Rimbey Christian School holds open house

Rimbey Christian School opened its doors last Thursday for a few hours so the public could get an inside view of the school.

Sunnie and Justin Ride chat with Fingerprints Playschool teacher Jenny Stout at the Rimbey Christian School

Rimbey Christian School opened its doors last Thursday for a few hours so the public could get an inside view of the school and enjoy a visit and tour.

Principal Edith Dening said the open house was a way to promote the school, which is going through a slight decline in enrolment.

“A lot of people don’t even know we are here,” she said. “We want them to get a feel for the school and learn what we are all about.”

The school, which houses Kindergarten to Grade 9 students, as well as Fingerprints Playschool, is a great place for children to learn and grow, she said.

Classes are small, no more than 14 students, giving teachers the opportunity to give more individual attention to those who are struggling or needing more of a challenge.

“No student goes unnoticed,” said Dening. “Every child’s needs gets addressed quickly.”

Dening said there is a very strong community within the school. Programs which encourage Grade 4/5 students to be buddies with kindergarten and Grade 1 students and Grade 8/9 students to buddy up with Grade 2/3 students are ongoing.

The Fingerprints Playschool is available for children aged three to five and is a vibrant program that is proving to be popular and attracting new families.

The Alberta curriculum is taught at the school and students write government exams, often achieving higher than average marks.

Options, including sports programs are offered.

Bible classes are taught at the school and religion is infused into daily lessons.

The school has 13 teachers and support staff as well as a secretary, business administrator, development director and janitor.

Dening has been at the school for 11 years, and has been principal for five years.

She loves the school.

“It is a good place to be. We have very committed families and there is a strong community within the school.”

individual attention to those who are struggling or needing more of a challenge.

“No student goes unnoticed,” said Dening. “Every child’s needs gets addressed quickly.”