Purpose and Foundation
Members of the Canadian Reformed Churches have established Guido de Brès Christian High School so that the schooling provided will assist the parents in the fulfillment of the promises made at the baptism of the covenant children entrusted to their care. Reformed education aims to realize this assistance by equipping the students to employ their talents in the service of God and His kingdom. The following statements indicate how this most basic aim is to beachieved and thus constitute the basis of the instruction which Guido de Brès Christian High School seeks to provide:
- The entire curriculum will be taught in obedience to the Holy Scriptures, the infallible word of God as confessed in the Three Forms of Unity (the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg, and the Canons of Dordt).
- Each subject in the curriculum will have as its point of departure the cultural mandate: the command to subdue the earth as clearly stated in the book of Genesis and elaborated upon in the entire Scriptures.
- All teaching will take into account that this cultural mandate is to be exercised in a world which is lost in the misery and guilt incurred by man's fall into sin but overcome by the work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Specific Aims and Objectives
It is the special task of Guido de Brès Christian High School to provide a program of instruction appropriate to the secondary level of education, and, in so doing, to:
- Teach the students about all aspects of God's created order, that they may stand in awe of their Maker and praise Him;
- Remind the students that their calling in this world is to know God as their Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier and to honour and serve Him;
- Help the students grow into mature human beings, prepared to employ their talents in the service of God and for the benefit of their neighbours, in all areas of life;
- Assist the students in recognizing their value and privileges as God's covenant children, and remind them that they are enabled by grace to respond in obedience to the call to serve;
- Help the students develop a Christian mind, so that they may discern the power and corrupting influence of secular or seemingly Christian philosophies and, in submission to the Lordship of Christ, with due humility begin to think in a Reformed way about all aspects of life;
- Remind the student that, because of the redeeming work of Christ, this world has not been abandoned by God and that their work as His followers and co-workers is therefore of value for the coming restoration of God's Kingdom on this earth;
- Show the students that knowing and fearing God is essential to attaining true knowledge and wisdom, since teaching and learning are bound up with one's relationship to God;
- Challenge students to demonstrate, in daily talk and action, a Christian heart sinceerely responding to the call to follow Christ.