Thursday, October 8, 2009

Parkview Adventist Academy Update

Angie Bishop

Tracy Ganson

Jason Irish

What a great year we are experiencing already at PAA. Everyone is saying that our student body is of such tremendous quality. The dorm has been blessed with full rooms and great student leadership. We will see how the academic side of PAA transpires further into the year.

Mrs. Angie Bishop is our new Principal at PAA this year. She comes to us with many years of teaching and administrative experience. She was our vice-principal last year and previous to that taught at CHCS. Taking on the duties of vice-principal this year is Rod Jamieson. His experience here at PAA will be very valuable in helping Angie with the many administrative duties. He will also be teaching exciting hands on classes like; mechanics, welding, woodworking and digital photography.

We have been blessed by two new faculty members. Mr. Jason Irish comes to us from the Fraser Valley with a family of four kids, one of which, Brandon joins our grade 10 class at PAA. Jason will be focusing on Socials Studies and coaching our soccer team. Deanna, Jason's wife will be working as a Health Care aid at the Royal Oak. Mrs. Tracy Ganson is our new Religious Studies teacher. She and her husband Clayton have two young children. Tracy is already getting involved with the kids in some musical ventures and service projects.

In our very first week in Academy many of the students participated in the Sabbath Communion Service at the College Heights Church. That same evening the Student Association had a very successful movie night at CHCS gym. Then straight into the week there were try outs for Volleyball and Soccer. Word is that the ladies volleyball team will be a team to contend with. A number of new students with top volleyball skills are trying out. Mr. Jamieson is already excited about the team's trip to Walla Walla, a sporting high light of the year.

The school has taken on a significant theme this year. It is "Service" within the school and community. If you are going to give your life for something ... What will it be-a career, a sport, a hobby, fame, wealth? None of these will have lasting significance. Students will learn that service is the pathway to real significance. It is through ministry that we discover the meaning of our lives. The Bible says, "Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body" (Romans 12:5 MSG). For example within our Science classes students have volunteered to be part of a shore clean up detail this fall. Mrs Ganson's students are already working on creating a project within the RS classes.

Our focus at PAA is to let God use us to make a difference in this world. He wants to work through us. What matters is not the duration of our lives, but the donation of our lives. Not how long we've lived, but how we lived. As our constituency we seek your prayers and support of Parkview Adventist Academy. We are truly a school that is:
Distinctly Academic - Decidedly Christian.

Landon Ritchey
Director of Marketing and Enrollment Services
and Public Relations PAA and CUC

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