The purpose of our school is to assist parents in their God-given duty to instruct their children in the fear of the Lord.
Immanuel Christian School will provide standard education that
- Is in accordance with the Holy Scriptures and is as summarized in the Three Forms of Unity of faith (i.e. Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort);
- Meets or exceeds government standards;
- Will aid our children to develop their unique God-given talents;
- Prepares our children to become discerning members of society;
- Enables our children to become responsible citizens of Canada;
- Teaches our children to promote and attend to the needs of the communion of saints;
- Encourages our children to live as prophets, priests, and kings, who in faith share in Christ’s anointing.
But why should we have an Independent School?
Members of the Canadian Reformed Churches believe that their children belong to Jesus Christ their Lord and that it is their duty and privilege as parents to provide them with a Christian education.
This can only be accomplished in a school where all instruction is based on and permeated by the infallible Word of God. Parents from the Winnipeg Canadian Reformed churches formed an association, the Canadian Reformed School Society of Winnipeg, to establish and maintain such a school. The Society began the operation of Immanuel Christian School in September 1976.
The Organization behind the School
Membership in the Canadian Reformed School Society of Winnipeg is open to persons who:
- are members of one of the Canadian Reformed Churches of Winnipeg;
- are 18 years or older;
- contribute the required membership dues.
All children of the members are eligible to attend the school. Other children may be enrolled subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.
Only communicant members of a Canadian Reformed Church may be permanently employed. We endeavour to employ the best qualified staff who also can meet the requirements of the Department of Education of Manitoba. Service staff aremainly volunteers.
Board of Directors
The affairs of the Society are conducted by the six member Board of Directors, elected by the Society. To assist the Board in the performance of its duties there are a number of committees, including the Education Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Promotion Committee, each with duties outlined in the By-Laws of the Society. Other Committees include the Computer Committee, the Music Committee, and the Library Committee.
The affairs of the Society are financed by:
- parents of children attending the school who pay a membership/tuition fee each month;
- other members who pay an individual membership fee each month;
- grants from the the provincial government;
- and donations.
A weekly publication, the Messenger, keeps the membership informed about the affairs of the Society and of the school.
The school has its own campus with standard facilities including a library, a computer lab, a music room, and a resource room. These are located on the two levels of the main building. A gymnasium have been added to accomodate the growing number of students and the expansion of the program.
The school does not provide bussing, nor does it have a cafeteria.
Programme and Standards
Currently, a programme for Grades K-12 is offered. Students are taught the basic skills which they will require in their further education. Most courses are taught as outlined by the Department of Education. In the first part of the day Bible and Church History instruction takes place. All other courses are also taught from a Biblical perspective.
The highest standards possible are maintained, encouraging students to be good stewards of their God-given talents and to maintain an atmosphere of Christian love and discipline. Students are prepared to become concerned and active citizens of the Kingdom of God and of their country. The ties between Home, School and Church are closely maintained.
The school intends to provide an education for all students; every effort is made to ensure extra help for those who have lesser capabilities. The school employs Resource Teachers and Teacher Assistants are appointed whenever the need arises. The Child Guidance Clinic offers specialized services to the school. An Industrial Arts and Home Economics programme for the grade 6, 7 and 8 students is provided in the Public School through a Shared Services Agreement.