have at Redeemer." He notes that other students expected the test questions to be exactly the same as they were shown in class. "At Redeemer, most of the teachers would teach you the process you should go through to solve a question and would go through some examples in class. However, the questions on the tests would require you to use what you had learned in class to solve a new problem you hadn't necessarily seen before," states Steiginga. "This helped me the most and allowed me to become a better problem solver."
Steiginga appreciated the teachers at Redeemer. He says, "they set up their courses so that they teach you valuable skills and ways of doing things that can be applied in University." He also valued the extra assistance that teachers would provide. "If I ever wanted a concept further explained, all I would need to do was ask and I would get it. The teachers always tried to help me succeed."
Being recognized by the Governor General, "was a great experience" acknowledges Steiginga. Now he looks forward to his contract job in the automotive and surface transportation division at the National Research Council. He'll be working in the rail group to help develop technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of the rail system in Canada and worldwide.
40 years of God's faithfulness: Changes from the staff's perspective
Anniversaries give us occasion to reflect—reflect on our early days and where we are today. At Redeemer Christian High School, we are celebrating 40 years of God’s faithfulness on April 2, 2016 at our annual dinner auction. Established in 1975-1976, our school began as The Community for Christian Learning. We had 11 students.
According to an original staff member, Alta MacFie, “we were a small tight-knit group when the school began. At the school meeting, decisions were made together as a community of students and teachers.” She goes on to say, “that teachers felt uncomfortable being called Mr./Mrs./Ms. and the close relationship we had with students merited a first name basis.” Former Board member Margaret VanDyk, remembers those days well. She recalls that we didn’t have a principal, but a head teacher, students were permitted to use first names, and staff were paid according to need.
By the time, long-time staff member, Vincent Marquis arrived on the scene in August of 1980, things began to change. “The year I began, we shifted from a non-accredited, non-inspected (Ministry of Education) school to an inspected, accredited school.” There was much work to revise and revamp the curriculum, teachers needed to have a Bachelor of Education and eventually Ontario Teaching Certificates. “By revamping the curriculum, I don’t mean we gave up our Christian worldview, but the courses had to be designed according to Ministry of Education guidelines.” In Mr. Marquis’ first year, there were four full-time staff and 29 students.
Another significant change, was to adopt a regular pay-scale and introduce a benefit plan. “This was absolutely necessary to attract qualified teaching staff,” says Marquis. “Professional development and ongoing training became a settled expectation and standard.”
Throughout the years, our school moved locations five times. MacFie remembers how informally our school was housed at All Saints Lutheran Church with “dividers between classrooms” and the small church school rooms at Westboro Baptist Church. “We finally got our own building in 1997, and it was absolutely amazing for us,” declares Marquis. We had approximately 100 students when we moved to Colonnade.
According to Marquis, “the school’s early years were very different from the well-established, professional institution RCHS has become.” Today, Redeemer has a vibrant student body of about 150 students and 23 full and part-time staff. And thanks to a capital campaign in 2013, our facility includes dedicated science rooms, a music and drama studio, and a state-of-the-art gymnasium.
Three months ago, Redeemer was inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education. According to principal Paul Oueis, “the assigned inspector was unrestrained in her praise of the quality of teaching and learning at Redeemer using such terms as extraordinary and phenomenal.”
Some things haven’t changed for Redeemer. For MacFie, “the same caring for the wellbeing of the students has remained as has the Christ-centred teaching and the critical analysis of world views at play in topics under discussion.” Marquis acknowledges the dedication of the community to keep the school alive and thriving, through thick and thin. “I feel blessed to have had the privilege of working with some great Christian colleagues in a special ministry to the precious kids the parents send to the school,” he says.
"God’s faithfulness is a constant," says Marquis. “It’s not always easy to see when you are going through the tough stuff, but looking back, you see it has been there, both personally and with the school.”
Staff photo circa 1980
From left to right: Bob Moore, Derek Maggs (principal), Alta Sickle (MacFie), and Vincent Marquis
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