This latest strife between the teachers’ union and government has been tough on everyone involved, especially the children. As the parent of a son who needs his recess breaks, I am thankful we chose to send our child to St. James Catholic School.
While we are not Roman Catholic, we wanted to send our child to a school whose ethos and atmosphere connected more closely with our worldview as a Christian family. This year, I am especially thankful for this school.
To register, non-Roman Catholics will have to talk with the local priest. It seemed to me that this was mostly to ensure that we were not hostile to Roman Catholicism or that we had an agenda. All families do have to pay a tax-deductible monthly tuition since the school does not get the same funding as the public school system but the classes are smaller.
The teachers are great and the school has made allowances for our son’s learning needs. Most of all, we like the atmosphere where talk of God is not just allowed but encouraged. In addition to learning, there are lots of community activities, events and we have felt welcomed as a family.
I don’t have a position either way on the conflict between the government and teachers. I understand the teachers believe they are entitled to a better contract but I also understand that with an aging society, the government needs to keep spending in check.
I really don’t know what the answer to the conflict is.
There are alternatives to the public school system where recess, sports, report cards, and extracurricular activities will not be taken away from children due to labour strife.