The motto of LCBI High School is widely known: "We Would See Jesus". These words provide the context and framework for all that is said, done and experienced within our classrooms, on the playing field, and on our campus. The mission of our school can be found in the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:23 May the God of peace sanctify you wholly, in body, in mind, in spirit. The work of LCBI is to focus and develop the whole person. Many schools focus on the academic and have an academic program similar to ours. Others have an extracurricular/athletic program equal to ours. However what sets us apart is our calling to practice and present to each student the good news of Jesus Christ leading to salvation and a personal relationship with him. The vision of LCBI is to develop leaders of tomorrow: young people who have the Christian foundation, skills and understanding necessary to lead the businesses, communities and churches within tomorrow’s global community.
We have experienced a year of tremendous blessings. Our students have studied and grown, been nurtured and cared for. We have experienced thrilling athletic victories and we have shared tears of sadness when caring for students who have lost loved ones. We have seen God work in each event and this has resulted in many moments of celebration and praise.
We are in continuous dialogue with our students to ensure we are meeting their needs and fulfilling our mission. They willingly share with us what they enjoy and appreciate about LCBI. Here is a sampling of what they have said recently. "It’s great here. Dorm life is awesome, teachers are good and deans are great.” “You don’t have to be afraid to be yourself here.” “It’s a great opportunity to learn independence.” "The teachers are really good and they really care about you."
We offer grades 10–12 for students from across Canada and around the world. This year we had 105 students who came to us from Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Hong Kong, Germany and Brazil.
Our academic program offers required core and elective courses in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Arts Education, and Practical and Applied Arts to suit student interests. We provide a high quality education here and expectations are high. Most students experience an increase in their grades when coming here due mainly to more one-on-one time with teachers as well as supervised study time each evening—Monday to Thursday. This year, 54% of our students were on the honour roll, having achieved an average of 80% or higher. Our students are also very involved in extracurricular and sports programs. We offer more than 30 activities for students to choose from ranging from music teams to computer clubs. Almost every student takes part in several activities, groups and teams each year. Outdoor education opportunities such as canoe, hiking and ski trips are also offered.
Opportunities for personal Christian growth occur through daily worship, Christian Ethics courses, Bible studies, Praise and Worship services, prayer times and mentoring by staff and fellow students. Forty-five percent of our students are Lutheran. The others come from Catholic, Alliance, United, Anglican and Mennonite churches.
Each spring our auditioned Concert Choir heads out on a spring tour. The 2005 tour featured concerts in Saskatchewan. We also have smaller tour teams who visit churches on weekends and a summer tour team that provides Vacation Bible School and Bible camp leadership. These events allow us to minister to many people.
Each year we provide a group of students with the opportunity to take part in a mission trip during the February break. Our team this year consisted of 16 students and 4 team leaders who travelled to minister to the San Quintin Valley region of Mexico. Participants described their experiences working at an orphanage and on outreaches in Mexico as "life changing".
To assist in the task of student recruitment we have developed an Ambassador Program. These ambassadors live and work in various places and have agreed to be representatives of LCBI and present information about the school to people in their area. We have completed a new four minute promotional DVD that gives a glimpse into LCBI life and is being used by our ambassadors, current students and families to introduce others to the opportunities that await them at LCBI. Our website is at www.lcbi.sk.ca.
As a part of our goal of continuous improvement in all areas of LCBI we have undertaken several maintenance projects. Last winter we renovated the basement of one of the houses on campus to create “Bed and Breakfast” style accommodations. This space has been well used by campus guests and visitors, and parents who come down for sports events and other activities on campus.
This year we had three interns from the Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute (CLBI) working within our Campus Life department. This partnership between LCBI and CLBI, has yielded good benefits for all involved and we are hoping to continually expand this program. This cooperative effort between these institutions can be a vital tool in equipping youth leaders for our churches.
God has indeed blessed us. Please continue to pray for the staff and students, and the work of LCBI High School.